Archives for September 2011

A Primer on Islam: The Basics (Lesson 1 of 6)

Hi. I’m Pastor Bob. This is the first lesson of a multi-week class on Islam I taught for a large gathering of folks from multiple congregations: Lutherans, Presbyterians, Methodists, Catholics, recovering agnostics, etc. [Read more…]

When Tragedy Makes You Doubt God

Remembering back to the nightmare of 9-11—or these days, it seems, going online or opening up any newspaper at all—one finds oneself sympathizing with those who after such tragedies ask themselves where God is when such events occur. When we can’t understand how something could have happened in a world overseen by a gracious and [Read More…]

“Why should any of us choose to be part of a group that condemns us?”

Some of you may recall, from just a couple of weeks back, the story of A’isha Leslie Marbach, and the terrible tragedy that befell her. (See The Frost and Freedom of Death.) About a week ago, A’isha wrote to tell me that, in her grief, she had taken to spontaneously writing, which she found cathartic. [Read More…]

Christians and Gay Teen Suicides: “How could anyone be so stupid?”

In the conversations centered around such tragedies as the recent Jamey Rodemeyer suicide (see Christians and the Blood of Jamey Rodemeyer), we very often find conservative Christians defending themselves against the accusation that the theology in which they believe–and specifically their belief that homosexuality is a sin against God—ultimately contributes to that which informs, motivates, [Read More…]

Christians and the Blood of Jamey Rodemeyer

Jamey Rodemeyer, above, is a 14-year-old kid from Buffalo, NY, who earlier this week, after years of being bullied for being gay, committed suicide. [Read more…]

The Inevitability of the Rise of Progressive Christianity

It is inevitable that liberal/progressive Christians will be the majority of Christians in America. We feel the waters of that sea change already swelling everywhere around us. Today’s conservative evangelical Christians who are rallying against “postmodern relativism,” “revisionist secular theology,” “a naturalistic doctrine of God,” or however else they might label the theology of the [Read More…]

Carta: “Quizás te vea en la iglesia”

Saludos señor Shore, Si un periódico publicara un titular que dijera algo como “DECISIÓN HISTÓRICA: IGLESIA PRESBITERIANA ORDENARÁ A ZURDOS”, la gente miraría intrigada y diría “¿y qué? ¿A quién le importa? ¿Cuál es el problema?” Pero cuando el mismo titular usa las palabras GAYS o LGBT en vez de ZURDOS, es otra historia. La [Read More…]

Writing: Me Off

Hi, guys. So remember the aborning book of mine I wrote about in LGBT Christians: Tell Evangelicals (and the World) Your Story ? (For those of you who are … normal, aborning is a weird but I think cool-sounding old word meaning being born or produced.) I’ve got to finish that book. The whole world feels [Read More…]

Pastor Bob’s 9-11 Sermon

Here are the notes for the sermon given by Pastor Bob on 9-11-2011. [Read more…]

Before You Shake the Dust Off Your Feet

This essay is included in my book UNFAIR: Christians and the LGBT Question. [Read more…]