Five Aspects: another excellent ministry to commend...

BillMouserThis past October 1st, we were blessed with a fly-by visit from Father Bill Mouser and his wife, Barbara. On sexuality, if would be hard to do better than taking our churches through the Mousers' Five Aspects curriculum--Five Aspects of Man/Woman. My closest friend, Pastor Robert Woodyard, is using Five Aspects with men in his church and has found it excellent. Here at Clearnote Church, Bloomington we have a Saturday morning program...

called David's Mighty Men. Pastor Stephen Baker has written the curriculum and his structure has benefitted from Five Aspects.

So we were delighted to have the Mousers for a few hours and we took the opportunity for Bill to serve the men of Clearnote Pastors College by taking questions and doing what Bill does best--cogitating and pontificating. Every man present wished it could go on for hours.

During the time together, I took a pic and post it here, along with this quote:

There are three stages of a man's life: He believes in Santa Claus, he doesn't believe in Santa Claus, he is Santa Claus.

Yes, that's Bill there at the end of the table with David Wegener and Stephen Baker on either side. 

(TB)

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I'm glad that you were able to meet Fr. Mouser. Speaking of commentators on the blog, where has Ron Gleason been?

Pr. Tim,

Thank you for the warm commendation. And thank you for your patience with me during that rushed visit. The abcess beneath a crown on a tooth left me wondering if I were at any moment thinking, dreaming, or hallucinating. By the time Barbara and I got to St. Louis that evening, I was certain I was driving the car through the set of Blade Runner.

It's fun to be taken for Santa by children in the local grocer's! And, what man wouldn't aspire to be Santa for his children? If you can get away with that when they're adults, even for a few moments, it's worth the wait.

As for the utility of Five Aspects, what we have accomplished, I hope, is to restate for our peers and the following generation things that our great-grandparents and earlier generations already knew quite well from simply reading their Bibles.

As we were refining the concepts in the curricula back in the Nineties, I can still recall my sainted father-in-law asking us, with a quizzical look on his face, "Can you tell me again why you need to teach these things?" But, he belonged to a diffrent era (born in 1913 in a Swiss-German Christian subculture insulated from the earliest forms of American feminism). In Grandpa Beer's world, men and women knew who they were and how God designed men and women to relate to one another in marriage, family, church, and society. Barbara and I, on the other hand, were crafting Five Aspects of Man/Woman for those who no longer had a living memory of those things.

But nothing in those curricula is really new.

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