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Finally Home

Finally Home

Jul 15, 2017

HOME IS THE PLACE WHERE, WHEN YOU HAVE TO GO THERE, THEY HAVE TO TAKE YOU IN ― ROBERT FROST Like many queer people, I’ve had a messy and often painful relationship with the institutional church. Yet in my 33 years of life, I’ve come to believe that even messy and painful does not mean irredeemable. Last week, while attending the General Synod of the...

Same-Sex Marriage: Why We Have to Go Beyond Jesus

Same-Sex Marriage: Why We Have to Go Beyond Jesus

May 20, 2014

In my experience, the conservative stance on the issue of same-sex marriage really isn’t founded on the handful of passages from Leviticus and Paul. Yes, those get quoted a lot, but the interpretation of those passages is often driven by a larger prior conviction, namely, that Jesus clearly stated that marriage is between a man and a woman, thus creating...

Too Disturbing?

Too Disturbing?

Mar 29, 2013

Earlier this week, I submitted some posters to the digital communications office at University of Tulsa to display on the scrolling message boards that promote events all over campus. Just today, I noticed that they were displaying the one for our Living Last Supper, featuring two of the disciples from DaVinci’s masterpiece engaged in discussion, with the...

Gender Identity is Not a “Behavior” Needing Repentance

Gender Identity is Not a “Behavior” Needing Repentance

Mar 16, 2013

This week, Biola University’s e newsletter has a story titled “Biola develops transgender policy as Cal Baptist lawsuit appears.” The story goes on to explain how a former transgender student at Cal Baptist University (CBU) was suing the university for wrongful expulsion because she was transgender. The university counters that when the...

The Necessity of Change …

The  Necessity of Change …

Feb 27, 2013

Since entering seminary, my classmates and I have changed. Our views of self, God, Scripture, and the world in which we live are no longer the same as they were before. Additionally, that world, the one in which we live and are called to do ministry, is not the same. It too has changed, and in some respects, drastically so. Even if history is destined to repeat...

Sabbath, Self-Care & Keeping Sane in Ministry

Sabbath, Self-Care & Keeping Sane in Ministry

Nov 13, 2012

One topic that comes up often for those of us in ministry, especially ministry in the grey space, is self-care. When working in areas of tension and even conflict, it’s difficult to not become burned out, cynical, disheartened, frustrated, and hurt. It’s challenging to know when to take a break, to give yourself a sabbath from being in the trenches, as well as...

Politics in the Pulpit?

Politics in the Pulpit?

Oct 4, 2012

More crazy preachers on T.V. Why does that thought occur more and more frequently in my head?  Maybe the American election season has something to do with it.  And with Election Day looming closer every day, the impulse for preachers to push their people in one direction or another will likely only increase. I was kind of disheartened—shocked, actually—the...

Gender-Reassignment and the Image of God

Gender-Reassignment and the Image of God

Sep 20, 2012

Of all the issues members of the GLBTQ community deal with, discussing the topic of gender-reassignment and transgendered people can be one of the most difficult to navigate. Gender-reassignment surgery creates perhaps more psychological and theological discussions than any other issue in our community.  No matter how good we become at understanding and...

Jesus Loves You. Have a Condom.

Jesus Loves You. Have a Condom.

Sep 16, 2012

A group of us were sitting around talking, waiting for the weekly men’s group to begin. I was new to the church, still getting a feel for the place, but the pastor’s approach to living out the faith intrigued me. It was an odd place, a challenging place, but there was something powerfully different here: all that old “churchiness” I’d become accustomed to...