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Musing on God, Friendship, Relationships
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Travis Collins’ new book What Does It Mean to Be Welcoming: Navigating LGBT Questions in Your Church (IVP Press, 2018) starts with fairly basic points: We are speaking about people, not mere issues. “This conversation, however, is not about dispassionate…
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Critics have insisted that we make everything about ontology. It has dawned on me that actually, what they are often doing is refusing to discuss phenomenology.

In the weeks following the Revoice Conference, quite a number of critical responses have focused on “identity.” The primary objection seems to be that we make being LGB into an “identity,” which isn’t a biblical way to talk. As I’ve written before, it’s…
How to Evade the Real Issues
How to Evade the Real Issues
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A caveat: What follows is a reflection that arose from reading one particular article dealing with the recent “catastrophes” in the Roman Catholic Church. About those grievous situations, I don’t know many details, having purposefully avoided reading some…
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Today over at First Things, I’ve got a piece up reflecting on this year’s Revoice conference, which was the highlight of my summer. Here’s a snippet: In a line that’s become a kind of mantra among Revoice attendees and presenters, the celibate lesbian…
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Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” – John 6:68 As other reflections start to trickle in and I’ve had the chance consider…
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In the mornings lately I’ve been reading through the book of Exodus with the help of Fr. Thomas Joseph White’s commentary, and today I came to his discussion of the Sixth Commandment. In the course of discussing its ramifications, White says this:…
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Reading today’s Public Discourse article by Denny Burk and Rosaria Butterfield, I was startled to read their claim that distinguishing between the temptation of same-sex attraction and sin, as Ron Belgau did in his recent Public Discourse article, is a…
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In contemporary culture, “gay” is the most common word for describing homosexual persons. This has become so much a part of the default language that Pope Francis used it as a neutral description of a person’s sexual attractions in response to a question…
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Over at Commonweal, David Michael writes about his Swedish wedding and how it drew his and his wife’s friends in at every turn: Ignoring the standard U.S. wedding magazine checklist, filled with inconceivable items like second lingerie fittings, my…
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In response to a tweet calling my recent Public Discourse article defending Spiritual Friendship and Revoice “the single most helpful, most thought provoking, and most clear thing” from the Spiritual Friendship perspective, Denny Burk tweeted in reply, I…
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