If you missed it, here is Andrew Goddard's piece in The Guardian on gay marriage, entitled: Gay marriage would undermine a sacred institution - To give same-sex relationships the status of sacrament is to declare holy what Christians have traditionally viewed as sin. (also available here) Goddard argues:
"Why are the overwhelming majority of Christians opposed to "gay marriage"? Is this just homophobia? While homophobia sometimes plays a part, it would be unwise and unfair – perhaps even ignorant and prejudiced – to dismiss concerns in this way. Much more serious issues are at stake. Christians, like other major faiths, have always believed that marriage is ultimately a gift of divine creation. Aspects of its form clearly vary across time and space but it is not a totally malleable human construct that we can simply redesign at will. We believe that the distinction between men and women is an important part of being human and that to commit to a loving, life-long, life-giving, exclusive union between a man and a woman is something special and unique in human life. This is not simply a fundamentalist reading of Genesis or a late Christian development. It is a vision shared by Jesus and based on his words."The meme I started is slowly progressing on both sides of the world. Here are the responses from Byron, Chris, Steve, Duncan, Michael, Sam, Joe, Paul and myself. Four out of the five people I tagged recommend that you read this book. Byron also has this list from 2006 on the top 20 books that have influenced him.
If you're thinking about running the diocese, you should acquaint yourself with Andrew Katay's series. Chris Swann also has a series on becoming a church of irresistible influence that is worth checking out. Duncan Andrew's provides a series on greatness. And speaking of greatness, make sure you check out one of itunes hottest podcasts...The Pilgrim's Podcast (also available here). The third installment of TPP is out Monday.
And here is a quote from the early church to justify the collection of many books:
"The acquisition of Christian books is necessary for those who can use them. For the mere sight of these books renders us less inclined to sin, and incites us to believe more firmly in righteousness." - Epiphanius. h/t Halden