good samaritan

Why The Good Samaritan Wasn’t Gay

I was writing a blog post called “The Gay Samaritan.”  I wrote it under the premise that Jesus used the Samaritan in His iconic parable for maximum shock value.  He was trying to stun His audience into understanding that they were to love everyone and there were now no barriers within His kingdom when it…

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Prophet vs. Paul

A couple months ago on my way into Goodwill (where I spend much of my free time) I encountered a preacher standing in the middle of the parking lot.  He was a Hispanic man and he was crying out “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” in Spanish and then in English.  He…

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All Things Considered?

Today NPR interviewed Brendon Ayanbadejo and Chris Kluwe, two NFL players who have revealed their support of gay marriage this week. What got my attention was the statement that there are no openly gay players in the NFL. Ayanbadejo and Kluwe went on to discuss what it would take for a gay man to feel…

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Why do you hate gays?

In this current political climate, gay marriage supporters and Christians often find themselves on opposite sides of the issue. In Facebook discussions or on comment threads especially where you don’t know those with whom you are disagreeing, it can get ugly and personal. I know that in discussions I’ve had, it sometimes feel like we…

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What is Marriage?

The best summary (and most unemotional argument I’ve ever seen posted on the internet) of the different definitions of marriage debated within the US today is made in the paper “What Is Marriage” published in the Winter 2011 Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy.  I highly recommend reading the entire paper, but this post…

polygamy

Ya know, polygamy seems pretty ‘biblical.’

Question from a reader: Marriage between one man and many women is very prevalent in the Bible, but these days “Biblical Marriage” is virtually always represented as between one man and one woman. I haven’t gone looking for any research to support this, but I suspect that a comparison of parenting outcomes from polygamist households…