Romans 1:26-27, Does This Passage Refer to Homosexuality?

[June 20, 2016] People often refer to this passage to “prove” that God condemns same-sex orientation and sexuality. It is a bad idea to interpret any passage of Paul in isolation from its context, so let us try not to make that mistake here. Paul is a great expounder of the Jewish Scriptures . . . → Read More: Romans 1:26-27, Does This Passage Refer to Homosexuality?

The Name into Which We Are Baptized Is the Form of Our Life

14-year-old Cecile, martyred in 177 C.E.

[May 22, 2016] Today is Trinity Sunday. On Easter Sunday Jesus rose from the dead and ascended to the Father, after which his human nature became glorified; he then met with his gathered disciples and breathed into them his own breath, that is, the breath of . . . → Read More: The Name into Which We Are Baptized Is the Form of Our Life

Problems with the Bible

On Facebook, along with posting an article by Valarie Tarico on “Captive virgins, polygamy and sex slaves: What marriage would look like if we actually followed the Bible,” I wrote something like this:

The church has found ways to deal with the literal text so that it does not have to take these . . . → Read More: Problems with the Bible

How Do We Evangelize LGBT(etc.) Folk?

Let’s begin here. I apologize for the length of the following exchange, but I think it brings out a point that I want to make.

A dear Christian writer, retreat leader and teacher of Christian meditation posted something on Facebook by Theodore Shoebat who, speaking of LGBT people, said, “Thats [sic] exactly what . . . → Read More: How Do We Evangelize LGBT(etc.) Folk?

My 58th Birthday

[June 18, 2015] Today I have completed 58 years of life upon the earth after having emerged from the darkness and warmth of my mother’s womb. I was born a girl but because of the appearance of male genitalia I was declared a boy and treated that way. It was confusing, and that . . . → Read More: My 58th Birthday

John 17:6-19, Jesus’ Departure, and Remaining

[May 17, 2015] This is the 7th Sunday of Easter, the Sunday following Ascension Thursday. Since I was working at the store on Thursday evening, it would therefore be the Sunday on which we celebrate the ascension. During the nine days between the ascension and Pentecost the disciples waited for the promised outpouring . . . → Read More: John 17:6-19, Jesus’ Departure, and Remaining

Today We Commemorate Perpetua and Felicity

[Straight from Wikipedia:]

Saints Perpetua and Felicity (believed to have died 203) are Christian martyrs of the 3rd century. Perpetua was a married noblewoman, said to have been 22 years old at the time of her death, and mother of an infant she was nursing. Felicity, a slave imprisoned with her and pregnant at the . . . → Read More: Today We Commemorate Perpetua and Felicity

The Order of Ecumenical Franciscans

[July 23, 2013] Today is my daughter’s birthday. I am proud of who she is and what she has become. She has also sought to maintain a balance between body and soul, athletic on the one side, a caring psychologist on the other. I love being with her. She is warm and . . . → Read More: The Order of Ecumenical Franciscans

2012 Chapter Convocation of the Order of Ecumenical Franciscans

This link leads to my photo album of my recent trip: See Gallery.

This link leads to the pictures taken by Brother Just Plain John (John Finch): See Gallery.

(Comment Addressed to the Denomination)

Christ only has one church, the holy catholic and apostolic one. He has never had a denomination. Our denomination needs to return to the church, and it can only do so by returning to the Gospel. The Gospel is Christ, the story of His coming and His significance. Jesus Christ is fully revealed . . . → Read More: (Comment Addressed to the Denomination)