A Response to D. Stephen Long’s Advocacy of Waiting

In the wake of the United Methodist Church's recent General Conference, D. Stephen Long wrote a short, thoughtful piece defending the proposal of the Council of Bishops that the conference formally adopted. That position, in brief, is to table the discussion and deliberation about the church's position on sexuality until a special committee can be formed to study the … Continue reading A Response to D. Stephen Long’s Advocacy of Waiting

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Same-Sex Marriage in the UMC, Part III: Complementarity

* this is part 3 of my series on same-sex marriage in the UMC. See parts I: The Issue at Hand, II: The Bible, and IV: Inclusion. COMPLEMENTARITY (NATURAL PAIRING): Arguments for other-sex marriage on the basis of the natural pairing of men and women rest on an affirmation of their essential complementarity. The theological problem with … Continue reading Same-Sex Marriage in the UMC, Part III: Complementarity

Same-Sex Marriage in the UMC, Part I: The Issue at Hand

* this is the first part of a four part series about why I think the UMC should fully include same-sex marriages. See also parts II: The Bible, III: Complementarity, and IV:Full Inclusion. It has been rather disappointing to watch the United Methodist Church (the denomination to which I belong) struggle over the question of the inclusion … Continue reading Same-Sex Marriage in the UMC, Part I: The Issue at Hand