Tag Archives: Homosexuality

A Lament

October 24, 2015 · 5:43 am

A Lament

Lancaster bishops affirm proposal to leave denomination.

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to make requests and a time to demand a hearing,
a time to hold my tongue and a time to rage.

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“Compassion Is Giving Me Clarity”

May 30, 2014 · 4:31 pm

God is love.

This is the most powerful sermon I have ever heard on the topic of homosexuality. It moved me to tears more than once.

If you can find the time, I strongly urge you to watch the whole thing.  If you absolutely cannot spare the time, start by reading the outline of the first part of the video below, then skip to minute 45. Read More →

World Vision Reverses Its Policy Reversal: They Will Not Be Hiring Gay Christians

March 26, 2014 · 8:44 pm

I think we all have a little bit of whiplash. It was just yesterday that I heard the news that World Vision would be changing their policy to sanction the hiring of married Christians, regardless of whether those marriages were heterosexual or homosexual.

While the news itself was a surprise, the response was not. Progressive Christians everywhere rejoiced. Conservative Christians everywhere objected. Some conservative Christians were so upset by the change that they decided to boycott World Vision, including the cancelling of more than 2,000 child sponsorships. In response, progressives rallied to raise funds to help diminish the impact of the boycott. Read More →

Thank You: Taking Off My Facebook Face

March 10, 2014 · 6:45 am

Mosaic

I want to thank everyone who read my posts last week.  I am especially thankful for those who offered words of encouragement or gentle disagreement. It has taken me a long time to be honest about my beliefs, and I know I’m not alone in this. There will always be a few people who seem fearless with their opinions, but the rest of us tend to be wary of opening ourselves up to criticism.  I prefer to put on my Facebook Face, and show the world a recipe for organic kale chips (even though we’ve eaten pizza three times this week), and a picture of the kids taken at an artistic angle (because that’s the only point of view where you can’t see the piles of unfolded laundry.) Read More →

Part II: To the Conservative Christians Fighting for the Integrity of the Church

March 4, 2014 · 6:00 am

God is love.

The views expressed here are my own, and are not necessarily those of my family or friends.  This is part two of a two-part series in response to the ongoing conversations at Eastern Mennonite University and Mennonite Church USA about how to live with our LGBTQ brothers and sisters.

Dear Conservative Christians,

I am speaking as someone who understands that you see changes in the church’s acceptance of homosexuality and believe that they reflect a weakening of regard for the authority of God’s Word. I know how important this is to you, and I know you are trying to do the right thing.

I am speaking as someone who believed, until a few short years ago, that the practice of homosexuality was wrong.  I am speaking as someone who changed my mind. Let me be clear: I am not trying to persuade you of anything.  I only want you to understand me. Read More →

Part I: To the Progressive Christians Fighting for LGBTQ Rights

March 3, 2014 · 7:00 am

I am the way, the truth, and the life.

The views expressed here represent what I believed in the past, and are not necessarily the views of my family or friends.  This post is part one of a two-part series in response to the ongoing conversations at Eastern Mennonite University and Mennonite Church USA about how to live with our LGBTQ brothers and sisters.

Dear Progressive Christians,

I am speaking as someone who understands that you are trying to fight for the dignity and rights of your LGBTQ selves, family, friends, and fellow humans.  I know how important this is to you, and I know you are trying to do the right thing.

I am speaking, not as the person I am now, but as the person I was a few short years ago.  I am speaking as a conservative Christian who believes that the practice of homosexuality is wrong.  Let me be clear: I am not trying to persuade you of anything.  I only want you to understand me. Read More →