Disputable Matter? Part 3

When we consider the potential usefulness of viewing covenanted same-sex unions as a disputable matter in the Christian community, we must understand the diversity with which we approach and seek to interpret scripture. The sheer fact of such difference ought to motivate us to embody a posture of humility rather than self-righteous judgment of one…

Disputable Matter? Part 2

The reality is if we refuse to consider the matter of covenanted same-sex relationships to be disputable, we inevitably put ourselves in a position of discounting those with who we disagree despite their profession of faith in Christ and regard for the Scriptures. This is no small matter. Today, one cannot simply write off as…

A Disputable Matter? Part 1

This post kicks off a series wherein I will tackle the question of whether covenanted same-sex unions ought to be considered a disputable matter. I grew up in a denomination that did not ordain women into ministry offices until 1995. The hottest years of the debate happened during my teens and early twenties. I remember…

Certainty & Conviction

I tend to think a lot about certainty and the ways it influences our faith – and in particular, the conversations at the intersection of faith and sexuality. I also think a lot about conviction and the role it plays in how we express our faith. In this post I want to look at how…

Absolutes – Part 2

Yesterday I talked about absolutes in light of a question I’d been asked that required me to give an absolute response. Today, in part 2, I want to share my thoughts on an absolute statement I encountered over the weekend when I was speaking at a church. I’m not sure that I can give an…

Working with Language

I’ve been pondering for some time the need to write a new article regarding language usage in the conversation at the intersection of faith and sexuality. Then I ran across an article dealing with transgender terminology that was so clear and helpful, it was the catalyst that I needed. In the last section, I’ll simply…

Absolutes – Part 1

Truth be told, I’m not very comfortable with absolutes. I suppose that is in large part due to my personality type (for you Myers-Briggs junkies, I’m an INFP). I love to live in the world of grey, even though at times that raises tension and challenge. But besides my personal bent, I think I have…

If I had a million dollars …..

The McCain’s, of french fries fame, have donated a million dollars to the Metropolitan Church in Toronto. This is pretty significant news in my neck of the woods. Wallace McCain who made the gift referred to the connection back in New Brunswick that he had with the MCC’s pastor, Brent Hawkes. Seems that the Hawkes…