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A Genderfluid God: Journal Entries from My Theological Language Course

Photo by Emma Rahmani from baseimage Let’s talk about the elephant in the room. It’s been about 5 months since my last blog post.  Yes, I know. That’s a long time! I’ll admit time’s gone by faster than expected, and I apologize to my #worthyreaders for the abruptness of my disappearance from the interwebs. I’m grateful for your patience. That being said, let me catch you up. Long story short, I’ve started seminary! There are two reasons why I decided to get my Certificate of Pastoral Studies. No, one of them is not becoming a pastor. First, I’ve felt spiritually stagnant for some time. Perhaps 1-3 years. The best way to describe it is the age-old marriage analogy. The whole Christ as the groom and church as the bride one? Yeah, let me adapt that. I never had the experience new Christians have when they first fall in love with Jesus because I was raised Christian my whole life. It was more like an arranged marriage. And while I can honestly say I’ve always loved God and followed Jesus t

Jesus Talks about Same-Sex Couples?: A Book Review of Ronald W. Goetz’s “The Galilee Episode: Two Men in One Bed, Two Women Grinding”

Photo by Tim Samuel from Pexels INTRODUCTION Growing up, I wasn’t a stranger to the deep-rooted homophobia in my faith. I’m still not. It’s why I’m only out to a handful of people at my church. (You can read my blog post about that here .) Throughout that time, I’ve heard several scripture verses used repeatedly as evidence that homosexuality is a sin. I’m sure you have too. I’ll name a few: Genesis 1-2 and 19:1-9, Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13, and Romans 1:24-27. People constantly go, “The Bible says…” Then they spew one of these verses without referring to the historical or cultural context of the scripture. That’s problematic. But what bothers me the most is when people quote nothing.  Sometimes they make it up, saying things like, “The Bible says all homosexuals go to hell.” I’m sorry? Which part of scripture is that from? The Gospel of Nonexistence? Verse 0, chapter 0? (Forgive my sass). I have a family member who went to seminary. She had a professor who held up a Bible to his ear e