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Posts from 2019

Open and Affirming Part 6: The Biblical Rainbow Is the Perfect Symbol for the LGBTQ Community

The LGBTQ community has every right to claim the rainbow. Some religious folks are utterly offended that the LGBTQ community has identified with the rainbow. They claim that the rainbow belongs to Christians and how dare LGBTQ folks steal it from us! But here’s the thing: The Biblical rainbow doesn’t belong solely to Christians. The rainbow belongs to all of humanity, but…

Interview with Author Timothy Murphy – “Sustaining Hope in an Unjust World”

How can we sustain hope when the world seems to be falling apart? That’s the question Rev. Timothy Murphy explores in his latest book Sustaining Hope in an Unjust World: How to Keep Going When You Want to Give Up. Timothy is the senior pastor of Plymouth Congregational Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana. A minister-scholar-activist, he is the former executive director of Progressive…

Open and Affirming Part 2: The Misuse of Paul, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, and the Heterosexual Agenda

First a question: How many times did Paul use the word “homosexual”? The answer is zero. As in 0. Nada. Zilch. Nunca. Never. In fact, in its original languages, the Bible never uses the word “homosexual.” That’s because the term didn’t exist at the time. It was first coined in the 19th century. Many like to quote a modern translation of the…