C. Michael Patton:
If you do not show your true colors—worse, if you don’t have true colors, they will go to someone who does. Unfortunately, the crowd that they will find are made up of atheists, agnostics, and relativists. Why? Because they are almost always honest about their struggles. If they cannot find identity in a Christian crowd, they will find it in another.
There is no way, short of a miraculous and full-scale changing of hearts and minds, for North American denominations to survive the homosexuality crisis. Denominations like the PCUSA, ELCA, RCA, UMC, and Episcopal Church will continue. They won’t fold their tents and join the Southern Baptists (though wouldn’t that be interesting!). I’m not suggesting most of our old, mainline denominations will disappear. But I do not see how any of these once flourishing denominations will make it through the present crisis intact.
Bible study leader Michael Salman is sitting in jail today after his home was raided earlier this week by more than a dozen Phoenix, Ariz. police officers and city officials. His offense? The city says people aren’t allowed to hold private Bible studies on their own property.
Over this past week I’ve shared some things I’ve learned about stress, adrenaline, fatigue and burnout. You can read part 1, part 2 and part 3 if you missed them. All of this can be overwhelming and when you are tired, fatigued, burned out, you feel helpless. The things that used to energize you, excite you, bring you passion no longer do. Your family walks on egg shells around you, those who work with you avoid you. You are angry, resentful, depressed, your mood swings move from one extreme to the next in a matter of seconds. . . . Today, I want to move out of the darkness many people feel and live with everyday to a place of wholeness and living the way we are designed to live. Here are some of the things I did starting in February of 2012.