Regrettable links: A Church Group, a Lawsuit, and a Culture of Abuse | (A)theologies | Religion Dispatches


I hate seeing anyone fall into disarray, especially when I happen to have connections to the group (in my past). However this article and case point a couple of important points, and stand as an excellent teaching moment for the rest of us (if we can do so without minimizing the pain caused).

First there is a real world importance of dedicating one’s self and church to doing good theological and exegetical work. Bad theology and exegesis has real world results. Expect more from yourself and your leaders. If you are in a church that minimizes theology as elitist and wasteful, run away; because the inability to see how thought creates action will cause harmful consequences sooner or later.

Second there is a real world importance to allowing questions and concerns to be addressed by members of the body. True we should do so lovingly, but to question is not evil, it is not wrong. In In the process we may find our question to be wrong; but it is never wrong to question. Expect more from yourself and your leaders. If the authorities in your church or denomination do not respect questions and doubts, run away. Because the unexamined church with unaccountable leaders is a bomb ready to explode sooner or later.

A Church Group, a Lawsuit, and a Culture of Abuse | (A)theologies | Religion Dispatches.

P.S. I hate to say I told you so but I called BS on I Kissed Dating Goodbye within 6 months of its publication (and got called some pretty good names for doing so).

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