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BONUS BLOG: encouragement, and from a bishop

August 3, 2018

Bishop Ken Carter serves our denomination, and serves quite well. Here is one example, in the form of something he wrote very recently (I’ll bet we come back to it sometime, don’t you?) —

I feel led to say this.

I am often in conversations–some with more traditionalist friends, some with more progressive friends, some with people who find themselves in the middle. They are at times mischaracterized or misjudged by people who don’t know them, don’t know their hearts, don’t know their sacrifices. They feel labeled or put in a box.

I am always blessed to be in these conversations. And if I could encourage this messy, imperfect church that I love in some way, it would be to say this.
Let’s lay aside the litmus tests for a season, from every side. Let’s be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger (James 1). Let’s look for the best in each other. Where possible, let’s start over.

Amazingly, this is what Jesus does for us, through the cross. We all stand under that cross. We all kneel at the foot of that cross. We all find our ultimate identity–and this is pure gift–in that cross.

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