Repost: I Miss the Old Mel White

The positive Mel White of old the “SpongeBob Squarepants of the gay community” is long gone. What’s left is a man that’s pretty pissed off at the church and when I say church, I mean the whole church. Continue reading Repost: I Miss the Old Mel White

Now That We’ve Won (Maybe)…

This week’s drama over the issue of same-sex marriage at the Supreme Court has been nothing short of historic.  American society is at a point that I thought wouldn’t come for several years, if not decades.  Same sex marriage might be legal in most of the nation in a few short years. Here in Minnesota, it might be that by the end of the year we might have the right for gay couples to marry.  It means that I can have my relationship with my partner Daniel, recognized by the state and therby able to receive benefits that heterosexual couples … Continue reading Now That We’ve Won (Maybe)…

Salvation for Jerry Sandusky?

John Meunier opines on the Jerry Sandusky verdict according to Wesleyan theology: God wants to save Jerry Sandusky. God can save him. But unless Sandusky turns toward God, he will be under God’s wrath. Even if he turns to God and receives assurance of his salvation, he will remain tempted powerfully by the sin that remains in him. Growth to holiness takes time and the help of others. Although universalism is quite popular these days, I find it far more likely that Sandusky will not feel conviction for his sins. He will not repent. He will not be born anew … Continue reading Salvation for Jerry Sandusky?

Death Penalty PR

The following post is adapted from a post on my political blog last month. In all the hubbub surrounding the execution of Troy Davis, there was little mention of another execution taking place in Texas on the same day: As Texas prepares to execute one of his father’s killers, Ross Byrd hopes the state shows the man the mercy his father, James Byrd Jr., never got when he was dragged behind a truck to his death. “You can’t fight murder with murder,” Ross Byrd, 32, told Reuters late Tuesday, the night before Wednesday’s scheduled execution of Lawrence Russell Brewer for … Continue reading Death Penalty PR

Forgive and Forget. Not. (Lectionary Musings on September 11)

Thirteenth Sunday of Pentecost Matthew 18:21-35 September 11, 2011 1Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” 22Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times. I found out about it on the bus. On that late summer morning 10 years ago, I was on a bus heading towards work. I had graduated from seminary the previous May and was getting ready to do my 9 month experience in Clinical Pastoral Education in a week. As the … Continue reading Forgive and Forget. Not. (Lectionary Musings on September 11)