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April 16, 2005

Popping Cancer Update: Eye of the beholder.

I got a DVD in the mail a few days ago from the school I attend, Colegate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. My head finally cleared enough from chemotherapy to feel like I could watch it sensibly.

It was full of greetings from students, staff and faculty and was a very touching idea for a gift, especially since I have been so far away from school for so long. None of the people on the DVD seemed to want me to die from cancer, which was nice.

I was struck, however, or maybe reminded, that at CRCDS I am viewed by many of the citizenry as a sort of conservative fundamentalist type.

This always tickles me, since I was thrown out of Virginia for being a liberal.

I think it depends on where I am at the time. At a traditionally left-leaning school like CRCDS (well, traditionally since I've been there), I am a fundamentalist. If I went to a conservative Southern Baptist school like Southern Seminary, the school would probably burst into flames, or more likely I would burst into flames as they burned me for a liberal heretic.

Isn't it interesting how we try to control our environments by using labels? Call Dan a liberal or fundamentalist or whatall and we have him securely quantified. Still, it makes me wonder where I do fall on the spectrum. Maybe I drift or maybe I'm close enough to the middle that both ends see me on the other side.

In any case, it was a touching DVD, one that I'll be watching again as needed.

Posted by Dan at April 16, 2005 05:22 PM

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Three quick questions.
1. What Virginia were you thrown out of for being a liberal?
2. There are people more liberal than you?
3. Will you be coping the DVD for requests?

Posted by: Jim at April 16, 2005 11:20 PM

1 - Thrown out in the sense that it is very unlikely that I would find a church to pastor in the state of Virginia in the current religious climate.

2 - There are many, many people much more liberal than me. There are even people who have written me off as an incorrigible fundamentalist.

3 - The DVD should be hitting store shelves sometime in June.

Posted by: Dan at April 17, 2005 12:01 PM

1. If I can provide you a list of churches that will hire you, would you consider moving back to Virginia?
2. If you move back to Virginia, would it be considered a move to the right by your friends in Ohio?
3. Are you closer to an American Baptist or CBF?

Posted by: Doug at April 18, 2005 12:26 PM

1. We already have looked at moving back to Virginia, but two things have to happen first. One, I have to survive cancer. Two, we have to get out of debt. Homes and cost of living is significantly higher than we can afford now. Of course, being on disability isn't helping with the debt.

2. Only on the map.

3. American Baptist, I think, but both camps would welcome me, as would a Southern Baptist Church that wasn't all caught up in politics. I do best when I can just keep my mouth shut and minister to people.

Posted by: Dan at April 18, 2005 01:49 PM

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