On another note, I have a sensitivity (not a full-blown allergy) to peanuts. So I have been doing without peanut butter for several years.
Recently I bought some almond butter and it is a remarkably good substitute. It is non-hydrogenated and separates readily, but keeping it in the fridge...
I am pretty sure I read that one. I think we did it for book study in one of my former congregations.
The book that really had an impact on me was Marcus Borg's Heart of Christianity.
I have tried reading some of Borg's other material but nothing else has touched me so deeply.
Sometimes I think congregations really need to ask themselves some hard questions. If strawberry shortcake day means someone (who is less than excited about the idea) is required to whip cream for 4 hours, is it necessary to have this day at all?
Maybe it is time to pull back a bit and see how...
Yes, in my mind there is a big difference between challenging someone to think more deeply and making fun of that person and/ or that person's beliefs. He came across as quite mocking on the third occasion I heard him speak but this may reflect some of my struggles at the time. Hard to say.
I have read some of his books as well @BetteTheRed. I enjoyed Rescuing the Bible From Fundamentalism a great deal.
In person (I heard him talk on 3 occasions) I found him somewhat mocking. The first two times I found him very funny but I had a different reaction the third time.
I think this fellow is eligible to apply for the permanent position because his status is supply, not intentional interim.
I understand we have changed the terminology of "intentional interim" to "transitional".