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LGBTQI Stories Teach Us How to be People of Faith

Queer and Trans people of faith frequently hear that they cannot be Queer or Trans and be Christian, or that they cannot be Queer or Trans and be Muslim, or that they cannot be Queer or Trans and be Jewish. Our logical, philosophical, or theological

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Why Does Jesus Eat With Homosexuals?

Later, Matthew invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. But when the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with such scum?” When Jesus heard this, he

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Jesus and the IRS

And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little

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Joseph Comes Out

The life of Joseph has a lot of drama. Joseph’s life reminds me of a suspense-filled, gay soap opera. Joseph is from a rather dysfunctional family. In Joseph’s life, his favor and status in his family rises and plummets and rises again. During the height

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Pride Goeth Before Forgiveness

Forgiveness is both an important personal issue and an important community issue for members of minority groups, especially for members of minority groups that have traditionally faced discrimination and oppression. Built up anger and powerlessness can result in people going one of two directions, either

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God’s Call

Some people are reluctant servants. I suspect some of God’s most reluctant servants are found in the heart of the queer community. When I think of how reluctant we can be as servants, a story comes to mind. A little girl had been trying to

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Blessed are the Excommunicated

Luke 6:17-27 (Moffatt Bible) With them he came down the hill and stood on a level spot. There was a great company of his disciples with him, and a large multitude of people from all Judaea, from Jerusalem, and from the cost of Tyre and

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Lazarus in the Pride Parade

Jesus received a message that Lazarus was sick. Jesus did not leave immediately to see Lazarus. He waited for two days before going to see Lazarus. By the time Jesus arrived, Lazarus had been dead and buried for four days. This is where we will

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The Passion of April Fools

There are two tendencies that do not seem balanced to me. Some spiritual leaders have focused strongly on the torturous nature of Christ’s death at Calvary. Listening to their sermons is about as graphic as watching some crime scene investigation movie. The focus on the

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Shaking the Dust Off For God

Mark 6: 1-13 (KJV) 1 And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him. 2 And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From