This needs to be a thing. It must be. There has to be a book out there, that is on every pastor’s bookshelf in his office, that has in it, every single dumb little joke, cute little story with a point to it, every little anecdote that originally started out as some dumb email that went around a month ago and now you’re hearing it from the stage on Sunday morning…
I say this because in case you don’t know, I run sound for church full time. I hear 6+ sermons a week. I’ve grown up in church my whole life, so I’ve been to a crapload of sermons. EVERY ONE of them has one or three of these stories in it.
It’s not on my brother’s shelf. He preaches about things like Bob Dylan and Metallica.
By the way, the idea that people have to respect one another’s opinions is namby-pamby montessori school bullshit. If one has opinions that are unpopular, one should not expect them to be respected.
There’s a big difference between not respecting another’s opinions and disagreeing with them. Just because one’s opinion is unpopular doesn’t mean they should expect not to be respected; it just means they should expect to be disagreed with a lot. Those are, however, entirely separate things and they are neither mutually exclusive nor inclusive.
Just wanted to point that out, because that “namby-pamby montessori school bullshit” argument is something I’d have expected from Jakec, but not you.
The distinction is between the individual and the opinions of the individual.
One can respect an individual while disagreeing with that individual’s opinions. In fact, that would be a rather Montessori-an approach — facts are respected in a Montessori environment; opinions are challenged.
NO ONE SAYS MONTESSORI SCHOOL BULLSHIT WHILE I’M AROUND! I have no idea the context for this because I haven’t gotten back to it, but DON’T MESS WITH MONTESSORI OR I WLL COME TO AUSTRALIA AND…and…buy you a drink and chat about it.
PS Thanks to pocketcontents for an awesome response.