Coming to Grips with Ourselves

I blog about God and Jesus and Christianity because I think that all of it is pretty awesome. And like most awesome, powerful things all of it has the potential to be deployed with a beautiful strength or nearly limitless destructive force. It is hard to deploy or receive power well when we know we’re […]


What I Am Affirming

This week I had a great conversation with a friend who has been working to create space in Evangelical churches for LGBTQ folks. In the course of the conversation he expressed his concerns over the language of “affirming.” Specifically, he did not want to be in the place of pronouncing moral affirmation over anyone–straight or […]

Rubio's Swearing In

A Modest Proposal for a More Civil Politics

Apparently there was another Republican candidate presidential debate last night. I confess: I was watching baseball until a flurry of new friends came over for a most delightful evening around our dinner table. In other words, I enjoyed my evening rather than watching the debate. But there it was, waiting for me in the morning […]

St Peter and Cornelius the Centurion

Gentiles? Really?

This past week I have articulated a biblical framework for full inclusion of LGBTQ people in the church here on the blog and at Valley Presbyterian Church in Phoenix, and followed up with some groundwork for the hermeneutics that led me there. To my utter shock and dismay, this show of wisdom has not instantly […]

Homosexuality Conversation with Gagnon

If you’re interested in the conversation between Robert Gagnon and myself from last weekend, when I presented verbally the arguments that I outlined in Saturday’s post, knock yourself out: Ordination Standards Seminar 2 from Valley Presbyterian Church on Vimeo. I go first (30 minutes). He then has his initial talk (30 minutes). We each then […]