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18 May 2008
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Spirit, change, and consistency
the editorial and
the comment about how we try to domesticate the
Holy Spirit. There seems to be a lot of that lately by all parties
I suppose. I agree that there is a legitimate development of doctrine
in the Church under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
It seems logical
to me, however, that there would be an inner coherence and consistency
between what has been revealed in the past with what is purported
to be revealed today concerning the faith, Christian morality, values,
etc. I know it is fashionable to say God is pushing us into new and
improved ways of thinking, but I cling to a more moderate approach.
12 May 2008
and cheer our soiled face'
from Carlton Kelley and Peter Winterble (May
12, 2008) struck
a chord with me. I, too, have been asking
is the Southern Cone and which dioceses make up this province; and
(b) how come
+Gene Robinson doesn't get an invitation to Lambeth, while the hatemongers
do (even though most of them are not going because they are attending
a gathering in Jerusalem at that time, if, like Archbishop Venables,
they're not sheep-stealing in provinces other than their own).
I am convinced
by now that the Anglican Communion is on a self-destruct course.
And I'm more and more convinced that this is not altogether a bad
thing. When (I no longer use 'If') the split comes, those on both
sides of this issue can get back to the mandate of Christ — you
know, that stuff about loving one another, feeding the hungry (God
knows there are enough of them in these days of food shortges and
high prices), comforting the afflicted (I'm sure the victims of
the earthquake in China, the cyclone in Burma and the various wars
in Africa and the Middle East don't give a rat's patoot about whether
or not Gene Robinson should have been consecrated), and showing
by word and deed what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ.
Spirit indeed! End this fractious squabbling, turn the hearts of
Anglicans of all stripes so that we look outward, not inward, and
let us agree to disagree and get on with what we have been called
to in our baptism.
In the meantime,
AO, keep up your good work as a voice of reason in a church that
seems to have lost hold of the vision.
St. John's Cathedral
Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA
13 May 2008
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