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

Year A – Second Sunday after Epiphany January, 15 2017 Isaiah 49:10 Psalm 40:1-11 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 John 1:29-42 Here 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 [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 [Read More…]

Baptism of Jesus: Submerging & subverting the paradigm

A Lesbian’s Lectionary Journey Baptism of Jesus: Submerging & subverting the paradigm First Sunday After Epiphany, Year A Isaiah 42:1-9 Psalm 29 Acts 10:34-43 Matthew 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 [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 [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 [Read More…]

How “Left Behind” prepares us for Trump’s America

For some time now, moderate and progressive Christians have been wondering aloud how evangelical Christians can support Donald Trump in all his obvious clash with Christian values – xenophobic, materialistic, fear-mongering bloviating. What’s the question again caller? It recently occurred to me that NO greater clue exists for this apparent disconnect than a linchpin in [Read More…]

The Rainbow Flag on Main Street: Guest blogger Jonathan Chapman

Friends, it is my honor to share this post from friend and seminary colleague, Rev. Jonathan Chapman.       Two days ago, I dragged the stepladder through our front door and set it up at the base of one of the wooden columns that line the front our our 1850s home. The house that [Read More…]

Bruce ain’t goin’ to NC, but I am…and we’re both right.

Major corporations, film and television productions and even broadway musicals are boycotting North Carolina over legalized LGBT discrimination in HB2, a law that explicitly bars transgender individuals from public bathrooms for the gender they identify as. This, my friends, is the very definition of unconstitutional because it is in direct violation of the 1st and 14th amendments. About the [Read More…]

A queer quandary for Ash Wednesday

So, this coming Wednesday is Ash Wednesday and oddly enough for this Baptist raised, UCC livin’, progressive/process/liberation/feminist/queer theological mutt, it is a highly significant day in my yearly walk with Jesus. For those of you unfamiliar with the Christian calendar, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a Christian season of fasting and prayer leading up to Easter. Ash Wednesday services are somber events [Read More…]

Advent Reflection in a Time of Terror: God is Waiting for US

Advent is the season between Thanksgiving and Christmas Day where Christians mark the days of darkness waiting for the In-Breaking of Peace, waiting for the Incarnation of Love. It is a season for lighting candles in the darkness because we believe Emmanuel, God With Us, will soon shed the light of eternal love and justice on [Read More…]