Read it all–pages 3 and 4 once you download the pdf.
That’s truly the strangest cover to a Diocesan newsletter I’ve seen in quite some time.
I’ll venture a guess: a minstrel show in the bizarro world. Statmann
Not a whole lot about a relationship with Jesus Christ in the article.
And how would a TEC bishop purport to know what a vibrant church of any kind looks like, apart from via rumors?
Here’s a quote:
â€œMy Grandmother told me children donâ€™t reject Jesus, just the package you put him in. […] And the lives of some people attending Messiah are filled with tough choices.
â€œThe scripture gives them hope,â€ he said. â€œWe might get someone who tells us â€˜I didnâ€™t smoke weed all last week.â€™ Now, you know some people will say you arenâ€™t supposed to be smoking marijuana anyway, and thatâ€™s true. But for some people to be able to make a statement like that, you know the church is making a difference in their lives. And thatâ€™s important.
â€œYou canâ€™t talk about colonies of lepers here. That doesnâ€™t work here. We have people who are homeless, or losing their jobs, or their boy is acting the fool. Nobody gives a damn about that. But we can give people hope. We can get them up and moving again, and people believe, I can get up and do something.â€
Without hope, which comes from the messages provided during church services and the actions of the various activities available through Messiah, there is nothing.
â€œIf youâ€™re living in a city with all this despair and canâ€™t offer hope, then youâ€™re crazy,â€ Randolph said.
â€œPeople are begging for an experience with God. Begging for it. If you donâ€™t provide that, itâ€™s spiritual malpractice.â€
This diocese has a particular population they are trying to reach…Detroit is a city that has fallen into poverty BECAUSE of an industry that was subsidized and failed, people who were subsidized and have failed (spiritually and morally). Generations have not learned how to live in Christ’s Way, power, holiness, truth, love and life of Jesus Christ. I hope they are teaching His Holy Way and not compromising it with the pansexual agenda, syncretism and liberal unbelieving unregenerate mythical counterfeit gospel of materialism, temporal, emotional and physical gratification that doesn’t provide righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.
While I’m in general agreement with the sentiments you express, I think +Mark Lawrence and a handfull of other bishops have a pretty fair idea of what a vibrant Episcopal church looks like. But as a generalization, your comment is certainly valid.
#4 – he was here at my parish this past weekend, confirming/receiving 16 people, including 11 teenage boys. He knows what at least one looks like.
Well done, #7!