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Amethyst Marie: “I am the little girl in Sunday School who’s always the first to raise her hand. I am the girl who gets the lead solo in the Christmas pageant every year. I am the teenager who plays piano for the worship service every fourth Sunday. I am the lady who hosts a small group in her home. I am the teacher in your kids’ Children’s Church. I am the Facebook friend who posts Rachel Held Evans‘ articles on your news feed all the time. I am the friend who prays for you and with you every time you ask. I am Mary Lambert. I am Jason Collins. I am a Christian, and I am not an LGBTQ ally. I AM queer, and I am here.” [Read more...]

Jesus Is Not At All Like That (my video for the NALT Christians Project)


I never made a YouTube video before, and that probably shows, but when John Shore invited me to contribute one to the NALT Christians Project, I couldn’t say no. (I’ve included the transcript — all the words, but none of the bad lighting and awkwardness.) [Read more...]

The NALT Christians Project offers permission and an invitation


Here is the testimony of the faithful. Here are Christians from all over the place “unapologetically expressing their full acceptance of LGBT people.” And look! They’re still Christians. This love and acceptance is an expression of their Christian faith, not a rejection of it. [Read more...]

The Power of Gay is more than more than conquerors


The Power of Gayness is more powerful than death. It is more powerful than life. It is more powerful than angels, rulers, things present or things to come. It is more powerful than powers — more powerful than height, and depth, and everything in all creation. That’s what a lot of Christians keep telling me, anyway, because they keep saying that just being gay or lesbian, bisexual or transgender, somehow separates people from the love of God. [Read more...]

Complementarians see women and ‘gag’


For these folks, men’s authority over women and women’s submission to that authority is a central, essential keystone to their whole understanding of Christianity. Take it away and everything falls apart. [Read more...]

Versus and clobber verses: ‘It’s an almost impossible situation’


But the next word Peter says is “but.” “The Bible says one thing, but …” That’s terrifying for folks like poor Doug Anderson. They revere the Bible as their authority, their lifeline and lifeblood. And so, for them, if “the Bible says” we must never say “but.” If “it is unlawful” then it is unlawful no matter what else the Bible says about a whole theology of welcoming and loving people. [Read more...]

Mugabe, Putin and The Gospel Coalition?


It would be wrong and unfair for us to make a facile leap to the conclusion that just because the Gospel Coalition’s views on legal equality for LGBT people are identical to the views of Robert Mugabe and Vladimir Putin, it automatically means that they are in the wrong. But as long as we’re thoughtfully considering all of the possibilities and potential implications of this agreement, we should note that it is also quite possible that Mugabe and Putin are as horrendously wrong in their views on this issue as they tend to be horrendously wrong about everything else. And if that’s the case — if this view is of a piece with the immoral, abusive, unjust and oppressive immorality that shapes everything else these strongmen believe — then it would seem to be a Very Bad Thing to find oneself agreeing with them. [Read more...]

Satanists did not kill pony or turn woman into lesbian


“Initial media reports linked the death of the pony to satanic cults and ritualistic killing,” the police said in a statement. “The police have sought the advice of experts and have come to the view that the death of this pony was through natural causes. All the injuries can be attributed to those caused by other wild animals. This incident received significant media reporting, some of which was clearly sensationalist.” [Read more...]