What I Learned at Youth Specialties: Youth Pastors Want to Talk about Gay Marriage

Steve Argue, Chap Clark, Andrew Root, and Danielle Shroyer talk about eschatology on a theological panel moderated by Eric Leafblad at the 2012 National Youth Workers Convention (photo by Gavin Richardson)

Please pardon the Sunday post. Usually, I don’t post on Sunday and try to keep a sabbath, but I’m not bound by the law! Also, I’m sitting in the DFW airport, reflecting on my time at the National Youth Workers Convention.

Over the past few days, I’ve seen scores of old friends, given talks on culture and the atonement, and sat on theological panels discussing sexuality and the nature of scripture. It’s been since 2008 that I’ve spoken the NYWC, and I didn’t know how it would go: would people remember me? would my message still resonate with youth pastors, even though I haven’t been one since 2003? Well, it was really fun. We had great conversations in each of those venues.

But here is the most intriguing takeaway for me: youth workers want to talk about GLBT issues, gay marriage, and issues of human sexuality.

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Pastor Mark Reviews Rachel Held Evans

Well, I assume that this Tumblr is from Mark Driscoll, because it’s titled “the real @pastormark”:

So, Rachel – a woman, mind you – wrote that book. And, I’m guessing that she didn’t get her pastor or husband’s permission to do so. I just can’t bring myself to keep reading it – I mean, would I actually read a book written by a gay person? I don’t understand why she can’t just let the warriors like Behe and Keller duke it out, and spend her time enjoying wearing dresses, cooking food and pleasing her husband? Some women are so unappreciative of what we are willing to sacrifice for them.

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Teen Won’t Be Confirmed because He Supports Gay Rights

Rose French of the Star Tribune reports:

A Catholic priest in northwest Minnesota is refusing to administer the sacrament of confirmation to a 17-year-old after the teen posted a photo on Facebook condemning the [Minnesota] marriage amendment, according to a newspaper report.

The decision by the priest at Assumption Church in Barnesville, Minn., to deny confirmation to Lennon Cihak last month has surprised the teen’s family, The Forum reports:

“The Facebook post in question was a photo of Lennon in front of an altered political sign. Originally reading “Vote Yes” on the Minnesota Marriage Amendment, which would have changed the state’s constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman, Lennon scribbled out the “yes” and replaced it with “NO!”

The teen’s mother says she was “called into a private conversation with the priest soon after the photo was discovered and was told her son wouldn’t be allowed to complete confirmation.”

The newspaper also reports that the family is being denied communion. Church officials made no comment for the story.

Aimed at banning same-sex marriage in Minnesota, the proposed marriage amendment failed to win a majority vote on the Nov. 6 ballot. The state’s Catholic bishops and clergy were among the most vocal supporters of the amendment and called on the Catholic faithful to vote for the measure.

via Report: Minn. Catholic teen denied confirmation after pro-gay marriage Facebook post | StarTribune.com.

Hear What I Think about Everyone from Mark Driscoll to Rachel Held Evans

Dwight Friesen interviews Yours Truly

I had the great pleasure of visiting The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology last week. It was my first time there, and I was very impressed — with everything from the beauty of the urban setting to the innovative ways that students learn. The fact that their very first class is in hermeneutics is a brilliant choice.

I sat down for an interview with long-time friend and SST theology professor Dwight Friesen, in front of a group of students. We talked about the election, the atonement, and the future of theological education.

Then Dwight played a dirty trick on me.

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