Random Links 84

Bachelor of Divinity (BD) and Diploma in Theology (University of London External Programme)
I know Alwyn did this in amazing time … awesome!

Brian McLaren on the Homosexual Question: Finding a Pastoral Response
When i saw the title, I thought .. “I guess he’s going to try to reframe the question .. and fireworks are on the way.” As a pastor I found these words to be very true .. especially in complicated scenarios … “I hesitate in answering “the homosexual question” not because I’m a cowardly flip-flopper who wants to tickle ears, but because I am a pastor, and pastors have learned from Jesus that there is more to answering a question than being right or even honest: we must also be . . . pastoral. That means understanding the question beneath the question, the need or fear or hope or assumption that motivates the question.” But of course, as always in my experience of reading Brian these past years there’s always areas which some will find it hard to swallow or unhappy about or just plainly disagree

Brian McLaren on the Homosexual Question 2: A Blogger’s Response
So, we hear from one who diagrees with Brian …

Brian McLaren on the Homosexual Question 3: A Prologue and Rant by Mark Driscoll
This post now edited by the moderator equally causes a stir.
*Note: I think Andrew Jones’ Is the Blogosphere Ready for Mark Driscoll? provides an important context to Mark Driscoll*

*updated* Brian McLaren on the Homosexual Question 4: McLaren’s Response
Here’s an interesting quote … “I say all this not expecting to change anybody’s mind, but simply hoping that a few readers will know that there are people who take Scripture seriously, who love Jesus and want to be faithful pastors, who are not “relativistic postmodernists” at all, and yet who don’t find the issue as simple as some people do. We acknowledge the sincerity and good faith of our brothers and sisters who find that this all resolves very simply in black and white and without any shadow of doubt; we only wish they could extend the same grace and not assume or assert things about us that aren’t true.”

CHURCH & SOCIETY IN ASIA TODAY
While it’s important in this “flat world” to keep in touch with issues like the “Homosexual” Question above, there are also other immediate concerns we need to look into here in Asia. Of course, I think the rhetoric will be different. Hopefully …

How to have a good, healthy, constructive conversation on a blog
Healthy Blog Conversation Part II
Is ranting christian? – Healthy Blog Conversation III
Jason Clark chips in on how we can talk to and with each other through this strange medium of blogging.

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