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Letters to AO

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Letters from 22 to 29 February 2004

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Goats and God's domain

THE PRESEIDENT AND SOME MEMBERS of [the US] Congress are planning on treading where wise men of old dared not go. To legislate who can be loved and who can love. This Dominion has from creation belonged to God and God alone. As a follower of Jesus I must warn all persons of faith that this is blasphemy against Godís Holy Spirit — the unforgivable sin.

Historically, marriage was a means of barter. My daughter (a woman) for your goats, oxen, and some grain. It was a means of institutional slavery. This was the basis of marriage. Some modifications have been made, but still many view it as a modern slavery. The husband (a man) has dominion over his wife (a woman). Many conservative Christians still hold to those views.

When it comes to love and loving that is Godís domain. God is Love. Now people, who want to continue in Godís salvation and good grace had better watch what they say and what they do because God is not a respecter of persons and God will not be mocked. Donít quote Bible verses to God because any book, any legal authority, any court do not bind God, not anything touching the earth effects Godís love for ALL Godís children. Argued against this and you stand holding a hammer and nails at Jesusí cross to crucify him again today.

The Holy Sprit is God with us today. Just remember: 'Whom God has joined together — humankind had best put aside'.

My God have mercy on The United States of America for its arrogance to even think of assuming Godís responsibilities.

William A. Flint
St Columb's Episcopal Church
Jackson, Mississippi, USA
24 February 2004

Words mean what I want them to

I JUST GOT CAUGHT UP ON MY AO READING and as an Anglican blogger, I've gotta take issue with your characterization of blogs.

First, most blogs do not want to "grow up" into "real websites." We're quite happy with being what we are. As most websites are public relations outposts of some group or company and we seek to be ourselves in the online world as much as we are in the physical world, there's little desire for most of us to turn our sites into portals of someone else's agenda.

Second, it's easy to find blogs that you want to read, if you know how to go about doing this sort of thing. Find a blog you like. Start checking out the links that the blogger finds interesting or important. Read those. Choose to read some regularly and reject reading others. Continue following links. Repeat the above steps. It's just like the rest of the web. The point isn't to read it all; the point, for me at least, remains to find interesting people with thoughts (which I may agree with or not) that provoke my own thoughts and my own journey through life. Which is coincidentally the reason that I'm an academic.

Third, (and I say this with a wry smile of humor) "first remove the plank from your own eye before removing the speck from your brother's eye." AO is essentially a blog. It's the thoughts of what your team thinks (so it's a group blog, in essence), compiled together with links that you find interesting, important, and relevant. It's also got longer extended pieces on what you think Anglicanism is. (And, although I largely agree with what you all write, it's perspectival in the way that you consider the week before the blogging piece, in your writing on Underhill and Blake.) You link to sources of news (which many of us bloggers do, too), you make an effort to be interactive and have a continuing conversation with a regular core of readers. Just because you don't call yourself a blog doesn't mean you are not. I — and others probably — tend to think of you as a blog, and you seem more like one than not.

Yeah, blogs have the problems that you mention. But so does the rest of the Internet and most human endeavors. Don't judge blogs by bad examples of Christian Atkins dieters (by the way, what will they do in Lent, when traditionally one gives up meat? *grin*). Judge them by the best examples of what they can be.

And read my blog! *wry grin*

Nathan Paxton
Trinity Church, Copley, Boston and the SSJE monastery
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
25 February 2004

Selective principles?

SORRY TO LEARN THROUGH Rowan Williams' charge to Eames Commission that by implication, Gay and Lesbian Anglican Christians along with their supporting families and friends, might be considered an 'embarrassment' or are being considered in terms of 'evangelistic difficulties'.

I hope and pray that general Christian Gospel principles will take precedence and prevail over any highly selective, distorted and/or disputed Pauline ones.

I am thankful that the Anglican part of the Christian community in New Westminster and New Hampshire have decided to 'draw boundaries' that are inclusive 'to proclaim the gospel of Jesus' to all.

Martin Murray
(mainland PRC where there is no legal Anglican Church)
Shenyang, Liaoning, People's Republic of China
23 February 2004

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