The so-called Deathly Ill letter is partly a theological treatise, but primarily, it’s an invitation. The key phrase is halfway through:
We invite like-minded pastors and elders to a gathering on August 25-27 in Minneapolis to explore joining this movement and help shape its character.
I like the idea of an invitation. I like it, because it calls to mind the ministry of Jesus. But how is this invitation different from Jesus’ invitation? Continue reading Response to the “Deathly Ill” Letter #3: Invitation
You seem to think that you can actually separate the church – that you can divide the good old-fashioned Bible-believing family-values anti-gay Christians from the homosexual heretics and those who support them . Just cleanly pull the two groups apart, like tearing along the perforation.
This makes me smile to myself.
Because it won’t work. Continue reading Response to the “Deathly Ill” Letter #2: Why it won’t work
For the past few months I’ve been meaning to respond to a letter that’s been circulating in the Presbyterian Church (USA), nicknamed the “deathly ill” letter (from a phrase it its first paragraph). This will probably be the first of two or three posts.
For background, I’d suggest you read the letter itself, here: http://www.fellowship-pcusa.org/wp-content/uploads/A-Letter-to-the-PCUSA-February-2011-final3.pdf
I’ll address this post as though to the letter’s authors. Continue reading Response to the “Deathly Ill” Letter (#1)