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    When “Culture” Norms the Church

    The so-called Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, a denomination created in 1988 through the merger of three groups whose common conviction was that the Bible isn’t always reliable, has been hell-bent on affirming sodomy for over a decade.  The propaganda campaign from the home office began with Bible-class materials disseminated to the congregations, which explained away all of the relevant Bible references.  The men of Sodom were rapist libertines, not committed partnered gays; Paul was a “man of his times”; did you know that the Bible also forbids bacon and lobster?; etc., ad nauseam.  [See the ELCA’s Journey Together Faithfully, Parts One (2002) and Two (2003).] Now the ELCA has its…

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    Diversity: Guaranteed to Offend

    I was thinking about blogging, or my hitherto lack thereof.  I write, enjoy it, some folks enjoy reading it.  So why haven’t I blogged before?  Lack of time, a job in which I edit and write already, lack of time—these things came to mind.  But if I’m being honest, I’ll probably say that it’s a fear of giving offense that’s kept me away.  Which seems odd, considering I write for and (help) edit a magazine that offends more or less everyone, included fellow members of our own masthead, myself included. The truth is, I know a lot of people from diverse backgrounds.  I’ve lived many lives.  I’m interested in a…