The church is killing her gay children

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It happens every day, “good Christians” pierce the hearts, minds and souls of the children who they promised at birth and baptism to love as Christ has first loved us. Churches willfully slaughter their own when they choose to read the bible through the eyes of self-righteous, deadly legalism rather than radical, live-giving love. Jesus had a great [Read More...]

There is a Third Way but it’s not what you think – Jesus’ third way for gays

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Christians of every ilk seem to have something to say about the mythical “Third Way” for faithful folks to remain in covenantal community even as the body of Christ deeply disagrees about same-sex marriage.  On one side you have good and faithful folks like Ken Wilson (the Senior Pastor at the evangelical Vineyard Church in Ann Arbor, MI)  and Pastor Danny [Read More...]

I’m not your rainbow doormat

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For as long as I’ve been tending the weedy garden of this blog I have been asked by theological horticulturalists, from hobbyist to professional, “why you gotta be so mean?” Ok, maybe not exactly like that but I definitely hear regular challenges to my voice, from both sides of the aisle, that read a little [Read More...]

Baptist theology is so queer, y’all.

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I was just 13 when I stepped out of my ratty flip flops and down into the baptismal pool at Confederate Avenue Baptist Church in downtown Atlanta. As I waded over to Pastor R, the white robe covering my one-piece swim suit floated up around my knobby knees. There was a coarse cinder block in the bottom [Read More...]

Christian, Post-Christian – A book I think you’ll like

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Sometime this past April I told you that I can no longer comfortably call myself a Christian. “…I am tired. I am tired of begging for scraps from the table. I am tired of begging to borrow an ounce of grace from the money changers in the temple.  I am tired of being a pawn in the [Read More...]

The blasphemy of a homophobic Jesus

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Well my goodness, it would seem that yet another “pastor” in yet another “Christian” church has found his 15 minutes of fame on the interwebs by intentionally whipping up theologically inaccurate, fear based, power hungry homophobia. Get a load of this little diddy as reported by Raw Story A pastor of a large Southern Baptist church [Read More...]

A Recipe for Spiritual But Not Religious

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This evening I am introducing a new series – my contribution to the “Meet the Nones” meme out there .   I have been mulling over (uh, stewing furtively about) an in-depth response to a particular author/pastor from within my own tradition for quite a while.   Back in 2011 Lillian Daniel posted  “Spiritual but Not Religious? Please [Read More...]

Bible Character Bingo!

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So one of those inane “which type of underwear are you?” quizzes floated across my radar the other day and finally caught my attention. Although I’ve passed up the scintillating “Which Disney Prince Would Be Your One True Love?” and the self abusive “Which Wedding Dress Style is Right for You”, I just couldn’t pass [Read More...]

10 Ways MY religious freedom is under attack

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My religious freedom to love my neighbor is under attack by your religious freedom to despise him. My religious freedom to welcome the stranger is under attack by your religious freedom to deny them. My religious freedom to alleviate suffering is under attack by your religious freedom to create it. My religious freedom to be [Read More...]

Fundies just love the gays to death

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Matthew Paul Turner wrote this kick-ass post rounding up all the shards from the evanglisphere that have pierced my heart these past two weeks. Earlier this week I sat my fanny down to try to pull all these hateful shenanigans together into a single post of my own but it was far too painful to [Read More...]


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