By Queer Theology / Brian G. Murphy & Shannon T.L. Kearns
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Resources & Inspiration for LGBTQ Christians, Church Leaders, and Allies
||CleanHow to escape angry judgement – Luke 3:7-14||Taking care of one another and acting kindly isn’t secondary to the gospel — it’s a central part of what it means to be baptized and “escape angry judgement.” We explore what that means for us as Christians and as LGBTQ people.||12/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow do we know God’s will? – Philippians 1:9-11||When considering how LGBTQ people fit into Christianity, it’s tempting to fall back on questions of “Is it ok?” and get stuck in arguments of hermeneutics and exegesis (which are important!) but in doing so miss the forest for the trees.||12/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5 Ways to Observe Advent (and how queerness is part of that)||Advent is starting and we share with you some ways that you can observe the season, even if you aren’t connected to a church or faith community. We also get into how Advent might be particularly resonant with LGBTQ folks and what the queer experience||11/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChrist the King||This Sunday is “Christ the King” Sunday or “Reign of Christ” Sunday, depending on your church, and in today’s episode, we are talking about the “king” and “Lord” language used throughout the Christian scriptures and tradition to talk a||11/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTransgender Day of Remembrance 2018||Transgender Day of Remembrance is a week away and in this podcast episode, we focus on three areas for LGBTQ Christians and straight, cisgender supporters (and churches as a body!) to get involved. We look at: What your church can do What you can do as.||11/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYour identity matters – Jeremiah 31:7-9||This passage reminds us that God has a particular care for people who are marginalized, vulnerable, disenfranchised, and oppressed. In this episode we dig into why that’s important and what that means for our lives and relationships.||11/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeduction – Ruth 3:1-5, 4:13-17||This passage is a sultry seduction and we do scripture a disservice when we try to “clean it up” and make it chaste. But it’s not necessarily fun and carefree. In this episode, we take a close look at sex and seduction. Ruth 3:1-5,||11/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMaking Meaning – Job 38:1-7, 34-38||This episode is for the lectionary from October 21 — after recording this episode, Brian had a death in the family and was unable to publish it on schedule but we wanted you to hear it. Scripture is filled with folks wrestling with their place in the||11/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Greatest Command Is Old – Deuteronomy 6:1-9 & Mark 12:28-34||In these two passages, we see that the “Old Testament God” and the “New Testament God” are one and the same. In Mark, Jesus is in conversation with his sacred text, the Hebrew Bible. Take a listen for some new insights that emerge when these pas||10/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow do we relate to God? – Hebrews 4:12-16||How do we relate to God? As Christian’s, we have a unique model for understanding the divine in the life and ministry of Jesus. In this episode, we clarify some misconceptions around what is “God’s word” and dive into the significance of the Chr||10/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGod trusts you to pick your partner – Genesis 2:18-24||We’ve look at this text a few times before (here, here, and embedded below). This week, we look at this section of the creation narrative and focus in on a few important themes: choice the power of names the purpose of this story marriage, monogamy,||10/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBiblical Allyship – Mark 9:38-50||Read the transcript (PDF) Mark 9:38-50 John said to Jesus, “Teacher, we saw someone throwing demons out in your name, and we tried to stop him because he wasn’t following us.” Jesus replied, “Don’t stop him.||9/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanQueer Sacred Spaces: Ours & Yours||In this week’s episode, we take a break a from the lectionary to talk about queer sacred sites. A few weeks ago, Brian released a video about his experience on Fire Island and how he realized that it’s a sacred place. Fr.||9/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWords Matter – James 3:1-12||Don’t write off this passage as being another silly, outdated exhortation to simply “not say bad words.” Rather, it’s an important reminder that words matter and that they have powerful effects. Read the transcript (PDF) Join Sanctuary Collectiv||9/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanImmigrants are healed & Jesus changes his mind – Mark 7:24-37||Read the transcript (PDF) Mark 7:24-37 Jesus left that place and went into the region of Tyre. He didn’t want anyone to know that he had entered a house, but he couldn’t hide. In fact, a woman whose young daughter was possessed by an unclean spirit||9/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDoes this offend you? John 6:60-69 #throwback||We’re on summer vacation! The Queer Theology podcast has been “on air” for 4 years and over 200 episodes. All summer long, we’re releasing a throwback episode that looks at the upcoming week’s lectionary. Stay connected with us on Facebook,||8/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWisdom is a Woman – Proverbs 9:1-6 #throwback||We’re on summer vacation! The Queer Theology podcast has been “on air” for 4 years and over 200 episodes. All summer long, we’re releasing a throwback episode that looks at the upcoming week’s lectionary. Stay connected with us on Facebook,||8/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIt’s Okay to Not be Okay – 1 Kings 19:4-8 #throwback||We’re on summer vacation! The Queer Theology podcast has been “on air” for 4 years and over 200 episodes. All summer long, we’re releasing a throwback episode that looks at the upcoming week’s lectionary. Stay connected with us on Facebook,||8/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUse Your Gifts – Ephesians 4:1-16 #throwback||7/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDo the Easy Thing – 2 Kings 5:1-15 #throwback||7/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Fr. Shannon and Brian assist in opening eyes to new ways to read the scriptures we've seen, heard, and read for years. These podcasts are a huge benefit in my weekly study.
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I’ve listened to a few episodes, spread throughout the timeframe in which this show has aired, and I cannot strongly enough urge people to run from this. Wherever you land on LGBT issues, Christians ought to reject biblical interpretation that makes every scripture into a metaphor for or an allusion to your own life. The Bible is for us, but not about us—it is about Jesus (Matthew 5:17; Luke 24:26-27; John 5:39, 45-47).
Think of someone like Steven Furtick—who makes every biblical text into a metaphor about you reaching your potential—as an LGBT activist. Now every verse is about the struggle for equality. That is not how exegesis works.
But the worst is the hosts’ view of Christ. They clearly do not think of Him as God, as sinless, or as interested in saving us from sin. The most recent evidence of this (as of this writing) is their episode from 9/3/18 on Mark 7. There was a statement made about Jesus in that episode that was so brazen, so blasphemous, that I cannot type it, and certainly could not finish listening. You CANNOT be a Christian and say something like that.