Can the Church Accept Gay Marriage? P13: Is this the hill we want to die on?

*note, this piece is part of an ongoing series. The conversation in this blog builds directly upon the conversation prior. If you’re just joining this korero, I would encourage you to start with part one, which you can find here As we round out, I want us to consider whether this is really the hill we … Continue reading Can the Church Accept Gay Marriage? P13: Is this the hill we want to die on?

Can the Church Accept Gay Marriage? P12: Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin. Is it time to put this phrase to bed?

*note, this piece is part of an ongoing series. The conversation in this blog builds directly upon the conversation prior. If you’re just joining this korero, I would encourage you to start with part one, which you can find here As we’re wrapping up, I just want to address one phrase that is often used in … Continue reading Can the Church Accept Gay Marriage? P12: Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin. Is it time to put this phrase to bed?

Can the Church Accept Gay Marriage? P11: We’ve formed relationships, what next?

*note, this piece is part of an ongoing series. The conversation in this blog builds directly upon the conversation prior. If you’re just joining this korero, I would encourage you to start with part one, which you can find here After, a period of listening, learning, and loving, the natural question which will arise is, what … Continue reading Can the Church Accept Gay Marriage? P11: We’ve formed relationships, what next?

Can the Church Accept Gay Marriage? P10: Can we Love our neighbour if we don’t know them?

*note, this piece is part of an ongoing series. The conversation in this blog builds directly upon the conversation prior. If you’re just joining this korero, I would encourage you to start with part one, which you can find here The Law is Love Let us start by remembering the words of the One we have … Continue reading Can the Church Accept Gay Marriage? P10: Can we Love our neighbour if we don’t know them?

Can the Church Accept Gay Marriage? P9: Is it possible to have unity, within diversity?

*note, this piece is part of an ongoing series. The conversation in this blog builds directly upon the conversation prior. If you’re just joining this korero, I would encourage you to start with part one, which you can find here Unity within diversity As I’ve engaged in this korero one thing that has become explicitly clear to … Continue reading Can the Church Accept Gay Marriage? P9: Is it possible to have unity, within diversity?

Reflection #31: So Many Boundaries, Can Anyone Get In? / A.J. Hendry

Reading: The Book of Acts 10-15 I grew up with a faith that was filled with boundaries, we often discussed, and agonized over who was in and who was out. People who swore, got drunk, went to night clubs, were on shaky ground. Muslims, atheists, liberal Christians (#AnyOneWhoWasntAsConservativeAsMe) and of course, Gay people, were out … Continue reading Reflection #31: So Many Boundaries, Can Anyone Get In? / A.J. Hendry

Can The Church Accept Gay Marriage? P8: If This is as Far as You Go… / A. J. Hendry

*note, this piece is part of an ongoing series. If you’re just joining this korero, I would encourage you to start with part one, which you can find here So, when we reflect upon our last couple of blogs, what does this mean when put into the context of our current korero (if you haven't already, … Continue reading Can The Church Accept Gay Marriage? P8: If This is as Far as You Go… / A. J. Hendry

Can The Church Accept Gay Marriage? P7: Is There Room for Silence? / A.J. Hendry

*note, this piece is part of an ongoing series. If you’re just joining this korero, I would encourage you to start with part one, which you can find here Progressive Patient Revelation As I’ve engaged in this korero, I often sense fear coming from my conservative Christian whanau. Not a fear based on hate, or homophobia, … Continue reading Can The Church Accept Gay Marriage? P7: Is There Room for Silence? / A.J. Hendry

Can the Church Accept Gay Marriage? P6: Do We Need to Speak the Truth to Love? / A.J. Hendry

*note, this piece is the sixth piece in an ongoing series. If you're just joining this korero, I would encourage you to start with part one, which you can find here Introduction: Resetting the korero Over the last few blogs in this series we have considered both the way a traditional posture towards our rainbow … Continue reading Can the Church Accept Gay Marriage? P6: Do We Need to Speak the Truth to Love? / A.J. Hendry

A Pondering: The churches Rainbow kids are ending up on the street. This can’t be right.

A Pondering: A quick thought or random wondering. I regularly hear stories of young people who have been made homeless due to their sexual orientation. It's a common story, whānau believe being Queer is sinful/wrong, they struggle between their concern and love for their kid, and the fear they hold for their young persons eternal … Continue reading A Pondering: The churches Rainbow kids are ending up on the street. This can’t be right.

Can the Church Accept Gay Marriage? P5: What About the OT? / A.J. Hendry

(This piece is the fifth in our series so far. Before we get into it, just a heads up that this is a tad longer than the others in the series. If you are just joining us I would recommend before diving in you start with Part One) Does the Old Testament condemn covenantal, committed, … Continue reading Can the Church Accept Gay Marriage? P5: What About the OT? / A.J. Hendry

Can The Church Accept Gay Marriage? P4: What about Repentance and the Gospel? / A.J. Hendry

In our last blog we discussed whether or not a gay person was putting their salvation at risk for being in a same-sex relationship. We concluded that despite the way this korero is normally framed, it is not in fact a salvation issue. For to say that someone is saved by what they do or … Continue reading Can The Church Accept Gay Marriage? P4: What about Repentance and the Gospel? / A.J. Hendry

Can The Church Accept Gay Marriage? P3: What about Hell? / A.J. Hendry

What about Hell? One of the fundamental concerns that exist for Traditionalists is that if we get this wrong, LGBTQ people will be in danger of Hell. We do an injustice to many sincere and loving Christians, if we paint them out to be simply hate filled, closed minded, bigots, for holding a traditional belief. … Continue reading Can The Church Accept Gay Marriage? P3: What about Hell? / A.J. Hendry

Can The Church Accept Gay Marriage? P2: Is There Reason to Reexamine our Theology? / A.J. Hendry

In the last blog we briefly surveyed some examples of when the church - having been prompted by human experience, divine revelation, and scientific discovery - reformed, revised or competently changed their understanding of Traditional interpretations of scripture. At the end, we asked the question, when turning to the question of LGBTQ inclusion within the … Continue reading Can The Church Accept Gay Marriage? P2: Is There Reason to Reexamine our Theology? / A.J. Hendry

Flipping the Lens: What does it Really Means to be ‘Friends with the World?’

How often have you heard Pastors warn you to be “careful lest you make friends with the world”? Personally, I hear this a lot. Especially in discussions where I have advocated for full inclusion of our rainbow whanau into the church. The comment is normally followed up with the speaker pointing to the Epistle of … Continue reading Flipping the Lens: What does it Really Means to be ‘Friends with the World?’