Theology Matters to LGBTQ Persons: A Response to Andrew Marin’s “Us Versus Us”

My first response to Andrew Marin’s Us Versus Us is “read this book!” It is well-researched, sensitive, irenic in spirit, and inclusive in attitude. It provides data and interpretation that can change minds, open spirits, and enable churches to share good news in ways that welcome the GLBT community. It is especially relevant to welcome-spirited evangelicals [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost – June 12, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost – June 12, 2016 1 Kings 21:1-10, (11-14), 15-21a, Psalm 5:1-8 (and/or 2 Samuel 11:26-12:10, 13-15, Psalm 32) Galatians 2:15-21 Luke 7:36-8:3 Today’s lectionary readings combine grace and challenge. The powerful and self-proclaimed righteous often forget their need for grace and, in consequence, use their power [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Third Sunday after Pentecost – June 5, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – Third Sunday after Pentecost – June 5, 2016 I Kings 17:8-16 (17-24) Psalm 146 Galatians 1:11-24 Luke 7:11-17 In today’s readings, God is portrayed as the source of amazing things: food in a drought, reviving the dead, and transforming our lives. When we see a dead end, God sees an open [Read More…]

Mysticism, Hallucinations, and Designer Spirituality

The dustcover of Joshua Steven Grisetti’s new book God in My Head announces that the author “experienced an accidental prescription drug overdose at a dentist’s office and subsequently had an unexpected encounter with the Almighty Creator the Universe.” Grisetti’s drug induced hallucinations opened the doors of perception, to use Aldous Huxley’s language, and awakened him to [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Second Sunday after Pentecost – May 29, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Second Sunday after Pentecost – May 29, 2016 I Kings 18:20-39 Psalm 96 Galatians 1:1-12 Luke 7:1-10 What is your ultimate concern? Will you choose life or death, God or idols? Will you follow the path of Jesus or the wayward meanderings of materialism, individualism, and xenophobia? Will you open [Read More…]

Does the Pursuing God Ever Stop Pursuing?

Like any loving parent or grandparent, God will not quit pursuing us – or loving us. Not even death can hinder God’s pursuit, for nothing can separate us from the graceful and pursuing love of God. [Read more…]

Balancing Self Interest and World Loyalty: On Dee Dee Risher’s ‘Soulmaking Room’

This post is part of a conversation on the new book The Soul-Making Room by Dee Dee Risher, for the Patheos Book Club. Philosopher Alfred North Whitehead claims that religion, at its best, aims at world loyalty. It begins, as the philosopher notes, with solitude, with our own personal experiences of the holy and the privacy [Read More…]


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