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--Titus 1:9, Revised Standard Version
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I think that instead of seeking out new fads and revising liturgies to suit modern tastes, I think we ought to go back and take a good look at those old liturgical books, dogmatic theology books, and Bibles we traded in for shiny glossy hardcovers that talk about a Jesus that doesn't require you to go to church or be part of a community, or a Jesus who didn't rise from the dead, or a Gospel that behaves more like secular humanism than God's direct intervention into human history. It is in these ancient tomes that we will find the key to the way forward. Using our Anglican ingenuity and fortitude and our firm grasp on tradition and innovation, we can forge a way forward that responds to the spiritual hunger of our society and present the Gospel in a way that makes sense.
While I believe that all the outreach we do is important, valuable and are actions that help us to fulfill the Great Commandments, I think we focus too much on the second one and lose focus on the first one. The Great Commandments are: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength, and love your neighbor as yourselves."
The second should be an outgrowth of the first. Notice that the Scriptures don't phrase it as "Love your neighbor as yourself, and love God only if you feel you have to". We need to love God first, we need to first hand over our whole existence to Him. We can never pretend nor presume that our reasoning or our thoughts on their own are ever perfect because of our innately fallen nature as children of Eve.
I think that it is time that we have a whole General Convention dedicated to doctrine and creating the foundation for our mission work in the world.
I applaud the focus on doctrine and its importance but General Convention, sadly, is not at all conducive to doing theology. Read it all--KSH.
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