Good Friday from a time when I believed in God.

We could care less about Barabbas; petty thief, notorious crook, insurrectionist, want-to-be-bandit-what is he to us? It could have been anyone up there with Pilate: it’s not that we wanted Barabbas; it’s that we didn’t want that Jesus. We didn’t say “Yes” to that detestable criminal, that animal, Barabbas, we just said “No” to Jesus. Pilate standing there in front of us-the mighty Pontius Pilate-trembling in front of these Jews, afraid not to do their bidding. Continue reading Good Friday from a time when I believed in God.

LGBT Neighbors: Chapter Six

Chapter Six is titled “Navigating the Dilemmas We Face In Our Homes and Churches”; I’ve skipped over Chapter Five, largely because I felt there was nothing new or of merit there. Chapter Six however is structured around a series of questions that (presumably) a mom and/or dad may find themselves asking, or a church; as you might guess, those questions revolve around that troublesome little word we know as acceptance. In light of the Sturm und Drang over florists, bakers, and photographers, Chapter Six is in part an interesting read. Continue reading LGBT Neighbors: Chapter Six

LGBT Neighbors: Chapter Three

Chapter Three of Stanton’s book is titled “The Problem of False Choices,” and it is a title that works well for the argument that Stanton wants to make, that is, the hackneyed “Bigots v. Perverts,”  “Born this way or choice?”, “Friend or Enemy? Pick One.” It also works in a different way, exposing a “false choice” rampant among many pastors, that is, the absoluteness of pitting individual sexuality against Christ.[1]   Continue reading LGBT Neighbors: Chapter Three

Isolation

Sometimes when you sit down to write something, you just can’t find a snazzy, jazzy opening line. I think that’s particularly true when the topic is one that is personal, or intimate. What happens is that instead of lines of cohesive prose, you choke on the emotion of all the things you want to say, to explain, to make clear; you find yourself wishing that instead of writing you could just say them, and not have to wonder how written words were interpreted. Continue reading Isolation

Laetare x 2

The First:

Prayer.

Exodus 16.2-21; John 6.1-15

Certainly nothing new here: manna from heaven for the first time but certainly not the last. Christ feeding the 5000 in the Gospel of John is also recorded in Matthew, Mark and Luke; each with their own nuances and again, an event that we are all familiar with. We read these events and immediately think of God’s great grace and Christ’s great compassion, but there is an event, though understated, that triggered both the manna and the feeding of the 5000, and that was prayer. Continue reading Laetare x 2

LGBT Neighbors: Chapter Two

Chapter Two of Stanton’s book is titled “Sex: What Is It That God Says?” and it is dully predictable, with the expected palm branches strewn at the feet of the Law, and the typical responses to presumed questions a “secular friend” may ask. Of course if one chapter ruined an entire book, I daresay the fiction shelves at libraries would be decidedly less full, still though, Chapter Two is a bit too predictable; it almost seems that in order to love “my (LGBT) neighbor,” I must first condemn his or her style of life, or at least explain (parenthetically) why such a love is wrong. Continue reading LGBT Neighbors: Chapter Two