TED'S SADDENED LETTER
As a pastor/church leader for the past 11 years, one who was fully schooled in the works of Hauerwas, Sweet, McLaren, & Bell, who grew up in a liberal-Mennonite church, I was deeply saddened by the advertisement I received for the Scott Alexander teaching series. I have watched the liberal-pluralistic-unitarian movement continue to try in vain to harness humanism to change the world. I have watched the world of evangelicalism, in it's attempt to put flesh on it's message, begin to swing towards this same tired, powerless belief system. I have watched wonderful friends leave for long term mission trips of mercy & service come back not with spirituality, but a social justice philosophy. I am so weary of seeing people trade in a gospel that has power for one that does not, & I am disappointed to see Work of the People propagating views that narrow the person of Jesus down to what we can do without him. There is such a rich expanse of Christianity that is not fundamental-right-wing-nonsense, but this liberal movement misses the kingdom of God in it's reaction. Both sides exemplify a narrow, lacking worldview. There is more than both of you realize. Evangelicals preach with words but no actions, pluralists/etc preach with work but no actual message (aside from humanism). When unitarians like Alexander feed a starving village but fail to address the issues of sin, hunger will always remain. Jesus provides freedom from the characteristics in people that cause hunger/greed/apathy/etc. Oh how I wish my compassionate liberal friends could see that they are leading the world into a place that is not free of problems & rejects the one who can alleviate them. I don't know what the point of writing this is, except that I'm bummed. So, please, stop spreading this stuff. Sigh.
He wasn't, you know, so it was most unfair. And I do keep warning Rachel that all this postliberal stuff that excites her in college will get her nowhere. Fortunately her anchors are well embedded. It's my fault over there too:
On another blog, my views about marriage were regarded as narrow-minded and only worthy of ignoring. What I want to learn to do is listen whilst at the same time being true to what I think, without articulating anything other than an openness and I am finding it challenging.
She means here, of course. And then there was this change of photograph over on Lesley's blog entry. Being a bit thick I'd noticed the change but not the explanation:
Sam Norton said...
That's a shockingly unflattering picture of Jo - who happens to be a lovely lady - did you have to include it? (serious question)
As for the content - seems like civil servant boilerplate. I trust you'll reply pointing this out...
14 February 2011 13:09
Blogger Lesley said...
Hi Sam, I didn't think the photo was that bad - obviously too used to the Pluralist depicting me! I've changed it, hope that is better. I am sure she's lovely, as are most of the people I meet in the CofE.
14 February 2011 14:14
Blogger Pluralist (Adrian Worsfold) said...
Oh I see, it's MY fault!
16 February 2011 19:44
Blogger Lesley said...
Most things are - surely you know THAT by now?
16 February 2011 19:53
It can't be my fault because I am most careful in the use of my drawings and pictures and always try to give a reasonable representation of the person I draw. My drawings pop up all over the web world and I'm quite happy about that. I even consider requests.
And as for Erika, I'm still warm from the last five or ten times she has put me on the bonfire.