“The ministries of Calvary Church are aligned with our purpose of making authentic followers of Jesus Christ,” wrote the Rev. Jim Pile, pastor of family ministries, in an email to the Observer. “This is not the mission of the Boy Scouts of America.”Of course he wouldn't. About 100 Scouts will be displaced On January 1, 2014. Today, the Observer published a letter to the editor from an actual, authentic follower of Jesus Christ.
But Pile would not say whether the move was a response to the May decision by Boy Scouts of America to allow gay members.
Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/...
Scouts are welcome at St. Mark’s; we embrace allSimple. Authentic. Thank you, Rev. Brown.
The writer is senior pastor of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Charlotte:
I am always a bit disturbed by “Christian” churches that claim to be authentic followers of Jesus and then turn people away for whatever reason. Jesus turned no one away. After reading about a local congregation’s dismissal of a Boy Scout troop the Scripture that comes to mind is John 11:35, “And Jesus wept.”
Let it be known that any Cub Scout or Boy Scout troop that has been dismissed from a church is welcome at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Charlotte. Not only will you be welcome, but you will be embraced. Call us.
Update 14:28 EDT
Thanks so much for the rec list! This was a complete spur-of-the-moment diary, but I wanted to share some positive energy with the community.
Also, quick plug for those in the area: I-77 Kossacks mini meetup is in Charlotte tomorrow, 10/30. Details here.
Title changed to spell out "Letter to the Editor." I was not aware my acronym was incorrect and had other connotations. H/t to Frank Palmer for clarifying.