October 17, 2017

Archives for April 2008

Too Much Heaven? Part 2: Heaven and Earth

UPDATE: Here’s a post that has a perfect feel for the idea of heaven that I grew up around- and that still surrounds me here in the mountains. (PHC= Pentecostal Holiness Church.) The message of many evangelistically focused conservative Christians is about heaven: How to get there. What will heaven be like. Why heaven is […]

Too Much Heaven?

(Yes, Virginia, there’s a review of N.T. Wright’s Surprised by Hope coming very soon.) I grew up and was formed in a version of the Christian tradition that practiced a remarkably simple form of Christianity. It was about going to heaven. This life was preparation for heaven. God was preparing a place called heaven with […]

A Response to Nicki: Acceptance (3)

In my last response to commenter Nicki, I want to open up some of the difficulties that flow from her call for embracing homosexuals on the terms which they want. Nicki wrote Until Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender persons are embraced by the Church as another part of God’s wonderful creation, they will not feel […]

A Response to Nicki (Part 2): The Bible and How We Interpret It

Nicki is a commenter at the post What Do Gays And Lesbians Hear? She made some excellent points that deserve response. I appreciate the constructive conversation, and especially the participation of gay friends. I quote again from Nicki’s comment. Personally, I believe the only way to understand the Bible, is to understand it in the […]

Responses to Nicki (1)

First, here’s the entire comment from Nicki I am going to be writing about over the next few posts. Michael, While I do appreciate your progressive attitude towards GLBT people, I still find that it sends a very patronizing and negative message to GLBT persons. “I hate the sin, but love the sinner” is almost […]