This is no exhortation to have as much casual sex as one can have, but rather a suasion for each of us as individuals to get in touch with our sexual identities and desires, and to seek fulfillment and expression in safe, positive ways, whatever they may be.
I'm dealing with Jesus right now, and I'm having a difficult time manipulating his words so that they come out approving of any policy enacted by the powerful that says to the powerless.
I have always been amazed at how easy it is for hate groups to make national headlines compared to how incredibly hard it is for groups that stand for peace, love, and justice to ever be noticed in the media.
When he said, "Amen," I raised my head. I watched the elders pick up the communion plates and methodically distribute them. As they came close to our row, I dropped my head again. I already knew I couldn't have any. I felt the painful awkwardness of being where I didn't belong.
As a child of the 1980s, I grew up with the Huxtables. I imagined Vanessa, Theo, Rudy, Denise and Olivia were my siblings and I adored Clair and Hea...
The truth is that the bible is a human product, each book written in a time and place for a specific audience, by authors who were shaped by their experiences of God.
It seemed to me that my children's school-friend was one of those people who had a strong sense of integration. He could touch so many lives with his inclusive spirit just because he had this understanding of being a part that mattered. I felt that his integrity was an expression of his faith.
At that time, Chambers apologized for the damage Exodus had done to so many people. While maintaining that much good had been done in the organization, he admitted that they had also brought a great deal of suffering.
Perhaps instead of convincing ourselves we need guns to protect ourselves, we need to ask questions about the structures and ideologies that make us fearful or the pressures of masculinity that make so many men feel they need a gun to feel like a real man.
In calling Christians to take up arms, Ramsey has failed to reckon with some of Jesus' most challenging instructions, commands that strike at the very heart of the gospel. He is encouraging Christians to place their trust in the wrong thing.
I'm not one to try to find the silver lining in having breast cancer. Cancer sucks. I'm not one to wax romantic about all the lessons I have learned about life because of cancer. The primary lesson I have learned is that cancer sucks.
The whole thing gets a little muddy after you denounce "secular reparative therapy" and start laying out the alternative.
If I'm judgmental of you, just because of how you breathe and who you are, that anger will consume me and I can't be myself. When folk hate or reject LGBT people, it affects the person who is doing the hating.
I believe in a community where we don't just preach about the wonderful things that Jesus did but where we truly put those things into action. Do we actually do what He modeled? What does it look like in our context to heal the sick? To teach? To serve the least of these?
With heavy threads of green and red, and white and blue, I will embroider the border of Mexico and the United States.
"How can people of faith best approach scientific endeavors for the good of all?" That was my question to Episcopal Presiding Bishop Katharine Jeffe...