But if I did, I would go to this one:
Via Unsettled Christianity whose byline reads, “sanctam ecclesiam catholicam; sanctorum communionem” which roughly translated means, “We don’t really know what we’re talking about but we’re going to keep writing posts anyways.”
(Just kidding. Don’t tell them I said this but Joel and Jeremy are pretty good guys.)
I did, however, comment at their site concerning this video as to why I do not attend small groups:
Though to be honest, I don’t go to a small group anymore. I am not trying to be an elitist but to sit around and study the Bible with persons who quite frequently want to ‘teach’ everyone in the group what the ‘Spirit’ has been showing them in their own private study about what the Bible ‘really’ means is mostly a waste of my time… other than material for blog posts. Very often, these people will read these verses through such a distorted lens to make some sort of point unconnected to any historical location, free from any ideological continuity with any group from second temple Judaism or early Christianity, lacking context from any social situation that can be identified, and break nearly every rule of theological and exegetical inquiry, all without recognizing their own assumptions or hermeneutical lens, that sometimes, I would find myself getting angry at the unbridled arrogance and stupidity.
Waste. Of. Time.
At my last small group I attended, a person went on a five minute rant about humanists and liberals, and about how some sinner at her work–what an idiot he supposedly was–who told her that Genesis had two creation narratives. The entire group laughed in derision until I pointed out that there actually are two creation stories. “What?” “What are you talking about?” was the kind of response I suspiciously received until I showed them in the text that indeed the evil humanist was correct. I had another gentleman lose his junk on me after a tirade of his about some Law/Grace dichotomy that he was regurgitating from somewhere when I pointed out that Paul thought the Law was Holy and good. After he went on an ad hominem attack I suggested he open his Bible to Romans, and I read the verse to him. Not being able to admit that perhaps his argument needed a bit of nuance, he responded by saying, “You don’t know how to read the Bible.” [FYI, for those that do not know: when Paul uses the word Law it is not referring to legalism]
Simply put, I cannot sit in a room full of dilettantes who haven’t even read the entire Bible, have no theological training, acumen, or talent whatsoever, but yet want to instruct me on what it really means. No thank you. If I want to hang out with a group of people and have a good time I’ll go out with my buds for a beer after our hockey game, or invite some friends I actually like over for a BBQ. If I want to ‘study’ the Bible I will read or talk to people who actually know what they are talking about (or read my own papers because they are brilliant! )
I take it back: I am an elitist!