About the Author

I am the luckiest pastor in the world. Churches which do not celebrate diversity and believe one's sexual orientation and gender identity are a sin (literally) do not know what they are missing.

Website: http://wedgewoodchurch.com

    Pray This Prayer With Me (for those who have been harmed by the church)

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    Heal us, God, from:

    too much talk about God, as if that could substitute for talking with people and learning their stories

    fear in the steeples which has deformed us – our minds – our bodies – our sexuality – our gender identity – our ability to love God, self and others

    the lies of the church which caused us to believe the history of the church was a path of sameness

    church leaders who equated our being with sin, and attempted to reduce us to sinners and reduce us to silence

    rituals which have excluded, piercing our hearts in the name of God

    May those harmed by the church never lack the sacrament of the sweet smile of God.

    May the church be healed and led by those it has harmed.

    Amen.

     

    (Written using some phrases from I Believe in the Resurrection of the Body, Rubem Alves)

     

    At 50 I Can No Longer . . .

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    At 50, I can no longer

    drive to kingdom come

    talk to my parents, who died two months apart

    dunk a basketball (Ok, I’ve never dunked a basketball but I have dunked a tennis ball on a regulation goal.)

    work in my wife’s gardens (that’s an “s” on “garden”) without my back getting my attention

    win arguments with my spouse

    save the world, even in my imagination

    live without regrets

    claim innocence, since most of my mistakes have been made so many times they seem like next door neighbors

    think about what life will be like when I turn 50

    What Jesus Provides Us: A Sarcastic, Post-Crucifixion Reflection

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    Jesus provides us:

    perfect people with whom to follow him

    perfect for us worship, designed around our personal preferences

    a community in which nobody forgives because there’s nothing ever to forgive

    answers to all our questions

    certainty beyond belief

    church leaders whose main emphasis is on empowering everyone to do Jesus stuff in the world instead of being cautious, think of everything that could go wrong so we don’t do much at all, leaders

    material/financial blessings if we give money to God (the church) so we can be like Jesus who was financially well off

    one gospel that contains everything we will ever need to know about Jesus and is very clear

    a Lord’s table at which nobody, including those who are hungry, is fed a meal

    security systems for our church so our buildings and possessions don’t get messed up or stolen

    angelic choir with instrumentalists who are not drama queens and do not create or stir up trouble within the church

    clergy who get out of the way

    confidence that there is only one correct way to do church/follow Jesus and that just happens to be the way we are doing it

    a church without prostitutes, prisoners, lepers, poor people, Good Samaritans, fathers of of prodigals, prodigals, converted short tax collectors

    The Queer God (If you don’t believe me read this conservative scholar)

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    God is queer.  If you don’t believe me, a liberal preacher, consider the thought of conservative (but worth your time to consider) N.T. Wright.   Wright outlines several aspects of God’s queerness, including queerness on messiahship and resurrection.

    . . . .the Messiah was supposed to fight God’s victorious battle against the wicked pagans; to rebuild or cleanse the Temple, and to bring God’s justice to the world.  Jesus, it appeared, had done none of these of these things. . . No Jew with any idea of how the language of messiahship worked could have possibly imagined, after his crucifixion, that Jesus of Nazareth was indeed the Lord’s anointed.  (N.T. Wright, Surprised By Hope, p. 46)

    “Nobody in Judaism had expected the Messiah to die, and therefore naturally nobody had imagined the Messiah rising from the dead.” (46) Furthermore, “the ancient world—with the exception of the Jews—was adamant that dead people did not rise again and the Jews did not believe that anyone had done so or that anyone would do so all by themselves in advance of the general resurrection.” (p. 34)  Resurrection was not something that would happen to one person ahead of everybody else. (p. 39)

    This Easter don’t forget we worship and serve a Queer God.  And please don’t act like it all made sense or makes sense.

    Stay tuned for the resurrection of the wicked.  Did you miss that in the gospel of John?