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by LookingHard
20 Apr 2018, 06:36
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Gerontocracy versus Terms?
Replies: 18
Views: 329

Re: Gerontocracy versus Terms?

Funny, I just heard some old guy talking about the benefit of combining a group of old guys with a group of young guys and they said something like, "all ages and backgrounds [would] benefit from the perspective and experience of one another and of those in different stages of life." The guy went o...
by LookingHard
19 Apr 2018, 12:34
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Gerontocracy versus Terms?
Replies: 18
Views: 329

Re: Gerontocracy versus Terms?

To (over) extend the cold war analogy, you are not generally going to get shot at if you stay on one side of the wall or the other. But when you are not fully in (TBM) and you try to stay a bit in the middle ground between the two walls, it can be an uncomfortable place to be. What causes the wall t...
by LookingHard
18 Apr 2018, 10:56
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Gerontocracy versus Terms?
Replies: 18
Views: 329

Re: Gerontocracy versus Terms?

I think this will change, but it probably not until after I am 6 feet under (which I estimate to be about 20-30 years).
by LookingHard
17 Apr 2018, 18:44
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Getting ordained online
Replies: 10
Views: 194

Re: Getting ordained online

I think as long as you are not joining another religion then the church I don't think is involved. They do consider joining another church grounds for getting exed.
by LookingHard
17 Apr 2018, 14:29
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Lifting Ban
Replies: 5
Views: 131

Re: Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Lifting Ban

On the other, given the recent "revelation" dialog, I fear that the message will be more along the lines of "Look how God is leading this Church with ongoing revelation!" I would even be OK with that if the message was, "We screwed this up so badly that God finally had to give us direct revelation ...
by LookingHard
17 Apr 2018, 13:55
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Nelson in Africa
Replies: 42
Views: 732

Re: Nelson in Africa

DarkJedi wrote:
17 Apr 2018, 08:37
I'm waiting for Curt to stop by and give his perspective so I can at least see the possibility of something positive here.
Way to put the pressure on Curt! :-)

Curt - You can not say anything at all (which would be saying something).
by LookingHard
17 Apr 2018, 08:05
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Nelson in Africa
Replies: 42
Views: 732

Re: Nelson in Africa

I am not going to disagree with your general sentiment, but I will push back a bit. With the closed books there's no way of knowing but I think that's a big if with the church. In wealthier nations the tithing dollars go up and a minuscule fraction of the money comes back to the community. I imagine...
by LookingHard
17 Apr 2018, 07:58
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: Hypothesis: Purely Intellectual Faith Crises aren't crises
Replies: 10
Views: 241

Re: Hypothesis: Purely Intellectual Faith Crises aren't crises

I'd say nothing is purely intellectual at all. People arrive at conclusions largely from emotion, and then come up with "logical" reasons as to why those conclusions are right. If someone arrives at a wrong conclusion, especially a religious one, it's almost never due to an error in reason. I wish ...
by LookingHard
17 Apr 2018, 07:48
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Nelson in Africa
Replies: 42
Views: 732

Re: Nelson in Africa

Nelson is preaching the prosperity gospel - almost the definition of it. Just like the televangelists, "Send me your money and God will bless you."
by LookingHard
17 Apr 2018, 06:36
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: Hypothesis: Purely Intellectual Faith Crises aren't crises
Replies: 10
Views: 241

Re: Hypothesis: Purely Intellectual Faith Crises aren't crises

If you read James Fowler's "Stages of Faith" he would call a faith crisis the progression into another stage. He is careful not to put one over the other as he doesn't seem to see a person in Stage 5 as morally better than a person in Stage 3. But most of us can attest, in the middle of a "faith cri...