How does Third Way, rooted in Romans 14-15, apply in the era of a Donald Trump presidency? Like every application of Third Way, this one depends on how we read the situation on the ground. In this case, what do we make of the words, policies and phenomena surrounding Donald Trump’s campaign and his unfolding tenure as President-Elect? First, some background thoughts. Continue reading
Four of us from the Blue Ocean Faith, Ann Arbor staff team attended the Gay Christian Network Conference (GCN) January 7-10, 2016 in Houston, Texas. This incredible gathering of over 1500 people inspired and uplifted. GCN revealed how people with great ideological and experiential differences can come together and worship in acceptance of one another. Perhaps in part because of the sting most people had experienced from mainstream Christian culture around the acceptance of LGBTQ people, the worship and conversations were rich with God’s presence. During the conference, Pastors Emily Swan and Ken Wilson were invited to give a workshop on Third Way. Emily and Ken invited Cassie Brabbs, our worship leader, and me to share about going Third Way. My portion is included here and reflects some insights around power and privilege that I gained as we transitioned towards full inclusion.
One of the frustrations I have discovered writing about LGBT questions from a Third Way perspective is that I, and many of us who take this perspective at present, end up writing from the standpoint of the “strong”. As a result, I am constantly in danger of coming off as condescending (a perennial temptation for “the strong”) and am regularly accused of arguing for an approach which would privilege my take on the relevant theology. Continue reading
Third Way, rooted in Romans 14-15, is a biblical approach to being together in a faith community despite sharp disagreements over a host of controversial matters. Third Way was forged in the heat of the LGBTQ controversy, but it applies to many issues that Christians divide over. With this lengthy article, we introduce the application of Third Way to another controversy affecting large segments of the church: evolution. Continue reading
But, wow. What a conference.
Rachel Held Evans and Nadia Bolz-Weber created Why Christian? for two primary reasons: 1) to elevate the voices of women in the church, and 2) to inspire hope using the age-old art of the testimony. Hence the title and ultimate question: Why are you a Christian? Even in the face of how messed up the church and Christians can be, why are you a Christian? Continue reading