A Church Home: Tim Otto’s “Oriented to Faith: Transforming the Conflict Over Gay Relationships”

Tim Otto is a dude who believes gay marriages can be biblical and fully in line with what God wants for a couple, but he has taken a vow of celibacy as a way of living out obedience to his church and the intentional community in which he lives. He's a great guy--I interviewed him for my book--and well-positioned to offer insights to churches on all sides of the various current controversies over homosexuality. Oriented to Faith is excellent and super-readable, broken up into short chapters which … [Read more...]

“Marilynne Robinson in Montgomery”

This essay takes a while to get going, but it's a good, steady look at the way aesthetics and theology can lead us to flatten human experience--especially when "us" is white Americans writing about race. As somebody with a very "suffering and humiliation keep you close to Christ, you should consider them sometime" spiritual style myself, it was good to get a reminder of the way that kind of spirituality can cut against a communal pursuit of justice. As somebody who loves Robinson's books, it was … [Read more...]

Jason Byassee on Christians and “Christian”

This is the part that really irks me the most on eschewing “Christian.” It’s as though we get off scot-free for historical Christian sins (the crusades, racism, you name it) by just calling ourselves something else. Christians believe there is a way to forgiveness and purity—but it passes through confession, restoration, and repaired relationship. The much more costly way to disassociate from those who have done ill in Christ’s name is to set about loving as fanatically as they hated.here; vi … [Read more...]

“QUIZ: Modernist Church or Communist Building?”

Ooh, this is gonna sting. Via the Rattus. … [Read more...]

“The Kiss of Peace: Liturgy to Free Us from Our Isolation”: I’m at Level Ground

with a post which is perhaps not fully baked, but which I hope will be provocative: The way we pray not only reflects but also shapes what we believe about what it means to follow Jesus. Lex orandi, lex credendi is the old slogan: The law of prayer is the law of belief. Therefore if a movement within the Church hopes to contribute to Christian community and theology, at some point this movement will find ways to embed itself in the liturgy.Gay Christians who accept the historic Christian … [Read more...]

“Gay in Christ: Dimensions of Fidelity”: Notes from Day One

I'm procrastinating from finishing my own presentation by writing up my super-scattered notes from the first three presentations. This is solely the stuff which struck me personally as interesting and isn't intended as a complete picture of the event so far!Ron Belgau (my paraphrase): The Bible doesn't appeal to the Creation narratives to settle questions of scientific curiosity. Genesis 1 is about the liturgical rhythms of work and worship. Genesis 2 is about love, loneliness, and marriage. … [Read more...]

Small Synod Notes: Not All Gay This Time. (But Mostly Gay.)

* Obviously I'm disappointed that the language of sacrificial love and welcome couldn't get a 2/3 vote.* More disappointing, though, is that neither "side" sought to imagine vocations--a fruitful, sacrificially loving future--for gay people within the Catholic Church and in accordance with Her teaching. That's just not anywhere in any document from the bishops. It's the most important question and it's still a blank.(Do I want bishops to sit around imagining my life? Not necessarily. But … [Read more...]


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