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Hutcherson’s Wacky Priorities

Timothy Kincaid

May 9th, 2008

church.bmp Every pastor knows that there are certain Sundays in which attendance will be high. Christmas and Easter, for example, will draw those who identify as Christian but generally find other things a higher priority at church time on Sunday mornings.

Another day in which visitors are expected is Mother’s Day, when dutiful children make Mom happy by going to church with her before brunch.

Some churches have a liturgical calendar that establishes themes for each Sunday across the denomination. But non-liturgical pastors tend to strategize their sermons on ‘Visitor Sundays’ so that they appeal to irregular attendees and so that they fit with the theme of the day.

For example, on Christmas a pastor might talk about Christ coming to the world and the change that Jesus made on history. Or he might discuss the sacrifice of His parents, the humbleness of His birth, or even the persistence of the Magi. So too would a pastor generally find Mother’s Day a time to celebrate the special recognition of mothers in the Bible.

But whatever the theme, on Sundays that are likely to draw visitors, a thoughtful pastor will avoid esoteric doctrines or the minutia of theological denominational differences. And while some fire-and-brimstone preachers will take the opportunity to call down God’s judgment on the sinner in the pew, most will avoid a sermon that is likely to frighten away or alienate a non-believer.

This Sunday is Mother’s Day. And in honor of that event, Rev. Ken Hutcherson has selected a non-traditional theme. From his church’s website:

Friday, 09 May 2008

Please keep praying for a great turnout for this Sunday’s services for two reasons:

1.) It’s Mother’s Day! We want to honor all of our mothers.
2.) This Sunday will be the first of a two part series on why homosexuality is still a sin.

Pray that many lives will be changed.

Pastor Hutch

What mother is going to want to bring her kids to church on her special day to hear a sermon about gay sex? I can’t imagine who – other than Pastor Hutch – would think this topic is appropriate for Mother’s Day.

Which makes me wonder: is Hutcherson completely obsessed with homosexuality, or is it the only subject that makes him a topic of discussion on blog sites and feeds his ego?

(hat tip GoodAsYou)

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David
May 9th, 2008 | LINK

It is very simple.

Hutcherson is trying, desperately, to convince himself. Whether that is because he experiences same-sex attractions he does not want, or is fending off a consuming sense of guilt and shame over his overt bias, is almost irrelevant.

The laddie doth protest too much. No one who is psychosexually healthy spends that much energy focused on other people’s sex lives.

Buffy
May 10th, 2008 | LINK

Why is it that the RRRW thinks about gay sex more than gay people?

David
May 10th, 2008 | LINK

When people are hungry, what do they think about most of all?

When people are sleepy, tired, exhausted, what do they think about most of all?

People think most about, talk the most about, worry and obsess and project the most about

their own unmet needs.

Jim Burroway
May 10th, 2008 | LINK

David,

Unfounded speculations and rumors about an indivudual’s sexuality has no place here. If you have evidence, please share it. Otherwise, let’s leave this line of comment to the National Enquirer. Unlike the tabloids, our Comments Policy requires substantiation. This is what sets this web site apart from the others.

Piper
May 10th, 2008 | LINK

I live close to the church, and if I didn’t have a memorial service to go to tomorrow I might go to his service.
Oh, thats right I don’t believe that a few open-for-interpretation verses in the bible, which were speaking to specific people in a specific time, should dictate how I treat a large group of people! How silly of me to forget!

David
May 10th, 2008 | LINK

Interesting double standard Jim, why don’t you take it up with Tim?:
“Which makes me wonder: is Hutcherson completely obsessed with homosexuality, or is it the only subject that makes him a topic of discussion on blog sites and feeds his ego?”

In the meantime, there is a real pattern in human behavior – people tend to become obsessive about certain kinds of things – especially things they deny themselves, things they feel guilty about, and things they can never attain.

We need to recognize and talk about it, dig into the real why, the real emotion driving people like Hutcherson – ’cause theology ain’t it. Pussy-footing around the suppressed emotions (whatever they are) that actually drive their tirades just wastes everyone’s time.

I’m disappointed that you resorted to the standard RR trick of distortion and misrepresentation.

Jim Burroway
May 10th, 2008 | LINK

You can be disappointed all you want, but our comments policy stands. All I said is that we don’t trade in rumors and innuendo. How is that “resorting to the standard RR trick of distortion and misrepresentation” when, in fact, I’m arguing against it?

Jason D
May 11th, 2008 | LINK

“We need to recognize and talk about it, dig into the real why, the real emotion driving people like Hutcherson – ’cause theology ain’t it. Pussy-footing around the suppressed emotions (whatever they are) that actually drive their tirades just wastes everyone’s time.”

David, if you feel so strongly, please feel free to meet with Mr. Hutcherson to discuss with him directly. That’s about the only way you’re going to “dig into the real why”. I doubt you know his mind well enough to do anything in his absence except speculate, which at this point is bordering on mindless gossip and reinforcing the stereotype that there must be something wrong with being gay.

Baraeris
May 12th, 2008 | LINK

Jim, your comments policy is misapplied. Besides, you yourself DO trade in rumors and innuendo.

How about loosening up the reigns a notch or two? You’re going to make it as oppressive as a christian message board in here.

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