Shuck and Jive

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Thank You, Janet

Rev. Janet Edwards, co-moderator of More Light Presbyterians, blogs at A Time to Embrace. Janet in good faith has been trying to reach out to those who disagree with the church's decision to change ordination standards. She is a kind and gracious person and sincerely wishes to build bridges. She has been following the spirit of our denomination's leaders, who wrote to the church:
However, as Presbyterians, we believe that the only way we will find God’s will for the church is by seeking it together – worshiping, praying, thinking, and serving alongside one another. We are neighbors and colleagues, friends and family. Most importantly, we are all children of God, saved and taught by Jesus Christ, and filled with the Holy Spirit.
You can read her letters here on May 19, 27, June 10, 21. You can judge her tone and comments for yourself. I think you will find her to be respectful. Some of her interlocutors have been respectful as well.

Then, there is James D. Berkley:

Posted Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I find it pathetically comical that Janet Edwards continues to blather on mindlessly about God’s will, as if Mateen Elass has not thoroughly skewered her wretched “logic” and debunked her baseless assertions. Does she fail totally to recognize her own public humiliation? Has she no shame about being intellectually and theologically had for lunch? Janet Edwards co-moderates More Light Presbyterians. I hope some of her friends and colleagues of greater perception can quietly advise her to cease making the organization look so intellectually bankrupt. Surely Ms. Edwards’s maddeningly shallow chatter cannot be the best that More Light Presbyterians can offer into the marketplace of ideas! I recently read on a bumper sticker my earnest caution to Ms. Edwards: Don’t believe everything you think.
James D. Berkley
Bellevue, Wash.