Linkathon 8/29

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  1. Sarah says:

    #2….the funeral where no one came…wow. I realize how busy I get and how often I just want people to get out of my way so I can finish what needs to be done on any given day. This was a great reminder to have patience with people and to hear what is really happening in their lives…

  2. Michael says:

    This is really, really good stuff.
    Welcome back, BrianD!

  3. RE #4 – I usually really like Thabiti, and I think I know what he means, but that post just didn’t come out right. THE GOSPEL is the answer. I think Thabiti is arguing against people who just use the term “the gospel”, rather than people who actually apply the Gospel to their circumstances. Again, it didn’t come out right.

  4. Xenia says:

    All I’m going to say about the sad departure of Met. JONAH is this: American Orthodoxy is experiencing some bumps in the road because of the huge influx of evangelical (and other Protestant) converts. The zealous converts want to whip the old ethnic Orthodox into shape and the cradle Orthodox are a little resentful and resistant.

  5. Hi, I am going to post this here to address this because my recent post was not allowed at the other blog…

    Supposedly, PhxP blog has a new change and moderation for this supposed reason:

    “It has worked in silencing Michael”
    …”your tough-guy act worked on them.”

    I will only speak for myself, I began supportive of that blogger’s family and their reconciliation. I remain of the opinion that any religious leader alleged of abuse be vetted by his affiliating organization and have directly called upon the one in question to act.

    What I have objected to is the way this place was savaged and betrayed after the blogger was welcomed here, encouraged to seek a hearing with the affiliating organization, and when the rest of the participants here did not unquestioningly support the blogger, that blogger became a uniquely abusive person who more than earned my repeted calls that he be moderated and ultimately banned due to his behavior, not his cause.

    Simply stated, this place is a safer and more free place without the repeated vitriol aimed at a generally good affiliation of churches with a few bad actors. I am glad that members and pastors from those churches can feel welcomed here to interact as equals to all who participate and I am simply exhausted of that other blogger’s lack of class in how he deals with his cause.

    ..and as Forest Gump used to say,
    “That’s all I have to say about that.”

  6. Michael says:


    I was hoping you would address that…and would welcome expansion on what you already said.

  7. Xenia says:

    The Gospel IS the answer to everything. I don’t even need to read the linked article to see why some guy thinks it isn’t.

  8. Michael says:

    I agree with Thabiti… The Gospel isn’t “the” answer to most of my day in, day out circumstances except in a very roundabout way.

  9. Love topic 4

    “TheGospe”l is not “the answer, so what’s the question?”

    The world is created to be complex, and life is complex, and often a mystery, outcomes are rarely as we plan and learning to be gracious means learning to be flexible and live in tension with unanswered questions and injustice.

    Trust and confidence in the eternal God of love requires us to struggle through the imponderables

  10. Michael says:


    The less we talk about that situation the better off we all are.
    I have a good relationship with him and I support his cause, maybe now more than ever.
    We want to do our own thing, so lets do it with grace and much hope for resolution for all.

  11. Michael says:

    I’m off to work for awhile…still sick as a dog, but getting a bit better.

  12. Xenia says:

    Michael, the OCA is one of the several Orthodox jurisdictions in North America. It has Russian roots. The other jurisdiction with Russian roots is ROCOR (The Russian Church Abroad.) The OCA is the more liberal of the two. (In the Orthodox world, just having pews can be considered “liberal.”) The OCA has suffered some financial scandals in the past and Met JONAH was elected Metropolitan because he was and is a breath of fresh air, not part of anybody’s good old boy’s club. We all shouted Axios! (Worthy!) He was conservative on social issues but he was (apparently) a poor administrator. And he ruffled the feathers of the other bishops who are not so socially conservative. He has many fans who are quite upset at the turn of events. He’s very popular among the converts as he himself is a convert from Anglicanism. He’s a good friend of a good friend and I like Met. JONAH although I have never met him.

    My little parish is ROCOR, by the way. Very conservative.

  13. Xenia says:

    Ugh, I read the “Gospel” article and it’s worse than I thought. What a faithless bit of twaddle. Lord have mercy.

    What the GOSPEL does in each and every situation is remind us that God loves us and He loves the world and that His Son has been sent to us so we are not alone no matter what the situation is and that Christ has defeated our enemy Satan and everything is going to turn out for the best in the end. The Gospel tells us that death has been defeated and that if we have faith in Christ we need not fear it.

  14. Amen Xenia! Anything else is just advice. The Gospel is 100% effective.

  15. Xenia says:

    I wrote my #12 as carefully as I could but I’m sure many EO would not agree with what I wrote so take my opinions with a grain of salt, please!

  16. Kevin H says:

    All right, Linkathon is back! All is good now.

  17. Em says:

    #10 – sometimes i think Christians should just ignore the challenge that the godless element in the world of science uses to shoot down The Faith (they think) – evolution theory? science is science and, IMO, evolution, in the light of the myriad of wonders of creation – which grow more amazing as knowledge grows – is kind of like an anatomy class sidetracked picking lint out of the cadaver’s navel … just sayin … cuz i can 🙂

  18. I read the Bill Nye article earlier in the week on Yahoo, and I was sort of surprised at how aggressive it was towards Christianity. It basically equated teaching your children Creationism with abuse. One of the comments (yahoo comments are always crazy) said that Christians are the Taliban of the West.

  19. Em says:

    trying to think back (too lazy to go there) … “the monkey trial” … who threw the first rock? Darwin? those who grabbed onto Darwin (it’s always somebody using somebody that creates the troubles IMO) ?

    for the life of me i can’t understand why men of reason don’t reason together …

    i’m not a scientist … but i do know the meaning of the word ‘theory’ – is evolution a good theory? i guess so – for ‘them’
    does it disprove the infallibility of our Scriptures? no, it doesn’t; it conflicts
    it cannot even disprove an interpretation of a 6 day act of God bringing our world into existence because a theory by definition, simply cannot be the final word (scientifically speaking)
    i, myself, think evolution, if anything, proves a Creator – shows a pattern and, therefore, a designer

    IMO – there’s knee jerk nut cases on both sides of this controversy – it’s just that our nuts look like nuts and their nuts look like professors

  20. WenatcheeTheHatchet says:

    I”m inclined to cut Anyabwile a little slack on this. I do think he could have gone further because the thing he seems to be aiming for is to say he’s tired of hearing “gospel” used as a codeword for a variety of shibboleths that are, to put it mildly doctrinal issues of third-rate importance for historic Christianity. These third-rate shibboleths have, however, proven to be crucial to certain parachurch and not-quite-denominational entities that throw around “gospel-_______________” with a profligacy matched only by Pentecostals using “spirit”.

  21. ( |o )====::: says:

    …or the word “anointed”

  22. Em says:

    #9 – Courtesy of Wikipedia: 🙂 🙂 “Complementarianism is a theological view held by some in Christianity and other world religions, such as Islam,[1] that men and women have different but complementary roles”
    “Egalitarianism (from French Ă©gal, meaning “equal”) is a trend of thought that favors equality among living entities.”
    “Co-belligerence is the waging of a war in cooperation against a common enemy without a formal treaty of military alliance.”
    the above may or may not include pertinent elaborations
    just trying to be helpful 😎

    there has to be an easier way to say some things, #9 being one of them IMHO

  23. Em says:

    too many Ems on this thread … will somebody please say something about something?
    i’m trying to break myself of this habit … it’s too easy, sitting here, already in typing mode, to just say something cuz i can 😆

  24. erunner says:

    shibboleth… my gosh I haven’t seen this word since my days on CARM. I think the man who used this handle may have been Amish. A nice guy I knew a bit offline. This will only make sense to Xenia! 🙂

  25. Xenia says:


  26. j2theperson says:

    The Bill Nye link doesn’t work.

  27. BrianD says:

    Sorry. Here’s the official link:

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