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Boundaries in our Boundless Worship

Boundaries in our Boundless Worship

Apr 18, 2016

Same worship song, one week apart, yet today I’m pained. This emotional ache is not a new place for me. I’ve frequently found myself here over the past decade, and it’s become increasingly more difficult to withstand. For me, the worship portion of church services used to be so “me-centric.” I owned those song— me and God, me and Jesus, me and the Spirit. I...

Poison in a Pretty Package. Kathy Baldock Reviews “Gay Awareness” by Landon Schott

Poison in a Pretty Package. Kathy Baldock Reviews “Gay Awareness” by Landon Schott

Apr 12, 2016

Gay Awareness: Discovering the Heart of the Father and the Mind of Christ on Sexuality by Landon Schott Famous Publishing (March 21, 2016) 312 pages Texas-based, travelling evangelist Landon Schott is certainly not unique in his strongly anti-gay theological and ideological beliefs. His lack of academic integrity and immature reasoning skills alone should...

Review: “My Exodus” by Alan Chambers

Review: “My Exodus” by Alan Chambers

Oct 8, 2015

My Exodus: From Fear to Grace by Alan Chambers Zondervan, Sept. 2015 224 pages   Alan Chambers’ newly released book, My Exodus: From Fear to Grace, written with his wife, Leslie, is self described as “ . . . simply our story. It’s a story about our parents, our childhood, our coming of age, our marriage, and our journey out of a system of beliefs driven by...

“Audacity”: Nothing Says “I Have No Respect for You” Quite Like Giving a Copy to a Gay Person

“Audacity”: Nothing Says “I Have No Respect for You” Quite Like Giving a Copy to a Gay Person

Aug 24, 2015

In 2013, the owners of “Sweetcakes by Melissa” refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. They were ordered by the State of Oregon to pay the couple $135,000 in damages, which they continue to refuse to pay. Instead, they decided to send cakes to gay rights groups, with the message “We really do love you!” inscribed in the...

Family Research Council uses Deception and Junk Science to Bolster Anti-Transgender Policies

Family Research Council uses Deception and Junk Science to Bolster Anti-Transgender Policies

Aug 10, 2015

The right-wing Family Research Council (FRC) recently published a position paper to critique and describe the transgender movement and ideology as they perceive it (June 19, 2015). The opening sentences of “Understanding and Responding to the Transgender Movement” pronounce, “In recent decades, there has been an assault on the sexes.” This is only the beginning...

Review: “Same-Sex Marriage” by Sean McDowell & John Stonestreet

Review: “Same-Sex Marriage” by Sean McDowell & John Stonestreet

Aug 6, 2014

This is the latest entry in the “we love the gay people but don’t think they are deserving of civil rights and this is how we express our love” category. Here is what I understand the basic premise to be — God invented marriage, so Christians own it and no one has the right to redefine it. WHOA!  It might behoove the authors to read a...

“Traditional Family Values”? Which Traditions? Whose Families? What Values?

“Traditional Family Values”? Which Traditions? Whose Families? What Values?

Mar 18, 2013

Traditional family values is a packed cliché. The (ab)use of the term “family values” began in 1976 when it was introduced into the Republican Platform. It became a rally cry at the 1992 GOP Convention when Vice President Dan Quayle bemoaned the collapse of the family because the then-popular show, “Murphy Brown,” portrayed the main character as a strong,...

Review: “Homosexianity” by Pastor Romell D. Weekly

Review: “Homosexianity” by Pastor Romell D. Weekly

Oct 26, 2012

Homosexianity: Letting Truth Win the Devastating War Between Scripture, Faith & Sexual Orientation   Ihave read a couple gay-affirming books in the past by various authors, and I’ve observed that they tend to fall in one of two courts. Court A: While very sympathetic to the plight of gays and lesbians, they are full of theological errors that...