Legislating Love in the 21st Century (Acts 8:26-40)

By Karyn L. Wiseman Facts on marriage equality in the United States. One of the hot button topics in America today is same-sex marriage. This issue has been in the news often due to same-sex marriage bans being struck down in state after state and on the minds of many after the controversial “religious freedom” law passed in Indiana (and similar ones already enacted in other states). And it has been in the hearts of many gay and lesbian couples faced with the possibility of being denied ac … [Read more...]

Pariahs No More: 1 Samuel 16:1-13

By Alvin JacksonPariah is a noun -- a person without status, a rejected member of society, an outcast.Watch the Video: My Journey as a Lesbian PastorRev. Barbara Lundblad reflects on her experiences as a lesbian pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. In 2009, the ELCA voted to allow the ordination of candidates in "lifelong, monogamous, same-gender relationships." “For me it’s been a breath of fresh air, it has meant that I don’t have to be afraid or as … [Read more...]

What Makes a Family? (Mark 3:20-35)

By Matthew L. Skinner“Parents just don’t understand” might be an ever-present theme in popular music, but it’s hardly a modern phenomenon.Jesus’ Family DiscordIf you’re looking for snapshots of well-adjusted and happy parent-child relationships from the ancient world, the Bible probably shouldn’t be on your short list of sources. Consider even Jesus’ family, for example. The New Testament preserves evidence suggesting that Jesus’ relationship with his mother was rather strained. Sim … [Read more...]


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