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Monthly Archives: December 2015

Are We Fruit Farmers? – A Preacher’s Position on Ignoring Bible Commands by Christians

A church member recently sent me an article by Reece Roper, who among many projects and jobs is probably most known as a singer in the Christian band Five Iron Frenzy. You can read this article here. It is an intense personal look at his struggle with the biblical view and majority Christian treatment of homosexuality. He shares how he has struggled and wrestled with this issue, and how he came to hold the position he now holds. I want to begin by thanking him for his personal story. I believe conversation is a powerful tool for communal growth. We do too much yelling and not enough talking, and I want to thank him for sharing his deeply personal story.

Let me begin with what he got right. The Christian treatment of homosexuals and the homosexual discussion has be downright appalling at times. Christians have attacked homosexuals and homosexuality with venom and anger and hate that Jesus never would. In the article Roper, share his personal disgust over hateful lyrics he wrote about Freddie Mercury. We need more Christians repenting of our hateful behavior toward not just homosexuals, but many other lifestyles.

I have written on this horrible treatment of the LGBT community by Christians multiple times.  Check out my articles on: Religious Freedom and Restoration Act, Caytlin Jenner, and A Cancelled Funeral.

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Reaction or Rhetoric – A Preacher’s Position on Mass Shootings

IMG_7154San Bernardino, Colorado Springs, Roseburg, Chattanooga, Charleston, Isla Vista, Ft. Hood, Washington D.C., Santa Monica, Sandy Hook, just hearing these names breaks my heart every time. These names stir deeply my emotional pool, and it is time to issue a call. The latest mass shooting in San Bernardino has me, along with the rest of the country and the world, saddened, but the national discussion that has followed this shooting has me angry, very, very angry.

Politicians, news media, social media, conversations with folks at the local coffee shop has me sick to my stomach. I now realize that most involved in the national discussion do not even really care about victims in these mass shootings, and very few, actually care about preventing mass shootings in the future. Politicians and pundits and media and average joes just use mass shootings to further their own agendas rather that addressing this problem that is costing lives and ripping families and communities a part.

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