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Friday, June 29, 2007

Quest Church: Fnarf & Pastor Cho Mix It Up

posted by on June 29 at 14:09 PM

Yesterday I posted an email from Eugene Cho, pastor of Quest Church, that he wrote in response to a question I asked him about his church’s stance on homosexuality. Unlike Mars Hill, Quest accepts women into positions of leadership—was Quest just as progressive on gay issues? Turns out the answer is no.

Cho said in a follow up email—which he sent to me personally and posted in comments—that he was surprised to see his email on Slog. He assumed we were having a private chat. But I wrote to Cho as a reporter, a reporter (yeah, yeah) that just wrote something about his church for The Stranger, and it was clear from my email that I was asking him for more information about Quest—I was asking him for info I wanted to include in my original piece about Quest. It seemed clear to me that we were having an on-the-record email exchange and Cho’s did not tell me that his emailed response about homosexuality was not intended for publication. We’re not in conflict about the misunderstanding. Cho’s not upset with me; the man is gracious as all fuck. I just wanted to be clear about how this misunderstanding happened and to let folks know that I wasn’t being malicious when I posted Cho’s email.

Yesterday Cho posted a lengthy response to me on his blog, and I haven’t had a chance to respond to it yet; I was working last night and it’s busy day, what with editing to do, meetings to attend, and sins to commit. I will respond to Cho’s questions for me—which include doozies like, “Is it possible for a person or a church to be ‘welcoming but not affirming?’”—sometime this weekend.

In the meantime I wanted to direct Slog readers’ attention to the lively debate going down on Cho’s blog, Beauty and Depravity. Fnarf, Slog’s superstah commenter, has been so freakishly eloquent that I’m not sure I even need to respond to Cho’s last letter at this point—I just want to copy and paste’s Fnarf’s response and call it a day. But, like I said, I will respond this weekend because I think I owe Eugene the courtesy of a response.

Anyway, the conversation going down at Cho’s blog is worth your time. Click here to read it.

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1

Can we present Fnarf with some kind of award? What a pal.

Posted by It's Mark Mitchell | June 29, 2007 2:44 PM
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Damn, this brings back the entire nightmare of my life that was being gay at Whitworth College.....

The question "is it possible to be friends with someone who think differently about homosexuality than you do" was EXACTLY what the President of the college asked me!!! FUCK!! Who wants to be "friends" with someone who despises you for who you are? It is like asking a black man "would you be friends with a racist".

I can not read any more of that guys blog. Not before a weekend.

Posted by Andrew | June 29, 2007 2:44 PM
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The discussion over there is very interesting. Thanks for posting this Dan. :)

Posted by Phelix | June 29, 2007 2:46 PM
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We need to give Fnarf an award and a stipend. Brilliant.

Posted by Chris B | June 29, 2007 2:49 PM
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Way to go Fnarf!!

Posted by Justy | June 29, 2007 2:54 PM
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Okay so I am reading more of it (Thank you for posting Dan though seriously thank you).

Christians are first called to love and to love unconditionally as the first and greatest commandment. That is how we are to become "Christian" which does mean "Christ Like". What so many Christians enjoy doing is to put conditions of their love of other members of humanity for whatever reason and many will try to use bibical passages to back it up.

I mentioned one time that if we each are called to hold to the first and greatest commandment which is love and that is a gift from God how can we stand in judgement of how one person sees themselves? How can one person judge how God has revealed itself to another person? The answer is simply no one can. A "Christ Like" person can not say a gay marriage is wrong; only the people involved with that marriage can make that call. They are living out the revelation that God has given them in the way they see fit.

Besides as one professor at Whitworth once mentioned in the college president's study group on homosexuality in 1995, "If we are to err on this issue should we not error on the side of love?"

Inclusion is love, exclusion is hate.

Okay, that was enough of my flashback. Now time for some drinks!!!

Posted by Andrew | June 29, 2007 3:00 PM
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Wow; hopefully some real progress can come from all this.

I'll simply point to both sides that the other is human. Remember, Fnarf, that while gays know that they are gay, the people you're talking to know they are Christian. It's as much a part of their identity as being gay is to Dan.

Posted by supergp | June 29, 2007 3:15 PM
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Just as an aside, since I know Fnarf personally (partied at the cabin together, i have a couple of photos that includes both of us amongst others), his wife writes a superb blog! I go there every few days for some sustenance of the breathing, not typing, culture around us.

Anyway, a few weeks back, I read that they had gone and seen the righteous Morrisey. So if any of you are having an early night, he'll be on channel 7 later, just a few minutes before 12:30 I think.

I'll probably see it, because after bopping my head to 1 or 2 two songs by NOMO, I'll most likely be ready to split. I mean, after seeing and shouting along with Baaba Maal 5 years ago, afropop doesn't get much more real. The fact that it was a packed, sweaty club (S.O.B.'s) in lower Manhattan, SOHO?, only made it that much more heavy. And still, hanging out and playing with Wimp Factor XIV in the Village was the highlight that week in zee biggish Apple, iPhunky.

Posted by Garrett | June 29, 2007 3:21 PM
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I do not say this in the spirit of mocking Pastor Cho...but I feel a need to draw Slog's attention to the fact that his kids are named Jubilee, Trinity, and Jedi.

Posted by David | June 29, 2007 3:38 PM
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don't want to take kudos away from fnarf but i feel like i should be given a little more credit. he wrote such a long post that my wordpress blog sent it automatically to spam.

fnarf freaked. jesus answered his prayers. i never check my spam but found his post there and saved it.

don't i at least get 2 points for that?

Posted by eugene | June 29, 2007 4:01 PM
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Points for the assist go to P.Cho. ;)

Posted by Phelix | June 29, 2007 4:04 PM
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What the fuck is garret talking about?

Posted by douglas | June 29, 2007 4:21 PM
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Wow, that was some eloquent and persuasive scribing, Mr. Fnarf. I hope some of the congregation really take it in.

@10: Thank you, Eugene and Jesus, for rescuing Fnarf's post from the pits of hell. If I wrote something like that only to have it just disappear, I'd be vacuuming up smashed pieces of computer right now.

Posted by Sean | June 29, 2007 4:54 PM
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Holy shit, Fnarf.

I've been reading your comments on Slog from nearly the beginning, and I don't think I've ever seen you be so eloquent. I threw in a couple of comments over there, but I can't manage to be as nice and civil and so damned reasonable and persuasive as you.

Hat's off to you, my man. Well done. Well done!

Posted by SDA in SEA | June 29, 2007 5:11 PM
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Andrew @2 and 6: I also went to Whitworth, albeit more recently than you did. I recently had dinner with an '07 alum who regaled me with stories about the changing times at Whitworth... apparently this last spring there was a major 'uprising' of progressive students on campus, angry as hell about the hatred and bigotry that has pervaded the school. School got out before the heat could cause Whitworth to boil over, but word is that this fall will be quite an interesting time on campus. FINALLY. I remember how hard it was for me as a Democrat... can only imagine the heart-break to be there as a homosexual.

Posted by Katelyn | June 29, 2007 5:17 PM
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Yes, Eugene, you deserve kudos for rescuing my post and for the way in which you have approached this, from the beginning. I don't think we're ever going to get together in a big happy family, but I hope we can understand each other a little bit.

Posted by Fnarf | June 29, 2007 5:57 PM
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@ Katelyn, It is about time but I still burn my copy of Whitworth Today when it shows up in the mail. :0) It will be interesting to see how that will pan out since the Board of Trustees are pretty much still there and it is still Bill Robinson who is the President there. BTW, that quote from the 1995 Study group (I was the sole student and sole homo on the group) was never supposed to be repeated. So let's just keep that quote between you and me! :0)

Posted by Andrew | June 29, 2007 6:26 PM
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@Eugene: I am very please with this discussion. I think many wonderful things may come from it.

Posted by Original Monique | June 29, 2007 6:39 PM
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folks,

i have no motivatiion to convert you or to de-homosexualize someone's views. i'm here to learn and as able, to extend some of my thoughts. and in doing so, to somehow convey that i do not hate, despise, or damn you to hell.

Posted by eugene | June 29, 2007 10:02 PM
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Fnarf, you are awesome. But I think we all need to give a little credit to E. Cho and the other commenters. It's been a great dialogue and the comments are a nice reminder that their are some not evil Christians out there who don't hate us. It's just a shame they aren't more vocal. I'm just sayin. If you don't like the stereotype that's been assigned to you... change it.

Posted by monkey | June 30, 2007 7:40 AM
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Thanks, Fnarf.

Posted by an admirer | June 30, 2007 8:12 AM
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Dang! I love this place! Dan, you sparked one hell of a discussion over there. I didn't think that humans were capable of carrying on that level of discussion anymore (it was done in the past, e.g. Plato's Republic, which was based on a discussion held by the parties mentioned in it over the course of one night and day). Maybe there is hope for this species to become what it claims to be.

I love this blog!

The Wet One

Posted by The Wet One | June 30, 2007 9:43 PM
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Dang! I love this place! Dan, you sparked one hell of a discussion over there. I didn't think that humans were capable of carrying on that level of discussion anymore (it was done in the past, e.g. Plato's Republic, which was based on a discussion held by the parties mentioned in it over the course of one night and day). Maybe there is hope for this species to become what it claims to be.

I love this blog!

The Wet One

Posted by The Wet One | June 30, 2007 9:44 PM
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Dang! I love this place! Dan, you sparked one hell of a discussion over there. I didn't think that humans were capable of carrying on that level of discussion anymore (it was done in the past, e.g. Plato's Republic, which was based on a discussion held by the parties mentioned in it over the course of one night and day). Maybe there is hope for this species to become what it claims to be.

I love this blog!

The Wet One

Posted by The Wet One | June 30, 2007 9:44 PM
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Judging from the comments on his blog, it seems Cho has gotten himself in way over his head.

unfortunately, this is what happens when people moralize about groups and issues they clearly don't understand. At least he wants to avoid hurting people, but now that wish has come to completely obscure his real views, which he now seems unable to articulate.

I wish Christians would learn and explore what their views do to people, and how they cast God completely wrongly and destroy any relationship with him, with these hateful views that God is somehow picky about who he will love and welcome. This is what "judge not least ye be judged" is all about.

Posted by calvin | July 1, 2007 12:58 PM
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Oh, and SDA: you are a champion.

Posted by Fnarf | July 1, 2007 5:20 PM
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Calvin,

Clearly, while I'm not as brilliant as the posters on the slog, it's not so much that I'm unable to articulate.

I speak regularly in front of my conregation and travel here and there as a speaker. I feel compelled to just listen to the stories and pain that the church and my email to Dan caused.

The hill I am willing to die for is not the answer to the question "Are you for or against gays?" but rather, the manner in which I convey, demonstrate, and live out the grace of Christ.

If my views are seen as hateful, I apologize to you and others. Clearly, it is seen in that way. If I am a man of hatred, then may the Lord be harsh in his judgment of me.

Posted by eugene | July 2, 2007 11:30 AM

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