The Limits of “Effeminacy” in Christian Life (According to THIS Guy)

June 27, 2012

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Look, I dislike “contemporary” Christian music as much as the next person, but Faithful Word Baptist Church pastor Steven Anderson has some serious issues with it. Take a look! Disregarding his high-pitched boy band-like voice and slight lisp, I cannot help but wonder what his association between “effeminacy” and “gay[ness]” means for Christian men. Indeed, gender identity […]

Laverne Cox Article, “Everybody’s Trans.” Check It Out!

June 21, 2012

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I stumbled across this article today, written for the Huffington Post by Laverne Cox, wherein she describes how the lines between gender expression and sexuality are blurred in our culture. Herself trans., Cox introduces her piece profoundly, writing, When I was bullied as a child, called names, chased home from school, and sometimes physically attacked, […]

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David, Contraception, and the “Defenders” of “Religious Liberty”

June 20, 2012

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When the Lectionary takes up the beloved story of David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17:1a, 4-11, 19-23, 32-49) this Sunday, many preachers will be sermonizing on a narrative with themes that have been embraced and reframed over and over again in American culture. Indeed, many of our nation’s favorite cultural tales favor the “little guy” […]

The Bible Can’t Talk: When Liberal Christians Make Unconvincing Cases for Marriage Equality

June 12, 2012

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When Pastor Charles Worley made the remark in a sermon that all “the homosexuals” should be put behind “an electrified fence” (a link can be found below), the blogosphere exploded in reaction. And, indeed, his words were crazy, unacceptable, immoral, stupid, hateful, and frightening. However, I noted the alleged foundation to his argument: “The Bible’s […]

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“A House Divided” in Catholic Bishops’ Masculinities (cf. Mark 3:19-27)

June 6, 2012

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A few weeks ago a group of three former Catholic priests sent a letter to the Minneapolis Star Tribune stating their opposition to the upcoming constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. And, while it received substantial news coverage, I found the response from the Archdiocese of St. Paul more significant insofar as it assumed a sort of […]

Pentecost Reminds Us that White Men Are a Demographic…and They’re Not Happy about It

May 30, 2012

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The Census Bureau recently reported that in 2011 a majority of children born were non-white. Actually, in the words of a Census Bureau employee, “2011 is the first time the population of infants under age 1 is majority minority.” This news has been met with both fear and celebration, yet the way in which the […]

Why are Influential Men Afraid of Marriage Equality? “Because Their Marriages Don’t Exist,” Says Genesis 2 (paraphrase)

May 22, 2012

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Perhaps its because they have something to hide? Earlier this month, following North Carolina’s successful passing of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, a Raleigh pastor lauded his state for taking a stand in support of “a biblical model of marriage.” Of course, this language is not new to this debate and raises the question, […]