fear may win the skirmish, but i suspect it will not ultimately win the day. love never fails.
i’m still reeling from last week.
my inboxes have been flooded, my text messages continuous and my face to face conversations with members of both the LGBT and conservative communities have been seemingly endless – and emotionally charged.
one friend said he was saddened by the fact that his (gay) community has been marginalized yet again and treated as not only ‘Other’ but unworthy – another friend used the term ‘useless’ after acknowledging he is a gay christian. Continue Reading…
‘I think that we all need to start with grace and compassion. Set the issues, beliefs and convictions aside and let’s see one another as we truly are : God’s children in need of His grace. I believe the church and other Christian ministries and organizations like World Vision are being robbed of the incredible contributions that LGBT people can make. There are so many incredible gifts, talents and abilities that were God-given that are being unused and de-valued because of the labels we place on one another.’
‘Jesus frequently showed respect to ‘sinners’ publicly (John 8:10) and even ate with them (Luke 19:2-10; Mark 2:16-17). In doing so, he was openly dismissing the ego made honor/shame system. He not only ignored it, he even went publicly in the opposite direction.
That preachers and theologians have failed to see this is culpable ignorance.’
– richard rohr
fact :: World Vision is in the top ten charities in America, took in over a billion dollars last year, and serves over 100 million people in 100 countries. they feed starving children. yesterday alone they helped 4 million kids.
as most readers may have heard by now, yesterday marked a shift in World Vision’s employment policy regarding sexual activity. as has always been the case, employees are expected not to engage in sex outside of marriage; but recently, the organization determined those in legal, state-sanctioned gay and lesbian marriages would no longer be discriminated against in its employment.
‘the best criticism of the bad is the practice of the better.’ — richard rohr
‘never study to be successful, study for self efficiency. don’t run behind success. follow behind excellence, success will come aways behind you.’
– from the film, three idiots
accompanying the tweet, aaron asked,
How did the good news become such a bad story?
and i ask the same of you – isn’t ‘the Good News’ better than this? i think it is.
what do you think?
just one year ago today, white smoke rose from the chimney overlooking vatican square, signaling the end of the two day papal conclave – and the election of a new pope.
in recent years and leading up to the resignation of the papacy by francis’ predecessor pope benedict xvi, the vatican has been plagued with scandal and allegations – of everything from sexual abuse by roman catholic priests and its cover-up by their bishops to discrepancies and accusations of smuggling and money laundering millions of dollars through the vatican bank.
upon his election, many of the faithful were hoping the former cardinal of argentina would bring some level of respectability, austerity and honor back to the holy see. yet there were vocal skeptics who feared the ‘out with the old and in with the new’ transition in vatican city would merely bring more of the same.