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March 2, 2013


Shannon Johnston: The Key to “Getting Together” is Repentance!

This is priceless.

From Bishop Shannon Johnston of Virginia’s 2013 Pastoral Address where he speaks about his relationship with Tory Baucum…

I’ll grant you that the tax collector and the Zealot getting together is an extreme example, but the point, of course, is that if even they could do it because they had JESUS “in common” then surely so can we with one another and still to others near and far.

And the key? What is it that would allow moving from human estrangement to a Godly commonality in Jesus Christ? Well, first of all, it’s grace, the gift of God to God’s repentant people. Repentant people.

Let’s be clear - Johnston says the key to reconciliation is repentance.

So here’s the obvious question that the rector and vestry of Truro Anglican need to address - what is the key issue over which they think Johnston should repent in order to be reconciled to them?

And has he done it? What does Johnston actually think he has repented of in order to restore this relationship? As he himself states,

We have compromised nothing of our core theologies

the same core theologies that caused Truro to split from the Diocese of Virginia, no less.

And then one more question (the same one again) - who has actually had to move and concede in this whole “reconciliation”?


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Being prophetic is never having to say you’re sorry.

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[1] Posted by Timothy Fountain on 3-2-2013 at 05:33 PM · [top]

And just what makes you think that Johnston is of the view that he should repent? 

Isn’t it the evil schismatics at Truro who need to repent—perhaps repent for leaving TEC or at least repent for fighting TEC in the lawsuit. wink

[2] Posted by hanks on 3-2-2013 at 07:09 PM · [top]

At least in this, +Johnston is ahead of ++Welby, who doesn’t seem to mention that issue at all in his long sermons about reconciliation.

[3] Posted by MichaelA on 3-2-2013 at 07:13 PM · [top]

See the Property Litigation Update at http://www.thediocese.net/Governance/Council/2013/Prop-Finance-Reports/

At 2:55 on the audio Mr. Burt reports that the rent-free lease to Truro has recently been extended by +Johnston to 2015. There is other information in the report.

[4] Posted by Dr. N. on 3-2-2013 at 08:41 PM · [top]

You comment is priceless Fr. Fountain!

[5] Posted by Nikolaus on 3-3-2013 at 10:57 AM · [top]

I wonder how the good folks over at TFC feel about all of this?  Does anyone know when the Supreme Court of Virginia is supposed to rule on TFC’s appeal and what effect it might have on Truro if TFC’s appeal is granted?  In a closely related matter to how TEC works, look at the scorched earth policies of the PCUSA Presbytery of the James in seizing control of New Hanover Presbyterian church a few weeks ago, firing all the clergy, dissolving the session, and posting armed guards at the church.

From the information presented by SFIF it looks like Baucum and Truro have the innocent as doves part down pat but could use some serious training in how to be wise as serpents.  Then again, maybe they just have a hard time discerning the wolves set loose among the sheep.

[6] Posted by Daniel on 3-3-2013 at 12:42 PM · [top]

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