The Pain of Denial

My newest book titled A Theology of Desire will be available in Kindle format in time for use as an Advent devotional! I'm really excited to share these contemplations about intimacy, consummation, and the longing of God. Here's an excerpt, to whet your appetite. Day 11: The Pain of Denial I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if you find my beloved, that you tell him that I languish with love. (Song of Songs 5:8 DRA) Love is often messy and complicated. Sometimes we fall in love with a person who doesn’t love us back. Sometimes we love someone who can’t be in relationship with us. There is suffering in these situations of self-denial. There is the pain of restrained love; pain in wanting

Transgender Day of Remembrance Giveaway

Over the past few weeks I've been presenting a workshop series on helping churches transform to be more affirming and inclusive of transgender and non-binary people. The timing aligned in holy synchronicity with a transwoman's coming out to the congregation. We were deeply honored to be with the people of that church as they witnessed the baptism and naming ceremony for this tender child of God. It was a moment of joy, and the support offered was moving. It's a lovely thing to see community coming together to uplift the vulnerable. And this woman is now vulnerable in a way she wasn't just a few days before. Her risk of being murdered has shifted dangerously. It's hard to imagine the pain a f

If you have to have a penis to be a man, than God the Father can't be male

A few days ago my dear wife posted this screenshot on the Where True Love Is Facebook page. It generated a lot of discussion, including comments by a guy who had this to say: Well... he’s also known as GOD THE FATHER... even the Lord’s Prayer starts with Our Father... And Jesus was God manifested in flesh... As a man... and he told his disciples when they asked to see the father... Jesus replied when you see me you see the Father. The timing was great for a conversation, because I'd been prepping a series on gender for a large United Methodist Church in St. Louis. I responded with a list of scriptures in which God self-describes as intensely female. Then came this: Remember... literal and an

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