All posts by Gary Simpson

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Yes, You Can Be Gay and Evangelical

Can you be gay-vangelical? Being both LGBTQI and fundamentalist… is that possible? Of course it is. The great diversity present among fundamentalist and literalist Christians, relative to the small number of Bible passages that actually mention homosexual activity, leaves a lot of room for someone to

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An Awkward Jacob’s Ladder

Jacob left Beersheba and went to Haran. He came to a certain place and camped for the night since the sun had set. He took one of the stones there, set it under his head and lay down to sleep. And he dreamed: A stairway

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Jesus and the IRS

Reading for the 21st Sunday after Pentecost: 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

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Joseph Comes Out | Genesis 45:1-5

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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Blessed Are the Excommunicated

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 Sidon, who had come