The number of books, articles, and blog posts dealing with issues of gender and sexuality within the Church has become impossible to manage. On the one hand, it’s great that we’re having the conversation. On the other, it is very hard to sort out the useful information from the garbage. That’s where this post comes in…
My own engagement with these texts began nearly 30 years ago. In that time, I’ve moved through several stages.
After expressions of forgiveness from the families of “The Beautiful Nine,” a few articles have been written that counter the dominant media narratives focusing on the beauty of the unconditional forgiveness offered Dylann Roof contrasted with the hatred and terror wrought on the community. As I mentioned earlier, I laud the family members for opening themselves to such extraordinary grace, particularly during a moment when the temptation to lash out with hatred and vengeance must have been barely resistible.
An Open Response to Michael Hardin’s tag on Facebook
My friend, Michael Hardin, runs an organization called Preaching Peace, a nonprofit dedicated to “Educating the Church in Jesus’ Vision of Peace.”
Michael has traveled extensively around North America, Australia/New Zealand, and Europe, presenting seminars on nonviolent atonement and his hermeneutic of nonviolence that is heavily influenced by the theology of Karl Barth and the mimetic anthropology of René Girard. Lately Michael’s FB wall has hosted several threads challenging people to rethink view on homosexuality and Christianity. Michael tagged me to bring some extra perspectives into the conversation, which you will find below…
Hi, Michael. I’ve been a pretty busy today and am just now in a place where I can respond to your Facebook tag.