Pentecost is the Day the Church Came Out!

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Today is Pentecost Sunday – it’s the Birthday of the Christian Church! For those who may not be familiar with it, Pentecost is derived from a Jewish holiday (Shavuot) that is celebrated 50 days after Passover.  According to the Book of Acts (chapter 2) on the day of Pentecost that took place 50 days after Jesus’ crucifixion, Jesus’ followers (only about 120 at the time) were all gathered in a large upper room of a dwelling in Jerusalem.  The room was locked because they were afraid of being pers … [Read more...]

Cookies of Love: a Progressive Pastor’s Encounter with Fred Phelps

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Brother Fred - is dead. When someone passes it is right and well to remember them. The following is a recounting of an encounter I had with the late, spreader of homophobic hate - Fred Phelps -- at his worst, and perhaps at his best. During my last semester of grad school I was involved in monitoring the proceedings at the General Conference of the United Methodist Church (effectively, the “Congress” of the denomination that meets every four years to adopt and revise policies & regulations) … [Read more...]

Our Sin of Hating Fabulous & The Death Throes of Homophobia

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We hate people who are fabulous. We always have. Cain killed Able because Cain had sin in his heart - and because he was jealous of his brother offering a fabulous offering to God.Joseph's brothers hated him, threw him in a pit, and sold him into slavery because they had sin in their hearts  -- and because they were jealous of their brother's fabulous dreams and his fabulous, colorful (rainbow?) coat.Emmet Till was beaten to death because his white brothers had sin in their hearts - a … [Read more...]


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