Eugene Peterson Retracts Affirmation of Same-Sex Marriage

On Wednesday, Religion News Service published an interview with Eugene Peterson, the author of thebestselling Bible translation “The Message”, in which Peterson clearly and plainly said that he would perform a gay wedding and allowed openly LGBT+ people to serve and lead in the churches he has pastored. This statement from Peterson was hailed as a minor victory for LGBT+ Christians who are fighting for our place in the Church, considering that Peterson is 84 years old and such a pro … [Read more...]

Eugene Peterson, Author of Best-Selling Bible Paraphrase “The Message,” Supports Same-Sex Marriage

Eugene Peterson is one of the most respected authors in American Christianity. His books on pastoralministry and spirituality have sold in the millions and are required reading in seminaries and Bible colleges. His paraphrase of the Bible, "The Message", is one of the most popular versions of the Scriptures in the Western world. And today, in an interview with Jonathan Merritt at Religion News Service, Peterson undramatically answers "Yes" to the question of whether or not he'd perform a … [Read more...]

Blinded By Bias: FOX News and Naming Our Prejudice

Yesterday, FOX News posted an article and interview about a Tweet that the progressive UCC Minister, Rev. Al Sharpton, tweeted out over the weekend that critiqued Trump's refugee ban, saying: "Before you head to church today, remember to thank God for his son, Jesus a refugee who fled to Egypt." Apparently, a number of conservative Christians responded to Rev. Sharpton on Twitter, claiming that he didn't know the Bible and was making a wild, inaccurate claim about Jesus. Thus, FOX News picked … [Read more...]

Welcome To The Revolution

For far too long, to many of us have allowed our complacency to keep us from acting. We fell into a trance, believing that things couldn’t really get that bad. But then the unthinkable happened.I often think back to election night in November. I had gathered together with a group of my LGBT+ friends at our local Democrat watch party expecting to spend the night celebrating a victory for progress. As the night went on and the numbers rolled in, one of my friends would frequently look at me a … [Read more...]

Tear Down That Wall: A Sermon for Inauguration Week

Originally delivered at First Baptist Church, Denver, Colorado on January 15, 2017.Good morning, First Baptist!Before I get in to my message this morning, I’d like to reread my paraphrase of our New Testament text from this morning. This comes from Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians. Paul writes:“Jesus embodies for us what true peace looks like, for he was sent once and for all to take down the great wall of hatred and hostility that has divided us, so that we can be one. He gave … [Read more...]

We Are What We’ve Been Waiting For

During the Christmas season, we hear a lot of talk about “hope”.Hope for a better day. Hope for a new life. Hope that good will overcome evil.On the surface, this message seems to be one that should be celebrated and embraced. Thinking of what the birth of Jesus represents for our world and how, despite our circumstances, we can look towards a day of salvation and peace.It seems to be a great message.But recently, I’ve been thinking very differently about “hope”.You see, I bel … [Read more...]