Volume 17, Issue 2

Watching Our Tongues

Cover Stories

The Mouth Burn of Righteousness
By Rev. Candace Chellew
How much do we really accomplish when we use our tongues of fire — or ire — against those who oppose us?

Saved by the Tongue’s Betrayal
By Joseph Farnes
If our speech is harmful or destructive, then it is betraying something wrong inside.

The Beast Within
By Lori Heine
Your words, as it were, strip you naked. They show not your body, but your soul.

Slippery Tongues
By Simyona Deanova
Let Jesus be our eyes whenever we read the old laws, let him speak to our hearts and tell us what we mean to him.

Sticks and Stones
By John H. Campbell
Words misused and not selected wisely can hurt indirectly, and they can cause damage regardless of how resilient we can be. So what could we do to facilitate using our words with care to the best of our ability, and express the need to and assist others to be mindful of the same?

Features

Chick-fil-A CEO Makes No Bones about “Biblical Marriage”
By Warren J. Blumenfeld
Let’s look at some of the religious teachings, many pointing out that the institution of marriage was constructed very differently from what some today consider as “traditional.”

Book Review: Being Jesus in Nashville by Jim Palmer
By Darrell Grizzle
The focus of Jim Palmer’s questions is what it means to be Jesus in the real world.

On the Serious Politics of Lying
By Dr. Robert N. Minor
We have to present a model of beliefs for which we stand. We must act as if we mean it and it’s important, or we’re telling people it doesn’t really matter.

Homeless and Victimized LGBT Youth
By Rev. Dr. Jerry S. Maneker
Homophobic clergy and their followers help destroy families and help kill people, and these facts must never be forgotten!

Episcopal Church Adapting to Culture
By Martin E. Marty
The question is not “Can Liberal Christianity be Saved?” but “Can Liberal Christians Save Christianity?”

From the Pulpit

Via Transformativa: From Glory to Glory From Servant to Friend
By Rev. Candace Chellew
When you speak God’s prophetic words of love and mercy into a world of hatred and oppression, expect to be despised.

Via Transformativa: From Glory to Glory From One to All
By Rev. Candace Chellew
Being by ourselves is infinitely easier than doing the messy work of community. But, alas, this is what we are called to do if we say we want to be followers of this man called Jesus.

Via Transformativa: From Glory to Glory From Minded to Mindful
By Rev. Candace Chellew
To move from the glory of being minded ultimately means that we break free of all earthly authority over us and become mindful – which is a state where we so thoroughly realize our unity with every creature on this earth that all we want to do is love it, take care of it, and see it thrive. This is the place where we realize, at the deepest level, we are family.

Via Positiva: Cosmic Kindergarten Play Nice
By Rev. Candace Chellew
The real question we must settle here in Cosmic Kindergarten is this: Are we the peacemakers on the playground or are we loading our slingshot for the next Goliath?

Holy Humor

The Driving Pope

Rottweiler Jesus