Shuck and Jive

Opinions expressed here are my own and do not represent the views of the congregation I joyfully serve. But my congregation loves me!

Saturday, September 01, 2007

A Response by Rev. Dr. Benjamin Harrison Taylor

My colleague and friend, B. Harrison Taylor, asked me to post this on my blog.

John, [Please quote me on your blog]

For those who are critical, by innuendo and gossip, of John Shuck, I have sat under John's ministry since he arrived in Elizabethton, Tn. as pastor. I served as part time interim pastor of that church during the activity of the Pastor Nominating Committee that recommended that John be called as pastor. I have been fed by his sermons and intrigued by his inquiring mind.

By God's Providence I was led to this church. Only when I returned after serving the PCUSA, since 1954 as pastor, teacher, bureaucrat, GA conference programmer and twelve interim pastorates, I discovered that my forebears were charter members of 1st. Pres Ch. Elizabethton, Tn.! I ain't no novice having spent at least 10 years doing graduate study of John Calvin. So, I say, if you have charges to make against John Shuck, speak up! The constitution of the PCUSA has provisions for such, otherwise seek the peace, unity and purity of the church. For such I will be a witness for John Shuck. Soli Deo Gloria
The Reverend Doctor B. Harrison Taylor