Read it all there.
I am sure that will be a tome of epic theological depth.
The subtitle is a little worrisome:
“Proclaiming the Good News of the Episcopal Church”
= Proclaiming the Gospel of the Episcopal Church
I might have preferred “Proclaiming the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ” –but maybe that’s what he meant. His subtitle sounds a bit sectarian.
Anyway, I’m not holding my breath–or pre-ordering. I don’t have any interest in these sorts of in-house, churchy books; Morehouse is not high on my list of must-see publishers. But maybe there’s something in this book that is surprising and not predictable. Interested readers can let the rest of us know.
How to kow-tow to culture and be slick about it so’s the pew potatoes don’t bolt with the money or stampede and break up the cushy job.
I well remember folks in the DioTX calling folks like their current bishop “crazies at GC, that’ll never happen here.”
Surprise, surprise, surprise.
Regarding the book cover, what does Holy Scripture say about tattoos?
Not that it would matter, of course.
Well, Iâ€™m reserving judgment, and have ordered a copy.
I am in DioTex, and have been a bit suspicious of Bp. Doyle. But then I also acknowledge that my suspicious nature is not all his fault; every TEC bishop comes now with a stain which must be removed before he can be fully trusted. I am not yet there with this bishop.
I do have people close to me who praise his shepherdâ€™s heart, even when the complaints were against the church and her clergy. I read carefully his â€œUnity in Missionâ€ statement before GC this year. While I do not like â€“intensely do not like what I believe is his abstaining in his job of protecting and defending the faith of the apostles, I do agree with the unstated conclusion: Diocesan unity for the moment is administrative only. Doctrinally, we have all become Congregationalists.
He is not the fire breather I want. But I have been told by men I do trust totally that they in turn trust Bp. Doyle. As I said, I am not there yet, but the things I have heard about him, from people who have a place to know, are good, the things I have read by him have been (I think) accurate if uninspiring, the few sermons I have heard have been better than average
And that is a great deal of faint praise.
But I want him to convince me. I want to read his book.
Surprisingly, [url=http://â€‹www.virtueonline.org/â€‹portal/modules/news/â€‹article.php?storyid=15712]David Virtue[/url] posted a helpful piece by Bp. Doyle from last spring.
I find a good bit I like (with substatial echos of NT Wright) in his comments, and a fair bit that concerns me. I want to hear more.