It seems like every week I hear someone in the wider church say, “You know, the church is more than the building.” This is often said in a rather condescending tone, with the sense that the speaker is delivering some … Continue reading In Defense of the Building: A Case for Not Selling Your Church Property Just Yet
The following was originally delivered as the sermon at the Congregational Church in Exeter on September 13, 2015. Where I lived when I was growing up, people would sometimes try to convert others to their own particular brand of Christianity. Sometimes … Continue reading But, What Do You Think?
Dear Sunnie, You don’t know me, but this morning I read an article about you. (You can read it here: http://www.abc27.com/story/25061872/little-girl-taken-out-of-christian-school-after-told-shes-too-much-like-a-boy ) Ever since then you keep crossing my mind. As I went around town today in my jeans and button-down shirt … Continue reading An Open Letter to Sunnie Kahle (and Christian tomboys everywhere)
Scripture: Matthew 5:38-48 If you have ever gotten into a discussion or a debate about religion, you probably know what it’s like to have a bunch of soundbites from the Bible thrown at you. I’m always interested in how people … Continue reading Turn the Other Cheek?: Jesus on the space between passivity and “stand your ground” – Sermon for February 23, 2014
Twice in my life I have competed in contact sports. After a childhood spent envying the boys on my block who could play on the football team, I joined my college’s rugby team. It was a club sport at my … Continue reading Falling: Recovery, Silence, and the Church
Alan Chambers, president of prominent ex-gay ministry Exodus International, made headlines this week with his public statement of apology and announcement that his organization will close. The closure of Exodus has elicited celebrations from the LGBTQ community and allies who have long known the harm being done in God’s name by groups like this. And while there is indeed cause for rejoicing, we must also remember that the struggle is not over. Exodus was probably the most well-known reparative therapy ministry in the country. Exodus taught that gays and lesbians could either change or repress their sexual attractions through a … Continue reading The End of Exodus International is Not the End of the Ex-Gay Movement
Note: Sorry for the lack of posts the past few days. I’m catching up after being quite sick. The cardinals appeared on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica on Wednesday, and announced that they had chosen Jorge Bergoglio to be the next Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. And then they announced his newly-chosen name: Francis. The symbolism was not lost on those of us who are modern-day fans of a twelfth century saint. St. Francis of Assisi valued humility, simplicity, compassion, and care for the poor. The religious order he founded, the Franciscans, has continued his work for centuries, … Continue reading Journey Through Lent: Days 24-28