It’s been awhile since I’ve been able to pull together some TOP POSTS list. Which is sad, we’ve had a lot of good things being shared. Such is the life though when you have to pay the bills doing other things (this certainly does not pay any bill, maybe create a few). But, hopefully, we will be back with some more regular top posts if anything they are fun for me to catch up on reading.
This week we’ve had a few topics that have been all around the social webs. Those didn’t miss the methoblogosphere either.
- John Meunier has, what I view to be, a very honest and heartfelt expression of disagreement with the Bruce Jenner becoming Caitlyn Jenner. “The Bible appears to me to be pretty clear in its view that male and female are categories of creation. I don’t see any support for the notion that we can choose what we are.”
- Morgan Guyton is examining the conservative evangelical response to Caitlyn Jenner. He’s got a peacemaking take, in my opinion, where he doesn’t agree with them, but is searching for the place that they, as well as he, are searching for God’s truth in such a matter.
- Tom Lambrecht is pulling some research on the genetic predisposition for infidelity and examining that as part of the church’s ongoing conversation about full LGBTQ inclusion in the church. “Some maintain that the church ought to accept and affirm gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgendered persons because “God made me that way.” But I do not believe God made any person to live a life of sin, whether it be a same-sex attraction, infidelity, greed, anger or any other condition. If there are biological or genetic factors involved in any of these conditions, they are due to the corruption of human nature, not the original intention of God.”
- Kurt Carpenter, a newbie to the MethoBlogosphere, is putting out there that marriage between a man and woman has more to do with God’s “intent” than anything.
- Christy Thomas has a slant to the Josh Duggar story (which I assume everyone has seen by now) that was interesting to have as a background. Apparently the ‘counselor’ used by the Duggar family, according to Christy, sets up the culture of that family (and likely anyone he counsels) to have the male at the central point of the family where the females take a secondary place of stature. I hope I expressed that right. Not a long read, interesting add-on to the water cooler talk. Christy also has a popular post on Matt Chandler’s apology, which is not as big a news story, but it is an interesting story as one might think of the power a church (and the pastoral leadership) has over their congregants.
- Allan Bevere has been reading a lot of Carey Nieuwhof lately. He’s picked up the list of people that the church can totally do without & why pastors need to entrepreneurial instead of shepherds (which I have been saying for years). He’s also got a fun list on why men shouldn’t be pastors.
- Jeremy is throwing his jurisdiction out of the UMC in his latest post. Or is he? Some interesting thoughts to ponder in there as we all consider who we are as a connection.
- John Meunier is back with some ruminations on politics in the church, namely the politics of voting for General Conference 2016 candidates. Either we cast lots or get over ourselves & our systems.
- Mitchell Lewis is pondering on the stats of church decline yet the proportionate increase of clergy. Has some interesting questions as to what ‘clergy’ might be doing and if they are out there but not serving the church.
That’s a big list for now. Happy reading, be sure to comment and get into the conversations.