I love the Bible and do treat it as authoritative. I can make the statement, 'The Bible is true' but that won't help others work out what I mean and what sort of true it is. I can make the statement, 'I believe in God the Father Almighty,' but frankly there is a lot of metaphor packed into there so it needs investigating before I will know if I am in broad agreement with others who can say the same thing.
At a recent Church Council meeting, where we had agreed that the Bible had different things to say on the subject of divorce without complete consistency, one person put a hand on the Bible at the end of the meeting saying, and I can't recall the exact words so the quotes are a little unfair, 'I stand by what's in this book.' That disappointed me immensely. It was said as if it solved the problem whereas it was the problem; the one we had been discussing for the previous hour.
I think I like the self-delineation 'liberal' in the same way as some Afro-Caribbeans like the N word. I want to rescue it from being a term of abuse to being a matter of pride. I'm liberal. I think for myself. I help others to think. I see things from both sides if I can yet still get down off the fence regularly and decisively. One white motherliberal me.
I understand that faithful, Bible-believing Christians disagree about divorce, homosexual behaviour, baptism rites, prophecy, the leadership of women, Eucharistic practice and inter-faith dialogue, to name but however many that was. And I believe that the conversation and how it is conducted is more important than the outcome.
This may or may not be the start of a movement. Not quite off the fence on that one yet.