Choosing odd stories

Selecting stories for print or web is much more art than science. But it is a part of an editor’s job.
Stories are chosen for a variety of reasons such as interest, intrigue, relevance and sometimes oddity. Such was the case with the Religion News feature currently posted at the Baptists Today web site.
The story is about how some pagans have found a home within the most liberal branch of Quakers. The writer notes that the three other branches are explicitly Christian.
But this one small branch of Friends seems to make room for the odd combination of Pagan-Quakers.
Pagan rituals are mixed with Quaker traditions like pastor-less meetings. (Which suggests something more significant than the pastor is missing in the worship experiences.)
Historically, Quakers were seekers before seeker-sensitive was cool. And a welcoming environment for those in search of the divine is commendable in any religious tradition.
However, I’ve often been critical of Christians — especially Baptists — who keep narrowing theological boundaries. But on the other hand, it does seem that Christians of any denominational tradition should at least share the historic confession that Jesus is Lord.
(Of course some of us have been called Pagan-Baptists by fellow Baptists who think we don’t believe enough of the stuff they do.)


  1. If Jesus as Lord was the earliest Christian confession it seems like a good one to hang on to. The early church is an excellent measuring stick.

    If they will not confess Jesus is Lord then they are choosing to not be Christians. Sad but it is their choice. That is freedom at work. Freedom is a wonderful and scary thing.

  2. So its OK to worship Baal so long as we call him “Geezuz”? Here is what Paul said about it:

    “For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.”


    “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”

    Mark Osgatharp
    Wynne, Arkansas

  3. How about worshipping with us before judging us?

    Just a thought. You might not find your God as absent as you assume.

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