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Rev. John Lipscomb
The Bishop of Southwest Florida, John B. Lipscomb, is an honorable man and a good bishop.But much as King John, of Now We Are Six , he "has his little ways."He has, according to the report in the Living Church, called for a forty day fast from reading blogs.
On the one hand, this is precisely what a moratorium should look like, a fast or break from doing something for a specific time period for a specific purpose.I wish the Windsor Report had understood that.He
is suggesting that not reading blogs for forty days would be good for our spiritual health.He
may be right.Read his
full essay HERE.
I like the title given on the Diocesan newspaper web page: "If a blog falls in the forest and no one reads it, does it make a sound?"Of course, the answer is â€˜no.' Blogging only makes a sound if people check in. So checking out is a way to reduce blogamania. (I'm not sure how one spells that.) So an additional purpose in not reading blogs is that if enough of us did that the blogs would dry up and disappear. The Living Church article does little justice to the full comments of Bishop Lipscomb.
I cannot do them justice here either, except to say they come from a deeply committed person of faith, even as I also admit disagreement with some of what he
Having said that, it should be noted that the Living Church
did indeed pick on his
little ways; one of which is to point the finger at blogging as a whole and not at the specifics of "those who hide behind masks of anonymity."
...Both TLC article and the Bishop's letter note that Bishop Lipscomb is co-chair of a meeting of bishops to be held September 11-13, reportedly at the Church Pension Group Offices , one which the Bishop said,
...But the interest in what Bishop Lipscomb wrote is directly related to the meeting next week, which is news.
That news is fed by further speculation (not on the blogs) but by TLC and other journalistic efforts.
...Now, Bishop Lipscomb, this is not a blogging report of some event and speculation on the agenda, but the speculation of a respected journal in the Episcopal Church.
...Bishop Lipscomb asked that instead of reading blogs we go to prayer: "I would encourage you to join me in a 40-day fast from reading the web blogs.
Instead, fill that time with prayer, join other members of your congregation to reflect on the Scriptures, and allow God's Holy Spirit to guide the church through these difficult times."
Well, for starters, I spend considerable time with my congregation reflecting on the Scriptures at all times and in all seasons.I pray together with others and alone, but never enough.I am as ready as anyone to be corrected in the time spent on this or that activity, including reading and writing blogs.But Bishop Lipscomb is theologically mistaken, and tragically so, to believe that to "allow God's Holy Spirit to guide the church through these difficult times" is an activity separate and distinct from engagement with the issues part of this or that small group of bishops.
I believe that holding what he
is doing in prayer, and acting on the prayer that that group stay honest to what the Episcopal Church
is as a participatory faith community, is one continuous task.
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Rev. John B. Lipscomb, fourth bishop of the Diocese of Southwest Florida, who voted against the confirmation of the Rev. V.
"I feel empty and my heart is broken," wrote Lipscomb
, who asked that his
letter be read Aug. 10 in every congregation in the diocese.He
"will not accept into the ordination process those who are living in an intimate relationship outside the covenant of marriage."
John Bailey Lipscomb was ...
John Bailey Lipscomb was elected Bishop Coadjutor of the Diocese of Southwest Florida at a special convention held on September 23, 1995, in Punta Gorda, Florida.He was consecrated on February 24, 1996, at the Pasadena Community Church in St. Petersburg, Florida.On September 27, 1997, he was instituted as the Fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Southwest Florida.
Born in Alexandria, Virginia, in July 1950, Bishop Lipscomb
primary and secondary education in the public schools of Jacksonville, Florida.He received his B.A. from University of North Carolina, Asheville; his Masters-in-Divinity degree from the School of Theology of the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee; his Doctor of Ministry Degree from Graduate Theological Foundation in South Bend, Ind., and is a Fellow of the Foundation.He
has pursued continuing education in a variety of fields including evangelism, church growth and management.
Ordained deacon in 1974, and priest in 1975 in the Diocese of Florida
, Bishop Lipscomb
served congregations in the Dioceses of Florida
, Upper South Carolina, Louisiana, and Western Louisiana. At the time of his election he was the rector of The Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Charles, Louisiana, and Dean of the Lake Charles Convocation.
complimented 21 years of active parish work through ministry to the dioceses in which he
served.In Florida he was a member of the diocesan liturgical and renewal commissions.In Upper South Carolina he served as the diocesan spiritual director for the Cursillo movement, evangelism and renewal officer, and as a member of the Standing Committee.In the Dioceses of Louisiana and Western Louisiana he served at various times as dean of several convocations and as an ex-officio member of the Executive Council.During his tenure in Western Louisiana, Bishop Lipscomb was a teaching fellow in New Testament for the Bishop's School for Ministry and a member of the Commission on Ministry.Bishop Lipscomb was elected a trustee for the University of the South from Western Louisiana.He also served the Episcopal Church as a reader for the General Ordination Examinations. In 1974 Bishop Lipscomb was awarded the American Bible Society Award for the public interpretation of the Scriptures.
As a chaplain of the Louisiana National Guard
, Bishop Lipscomb
served on active duty during Operation Desert Shield.His community ministry included service on numerous volunteer boards and agencies including work in community mental health, ministry to victims of domestic violence and as a chaplain to those suffering from chemical dependency.
tenure in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, he
was instrumental in the establishment of the Baton Rouge Area Food Bank, Urban Ministry Coalition, and Greater Baton Rouge Federation of Churches and Synagogues