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The “Nashville Statement” | Exhortations & Critical Reflections

September 1, 2017

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In short… To my LGBTQ friends who are deeply hurt yet again at the words of condemnation, marginalization, and exclusion, I say, “I’m so deeply sorry,” and I weep with and for you. To my post-evangelical friends who are angry and outraged, I say “Fear not,” for we need not worry about this shrinking minority. […]

Okay. Let’s Talk About It.

November 10, 2016

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“Seek first to understand.” – Socrates “Shema (שמע)” – Deuteronomy 6:5 Okay, friends. Let’s talk about it. A Pastor, The Pulpits, and Politics: A Lament Over this political season, a tremendous–and painful–quandary has arisen. As clergy, I am bound by two very real forces when it comes to my voice and politics. The first is […]

Jesus Feminist | Notes & Review

October 29, 2016

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Sarah Bessey. Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of Women / Exploring God’s Radical Notion That Women Are People Too. Howard Books, 2013. (235 pages) Sarah’s website. CT article: ‘I’m a Feminist Because I Love Jesus So Much’. Shepherds Theological Seminary review. Jonathan Merritt on RNS review/interview. Perhaps most intriguing is the […]

Homoeroticism In The Biblical World | Notes

May 24, 2016

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Martti Nissinen. Homoeroticism In The Biblical World: A Historical Perspective. Augsburg Fortress, 1998. (208 pages) Preface Whether the texts I studied were biblical or Jewish, Assyrian, Greek, or Roman, the term “homosexuality” was absent from them and the concept alien. When the ancient sources describe or evaluate erotic encounters between people of the same sex, […]

God And The Gay Christian | Notes & Critical Review

October 23, 2015

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Matthew Vines. God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships. Convergent Books, 2014. (213 pages) Reclaiming Our Light – an Introduction My core argument in this book is not simply that some Bible passages have been misinterpreted and others have been given undue weight. My larger argument is this: Christians […]

40 Questions for Christians Now Waving Rainbow Flags | Response & Reflections

July 11, 2015

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This post by Kevin DeYoung was sent to me by a respected inquiring mind. Because I regard both the person and the heart-felt conversations we’ve engaged in over the past several years with high esteem, I offer this–my reply–to honor his request and in the same kindness of heart and spirit that he has extended […]

Growing Up Trans | Reflections

July 2, 2015

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Reflections: The gender and sexuality wars will, I opine, continue for a long-time into our future. I lament that I believe this, but yet, I consider it to be my best prediction of the future. I will be happy to be proven wrong. For now, in the midst of rapid fire arguments pro- or con-, […]