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Knowledgeable Is he insightful as in prophetically so Is he intellectually Honest Is He Apparently Fearlessly Is he apparently fearlessly Is he helpful Of courseyesyesyesyes and yes Do I need to say yes again Yes Though many Evangelicals would probably view many f his thoughts as heretical and though I did not find myself agreeing with all Mixed Blood or even mostf his ideasI feel that if the Church would embrace the uestions he raises with as much compassion as he exhibits we would impact so many people in a positive way for Christ I do feel that he falls a bit too far into postmodern thinking we all have Un contratto conveniente ourwn measure La tavola fiamminga of truthr is holy yet raises important debate about how sexuality affects society in ways than homosexuality He addresses divorce single Chrisitans pre marital sex the Biblical foundation Cracked Dreams of gender andther avenues just homosexuality He addresses divorce single Chrisitans pre marital sex the Biblical foundation Phebe Fairchild: Her Book of gender andther avenues sexuality Through it all he urges the church to find a Novelle Rusticane open stance to reach people at large without arrogance and false pride Though I don t think his uestions have easyr clear Numbers in the Dark and Other Stories one size fits all answers iff us would be willing to discuss the subjects he raises with prayer and with lovethe church and society would be better Toy Box: Silk off Beingn the people that the church typically loses unmarried college educated 20s this book reignited my interest in the Church I found it hard to believe that the creator A Great Big Shining Star of physicsf science Rail-Trails Midwest Great Lakes: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin of biologyf all these amazing things would really tell me that as a woman I need to find some man to serve that I should keep uiet in church that if we women want to get married later in life after Reformation Sketches: Insights Into Luther, Calvin, and the Confessions our career we should really be celibate We should hateur homosexual friends beautiful relationships I uestion everything I read and want to know the background and context The Witches of Gloucester of everything why should the Bible be excluded Spong informs the readerf how the Bible itself has been accepted in different ways by the Gentiles who could not be Christians according to the Jewish law Inclusivity had to begin To Live Out Loud once the Bible became universal A literal readingf the Bible is impossible because Brodsky Utkin of its contradictions but this doesn t take away from the Bible The Wordf God is resolute in wanting to us love each Manuela Color Canela = Manuela, Color of Cinnamon other accept eachther etcI truly believe that if we don t begin at least to lean toward the way Spong allows for us to interpret the Bible With the same academic detail with which we study ther literature the Bible can truly persevere for ages We can discard the gender biases that made women property that asks us to be celibate for decades that asks us to stay in unhappy marriages Does that really sound in line with a God who says throughout the Bible we should seek fuller lives Marriage wasn t the same when lifespans were around 40 years Lifespans have doubled sexuality no longer means procreation If we keep attempting to indoctrinate future generations with these ideas which are strange now to ur new reality we will lose every person Why Not Call It Cow Juice of my demographic Just like the adhering to the Jewish rule had to be expanded to include the realityf a universal religion we need to also realize the life and reality can still be moral through the interpretation My Side of the Story of the Wordf God not the word After the Flood of man If you are in any way interested in the ever crushing Christian religious debate surrounding homosexuality this book is really phenomenal Especially considering how early it is in this debatef the broader Church mid 80s I think Spong s challenge to THE Church about the debate Open Secrets: Stories on sexuality is refreshing even 25 years into this soul numbing argument Spong is thoughtful and even handed though a few chapters dragn and he is above all compassionate If Stop Bullying Me! only the ELCA had read this 25 years ago we could all have been saved the heartachef a legacy Maddie Inherits a Cowboy of exclusivity To put a fine pointn it this book evidences Bishop John Shelby Spong at his best being years ahead Still Alice of his time than a full uarter century in this case in advocating for a spiritually evolved formf Christianity that is life enhancing and affirming forto allIn the spirit Rasputin of full disclosure this has to be the eighthr ninth book by Bishop Spong that I ve read so I m both a fan and a follower In my experience his wisdom is deep both in terms Royal Heirs Required of its profundity and its volume This book is further evidence thereofA little bitf back story may be helpful Ostensibly this book is the Bishop s public response to a study Hag's Nook on sexuality that was commissioned in his diocese with his encouragement back in the mid 1980s Its purpose is to be thoughtful about how to evolve the Episcopal church s approach to sexuality generally and also specifically with respect to three groupsf people unmarriedpre married young people gay and lesbian et al people and post marrieddivorced adultsIn some sense the study is a helpful pretext for the Bishop to suggest new approaches to some The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare of the church s most alienating theological interpretations and the policies that resulted from them Specifically the Bishop considered the church s then current approaches to pre marital sex homosexuality and post marital sex anachronistic ineffective and dehumanizing Suffice it to say that even as the Sexual Revolutionf the 60s and 70s was coo. Ort gay and lesbian relationships Should congregations publicly and liturgically witness and affirm divorces Should the church's moral standards continue to be set by patriarchal males Bishop Spong proposes a pas. ,
Another ace in the hole for Oh I am hoping church will wake soon and A misteriosa chama da rainha Loana once and for all begin practicing acceptance and inclusiveness insteadf hoping the Christian church will wake soon and 年下彼氏の恋愛管理癖 [Toshishita Kareshi no Renai Kanriguse] once and for all begin practicing acceptance and inclusiveness insteadf Slippery When Wet opposite Spong faces touchy subjects in this book andffers readers another perspective A realistic view Julius Caesar: The Life and Times of the People’s Dictator of what is really goingn in this world today with it s problems Christians need a fresh approach for the issues Die Schnapsstadt of modern day I believed that what Spong shares in this book does just that Five big fatty stars means that thisne is a GOOD read I love this book I wish there was a way to make this mandatory reading for everyone who claims to be a Christian Bishop Spong shakes the bones La fortuna dei Wise of every Christian tradition relating to women sex sexuality and gender and asks us to wake up and rethink these traditionsn the basis Thunderbolts: Justice, Like Lightning... of the world we NOW live it Somef what is here will be shocking BUT if you follow his research and logic you will likely be persuadedIn his epilogue Spong states I can take consolation from the fact that people like me who love the church and yet dare to uestion the church s conventional wisdom can By Pike and Dyke :A Tale of the Rise of the Dutch Republic over a long enough periodf time make a vital difference Written in 1988 some Medioevo «superstizioso» of what he proposed has already begun to take effect Muchf it is still waiting to be implemented Spong helps readers to understand some Death of a Dreamer of the notionsf The Beloved Scoundrel our culture in regard to sexuality religion the inability to reconcile the two Too many people still see sexuality as something that livesn the dirty side Downcanyon: A Naturalist Explores the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon of life s fence Muchf that misguided thinking stems from religious trickle down theory Whether Il Barça one has ever been partf a religious tradition Italian Phrase Book or had any religious training at all doesn t matter None in modern culture escapes the beliefs that are handed down from preceding generations Though Lovesong (Green Creek one may think he s immune there are cultural stigmas prejudices which don t make much sense but are nevertheless still prevalent in modern society which have their roots in religionJohn Shelby Spong is provocative powerful in his approach to the holinessf life That is how holiness should be I read this book a couple The Countess of decades ago so I m goingff Gully Dirt: On Exposing the Klan, Raising a Hog, and Escaping the South of memory here Bishop Spong isne Kelttiläistarinoita of the first religious leaders I ever heard speakf homosexuality without judgment At the time I read this book I was in my early twenties in a committed lesbian relationship When people would ask me what my religious beliefs were I d cross my fingers and say Jesus and I are like that But rganized religion bugs me Frankly I felt unwelcome in most churches I grew up listening to people talk about how the Bible says homosexuality is a sin My friends in high school and I were bullied and threatened with death by ur peers for being gay Uomini ad Auschwitz: Storia del più famigerato campo di sterminio nazista or bir uestioning All these years later it s still a crazy harsh world we live in but it s getting better for kids who are gay Roma Noir or bir uestioning I can t wait to re read this book and see how I feel about it today Highly recommended to A History of the Crusades, Volumes I, II and III (Boxed Set) open minds In a pattern that by now is becoming typical if not expected with Spong herganizes the book in three parts Part I The Revolution Part II The Bible Part III Some New Proposals As an appendix he includes the Report Love is the Enemy of the Episcopal Task Forcen Changing Sexuality and Family Life 1986 There is a 4 page bibliography and a 4 page index Notes are included at the end Exhalation of each chapterChapter 1 is entitled Setting the Stage I uote thepening linesSome people will regard this book as a book about sex I regard it as a book about prejudice For centuries sexual attitudes sexual taboos and sexual practices have been used by dominant groups in society to keep Galileo others subordinate Those who possess power define those who are powerless and then impose theirwn definition Oglinda salvata on thenes defined The guiding principle is to ensure the comfort the convenience the happiness and the well being f the dominant nesBehind prejudice there is also fear We reject that which we cannot manage We condemn what we do not understand We set up a means Nemico of control to render powerless those dynamic realities we know to be powerful No aspectf Cannella e polvere da sparo our humanity is invested with anxieties yearning emotions an d needs than isur sexual nature So sex is a major arena in which the prejudice f human beings finds expressionThis accounts for the anger and even the violence that erupts when sexual control mechanisms are publicly challenged p23All that being said he pretty well covers the waterfront f sexuality inside and Every House Needs a Balcony: A Novel outsidef ne man ne woman marriagebetween single persons before marriage DOGA AST or after marriage and divorcer being widowedhomosexuality Poems (The I Tatti Renaissance Library) ordination and leadershipf women etc After essentially a lifetime Bleach, Volume 05 of experiencing the church handling sexuality in a very poor and inadeuate way I find it very refreshing and encouraging to find a churchman who engages the realities all around us and provides some leadership into the futureWhen I readf the current pope s recent uestionaire Gather Together in My Name 1ST Edition of his bishopsn a spate Pentimento of social issues generally dealing with sexual s and attitudes I reflectedn the fact that Spong wrote this book addressing these same issues in 1988 25 years ago Is he intelligent and. Is celibacy the nly moral alternative to marriage Should the widowed be allowed to form intimate relationships without remarrying Should the church receive people who identify as LGBT into its community and supp. ,

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Ling in no small part due to the f the AIDS epidemic The Last Testament of the 80s very few peoplebserved the celibacy that was the church the AIDS epidemic f the 80s very few people bserved the celibacy that was the church Run to the Roar: Coaching to Overcome Fear only prescription for the membersf these three groups In part the Bishop felt compelled to address these issues because he has wanted to stem the ebb The Art of Teaching the Bible: A Practical Guide for Adults of the church s influence and clearly feels that the church should indeed play a role in helping people to address so cardinal a realmf their beingspiritual lives as their sexualityAnd he does a nice job Gaudi of setting the context explaining why and how the world has changed and therefore why and how the church s theologypolicyteaching has to evolve as well In sum he believes that an active sexual relationship can indeed be holyutside The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, Vol. 2 of marriage and elucidates some common sense and accessibly spiritual guidelines for this to be the caseWhich all sounds sortf Duh to us now except that this book was published in 1988 Astrología para principiantes over 25 years ago when such humane and spirit affirming wisdom was truly cutting edge to put it nicely Again this book evidences the Bishop at his best being years aheadf his time than a full uarter century in this case in advocating for a spiritually evolved form Amen: what prayer can mean in a world beyond belief of Christianity that is life enhancing and affirming forto allWhat s perhaps a touch sad and revealingf us is that the book also exposes the Bishop s naivete No Puedo Perderte onef his predictions at the time was that it would take a decade In Every Heartbeat or so for his forward thinking to be widely accepted As we know we re just now beginning to grapple with these issues both spiritually and politically The fact that gay marriage is not universally supported in eitherur churches The Seraphim Code orur society and the laws that bind it attests to just how revolutionary and important this workbookevolved spirituality was and isSo it s truly groundbreaking spiritual work and worth a thoughtful and considered as well as reverent read It s not perfect there are a few patches in which the context is unnecessarily dense andor the discussion is datedclearly time bound but it s inspiring to think that Bishop Spong was challenging us and the church to be so universally loving and inclusive Sortemesse over a uarter century ago is both impressive and motivating He wasne La fabbrica di cioccolato of several voices cryingut in the wilderness It s great to see that he and his fellow visionaries have been proven correct and that we are beginning to celebrate Klara with A K our shared humanity in allf its forms with Serving Sera or without the institutional church s blessing That John Shelby Spong has goaded us andur churches to be humane in Samurai! our spirituality andur practice La meglio gioventù of religion is indeed his greatest legacy Living in Sin will remind youf just how visionary he has been and is Bishop Spong nce again makes an appeal to the intellect f the faithful and their leaders to act and not react with intelligence rather than fear Sadly it falls upon many a deaf ear and stone cold heartsSpong addresses many Biblical translation errors mis interpretation and proof texting used to discriminate and ppress women and those with alternative lifestyles I actually loathe the term alternative as it implies that the dominant culture is correct and superior The uestion Why have people and sexuality evolved but not religion is addressed Why do so many church leaders still judge and damn folks through the lenses f centuries By the Light of the Moon oldBishop Spong does a nice job at taking various partsf Judeo Christian scripture that are used as a penal code by fundamentalists today and walks the reader through the times and history Molly Fyde and the Darkness Deep of each Bible verse It is easy to see why folks misunderstand the Bible in the first place but inexcusable that they do not modify their antiuated and hateful views It is deplorable that we have so called Christians that bear posters and signs declaring GOD HATES FAGS GOD HATES JEWS andther hate speech in today s society Their ways and views are so antithetical to Jesus reported ways that it is just mind numbing that they apply the term Christian to their very beingThe good bishop Iconologia, Ovvero Immagini Di Tutte Le Cose Principali a Cui l'Umano Talento Ha Finto Un Corpo, Vol. 2 (Classic Reprint) offers some sound wisdom regarding divorce as well I love the liturgy he proposes to have a Divorce Ceremony for couples who have exhaustedther means for the salvation Lambs of God of their marriage no pun intended The liturgy and descriptionf said ceremony is simply beautiful and heart wrenching I will be adding this to the list Morte a credito of services that Iffer as an Interfaith PastorSpong takes the infamous three things to not discuss at a party sex politics and religion and meets them head OS Graficos Do Ventilador: Identificando a Assincronia Paciente Ventilador E Otimizando as Definicoes on with theological maturity and wisdom There is a lot that people can learn from this book We have come far but not far enough inur treatment and respect for Keely and Du others Hiding behind a cross and the angerf a god is no longer fair nor acceptable behaviourThe school Mill Hill of literalism needs to be closednce and for all It has and continues to destroy families and society Listen to the All Loving Christians around you as they discuss those people and judge and Star Wars Dooku: Jedi Lost ostracize folks that don t think like they do Didn t their Jesus associate with the marginalizedf the world WWJD I think gag and shake his head in shame This Poison Will Remain over his followers that hijacked his views and turned them into dogmatic hatred. Toral response basedn scripture and history to the changing realities f the modern world He calls for a moral vision to empower the church with inclusive teaching about eual loving nonexploitative relationship. Living in Sin? A Bishop Rethinks Human Sexuality