Tag Archives: Biblical Interpretation

David P Gushee at Reformation Project – Read it, Love it, Share it

This is stellar and amazing.  If you read nothing else this weekend, read this.  There’s been quite a buzz lately about Mercer Ethics professor David P Gushee, a leading ethicist for Southern Baptists, deciding to support same-sex relationships and marriages.  He has published a book and last weekend he spoke at the Reformation Project gathering in DC.  His talk exploded my twitter feed so when the transcript popped up online I was eager to see what the fuss was about.

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Lessons from the Slavery Debate

In the years I spent as a student of history, I learned a lot about the Biblical defense of slavery.  I had primary sources from Godly southern men who wrote wonderful prose defending their slave holding preferences.  The most fascinating piece was an excerpt from a seminary textbook, teaching pastors how to defend slavery from the pulpit.  It was a chapter right between such topics as marriage and stewardship.  In that day, powerful southern churches defended the practice of slavery and could lay out scripture to back up their claims.  I’m sure if they’d have had Facebook back then, it would have been full of blog links and status updates and wars waged by comments.

From the same churches today flow condemnations against homosexuals.  With arguments based on A FEW scriptures.  And “common sense” about the “way God created us to be”. Continue reading

Why I’m Church Hunting Again, or Why I left my Church This Time


Cloghane: St Brendan’s Church © Copyright Nigel Cox and licensed for reuse under Creative Commons

I find myself embarking on a Church hunt yet again.  I’m sure I’ll have more thoughts on this in the future, but for now I just want to express why it is that I felt a need to leave the place I was attending in the first place.

I was raised to believe that Church membership is a commitment not to be trifled with.  That could be why I’ve never joined a church.  Growing up, my parents were members of a church that practiced believer’s baptism (as opposed to infant baptism), and would baptize teenagers, but reserved membership for those over 18.  So I was baptized, but went away to college before I joined that church.  That fellowship of churches is rather limited to certain geographic areas, so I find myself now living in a region that doesn’t really have any of those churches.  Other denominations I was around growing up practiced believers baptism linked to church membership.  Some of these churches had standards of dress and other guidelines for their members – head coverings and plain dresses for the women, restrictions on the colors of cars, no TV, and various other guidelines.  It was obviously a big deal when my friends decided to be baptized and join their church when it meant they would be submitting to these guidelines.  Continue reading

Blue Birds and a Bible Challenge

The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible, Scott McKnight

A friend I respect kind of a lot encouraged me to read The Blue Parakeet, a book by Scott McKnight.  It blew my mind wide open.  In a really good way.  (No, it’s not an affiliate link, so no money to me if you buy it).  Refreshingly, it has nothing to do with Gay anything.  Whew.  But I think it would be the first book I would hand to a straight Christian who wants to have a more open mind.  Play number one in the Fundamentalist playbook for challenging a gay-affirming Christian is accusing them of de-valuing scripture, or ignoring the Bible.  Actually, that comes up pretty quickly any time Christians are arguing about anything. Continue reading