Caitlyn Jenner and the Bully Pulpit

This is an appeal to pastors: think twice before unintentionally causing further harm to transgender people and their families. It happens like this: you’re preparing a sermon with the now obligatory Power-Point images displayed on the screens in the Sanctuary-Auditorium. You want to illustrate the corrupting trends in society for which Christ is the antidote: ISIS, mass shootings, teen pregnancy, abortion, racism. And you are tempted to include an image of the Vanity Fair cover featuring Caitlyn Jenner. Continue reading

“Disputable Matters”: an article by leading evangelical ethicist Dr. David Gushee

Dr. David P. Gushee wrote this comprehensive article in Sojourners in January 2015 examining five influential books, all published in 2013-14, that “represent the newest wave of U.S. evangelical reflection on LGBT matters.” His review includes Wilson’s A Letter to My Congregation where Third Way was first introduced. This helpful article gives a brief overview into the changing face of evangelical Christianity today. He notes that while over the past 40 years, evangelical Christianity has changed significantly on issues like gender, race and nation, it has not changed on homosexuality – until now. He writes, “This fight feels like it is reaching a crescendo.” Whatever perspective we bring to these matters – as a scholar, a pastor or simply as a person who cares – one thing is clear: with LGBT folks being among our most vulnerable members, it is time to think critically about how evangelical Christianity approaches this issue. Continue reading

When Some Gain Equality, Others Feel Wronged

After the Supreme Court Decision to allow same-gender couples to enjoy the same rights and privileges of state-sanctioned marriage, many Christians have responded by crying “Foul!”  This, on the grounds that advocates of traditional marriage are now subject to victimization themselves as a harassed and oppressed religious minority. In this piece, Caroline Kittle addresses the issue of privilege (or a sense of entitlement) and how it can affect our response when a previously marginalized group gains more equality. Caroline takes a fresh look at what the “Parable of the Landowner” might say to us.  Continue reading