September 24, 2008

Hmmm

Dunker Journal reports that Executives and Leaders of Mainline churches have signed a letter of support to Bishop Bob Duncan, Episcopal Bishop of Pittsburgh, who sought to lead his diocese out of the Episcopal Church before losing his ministry credentials.

Here is the story from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Jeffrey Weiss of the Dallas Morning News observes: From my seat here in the far bleachers, doesn't this simply reflect reality? Whether or not Ducnan's theology is correct in an absolute sense is a matter for God to decide. But ECUSA is like any club -- the members get to set the rules. His claim that he represents real Episcopal teachings is a matter for debate. But whether or not he's separated himself from the current ECUSA hierarchy seems not. Or am I missing the point?



Dunker Journal includes a news release from Christian Newswire which concludes with this paragraph:



Signatories included church leaders from the United Methodist Church, Presbyterian Church USA, The United Church of Christ, The Church of the Brethren, The Presbyterian Church in Canada, The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the Disciples of Christ.



The apparent intent on Dunker Journal seems to imply that national leadership of the Church of the Brethren has come out in support of this breakaway Bishop. However, a quick search finds that the signature is not that of the Church of the Brethren General Secretary or Annual Conference Moderator or anyone else authorized to speak for the Church of the Brethren ... the only Church of the Brethren supporter is none other that Craig Alan Myers, Chairman, Brethren Revival Fellowship and author of Dunker Journal. Link Hmmm!