It’s hard for me read boundary-busting work of the Spirit in Acts 10 and Acts 15 and not see a clear parallel with LGBT inclusion.
The voice spoke a second time, “Never consider unclean what God has made pure.” 10:15

Peter said, “I really am learning that God doesn’t show partiality to one group of people over another.”
“God, who knows people’s deepest thoughts and desires, confirmed this by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as he did to us.” 15:8
“Why then are you now challenging God by placing a burden on the shoulders of these disciples that neither we nor our ancestors could bear? On the contrary, we believe that we and they are saved in the same way, by the grace of the Lord Jesus.”
You know, as I think more about this, the pro-circumcision group had scripture on their side. It was the undeniable evidence of the Spirit of God in the lives of the gentile believers that tipped the scale.

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19 Apr
A few weeks ago I read an article from a church leader warning young Christians about the dangers of “deconstruction.” But here’s the thing, deconstruction is usually not something people choose.
People are often forced into deconstruction when the belief system they were given proves to be inadequate for the real world. Deconstruction is an attempt to resolve the cognitive dissonance between what they’ve been told to believe and how the world really is.
Perhaps church leaders should spend less time warning about the dangers of deconstruction and more time examining why the version of faith they are passing on to young people needs to be deconstructed.
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It’s a bit ironic that he uses “lost the plot” here, because when we look at the actual story of Jesus’ life, the table flipping and Pharisee confronting are essential elements of the plot. Without them there is no cross to take up. Jesus wasn’t crucified for being too kind.
We lose the plot when we suggest that table-flipping Jesus is different than cross-carrying, religious-leader-insulting Jesus rather than recognizing that all of those things were part of Jesus’ work of liberation.
At the risk of inflating Josh’s ego, this is an excellent take.
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My perspective on racial injustice really began to change about 7 years ago when I began to actually listen to Black people. The stories I heard made me uncomfortable..
Their experiences of our society didn’t match my experiences. The systems that worked so well for me often worked against them.
The more I listened, and the more I studied, the more I came to realize that the problem was with the systems. The racial disparity was real. The racism that I thought was a thing of the past was actually still a really big problem.
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I’ve said this before, but I’m so adamant about defending women in ministry because pastoring is hard enough without the added burden of constantly having the legitimacy of your call challenged, especially on the basis of something as silly as not having the right genitals.
Also, I just can’t grasp why in the world—other than straight misogyny—men make opposition to women in ministry their hill to die on. With everything else going on right now, how is women preaching Christ and leading churches even on the radar of your biggest problems?
Even if you’re convinced that the Bible restricts the role of pastors to men, despite all the good biblical scholarship to the contrary, there’s still no reason to attack women in ministry. No one is forcing you to sit under a woman pastor. You really can just mind ya business.
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Good morning. I’ve seen lots of folks making accusations of “hypocrisy”by comparing the Captiol insurrection with the BLM protests earlier this year. Such a comparison is a false equivalency. Here’s why. A thread:
First, and most importantly CAUSE of each was remarkably different. The Black Lives Matter protests earlier this year were sparked by the murder of an unarmed Black person by police. This was not an isolated incident; it was another example in a long pattern of racial injustice.
In contrast to the legitimate grievances underlying the BLM protests, the Capitol insurrection was based on the complete and total lie of a rigged election. The claims of widespread election fraud have been repeatedly debunked.
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