Scot’s Post is worth passing on to you…

2Scot McKnight is not only an immensely important Biblical scholar and author but also an astute commentator on all things from the American “churchworld.”  Maybe you have heard some things of late about what is occurring within the Southern Baptist Convention in regards to leadership abuse as well as issues revolving around women in leadership.  If you have not, it may merit some attention on your part.  These are the issues that are coming to “every” Christian denomination that aggressively maintains misogynistic and sexist leadership practices.  Not only were they wrong in the past but they have shown themselves to be especially mistaken and out of touch with what the Spirit of God is up to in the 21st century in regards to these issues.

Scot posted today some comments from “uber Bible teacher” Beth Moore.  Her comments on Twitter of late have not only been outstanding but also prophetic.  Note please, if you choose to read her posts, that she is NOT ditching her history and her allegiances…rather she is attempting courageously to call out practices and theology that have promoted patriarchy and been that which has discouraged and sidelined a good percentage of the “priesthood of all believers” for centuries within her denomination while still maintaining an “insider” commitment.  For that, I’m thankful.  It is too easy to walk away from that which has been a rich part of one’s history as a follower of Jesus.  No one denomination, movement, or mega-church platform has all the “right” praxis for issues of faith.  One of the reasons that it is acceptable to have a multiplicity of divergent Christian “tribes” (if you will) is for each of us to see blind spots in our practice and theology.  For ANY denomination to display the arrogance of “rightness” is an affront to what most of us attempt to embrace in terms of the beauty of the diversity of the Body of Christ.  Even so, words need to be loudly proclaimed in terms of this issue that Beth addresses.  IF there is ANY GOOD THING that is to come out of the current struggles that individual churches, leaders, and denominations are facing in terms of issues having to do with abuse (i.e. #metoo and #churchmetoo) it may be that FINALLY eyes will be open and patriarchal and antiquated perspectives and practices in ministry leadership will fall into the annals of history.  It is time for every person who calls upon the name of the Lord to understand, embrace, and live in the calling that Jesus has so graciously given.  That calling…that anointing…is not exclusive to the male gender.  Maybe the truth that “in Christ, there is no…male nor female…we are all ONE in Jesus” finally lead the entire Church into the fullness of experiencing the “priesthood of ALL believers.”

Here is the link to Beth’s comments on Scot’s blog – worth your attention!

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The Parable of the Life-Giving Station

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“The Parable Of The Lifesaving Station”

On a dangerous seacoast where shipwrecks often occur there was once
a crude little lifesaving station. The building was just a hut, and
there was only one boat, but the few devoted members kept a constant
watch over the sea, and with no thought for themselves, they went
out day or night tirelessly searching for the lost.

Many lives were saved by this wonderful little station so that it
became famous. Some of those who were saved, and various others in
the surrounding areas, wanted to become associated with the station
and give of their time and money and effort for the support of its
work. New boats were bought and new crews were trained. The little
lifesaving station grew.

Some of the new members of the lifesaving station were unhappy that
the building was so crude and so poorly equipped. They felt that a
more comfortable place should be provided as the first refuge of
those saved from the sea.

They replaced the emergency cots with beds and put better furniture
in an enlarged building. Now the lifesaving station became a popular
gathering place for its members, and they redecorated it beautifully
and furnished it as a sort of club.

Less of the members were now interested in going to sea on
lifesaving missions, so they hired lifeboat crews to do this work.

The mission of lifesaving was still given lip-service but most were
too busy or lacked the necessary commitment to take part in the
lifesaving activities personally.

About this time a large ship was wrecked off the coast and the
hired crews brought in boatloads of cold, wet and half-drowned
people.

They were dirty and sick, some had skin of a different color, some
spoke a strange language, and the beautiful new club was
considerably messed up. So the property committee immediately had a
shower house built outside the club where victims of shipwreck could
be cleaned up before coming inside.

At the next meeting, there was a split in the club membership. Most
of the members wanted to stop the club’s lifesaving activities as
being unpleasant and a hindrance to the normal pattern of the club.

But some members insisted that lifesaving was their primary purpose
and pointed out that they were still called a lifesaving station.
But they were finally voted down and told that if they wanted to
save the life of all various kinds of people who were shipwrecked in
those waters, they could begin their own lifesaving station down the
coast. They did.

As the years went by, the new station experienced the same changes
that had occurred in the old. They evolved into a club and yet
another lifesaving station was founded.

If you visit the seacoast today you will find a number of exclusive
clubs along that shore. Shipwrecks are still frequent in those
waters, but now most of the people drown!

Comments from Robin for your reflection and prayer:

Are you a part of a club? OR a Life-saving station? Jesus looked at one of the people he loved who dared to walk on the water but quickly sank and SAVED him! Jesus is always looking for those who are struggling, living lives that would be best described as “shipwrecked.” That’s why Jesus calls those of us who follow and love him to join him in doing the Father’s work…that being, saving those who are in any risk of drowning. Let’s not lose our focus as Jesus followers. Yes, it is nice to be involved in a great faith community that has nice facilities and is blessed in more ways than we can count. Even so, our task as fellow Jesus followers should never be confused with anything that even “smells” of club membership. Jesus came to seek and save…guess what? That is our mission too! Who is Jesus calling YOU to touch with his love? Is there a shipwreck occurring in or around your circle of friends or influence that Jesus is calling YOU to attend to? That’s my prayer for you this week!