Don’t You Know What God Can Do With Dust?

I had the honor to preach my first sermon at Summit on 16th UMC last night for their Ash Wednesday service. It felt right, natural, and good. I am so thankful for all the support people have shown me on this adventure.I even got to do the Imposition of the Ashes, which is something I have wanted to do for years. I think you're supposed to be somber when you do it, but I was so excited that it was hard not to smile.My spouse was kind enough to record the sermon for me. I've … [Read more...]

God’s Not In Her Heaven. All’s Not Right With the World

There are gods on thrones this week.The gods of White Supremacist Capitalist CisHeterosexist Patriarchy are sitting pretty, on their thrones of gold. These idols, who think they are omnipotent: "Hey, when you're a star they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything."  The U.S.A. has elected their own white Jesus, a man proclaiming himself to be god. They've put him on a throne.My God, though? She thinks thrones are oppressive bullshit. She takes … [Read more...]

“Good Christian Sex:” A Book Review

 When I got an email asking me to read and review Bromleigh McCleneghan's Good Christian Sex, I was skeptical. As long-time readers of this blog know, I have read a lot of Christian books about sex.I have not, however, read a lot of good Christian books about sex. Even books herald as alternatives to Joshua Harris and the like--books described as "not like that"--I have found lacking. Progressive evangelicals in the blogging world are often quick to say that they do not … [Read more...]

Putting God in the Closet: How N.T. Wright and Douglas Wilson Attack the Image of God

[Content Note: Slavery Apologism, Anti-LGBT Slurs and Theology, Douglas Wilson]N.T. Wright and Douglas Wilson have the same exact theology when it comes to LGBTQ people.N.T. Wright, the distinguished scholar and Anglican bishop, speaks with an air of academic detachment. In a recent interview for the Crackers and Grape Juice podcast, he uses vague words (like "human sexuality") and safe cliches (like "We are all sinners..."), but his position on LGBTQ people is clear.Wilson, on the … [Read more...]

Franklin Graham is Right: Donald Trump is Similar to King David…

Content Note: Descriptions of Rape and Sexual Assault, with some detail Famous evangelicals across the United States are coming up with all sorts of interesting excuses for abandoning their self-proclaimed morals in order to support a man like Donald Trump. James Dobson--of "let's shoot transgender children" fame--claims that Trump has recently been "born-again," and anyone who grew up in "born-again" Christian culture knows that this move is often used as a " … [Read more...]

Human Dignity and Christian Responses To “Game of Thrones”

I recently watched an interesting conversation unfold over Facebook about this article by Noah Filipiak, entitled "If You Are Watching Game of Thrones, You Are Watching Porn." I'm not interested here in defending the merits of Game of Thrones. Other writers have critiqued the show (I like Samantha Field's critique which can be found here), and I'm not here to say it is above criticism. I don't think it's particularly progressive or feminist, and it bothers the shit out of me when people praise … [Read more...]

Why Does Dr. James Dobson Pretend He’s Sad About Dead LGBTQ Folks?

[Content Note: violence against LGBTQ folks, discussion of lynching and racism]Yesterday, Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, expressed sympathy for the victims of the horrific shooting at Orlando's Pulse Night Club: I am deeply saddened by the brutal murder of so many young men in Orlando, Florida . . . Although radical Islamic terror groups claim victory while dispensing death and mayhem, we know the truth. Eternal life comes only by faith in and obedience to the one true … [Read more...]

Liberating Liturgies: A Hymn for Queer Creation

I realized recently that the last blog post I wrote was in July of 2015. I guess it's been awhile, and for good reason, since I started seminary last August, and have therefore been extremely busy. I would like to get back to work on this blog, because there is so much that I am learning and creating in my classes. Today, I want to share a hymn that I wrote for my intro to worship class this January. Inspiration for this hymn came from a couple of sources.1- Queer Theology's synchroblog … [Read more...]

Why I Don’t Trust Pro-Life Feminists

"A woman can insist she would never choose to have an abortion while affirming her support of the right of women to choose and still be an advocate of feminist politics. She cannot be anti-abortion and an advocate of feminism.” --bell hooks, Feminism Is For EverybodyWhen I saw Christianity Today published an article recently entitled "The Feminist Fight Against Abortion," I immediately thought of the above quote by bell hooks. Though I don't completely agree with hooks' approach here (p … [Read more...]

12 Reasons Why You Can Totally Call God “Mother”

This is written in response to this laughable post published by fellow Patheos author Fr. Dwight Longenecker. Fr. Longenecker insists we must refer to God only as Father. In fact, he believes this so much, he wrote twelve poorly defended reasons why we mustn't ever call Her "mom."I have my own twelve reasons why calling God our mom is totally cool.1. Jesus Calls God "Father," according to the gospel writers, but never demands we do so, and certainly never suggests that "Father" is t … [Read more...]