April 24, 2017

Maybe for a minute America was the light held atop the state of liberty, graciously welcoming the tired and huddled masses of the world. Maybe for just a minute we were the land of the free and the home of the brave that help stomp out the horrors that lead up to and occurred during WWII. And yes, some faithful folks led the way to equality for more people, inching us ever closer to the dangling promise of liberty and... Read more

April 18, 2017

Some of y’all may know that in July I will be moving with my new wife to the Netherlands. The inspiration for this leap across the pond bloomed one traumatic night in November when the changing of the guard ushered in the new regime of madness under which we now find ourselves. See, Betsy has lived and worked abroad before, nearly a decade in Singapore and Budapest, and we had been planning to eventually move to Europe together, so on... Read more

March 20, 2017

On March 11, 2017 I married the love of my life in sight of God, family and friends, but it was not a great gay wedding. Let me tell you what happened… The day before the wedding, as our friends and family began arriving in sunny Florida, we headed over to a local nail salon with our brides’ maids to treat our gals to pedicures and manicures before the big day. When we arrived, we were shocked to encounter not... Read more

January 27, 2017

January 29, 2017 – Year A   Micah 6:1-8 Psalm 15 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 Matthew 5:1-12 When talking with others about the Jesusy things, there’s hardly anything that gets under my skin more than when someone starts a sentence with “The Bible is clear that…” This is because the Bible is a complex collection of texts written in many literary styles speaking from within and to a culture with a particular set of concerns at a particular place armed with... Read more

January 20, 2017

Year  A – January 22, 2017   Isaiah 9:1-4 Psalm 27:1, 4-9 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 Matthew 4:12-23 Can I just start out and say how glad I am that I am  not responsible for preaching week in and week out? Holy moly, we are only on week three of this little project and I am already worn slap out. As soon as I am all done with a post, it’s time to turn the page, read the next collection of texts and... Read more

January 13, 2017

Year A – Second Sunday after Epiphany January, 15 2017 Isaiah 49:10 Psalm 40:1-11 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 John 1:29-42 Here we go with week two of this lectionary journey and I’m still not exactly on track for publishing  my post every Tuesday, because exegeting+writing+life=hard y’all. And hell’s bells, at first glance these texts are a frustrating mess with seemingly no connection. UGH, what are they thinking over at the RCL anyway? I was just not feeling Isaiah this week (that’s... Read more

January 12, 2017

Because as it turns out, civil rights are in fact special rights because they are rationed and rare. First, some of the rights we seek are indeed special because there is nothing ordinary about the right to personal dignity and safety. There is nothing ordinary about exchanging vows with the love of your life. More than special, these things are sacred. But because these (and other rights) are not accessible to all, they are special in a way they should not... Read more

January 10, 2017

Seems like most churches that have websites include a page where they post a list of what they believe. Setting aside the problematic nature of claiming that everyone at the church does and should believe the same, I feel called to offer a “belief statement” page for readers old and new so they can get their bearings before diving in. This is especially important since I have taken on the task of writing a blog post every week as I journey... Read more

January 7, 2017

A Lesbian’s Lectionary Journey Baptism of Jesus: Submerging & subverting the paradigm First Sunday After Epiphany, Year A Isaiah 42:1-9 Psalm 29 Acts 10:34-43 Matthew 3:13-17   A couple of days ago I announced that I am beginning a year-long journey through the Revised Common Lectionary. You can click here for an in-depth exploration of what the RCL is, but in short, that is what churchy types call the three-year cycle (A, B and C) of scripture that many pastors in churches... Read more

January 4, 2017

This week I’m beginning a project that, in the midst of planning a wedding, might be a squeench cray cray. So be it. I’ve assigned myself the task of blogging through the Revised Common Lectionary. For normal, non-theologically nerdy people, that is the three year cycle of scripture that many pastors in churches of multiple denominations follow as they prepare their sermons each week. Now, there are plenty of lectionary commentaries out there, most of them far more intelligent than... Read more

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