Blue Ocean Faith

A Book Review and Commentary on Blue Ocean Faith–by Dave Schmelzer

This book is an evangelical approach to evangelism in a world where the institutional church is failing. It reaches out to a new generation through a faith that is:

1. Centered in Christ–not tied down by doctrines, but centered in Scripture based on reason and experience;

2. Centered in the community;

3.  Spiritual development through looking at all sides with child-line simplicity and openness;

4.  Third way in controversial issues;

5. Ecumenical;

6.  Joyful engagement with the secular.

On paper this sounds beautiful, fulfilling, but when it hits the road and one reads of queer youth experiencing bullying in high school, and abuse at home, one reads of queers being murdered in our nation and other nations of the world as a result of their sexuality the approach of the “third way” comes across as avoidance of the pain in our communities. This approach tells us to avoid “controversial issues,” ie sexual orientation. Take it from one who has and experiences homophobia it is psychologically, physically, and emotionally destructive.  It is easy for people who are straight to talk–they have never experienced the pain.  Christ did not make anyone feel good–he was crucified.

Stephen Hill reminds us that “Religion is hanging around the cross, Christianity is hanging on the cross.”

Our calling is to be  salt in the world. We are to permeate the world with the love of the Christ who tells us the Great Commandment is “You shall love the Lord your God with all your soul, mind, and strength and your neighbor as yourself.”  To follow Christ means to hang on the  cross, where all are welcome. To open our arms universally welcoming all! Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Fr. C. River Damien Sims, sfw, D.Min. candidate, D.S.T.

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

http://www.temenos.org

415-305-2124

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