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Intent versus Face Value: A Few (Shocking) Thoughts about the Bible

Intent versus Face Value: A Few (Shocking) Thoughts about the Bible

Aug 23, 2016

I am terrified of a church that applies the texts of Scripture at face value, without a serious and involved consideration of the original audience, the socio-religious context they lived within, and how that context differs from our own. “Take God at His word” sounds cute and all religiousy, but it’s actually quite reckless, extremely...

“Will it Ever Happen For Me?” Relationships can happen at any age. Are you ready for it?

“Will it Ever Happen For Me?”  Relationships can happen at any age. Are you ready for it?

Jun 19, 2015

Finding a life-long partner is almost an obsession with most single people. “Is it ever gonna happen to me?” You can almost get into a panic about it. So when you finally start dating a decent prospect, you find yourself doing whatever you can to “make it work.” Pastor Romell and Damion say you shouldn’t have to work so hard....

Does Monogamy work in Same-Sex Relationships?

Does Monogamy work in Same-Sex Relationships?

Mar 20, 2015

What is monogamy, and is it a practical expectation for same-sex relationships? Pastor Romell and First Gentleman Damion Parks-Weekly delve into this topic in their first episode of From Me To We. The gist of this episode is that single people need to SLOW DOWN and not try to rush into a relationship. Take time to get to know and enjoy the other person. You...

The Black-White Divide: Can It Be Fixed?

The Black-White Divide: Can It Be Fixed?

Sep 2, 2014

The killing of Michael Brown was a tragedy; and depending on the circumstances, which time will prayerfully make irrefutably clear, it was a national tragedy. Yet, even in light of that, I’m glad that the issue of race has returned to the forefront of the American psyche. The shooting and subsequent looting and protests have proven the biggest race-related...

Is Divorce Really Wrong?

Is Divorce Really Wrong?

Aug 7, 2014

In the past, my beliefs about divorce were as black and white as the text on the pages of the Bible. From this legalistic perspective, there were really only two conditions within which divorce would be acceptable — Jesus’ teaching about adultery in Matt. 19:9, and Paul’s teaching about an unbelieving spouse departing in 1Co. 7:15. I believed that divorce...

10 Reasons I Will Never Again Be Part of a Non-Affirming Church

10 Reasons I Will Never Again Be Part of a Non-Affirming Church

Nov 9, 2013

Being gay is tough sometimes. Being a gay Christian can be even tougher.  This week, a Church of God in Christ convention is taking place in Saint Louis. I know a number of gay COGIC men, and I also know how anti-gay this denomination actually is. But I was still surprised to hear the church folk going on and on about how “gay” this convention was....

Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin?

Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin?

Sep 12, 2012

I  doubt there is a Christian in America who hasn’t heard the almost credal aphorism, “Love the sinner, hate the sin.” One can scarcely have a discussion regarding homosexuality with a non-affirming believer without hearing it. If I didn’t know better, I’d swear it was somewhere in the Bible. Just in case you’re unfamiliar with the saying, it refers to people’s...