A couple of Sundays ago, I used a stage monitor as an object for the children’s word and told the kids about how it helped me hear what I was playing and singing that day. I invited the children to pay attention to what they say and reminded them that sometimes we need others to be our “monitors”  because we’re not always aware of how our speech either hurts or helps others.

Too bad everyone hasn’t learned that important lesson. Mark Coppenger, for instance. He is the professor of Christian apologetics and director of the Nashville campus of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. When told how Unitarian Universalists are growing in numbers*, he said he wasn’t surprised. Coppenger said he’s sure that those “inclusive groups** are made up of nice people who would be good neighbors. Even so, their take on faith is wrong, he said. ‘Just because you are drawing a crowd doesn’t mean you are saying something that is true…’” (emphasis mine).

Uh, huh. So I wonder if Dr. Coppenger would apply the same logic to some of his own congregations and any number of evangelical and fundamentalist megachurches in America. They pack ‘em in. But what they say “ain’t necessarily so.”

Maybe the professor should listen to himself.

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*According to an article in The Christian Century: “In Tennessee, Unitarians grew by 20.8 percent from 2000 to 2010. During the same time frame, they grew by 22 percent in Georgia and by 42.5 percent in Colorado.”

**“Anthony David, minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, which has about 1,000 members, says that Unitarians would rather be kind than right. ‘In our tradition, you get to be wrong,’ he said. ‘God is big. God is magnificent. You can’t tell me that we know everything there is to know about God yet.’”

All quotations from http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2012-10/unitarian-universalists-see-chance-growth-growth-secularism.

© 2012 Tom Cheatham. All rights reserved.

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