Volume 17, Issue 4: Arise! Shine!

Cover Stories

C’mon, Baby, Light My FireRev. Candace Chellew Our light is not designed to be muted, denied or changed. Instead, our light is meant to arise and shine.

Like-Me-ItisLori Heine When we suffer from that common human malady, Like-Me-Itis, we tend to be driven to behavior that isn’t good for us.

Be AmazingSimyona Deanova Bless those who harm you in life, whether the abuse is physical or simply emotional, bless them with the full heart and spirit of God.

Rays of HopeJohn H. Campbell Each and every one of us who is LGBT and Christian carries our own unique potential to act as a willing vessel for God’s Love, a beacon and a ray of hope shining God’s Light to those in need.

Features

We Haven’t Turned the Corner on Marriage Equality YetBob Minor To continue to move forward we must see marriage equality as a part of a long-term national strategy based upon what we know is the history of these wins.

Our Spiritual TitanicRev. Paul Turner “Saving souls” is not what will save you; rather it’s having a relationship with God that will save you.

Supreme Court Marriage Equality Ruling NeededWarren J. Blumenfeld Though I do not hold out much hope that the current Congress will do the right (correct) thing by passing national legislation, I believe that in the context of a massive grassroots effort, either the next Congress or the Supreme Court will make marriage equality a reality.

The Expanding Kingdom of God Kathleen Kopitsky What we are witnessing at this point in Jesus’ ministry is Jesus being converted to a larger vision of the commonwealth of God.

The Non-End of Homophobia Bob Minor The larger question is: shouldn’t we all be able to hold each other’s hands?

What is Meant by Biblical Faith for LGBT and All Others? Rev. Dr. Jerry S. Maneker So many LGBT people have turned their backs on the Bible, on Christianity, and even on God because they have spent too much time listening to, and believing, the ignorant haters who happen to wear clerical collars.

The Religious Right after the Election Martin E. Marty The biggest losers were the Roman Catholic bishops, strongest advocates on sexual issues which did not attract their membership.

From the Pulpit

Dish Soap Theology and the Dover Train Rev. Stephen R. Parelli What is dish soap theology? It is my home-spun way to say re-think God.

Joseph Comes OutGary Simpson The story of Joseph coming out is a Biblical story to which gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people can relate.

Via Positiva: Cosmic Kindergarten Watch Your Mouth!Rev. Candace Chellew Whether we’re swearing or uttering a heartfelt prayer, the words we use are extremely powerful.

Via Positiva: Cosmic Kindergarten Deep PlayRev. Candace Chellew Swing as high as you can on the swing set of life, and then … let go.

Holy Humor

What Pastors Dream About

A Cat’s View of Creation