Shuck and Jive

Monday, March 22, 2010

Reformed Vs. "Reformed"

It appears that Dave at 'the reformed pastor' is making a little list. This is a list of clergy who are not nearly as righteous as he is. Included on the list of 'clergy not as holy as Dave' is my colleague, friend, and LGBT activist, Rev. Janet Edwards.

Rev. Edwards was taken to church court (twice!) by some of Dave's BFTS buddies. Janet came out victorious (twice). Because of her intelligence, courage, and gentle spirit, she has done a great deal for marriage equality in our denomination.

She models what it means to be a minister in the Reformed Tradition.

Dave, on the other hand, is so infatuated with his own superstitions that he cannot fathom the notion that theological reflection is a human activity and as such requires thought as opposed to regurgitation.

Enough of him.

Do yourself a favor and read some of Rev. Edwards' thoughtful pieces.

She is a contributor to the "On Faith" column in the Washington Post and blogs at A Time to Embrace.


  1. Hmm ... making a list, eh? A list of people who are not as righteous, hmm? Does this list have a color? Is it .. red? Or perhaps it lacks color. Perhaps it's ... black? Is it a black list?

    I think this country has seen this movie before.

    Keep doing what you're doing. :-)

  2. I checked his list..looks like a lot are people I'd enjoy studying. Enjoyed the service last Sunday. You make me think, which I've never had to do in any other church I've been to. Thanks for that.

  3. John,

    You have a way with words! Makes me smile ... and sometimes laugh ... and even dance. You really do preach and teach and model the Good News. Thanks.

    It's amazing how some people can read the Bible and come down on the side of legalism and self-righteousness and separation and judgment and condemnation.

    But I do have to remenber that I -- all too often -- fall into those mistakes and errors with my words and actions.