Volume 14, Issue 1: Have You Still No Faith?

Cover Stories:

Jesus, Wake Up! By: Candace Chellew What if we have it all backward? What if it isn’t Jesus asleep in the boat, but us?

My Proof of Faith: The Human God By: Steve Pearson As much as I wish I were like Jesus, sleeping through the storm, I fear that in practice I am a lot like Peter, who couldn’t maintain his faith even when standing directly in front of Jesus.

The Faces of God By: Lori Heine There have even been incidences when God has worked in my life in ways in which “He” clearly took the initiative. Perhaps there have been more of those than anything else, as I frequently seem to be too dense to know what I ought to pray for.

Beyond Fear: In the Arms of Faith By: Rev. Vera I. Bourne Jesus taught that faith conquers fear.

Walking on Water By: Steve Schmidt Great achievement for the Kingdom requires bold dreams, the confidence of God’s will, and reckless obedience.

Faltering Faith By: Rev. Suzie Chamness When Jesus said, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” He is actually telling us we can overcome it. Actually you and I need not be so terrified by fears.

Momentary Lapses Of Reason By: John H. Campbell Often, the method by which God does things can be mysterious and perplexing, and with all we have to deal with in this wonderful adventure called life, it is not surprising to me that we have these “lapses of reason.” After all, we are only human.

Features:

Gay Pride: WWJD? By: Steve Schmidt Would Jesus go to a Gay Pride parade? You bet he would.

Is Stonewall Just Old History?

By: Bob Minor Everything about the activities of Stonewall is liable to offend somebody today. But it symbolizes ideas that go far beyond equality with straight marriages and gaining the attention of businesses that want to make money off of everyone equally.

Toxic Religion and Self-Loathing By: Rev. Dr. Jerry S. Maneker It must be emphasized that there is literally a world of difference between having a relationship with God and one’s adherence to the construction of man-made religion!

“March Down Babylon” By: Don Charles The church of Babylon has been waging all-out war on us for too long: War on our human dignity, our livelihoods, our civil liberties, our physical and mental health. We must make the walls of Babylon tumble to the ground, just like the walls of Jericho did.

The Violence of Right-Wing Religion By: Bob Minor What’s happened since the rise of the Christian Coalition and the embrace of economic and military conservatives by the religious right-wing is the development of a religious culture of violence. It’s not isolated only among the most extreme. It pervades most right-wing Christianity today.

More Than a Scapegoat: Book Review of “The Man Jesus Loved” By Theodore W. Jennings, Jr. By: Dan Greshel Due to the iconic image of the sinless Jesus of Christianity, a tradition that sees any erotic relationship with Him as incompatible, the author is sure that many will find this interpretation both offensive and blasphemous.

The Irrationality of Homophobia By: Rev. Dr. Jerry S. Maneker Jesus never condemned Gay people, but He sure spent quite a bit of time condemning the proud, the haughty, the legalists who condemned and discriminated against others and put yokes of bondage onto others, all the while claiming to impose those yokes in the name of God.

Called to Love and Forgive By: Ean Barnard We are called to love, forgive, and serve the very people who would shut us off from the very God that calls us to love, forgive, and serve them. This type of taxing tour de force is simply unattainable by sheer human effort. We need the Prince of Peace. He is the hope that will keep this burden from overwhelming us.

Letters to the Editor

Transgender:

Trying to see beyond myself: On Dating, Being a Christian and a Single Transman By: Lincoln Rose … coming into myself again as a transgender man into women seems to shrink the dating pool down a lot. So much so that even thinking about it makes me feel like I’m trying to do the backstroke in a water puddle.

Secret Wounds, Magic Words: Eunuchs in the Bible By: Tucker Lieberman What did these ancient eunuchs feel? Just as I cannot remake myself as a male, they cannot have hoped to regain their maleness, so what motivated them to rise every morning? Whatever wisdom they had, I hoped to absorb so that I might be able to interpret my own experience and to feel part of their collective meaning.

That Sweet Flying By: Theodora Ranelli Unlike many transmen I have met, however, I relish the friend who signed a book, “to my sister poet, with delight.” I cannot give up my connection to womanhood, does that make me genderqueer or bigender or feminist? Does that make me an ‘it’, am I even a woman?

From the Pulpit:

Hypocrites! By: Rev. Candace Chellew If we sit around and complain about the lack of mercy in the world, but fail to be the mercy, what does that make us? Hypocrites.

Will Work for Kingdom By: Rev. Candace Chellew There must always be a beginning, and we, as God’s followers, work in partnership with God. We must plant the seeds, tend the garden and conduct the harvest when the seeds ripen. No effort, no matter how small, is wasted. Jesus tells us that even if our faith is as small as a mustard seed, we are valuable workers in the kingdom-making process.

Liberating Touch By: Rev. David Ensign His healing touch was laying bare fundamental contradictions and injustices at the heart of the social order.

Holy Humor:

WWJD?

Jesus and Moses in a Boat