Let the Reader Understand

This is a document prepared by a group from the Diocese of New York and offered to the Church prior to General Convention 2003. It provides, in my opinion, an excellent outline, with commentary, of how Scripture should be read and understood. Inasmuch as the on-going debate within The Episcopal Church and in the larger Anglican Communion centers on just how one understands Scripture, this is an important topic. I have posted this primarily for the benefit of my companions in Fresh Start, a program for clergy assigned to new positions, but I commend it to anyone’s study.

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Background Essay – The Church and Homosexuality

This is a document created by a Luthern study group which examines Scripture with respect to the issue of homosexuality and what the Bible says about it. I have posted this for the convenience of those participating with me in Fresh Start (a program for clergy in new assignments). Even a quick glance at this material will show that a significant amount of prayerful work went into its creation.

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Luke 9:28-43 – The Feast of the Transfiguration

Paul’s epistle to the church at Corinth contains a very moving passage: “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.” Delivered on the Last Sunday After the Epiphany at Ascension Episcopal Church, Hinton, West Virginia, on February 18, 2007.

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