Craigville Theological Colloquy

Very much looking forward to the Craigville Theological Colloquy this week focusing on ecology, theology and creation. Will be posting several updates via Facebook as the week goes by…

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This Is My Song

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Justice Calls: Sermons of Welcome & Affirmation (update)

“In Justice Calls: Sermons of Welcome and Affirmation, Rev. Snider has collected a treasure trove of sermons affirming the welcome of LGBT persons at the table of God’s love. Some are carefully exegetical, some deeply personal, all are carefully crafted and full of grace. Starting with the call for equality and ending with a call for the transformation of the church, this volume walks the journey of God’s affirming love for all with both care and courage.”

Rev. Mark C. Johnston, PhD
Executive Director, Open & Affirming Ministry Program
Gay, Lesbian, and Affirming Disciples Alliance
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

It’s been such an honor to collaborate with all of the amazing people who have come together to share their sermons for the book Justice Calls, which I have had the privilege of editing.* After working behind the scenes on this project for over two years, it’s finally nearing publication. I am excited, to say the least. And grateful for each of the contributors who’ve made it happen. Here’s a sneak peak of the Table of Contents…

Introduction
Phil Snider

Part One
CALLING FOR EQUALITY

1. The Rule of Love
I John 4:7-21
Carol Howard Merritt

2. The Pearl of Great Price
Matthew 13:45-46
Monica Coleman

3. The Biblical Support for Same-Sex Marriage
Genesis 2:18
Rita Nakashima Brock

4. Descriptive or Definitive?
Romans 6:3-4
Romans 8:14-17
David Lose

5. Looking for Love
Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67
Song of Solomon 2:8-13
W. Scott Haldeman

6. Deeper Than Biology
Genesis 2:18-25
Barbara Lundblad

Part Two
CALLING FOR LIBERATION

7. Whosoever
John 3:16
Alton Pollard, III

8. I Think That’s What It Takes
Matthew 22:1-14
Derek Penwell

9. It’s Harder To Be Us: The Gospel of Forgiveness for People on the Margins
John 20:19-31
Sandhya Rani Jha

10. In Memory of Brandy Martell
Acts 1:12-14
Hebrews 12:1-3
Ephesians 6:10-18
Tai Amri Spann-Wilson

11. All of You
Romans 12:2
Meredith Guest

12. Dogs of Canaan
Matthew 15:21-28
Christian Piatt

Part Three
CALLING FOR HOSPITALITY

13. All Are Welcome?
Luke 4:16-32
Nancy Steeves

14. Getting to Jesus, Despite the Crowds
Mark 2:1-4
Phil Snider

15. The Doctrine of Original Fabulousness
John 13:33-35
Stephanie Spellers

16. Water on a Desert Road
Isaiah 56:1-8
Acts 8:26-40
Barbara Lundblad

17. A Divine Flame
Song of Songs 2:16-3:4; 8:6-7
Deborah A. Appler

18. Luke’s Stonewall
Luke 7:36-50
Mona West

19. Healing Our ’isms
Ephesians 2:11-22
Irene Monroe

Part Four
CALLING FOR TRANSFORMATION

20. Picking Up the Mantle
II Kings 2:1-14
Richard Ward

21. A Queer Eye for the Straight Bible Reader
Genesis 19:1-11
Miguel A. De La Torre

22. The Bible Says It… I Believe It… That Settles It?
Ephesians 4:1-16
Glen Miles

23. The Coherent and the Contingent
Leviticus 18:22; 20:8-18
I Corinthians 7:10-15
Eric Elnes

24. Text and Taboo
Acts 10:1-33
Tad DeLay

25. The Storm is Passing Over
1 Samuel 17
Mark 4:35-41
Mary Foulke

26. Rolling Back the Stone
John 20:19-23
Holly E. Hearon





*Early on I planned to edit this book with Tony Jones, but various time commitments on each of our respective schedules didn’t allow that to happen (the stars weren’t aligned in our favor). However, I remain grateful for his help (as well as Doug Pagitt’s) in helping give shape to the early formation of this project.

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Race & Faith Collaborative — 3rd Quarter Kickoff this Saturday

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Confessions of a Former Progressive: My Journey from Fundamentalist to Progressive Christianity and Back

“Confessions of a Former Progressive: My Journey from Fundamentalist to Progressive Christianity and Back”

In this landmark book, Snider reveals the truth behind the progressive “Christian” agenda like no one else can. After going undercover for over ten years in the deepest, darkest corners of the progressive Christian world, including its churches, seminaries and publishing houses, Snider exposes the ways that progressives constantly twist scripture in order to make it conform to their every whim. From treating women or gays as equals to denying the biblical truth that the world is only 6,024 years old to believing it is okay for scripture to be understood figuratively rather than literally, Snider shows how progressives have lost their bearings and are being used by the Antichrist to usher in the last days. If progressive Christians don’t turn from their ways, Snider argues, then people will be encouraged to treat others equally and in the process care more about this world than the afterworld, which is a horrifying prospect for everyone involved.

“A must read for all Bible believing Christians.” – Franklin Graham

“Snider lands a knockout blow to progressive Christianity.” – Mark Driscoll

Published by April Fool’s Day Press and available at terrible bookstores everywhere.

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Another civic prayer

I appreciated the invitation to offer the opening ecumenical prayer at Claire McCaskill’s town hall gathering earlier today at Drury University. Here’s a copy of the prayer I gave (because of time I omitted paragraphs 3-4 at the live event):

To the One who transcends all religious affiliations and languages and creeds, we take this moment to open our hearts to the call of love, justice and compassion that we sense upon our lives — a call that is found in the best expressions of our religious traditions, but of course is not confined to religious traditions.

And regardless of the name in which we pray, or if we pray at all, we come together at this time to express our deep longing and abiding hunger for love, justice and compassion to be found in our midst; for fairness, equality and opportunity for all people to be our guiding principles.

For all of the times our actions fall short of love, understanding and compassion, may we be set on right paths. For all of the times our laws fall short of the claims that justice and fairness and equality make upon our lives, may we be set on right paths. For all of the times we willingly or unknowingly participate in systems and structures that fall short of human rights and economic dignity for all people, may we be set on right paths.

More than anything, may our prayers be expressed not on our lips but rather through our actions, lest we hold our religious beliefs in vain. May we keep in mind that all people – including and especially the poor, and the vulnerable, and the citizens among us who don’t have access to the same rights and opportunities that many take for granted, whether because of socioeconomic status, skin color, sexual orientation or gender identity — way we be reminded that each person deserves our attention, our action, our voice and our care.

We give thanks for leaders with the integrity to govern not by the shallow demands of ideology or popularity but rather by the highest principles of fairness and equality, in solidarity with those they represent.

We pray these things in the name of the Love which transcends all boundaries, divides and religions and constantly seeks to usher in a better, more beautiful way of being, Amen.

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Current sermon series: “To Believe or Not to Believe: Is that even the right question?”

To Believe or Not to Believe graphic_updated
Image H/T Christina Levasheff

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