Johanna Finegan presented an excellent address to the general session of Revoice this year on being caught between two theologies of glory; the theology of glory on the left that says we should celebrate ourselves as sexual minorities and the theology of glory on the right that says we should be able to “fix” ourselves … Continue reading The Theology of Glory and its Failure
For the last few years Concordia University Portland has been actively working on its treatment of and outreach to sexual minority students. Currently, CUP has a Gender and Sexuality Center whose missions statement says: The vision of the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center (GSRC) is to create and foster a safe and inclusive campus climate … Continue reading Our Concordias and LGBT Students
I made the mistake this week of reading some of the critics of the Revoice conference out of curiosity. In case you don't know what Revoice is; it is a gather of sexual minority Christians who hold to the biblical view that sex is intended for marriage and marriage for one man and one woman … Continue reading The real difference between “gay” and “same sex attracted”
Recently I experienced, once again, a pastor with whom I had contact only on the internet, telling me that my problem is that I should accept "truth" rather than "feelings." It is a similar argument to the whole "you should not call yourself 'gay' because your identity should be in Christ, not your feeling or … Continue reading It’s not about feelings. But it sort of is.
Pastors, please don't look away The Gay Teen Test Both say in a nutshell what I tried to say in a six page letter - very good posts and one every pastor should take seriously to heart.
One thing I never expected nor understood when I was 15 or 16 and chose celibacy as the path by which to deal with my attractions to other guys was the true price of that choice. There was, of course, no one to talk to about being gay and celibate. The church handled the topic … Continue reading The Closet, the Cage, the Cost and Caring
A rather obscure pan-lutheran discussion site I took part in occasionally until last week published a paper on “Institutional Mobbing in the LCMS” about a month ago. Because the site had degenerated into little more than nasty comments from a couple of pretty wacky ELCA “pastors,” I had already asked the site to remove my … Continue reading Mobbing, conspiracy theories, homosexuality and the RCC child abuse scandal.