Story-Shaped Theology

This morning I came across this beautiful question in a sermon from Randy Newswanger: Are my understandings of God, my understandings of healing and redemption, my understandings of community and celebration large enough to hold the specific details of your story? I think this question is at the heart of church. We base our shared…

Thoughts on Revelation 21:1-6

[Below is an excerpt from a sermon I preached on All Saints’ Day a few years ago.] This vision John gives us is a beautiful vision. A necessary vision. It is a vision that Christians have clung to through persecution and war and slavery and untold numbers of personal sorrows and tragedies. “And I saw…

Talking About, Talking With

Our nation made many political gains toward equality and justice for sexual minorities last week. Among them was the election of the first openly gay Senator–Tammy Baldwin, from Wisconsin. In a National Public Radio report, I heard these words from Baldwin: “If you are not in the room, the conversation is about you. If you’re…

Disney World and the Church

I have a source inside Disney World who shared with me a disturbing incident. It seems that she was leaving the Disney “underground” to go up to work when she saw a guy getting into a Minnie Mouse costume. With a mere turn of the head she then witnessed a woman pulling on a Mickey…