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Man Rape and Homosexuality

This is a rant. It is a rant about how we process various passages in the Bible that shed light on ancient Israel’s understandings of gender, sex, and power. In particular, it is a rant about how we deal with passages such as the Sodom and Gomorrah story in which part of the horror of […]

Around 12,000 people participate of the inauguration ceremony of the Christian Fraternity of Guatemala evangelic church in San Cristobal, municipality of Mixco, south of Guatemala City, 27 May 2007. The building is called Mega Frater and introduces a new model of Latin American churches.   AFP PHOTO / Orlando SIERRA (Photo credit should read ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images) (Newscom TagID: afplivetwo097767.jpg) [Photo via Newscom]

For the Beauty

It’s no secret that there has been a surge toward liturgical traditions among Evangelicals. Some have opted into the Episcopal church, those who want to maintain the conservative theology go Anglican. And even folks who aren’t interested in jumping denominations are often incorporating liturgy more thoughtfully, or engaging in a range of spiritual practices that […]

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Dude’s Got Sex Appeal

The latest installment of the LectioCast features Danielle Shroyer walking us through passages about hot dudes of the Old Testament! It all starts with the Song of Songs and then things ramp up with the celebration of the king in Psalm 45. Stick around for talk about anger (James 1) and purity / law-keeping (Mark […]

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What Is Sin?

What is Sin? “Sin is any want of conformity unto or transgression of the Law of God.” That’s how the Westminster Shorter Catechism defines sin. There’s something I really like about it. That definition assumes that sin is not only breaking of certain rules, but also indicative of our failure to conform ourselves to a […]

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Healthy Theology: Loving Neighbor

Last week, I started musing a bit on how we might achieve theological health. Riffing off the following from Jesus Have I Loved, but Paul?, I suggested that our starting point might be asking the question, “How do we best love God?”: …theology that produces bad behavior loses its claim to be giving faithful stage […]

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Naming Rape Rightly

This week on the LectioCast I get on a hobby-horse or two. Let’s start with one of the most important: If you are preaching on David and Bathsheba this week or ever, David did not commit adultery with Bathsheba. David raped Bathsheba. In a world in which we continue to struggle, for some reason, with […]