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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

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