Thanks Rev. Charlene Hill both for granting me permission to post here on the blog the response she got back from the folks at LifeWay after she wrote inquiring about their decision to pull from their shelves the Gospel Today issue featuring women pastors on its cover. Let me warn you now that the letter says nothing new. But kudos to Charlene and the many others of you who made public your disagreement with LifeWay. This is how community organizing starts and how change begins. One letter at a time.
Thank you for your email of September 25, asking us for a response the article about LifeWay Christian Stores
removing the current issue of Gospel Today from the shelves. I am pleased to respond.
Thank you for asking about this. Many of the news media reports were not entirely accurate.
Simply put, we removed the September/October issue of Gospel Today magazine from the shelves
of LifeWay Christian Stores because the cover story, featuring female senior pastors, clearly advocated
a position contrary to our denomination’ s statement of faith, The Baptist Faith & Message.
We certainly understand that some customers have different positions on the issues and do not agree
with every point. We also recognize that some customers like to read a variety of views on subjects
such as these to stay engaged in the culture. For that reason, we have continued to make the magazine
available upon request to accommodate those needs as best we could. To the extent possible, we try
to serve all Evangelical Christians with the products we carry in our stores. If you
like, you may find The Baptist Faith & Message available as a free download
Thank you again for taking the time to write and ask about this article and for giving us the opportunity
to respond. I sincerely hope this information will be helpful to you.
Heck y’all, I’m grateful to folks like Jim Shull.
In fact, there’s a lesson in all of this. Maybe God is showing us something in all that we’ve seen and witnessed over the past months. Something important. Something that’s supposed to open the eyes of those of us who’ve been shy about questioning authority and afraid to challenge the way Scripture has been interpreted by those in charge.
Power comes from lying. Lying big, and gettin’ the whole world to play along with you. Once you got everybody agreeing with what they know in their hearts ain’t true, you rule and you win.
Thanks John McCain, Lifeway Stores, and “Them Baptists.” You’ve taught women like me a lot about power, politics, and truth over these last few months.
I’ll never be afraid again to see the world differently, nor will I ever again be made to feel guilty about using my influence to persuade others to see the world as I do.
Blessings to you too Jim, et al.