Another Easter Week, Another Conversation on the Road

There are many conversations still to be had this Eastertide in the presbyteries yet to vote. Two years ago, the majority of 87 was reached a few weeks after Easter. Right now, only God knows what will eventually be written in the Book of Life.

How the Disciples in Gethsemane Inform My Faith

Last year, I pondered upon our sinfulness at Good Friday. The day invites us to that humble prayer of confession. However, this year another aspect of Jesus’ ordeal leading to ignominious death fills my mind. It comes at the start of this day in Gethsemane, a garden about a mile from Jerusalem.

Baptism — How Important is it?

In essence, we have said to our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members, “Too bad, your Baptism pales in the light of our judgment of you.”

A Lenten Pause to Give Up and Question

Christ’s Lenten lesson for us may simply be this: our listening to one another has not, and may never, bring us to agreement on things that are important to us, but it does bring us together to have an honest, heartfelt conversation.

It is My Joy to Introduce You to My Uncles

They were a couple committed to one another in a time where they faced severe stigma.

How Micah 6:8 Informs My Faith

And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8 I recently cited this beautiful verse in Micah in a piece for the Washington Post On Faith panel. I was struck by a commenter on that forum who criticized my […]

Marriage and Infertility

Last fall, one of the frequently asked questions about marriage and gay and lesbian couples was posed during a discussion at Princeton Theological Seminary: If gay and lesbian couples can’t have children then how can they legitimately be married since the primary purpose of marriage is the bearing of children? At the time, I replied […]

Implications of the Christmas Incarnation

Tonight, during Christmas Eve worship services around the world, the mysterious heart of Jesus’ coming — the incarnation of God — will be placed before us in the reading of the first chapter of the Gospel of John, particularly this verse: “And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his […]

The Brief Statement of Faith: Beyond Either/Or

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been talking with ministers and elders across the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) about Amendment 10-A. Voting on the amendment will continue through the next few months and, if ratified, 10-A would allow our congregations and presbyteries to ordain gay or lesbian elders and ministers they deem ready to serve in […]

How the Creation Stories in Genesis Inform My Faith

12/10 Recently my friend Thomas Waters cited Genesis 1:31 as a Biblical foundation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender inclusion in the church: “God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good.” For me, there is simply no exception to “everything,” both in these beautiful descriptions of God’s creations that we […]