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Apr
4
Online miscommunication 101

Online miscommunication 101

“After having this happen a number of times over the years, I wanted to share what I believe to be one of the most (if not the most) important things there is to know about communicating to people online…”

Jun
23
Christians and same-sex discussion – Round 2: My response (continued, 2)

Christians and same-sex discussion – Round 2: My response (continued, 2)

“The problem with this approach comes when our “thinking” leads us to conclude that God’s command to his Covenant people (which ever Covenant is in effect at the time) is no longer binding upon them or can be disobeyed/redefined without explicit Biblical warrant for doing so.”

Jun
20
Christians and same-sex discussion – Round 2: My response (continued)

Christians and same-sex discussion – Round 2: My response (continued)

“So I have to lovingly challenge your concept of how ethics are determined within the Christian faith proclaimed by God’s Prophets, God’s Apostles and God’s Son Himself. I believe you have imbibed a nonchristian framework for determining ethics and have baptized it with Biblical sounding language in order to maintain a perceived commitment to Scripture’s authority. But, I would argue, by any Biblical (or even Wesleyan!) standard of holiness and love, it is simply untenable.”

Jun
18
Christians and same-sex discussion – Round 2: My response to Sam

Christians and same-sex discussion – Round 2: My response to Sam

As a Biblical teacher this is what I find most troublesome about many discussions on the issue of “homosexuality and the Bible.”

Jun
14
Christians and the same-sex discussion (Round 2: Sam’s Rebuttal)

Christians and the same-sex discussion (Round 2: Sam’s Rebuttal)

“I invited Sam to respond with another guest post where he takes up my points and challenges them. Again, I’m including it below and will respond to it in a series of posts next week. Sam has been very gracious, charitable and honest in his approach and for that I am incredibly grateful. I’ve rarely encountered someone who takes the time to ask questions and understand the position they are debating against to the degree that Sam has shown. I want to thank him for this publicly.”

Jun
7
The Church and Same-Sex Relationships (Conclusion)

The Church and Same-Sex Relationships (Conclusion)

“I want to again thank Sam for agreeing to this discussion and for his cordial and genuine demeanor in approaching such a controversial and often-volatile issue. The UMC would be better off with more who share his tone (regardless of which side they come down on).”

Jun
6
The Church and Same-Sex Relationships: My response to Sam (part 2)

The Church and Same-Sex Relationships: My response to Sam (part 2)

“Here is part 2 of my response to my friend Sam regarding whether or not the Church should endorse same-sex sexual relationships as a valid expression of Godly sexuality among followers of Jesus.”

Jun
5
The Church and Same-Sex Sexual Relationships: My response to Sam’s guest post

The Church and Same-Sex Sexual Relationships: My response to Sam’s guest post

Last week I invited my friend and fellow United Methodist, Sam, to write a guest post laying out why he believes the church should affirm same-sex sexual relationships. Here is my initial response…

Jun
1
Guest post affirming same-sex relationships within the Church

Guest post affirming same-sex relationships within the Church

“I invited Sam to share his view because I wanted readers to get a chance to hear firsthand the arguments many Christians in mainline churches find persuasive. I also invited him to post because in our discussion Same has been very cordial and has sought to better understand the view he is opposing rather than demonizing or becoming antagonistic. He does not caricature or belittle those with whom he disagrees (at least he has not in my discussion with him!), so for that reason I have much respect for him, despite disagreeing strongly with his conclusions.”

May
9
Amendment One and bigotry

Amendment One and bigotry

I find myself in a peculiar place on this one…

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