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Paul Could Not Be a Biblioblogger In Mark Steven’s World

October 6, 2010

Mark Stevens has called for an end to the biblioblog Top 50 rankings. Myself? I am neither here nor there. I enjoy the effort that others in the past have put into compiling the list, and now currently, the effort Jeremy puts in every month. I have also found several blogs that I don’t think I would have found without the list. Ultimately though, the compiling of the list is the work of others, if they wish to engage in it, so be it. It is their work, it is their blog.

If there should be an end to anything, it should be an end to the attitude reflected in Mark’s post–though he may be a great person in real life and his usual online interaction–this post is bothersome to me.

A) If the list is so troublesome why call for its end? Why call for all bloggers to not be involved? Are you really that self-centered? A normal adult, if they were truly bothered by it, would simply request for their site to be removed. A narcissist on the other hand would take his ball and go home. If I’m not having fun then no one will!

B) I just can’t get over the self aggrandizement of thought. I removed some posts, therefore, the biblioblog top 50 should end. I should ‘preach’ to the other bloggers and show them the errors of their ways. Staggering.

C) Mark ends, “Finally, Please don’t ever let me become a negative or critical blogger.” Dude, you’ve just been critical and negative towards the Top 50! The mere fact that you weighed something and found it to be lacking and have called for its end puts you squarely in the categories of negativity and critical!

D) This is what it means to be human and have a mind: You look at different situations, consider them, and make judgments. For example, one husband honors his wife, and one beats the crap out of her. But wait! I don’t want to be negative and judgmental. What to do? I guess they are both legitimate expressions from a man to a woman.

E) Blogging lists? Really? Blogging lists? You’re a pastor and what you call for is an end to blogging lists because you don’t want to be critical of another pastor? This is what you should be calling an end to! If you are going to call an end to something call an end to the abuse of pastors towards their congregations. An end to those pastors who set up passive aggressive bully pulpits and mentally and emotionally abuse their congregants. An end to the pastors who use their position of authority to sexually abuse those of non-consenting age, and those pastors who sexually abuse those of consenting age.

Call for an end to:

Australia: A former Toowoomba Catholic school teacher and child protection officer has been jailed for 10 years for raping and sexual assaulting girls.

Gerard Vincent Byrnes, 61, was sentenced yesterday on 44 child-sex offences but, he will spend less than half the time behind bars sought by prosecutors. Byrnes must serve eight years before he is eligible for parole. He has already served nearly two years in pre-sentence custody, so the former teacher could be freed in 2016.

Byrnes had worked in Catholic schools in NSW and Queensland since 1970 as both teacher and principal. Many of the offences occurred after a complaint was made to the school, but not acted on because his denial was believed.

Read More: Gerard Vincent Byrnes

Call for and to:

Michigan: A former Edwardsburg church pastor will spend 21 days in the Cass County Jail, serve a six-month probation and register as a sex offender after pleading guilty to having sexual contact with a 14-year-old member of his congregation.

Cass County Prosecutor Victor Fitz said Friday that John Lohr, 41, of Cass County’s Howard Township, was sentenced after admitting to attempted fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct in the fall of 2009 with a minor female.

Read More: John Lohr

Call for an end to:

California: A pastor of an Anaheim church was sentenced Thursday to six years in state prison for sexually assaulting four underage girls who were his parishioners.

Jose Rama Campoverde, 46, who lives in Anaheim, pleaded guilty to one felony count of lewd acts on a child under 14, five felony counts of lewd acts on a child, two misdemeanor counts of child annoyance and a sentencing enhancement allegation for lewd acts on multiple children.

Read More: Jose Rama Campoverde

Call for an end to:

California: It took a Glenn County jury about five hours Wednesday to find a former Willows minister guilty on three felony counts of performing lewd acts on teenage girls who attended his church school.

Carlton F. Hammonds, 56, was also found guilty of annoying or molesting a girl under 18 years old.

Read More: Carlton F. Hammonds

(Above articles VIA)

Call for an end to stupid deaths in Africa, hunger in America, injustice somewhere… call for an end to something that is actually an injustice, and shows some modicum of empathy and compassion.

But an end to the biblioblog Top 50 because you removed a few Hillsong posts, and don’t want to be “negative and critical”, therefore, all bibliobloggers should not enjoy the list?

The cynic in me thinks that only a pastor that is conditioned to tell a congregation what to think and do would think such logic is reasonable.

Well, since I’m being all ‘negative’ and ‘critical’ I’ll probably need to end with a Bible verse to justify my position.

I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus who is to judge the living and the dead,… preach the word, be urgent in season and out of season, convince, rebuke, and exhort, be unfailing in patience and in teaching. For a time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own likings, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander into myths.

Here’s some more non-negative and critical Paul “You may be sure that such a man is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.”

But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat. What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked man from among you.”

6 Comments leave one →
  1. October 6, 2010 10:11 am

    boy scott i don’t think i’ve ever seen you so utterly ticked off.

  2. October 6, 2010 10:22 am

    Well maybe I woke up on the wrong side of the bed today, but it is an attitude that I have been encountering a lot lately, and frankly, as you can tell, I’m tired of it. It’s self-righteous and a false humility. “I don’t want to be negative, critical, or judgmental.”

    Nice idea for Christians until you go to the Bible and history and see that they were quite critical, quite ready to draw a line in the sand between right and wrong, and quite willing to die for that.

    It’s good to be critical. It’s a faculty we have that can be used to our benefit and the continued call to abolish it and associate it with negativity is getting irksome… to say the least.

    • October 6, 2010 4:02 pm

      Gee, making people grumpy is so much easier than pleasing them! Some good thoughts but I think you have misrepresented my call to not be a negative or critical blogger, that, or you are one of the people I am taking aim at. I’m not sure. In all honesty though, I appreciate your thoughts and I might respond later today.

  3. October 6, 2010 10:48 am

    oh i think you’re more than aware that im not really a wilting lily when it comes to critical in both its negative and positive connotations.

  4. October 7, 2010 6:18 pm

    Wait a second — you mean to tell me that the Biblioblog Top 50 didn’t end already?

    • October 7, 2010 8:46 pm

      HAHAHAHAHA! Good point!

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