"Christian Post: Mainline Protestant pastors more likely to be liberal than their congregants - It’s been this way for over a century. And the same is true in evangelical churches too."

The latter assertion here rings false to me. Yes, if you're a conservative Evangelical who places a high priority on orthodoxy, then Twitter will supply you with a limitless stream of disheartening worldly compromises made by Evangelical pastors somewhere in America. But there are TONS of people in Evangelical churches (especially megachurches) that are far to the left, theologically and politically, of what their pastors are saying openly. And my guess is that there are many pastors whose unspoken beliefs are more conservative than they are confident asserting in front of their congregations. Generally, I think pastors, both liberal and conservative, mislead as to their true beliefs mostly through omissions, not through openly lying about things they claim to believe in but don't.

Here's an illustrative example that was quickly forgotten: a few years back, the pastor of Church of the Highlands, Chris Hodges (who, despite leading a top megachurch, has always had a rather small national profile) got in trouble for liking some TPUSA Twitter posts. Which seemed out of character for a seeker-sensitive church that cultivated its apoliticism, that wasn't too focused on culture war topics, and that had a fairly high black attendance. My guess is that Hodges is the opposite of the more-liberal-than-he-appears Mainline pastor: his instincts are politically much more conservative, more troubled by leftist culture war advances, than he lets on, and for a moment he let the mask slip. But he thinks more people will be brought to Christ by projecting a more -- dare I say, "winsome" -- image for his church, which is why he bent over backwards to apologize.

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On Trevor Bauer, who for what it's worth I didn't remember until he started trending this week:

1. Agree 100% that a man who disciplines his sexual urges will not end up in that situation.

2. I saw a lot of evangelical types on Twitter/X who were content to say that he and the woman involved were both equally guilty of sin. The charitable conclusion I came to is that those types are lazy and don't want to do the work of discerning that in severity of sinfulness, fornication < fornication + bearing false witness + slander. But I'm sure there's also some reluctance to admit that women are capable of doing evil.

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"This mentor saw a diamond in the rough guy and made it his business to polish him up. "

OK. You've spilled a lot of ink on how great mentors are and what they should do, but little to nothing about how to get one.

So far as I can tell, the most important part is to have some high ranking exec realize you have innate potential.

Barring some high level rando realizing your innate greatness, how can the rest of us poor schlubs get someone to believe in you and help?

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"If mainstream society wants to reach men, it needs to elevate male voices"


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