i recently came across this tweet from stephanie drury.
— Stephanie Drury—SCCL (@StuffCCLikes) March 10, 2014
today, ugandan president yoweri museveni signed into law an archaic anti-gay bill which i’ve written about here, here, here and here. the bill, which at one time even included the death penalty, calls for ugandans or anyone ‘promoting’ homosexuality to be jailed, potentially for life.
it was almost time.
three years had passed since jesus first extended the invitation to this rag-tag group of curiously single jewish men.
‘follow me,’ he had said.
they were misfits, all of them. yet they found in their brotherhood a sense of solidarity with one another, in spite of their differences. this, of course, laid the ground work for their eventual understanding of christ’s stand in solidarity with all of humanity. Continue Reading…
and then this week, it hit home.
kansas attempted to pass a law which would allow the blanket discrimination of LGBT people, but failed. in arizona, legislation did pass, though it is likely to be vetoed by their governor (and even if not, will almost certainly be struck down as unconstitutional in the courts).
similar legislation was introduced in ohio, mississippi, idaho, south dakota, tennessee and oklahoma.
this is real, people.
tonight, the opening ceremony for the 2014 Olympics in sochi, russia will air here in america – but the action has already started. due to an increase in Olympic events this winter, the competition and television coverage got off to an early start yesterday – which meant my television was set to NBC for the majority of the evening.
my wife loves the Olympics – perhaps even more than scott hamilton himself. so, like many americans and others from countries around the world, our television will be glued to the action and we’ll be cheering for our favorite Olympic competitors in a way that is eerily reminiscent of The Hunger Games.
what would it look like if rather than focusing on an us/them mentality, harping on what ‘sins’ exist ‘out there’ we each focused on how we ourselves could better find and follow christ in our every interaction?
what would it look like to celebrate the fingerprint of God – the imago dei – in each person we encounter, regardless of our differences or their perspective?
what would it look like to mirror the solidarity with the Other – the disenfranchised, marginalized and oppressed in our communities that we see evidenced in God’s incarnation?
what if, rather than declaring things seen in others as sinful, i recognized the areas in my own life where i fall short, and was encouraged and inspired by my community to get back up and try again?
i am convinced if this is how we began to approach worship within our faith communities (as well as our liturgy, our structures and systems for membership, service and doctrine, et cetera), we would quite possibly turn things upside down.
and we’d be closer to what christ envisioned for his church than we are right now.
what do you think?
i’m not really a fan of tumblr.
i have one, which i rarely check and even more rarely use. i suppose for some it’s a great blogging platform; but for me, i’ll stick with wordpress.
i just cant get on the tumblr train. it feels too much like an app, and seems to be designed more for images than text (if i see another .GIF image about harry potter or marvel comics my head might just explode). besides, i think i’d prefer to let folks comment without having to sign-up. feels a bit too much like church membership to me (a subject i’m bound to get myself in trouble with in my book).
that said, there’s one person’s tumblr that i just can’t get enough of :: Continue Reading…
so, some people actually hate me.
i recently wrote about how i’ve been prepping myself for an onslaught of critique nearly certain to come my way in 2014 – once my thoughts on standing in solidarity are published in book form this fall, the opportunity for others to question my work, thoughts, motivations and even my faith are bound to multiply.
this past year has been a busy and incredible one – i officially joined the team at The Marin Foundation, signed my book deal, got married and much more. to be fair, there were a few posts i wrote that were read/shared more on other blog sites (e.g., patheos and the tony camplo-helmed red letter christians) – but as far as it goes on the WayWard follower, here are the top 5 blog posts for traffic here on the blog ::
on the back-and-forth on social media regarding same sex marriage this year.
9. pizza face.
on the infectious nature of boldness as seen in the bleachers at wrigley field this summer.
8. LOVE is louder.
on my experience at the I’m Sorry Campaign at chicago’s gay pride this year.
7. gag me.
on comments made by a member of The Gospel Coalition regarding homosexuality, and my take on those words.
6. rip, rob bell.
on the evangelical black sheep coming out in as affirming monogamy and marriage, regardless of orientation.
5. book deal.
on my forthcoming book (fall, 2014) with InterVarsity Press.
4. you, too?
on bono from U2 talking about jesus.
3. bad theology.
on ray lewis’ theologically inept comments after wining last year’s super bowl.
2. response to SCOTUS.
on the supreme court’s decision to end DOMA.
1. quack, quack.
on the recent duck dynasty debacle.
this past week, i had the opportunity to be interviewed by a christian radio station based out of wisconsin – WWIB – about the Duck Dynasty debacle and my subsequent blog post here. we talked for a bit about our work at The Marin Foundation, theology and our position of neutrality – which caused a bit of discomfort for one of the co-hosts.
the interview lasted the entirety of the hour, and we still hadn’t yet gotten to talking about phil robertson’s GQ article…so i stayed on for an additional 15 minutes, transferred to another show and continued our conversation there.
a number of my readers have messaged and emailed me asking for the links to the show – so here they are :: the first hour (click the 12-20-13 link entitled, Loving LGBTQ) and the second hour’s conversation about Duck Dynasty (click the link entitled, M.Kimpan/Rltnshps).