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…]

Ash Wednesday: Meditations on Beauty and Mortality

For a while, us Baby Boomers lived in the garden, never expecting to grow old. We hoped that the “better living through chemistry” that inspired our spiritual adventures in the 60s and 70s would continue on into our 60s and 70s and bring us similar medications to prolong the fountain of youth. But alas, Baby Boomers, too, are discovering their [Read More…]

Reclaiming Good Friday: Salvation without Divine Violence

What do you do with Good Friday and the Cross when you’ve abandoned the centrality of the doctrines of substitutionary atonement and the divine necessity of Jesus’ death? Like many progressive Christians, I grew up hearing the mantras “Jesus died for our sins,” “Jesus died so that we might have eternal life and escape God’s [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – August 24, 2014

The Adventurous Lectionary – August 24, 2014- Eleventh Sunday after the Pentecost Exodus 1:8-2:10 Psalm 124 Romans 12:1-8 Matthew 16:13-20 Today’s readings invite us to ponder our unique vocations and relationship with God. Our gifts shape and are shaped by the community of Christ. In living out our gifts, we share in God’s vision of [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – August 10, 2014

Lectionary Reflections for  August 10, 2014  Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28 Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b Romans 10:5-15 Matthew 14:22-33 This week’s readings are about God’s safekeeping of fallible, wayward, and mortal humanity. God responds to all who call upon God. God wishes to save persons in distress; in this we can have faith. Still, we must ponder [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary for July 27, 2014 – Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Does God give us what we want? Does God speak personally to us, inviting us to share our deepest desires and then receive our heart’s desires? Does God truly reach out intimately to us, inviting us to deeper levels of faith? [Read more…]

On Families and Faith: A Response to Mary Eberstadt’s “How the West Really Lost God”

Our congregations should make families key to our ministries, but we should support the health of families regardless of their constitution. [Read more…]