Done being Gay and Christian in America

Some of y’all may know that in July I will be moving with my new wife to the Netherlands. The inspiration for this leap across the pond bloomed one traumatic night in November when the changing of the guard ushered in the new regime of madness under which we now find ourselves.See, Betsy has lived and worked abroad before, nearly a decade in Singapore and Budapest, and we had been planning to eventually move to Europe together, so on that devastating night, she began reaching out to former c … [Read More...]

Our wedding was not a great gay wedding…

On March 11, 2017 I married the love of my life in sight of God, family and friends, but it was not a great gay wedding.Let me tell you what happened...The day before the wedding, as our friends and family began arriving in sunny Florida, we headed over to a local nail salon with our brides’ maids to treat our gals to pedicures and manicures before the big day. When we arrived, we were shocked to encounter not only a sign on the door, but an environment inside that will not soon be f … [Read More...]

If you’re not preaching “politics”, you’re not preaching the Gospel

January 29, 2017 - Year A  Micah 6:1-8 Psalm 15 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 Matthew 5:1-12When talking with others about the Jesusy things, there’s hardly anything that gets under my skin more than when someone starts a sentence with “The Bible is clear that…” This is because the Bible is a complex collection of texts written in many literary styles speaking from within and to a culture with a particular set of concerns at a particular place armed with a limited set of knowledge (as ar … [Read More...]

Faith + Works = WWJD

Year  A - January 22, 2017   Isaiah 9:1-4 Psalm 27:1, 4-9 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 Matthew 4:12-23Can I just start out and say how glad I am that I am  not responsible for preaching week in and week out? Holy moly, we are only on week three of this little project and I am already worn slap out. As soon as I am all done with a post, it's time to turn the page, read the next collection of texts and figure out how the hell to make sense of it in the world today.Okay, okay, I promise not to … [Read More...]

Look over there, it’s Elvis! I mean Jesus!!

Year A - Second Sunday after Epiphany January, 15 2017Isaiah 49:10 Psalm 40:1-11 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 John 1:29-42Here we go with week two of this lectionary journey and I'm still not exactly on track for publishing  my post every Tuesday, because exegeting+writing+life=hard y'all. And hell's bells, at first glance these texts are a frustrating mess with seemingly no connection. UGH, what are they thinking over at the RCL anyway?I was just not feeling Isaiah this week (that's … [Read More...]

 I admit it, this homosexual IS demanding special rights

Because as it turns out, civil rights are in fact special rights because they are rationed and rare.First, some of the rights we seek are indeed special because there is nothing ordinary about the right to personal dignity and safety. There is nothing ordinary about exchanging vows with the love of your life. More than special, these things are sacred.But because these (and other rights) are not accessible to all, they are special in a way they should not be.See, there should be … [Read More...]

This I Believe

Seems like most churches that have websites include a page where they post a list of what they believe. Setting aside the problematic nature of claiming that everyone at the church does and should believe the same, I feel called to offer a "belief statement" page for readers old and new so they can get their bearings before diving in. This is especially important since I have taken on the task of writing a blog post every week as I journey though the Revised Common Lectionary. Lord help me.A … [Read More...]

Baptism of Jesus: Submerging & subverting the paradigm

A Lesbian's Lectionary JourneyBaptism of Jesus: Submerging & subverting the paradigmFirst Sunday After Epiphany, Year AIsaiah 42:1-9Psalm 29Acts 10:34-43Matthew 3:13-17 A couple of days ago I announced that I am beginning a year-long journey through the Revised Common Lectionary. You can click here for an in-depth exploration of what the RCL is, but in short, that is what churchy types call the three-year cycle (A, B and C) of scripture that many pastors i … [Read More...]

Launching a lesbian’s lectionary journey

This week I’m beginning a project that, in the midst of planning a wedding, might be a squeench cray cray. So be it.I've assigned myself the task of blogging through the Revised Common Lectionary. For normal, non-theologically nerdy people, that is the three year cycle of scripture that many pastors in churches of multiple denominations follow as they prepare their sermons each week. Now, there are plenty of lectionary commentaries out there, most of them far more intelligent than I will be c … [Read More...]

Freaking out and making plans – welcome 2017

Happy New Year my friends, family, neighbors and dearest ne'er-do-wells! Take a deep breath...what's that smell? Why, that's the embers of 2016 dying and the crisp clean smell of a brand-spanking new year. And boy is 2017 going to be a doozie or what?I am glad to see last year begin to fade away, but I would be lying through my wine-stained teeth if I didn't say I enter this new year with equal portions of freaking the fuck out and dreaming fantastic dreams of all the good that is pos … [Read More...]