Queer Theology

By Queer Theology / Brian G. Murphy & Shannon T.L. Kearns

For over 6 years, Brian G. Murphy and Fr. Shannon TL Kearns have shared an LGBTQ perspective on a different Bible passage each week. Most weeks, the show covers a passage from the upcoming Sunday's lectionary but also occasionally covers current event, special themes, and important events like Coming Out Day or Transgender Day of Remembrance. Join tens of thousands of listeners from around the world for the Bible, every week, queered.

  1. 1.
    Transitioning My Body & Faith
    20:56
  2. 2.
    Push The Boundaries – Acts 10:44-48
    18:37
  3. 3.
    Unhook From The Fear of Hell – 1 John 4:7-21
    30:26
  4. 4.
    Love with Action and Truth – 1 John 3:16-24
    26:10
  5. 5.
    The Resurrection and Humanity – Luke 24:36-48
    24:12
  6. 6.
    Queering Your Family – Psalm 133
    22:34
  7. 7.
    Queering The Resurrection
    7:15
  8. 8.
    Palm Sunday: A Queer Reflection
    10:41
  1. 9.
    COVID Self-Care: One Year Later with Rev. Jonathan Vanderbeck, LCSW
    55:36
  2. 10.
    Divine Lover – John 3:14-21
    29:09
  3. 11.
    Queering the 10 Commandments – Exodus 20:1-17
    29:02
  4. 12.
    Walk Into Your New Name – Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
    26:16
  5. 13.
    Jesus, Suffering & Salvation – 1 Peter 3:18-22
    30:45
  6. 14.
    God, Praying & Anxiety – Matthew 6:5-14
    18:49
  7. 15.
    God is Everywhere – Isaiah 40:21-31
    19:56
  8. 16.
    The Divine Authority – Mark 1:21-28
    24:43
  9. 17.
    The Catalyst – Mark 1:14-20
    27:41
  10. 18.
    My Temple My Rules – 1 Corinthians 6:12-20
    27:32
  11. 19.
    Grow And Change – Acts 19:1-7
    22:10
  12. 20.
    Body & Flesh Matters – John 1:1-18
    23:00
  13. 21.
    Queer Theology Holiday Special
    9:40
  14. 22.
    The Hymn About Power – Luke 1:46b-55
    15:33
  15. 23.
    What is Good & Right – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
    29:18
  16. 24.
    What Type of Ancestor Are You? – 2 Peter 3:8-15
    22:28
  17. 25.
    Wake Up and Pay Attention – Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19
    20:48
  18. 26.
    Sheep and Goats – Matthew 25:31-46
    17:10
  19. 27.
    Gender Expansive Leadership – Judges 4:1-7
    26:17
  20. 28.
    Wisdom Is She – Wisdom of Sol 6:12-20
    19:50
  21. 29.
    Tuning Fork – Revelation 7:9-17
    23:02
  22. 30.
    Leviticus’ God – Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18
    19:11
  23. 31.
    It’s a Trap! – Matthew 22:15-22
    21:17
  24. 32.
    Coming Out Day: A Comforting Word – Philippians 4:1-9
    24:54
  25. 33.
    Safety vs. Being Saved – Philippians 3:4-14
    27:22
  26. 34.
    The Uncomfortable Path to Healing – Exodus 17:1-7
    24:44
  27. 35.
    Is Your Anger a Good Thing? – Jonah 3:10-4:11
    28:20
  28. 36.
    Get Off The Hamster Wheel – Romans 14:1-12
    22:07
  29. 37.
    Queer Sacred Space #throwback
    12:35
  30. 38.
    The Power of Queer Community – Romans 12:9-21
    19:23
  31. 39.
    Blackness, Queerness & Following Christ with Indigo and Beatrice
    13:58
  32. 40.
    What Is Our Salvation? – Isaiah 56:1, 6-8 & Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32
    33:20
  33. 41.
    What Do You Dream Of? – Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28
    26:40
  34. 42.
    Miracle or Mutual Aid – Matthew 14:13-21
    26:35
  35. 43.
    Learn & Change the World – 1 Kings 3:5-12
    26:04
  36. 44.
    Step Into Fear, Be Brave – Romans 8:12-25
    22:03
  37. 45.
    The Lamp, The Light, The Path – Psalm 119:105-112
    23:59
  38. 46.
    The Bible is Sexy AF – Song of Solomon 2:8-13
    25:24
  39. 47.
    Responding To The Call – Jeremiah 28:5-9 & Matthew 10:40-42
    29:33
  40. 48.
    Prophetic Troublemaking – Matthew 10:26-39
    31:38
  41. 49.
    Stand Firm and Be Saved – Matthew 9:35,10:8-23
    21:01
  42. 50.
    Original Blessing, Not Sin – 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 & Matthew 28:16-20
    26:52

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We received another question about polyamory, and we’re happy to be getting more and more of these types of questions because it means people are starting to get more comfortable talking about it! This listener from Tumblr is in a mono-poly relationship: meaning one is monogamous while the other one is poly. The listener asks, “Any advice on how we can both feel comfortable and able to be our full selves in the relationship?”

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We then queer the text from Acts 10 which had such a strong message about inclusivity. If people are going to start throwing texts against queer folks, they should learn from the books of Acts. Tune in to hear how we queer the text and what message it brings to queer folks and those who are continuing to do the work. 

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Polyamory and Christianity

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Videos: 

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What is Boundary?
\nOpen Relationship Rules
\nIs an open relationship right for me?

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Books mentioned:

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Building Open Relationships by Dr. Liz Powell
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Attached by Amir Levine and Rachel Heller 

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Acts 10:44-48

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While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell on everyone who heard the word. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. They heard them speaking in other languages and praising God. Peter asked, “These people have received the Holy Spirit just as we have. Surely no one can stop them from being baptized with water, can they?” He directed that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they invited Peter to stay for several days.

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In today’s episode, we respond to a listener question: They ask us to elaborate on how we interpret a couple of passages from Mark, John, and Romans. Tune in to hear our answers and why we think it’s not good to be distracted from the hard questions with all of these snippets of verses. 

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We then queered the text from 1 John 4:7-21, which ties in neatly with today’s listener question. We talked about how we all need to unhook our fear of an angry God or Hell. We are regarded as “good” just as we are and that there is nothing we can do for God not to love us anymore. We are called to do the work, be part of the community, love other people as a response out of love and not out of obligation. 

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Key takeaways:

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Links mentioned:

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Christianity Checklist?
\nIs It All About Getting Into Heaven?

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1 John 4:7-21

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Dear friends, let’s love each other, because love is from God, and everyone who loves is born from God and knows God. The person who doesn’t love does not know God, because God is love. This is how the love of God is revealed to us: God has sent his only Son into the world so that we can live through him. This is love: it is not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son as the sacrifice that deals with our sins.

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Dear friends, if God loved us this way, we also ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. If we love each other, God remains in us and his love is made perfect in us. This is how we know we remain in him and he remains in us, because he has given us a measure of his Spirit. We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the savior of the world. If any of us confess that Jesus is God’s Son, God remains in us and we remain in God. We have known and have believed the love that God has for us.

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God is love, and those who remain in love remain in God and God remains in them. This is how love has been perfected in us, so that we can have confidence on the Judgment Day, because we are exactly the same as God is in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear expects punishment. The person who is afraid has not been made perfect in love. We love because God first loved us. Those who say, “I love God” and hate their brothers or sisters are liars. After all, those who don’t love their brothers or sisters whom they have seen can hardly love God whom they have not seen! This commandment we have from him: Those who claim to love God ought to love their brother and sister also.

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Photo by Emmanuel Phaeton 

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Today’s listener question is about “deeds of the flesh” which includes anger and sensuality, and how perplexing it is. “Is sex not meant to be enjoyable? And what about when we just can’t help but get angry at a situation? Am I not allowed to be mad that I am being mistreated or something?” Tune in to find out what we think about this text and this question. 

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For this episode’s passage, we queered 1 John 3:16-24 and it feels good knowing that the salvation we learned growing up is different from what we’ve come to learn now. It’s a relief, truth be told. We also dive deeper into what it means to lay your life down for someone else and how the passage calls us to continue to do the work and help those in need.

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1 John 3:16-24

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This is how we know love: Jesus laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. But if someone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but refuses to help—how can the love of God dwell in a person like that?

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Little children, let’s not love with words or speech but with action and truth. This is how we will know that we belong to the truth and reassure our hearts in God’s presence. Even if our hearts condemn us, God is greater than our hearts and knows all things. Dear friends, if our hearts don’t condemn us, we have confidence in relationship to God. We receive whatever we ask from him because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. This is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love each other as he commanded us. Those who keep his commandments dwell in God and God dwells in them. This is how we know that he dwells in us, because of the Spirit he has given us.

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Welcome back to another episode! We hope you had a meaningful Holy Week amid the ongoing pandemic. Today we answer a listener question from Tumblr about the different ways that we feel love and how reading queerly can teach us about the various forms of queer love and family. 

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Then we queer the text from Luke 24:36-48. It talks about what happened after the resurrection and how the risen Christ made himself known to his disciples. We talked about how the divinity in each of us is recognized in the moment of Christ breaking the bread post-resurrection, how it calls us to continue the story by sharing what we’ve experienced that compelled us to do something good and new.

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Luke 24:36-48

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While they were saying these things, Jesus himself stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” They were terrified and afraid. They thought they were seeing a ghost.

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He said to them, “Why are you startled? Why are doubts arising in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet. It’s really me! Touch me and see, for a ghost doesn’t have flesh and bones like you see I have.” As he said this, he showed them his hands and feet. Because they were wondering and questioning in the midst of their happiness, he said to them, “Do you have anything to eat?” They gave him a piece of baked fish. Taking it, he ate it in front of them.

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Jesus said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the Law from Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures. He said to them, “This is what is written: the Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and a change of heart and life for the forgiveness of sins must be preached in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.

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In this episode, we answer a listener question asking for a possible lead on a devotional specifically created for queer married couples because most devotionals they’ve found are super “straight”.

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We then queered a text from Psalm 133 that talks about families having to live together. Queer folks know the difficulty of feeling they need to stay in the closet just to keep their families intact. Tune in to find out what we think of this text and how it should be interpreted. 

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Psalm 133

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Look at how good and pleasing it is

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    when families live together as one!

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 It is like expensive oil poured over the head,

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    running down onto the beard—

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        Aaron’s beard!—

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    which extended over the collar of his robes.

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 It is like the dew on Mount Hermon

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    streaming down onto the mountains of Zion,

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    because it is there that the Lord has commanded the blessing:

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        everlasting life.

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Wishing all our listeners a joyous Easter! We hope you celebrated the resurrection of Jesus the way that it was meant to be: boldly, filled with truth, and with your head held high!

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For the first time in the history of the Queer Theology Podcast, Fr. Shay recorded today’s episode alone. Tune in to find out where Brian is and why he wasn’t available to do the podcast. For now, enjoy this Easter reflection in audio version.

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The article used in today’s episode: Do You Believe In The Resurrection?

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As we celebrate this year’s Holy Week in the safe confines of our bubbles, we will be sharing resources throughout the week for you to include in your observance. We know it’s difficult to celebrate Holy Week away from your community or congregation, but there are tons of online gatherings that will connect us in the meantime. We wish everyone a happy, blessed, and safe Palm Sunday. 

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Key takeaways:

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Links Mentioned:

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Queer The Bible 7-Day Instagram Challenge
\nThe Politics of Palm Sunday

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Holy Week :

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Palm Sunday: What Happened and What Does It Mean
\nMaundy Thursday: Queering the Last Supper
\nGood Friday: Why Did Jesus Die?
\nSaturday: Is God Dead Today?
\nSunday: Do You Believe In The Resurrection?

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Photo by Brady Leavell

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It’s been a year since the pandemic shut the world and we’ve all been anxiously waiting for the curtains to unveil what might be in our future. It was also a year ago when Brian interviewed Rev. Jonathan Vanderbeck on Facebook to talk about handling anxiety and what that means for queer folks during the pandemic. Tune in to hear what Rev. Jonathan says about anxiety 1 year into this pandemic.

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The Rev. Jonathan Vanderbeck, LCSW (he/they) is an ordained minister in the Reformed Church in America, the oldest Protestant denomination in the United States, where he was the first openly gay, person-of-color ordained in his denomination, and is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of New York. They currently serve at the Interim Transitional Minister at Messiah Lutheran Church in Rotterdam, NY, and are also in practice at the Samaritan Counseling Center in Scotia. He has received extensive training in Bowen Family Systems Theory and is passionate about working with individuals and couples from a systemic perspective, working to help others see the anxiety around them. When they’re not working (and it’s not a global pandemic) you can find them drinking coffee at a coffee shop (extra dry cappuccino), cooking an elaborate meal, or hiking in the Adirondack mountains.

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Key takeaways:

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2020 Anxiety talk with Rev. Jonathan Vanderbeck – click here to watch it

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Rev. Jonathan Vanderbeck’s email: revjonathan16@gmail.com

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In this episode, we share a quick 365-day reflection from when the lockdown started. How are things going and what does the future look like? Watch out for next week’s episode where we talk to Rev. Jonathan on more ways to survive and thrive.

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We answer a question from a Sanctuary Collective member asking for our thoughts regarding Nan C. Merrill’s Psalms for Praying: An Invitation to Wholeness line which says, “My soul is being consumed with an intense longing to be blessed and sustained by You, O Divine Lover!” Tune in as we consider how sex and intimacy can be uncovered as we discuss the Divine.

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We queered the text from John 3:14-21 which holds one of the most, if not the most famous verse in the Bible. But we talk more about darkness and light, people’s actions and how complicated they are. 

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Key takeaways:

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If you’d like to be featured in future episodes, email your question or Bible passage suggestion to connect@queertheology.com

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John 3:14-21

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Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so must the Human One be lifted up so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life. God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him won’t perish but will have eternal life. God didn’t send his Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him isn’t judged; whoever doesn’t believe in him is already judged, because they don’t believe in the name of God’s only Son.

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“This is the basis for judgment: The light came into the world, and people loved darkness more than the light, for their actions are evil. All who do wicked things hate the light and don’t come to the light for fear that their actions will be exposed to the light. Whoever does the truth comes to the light so that it can be seen that their actions were done in God.”

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\nPhoto by Daniele D’Andreti

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In today’s episode, we answered a question from one of our Sanctuary Collective members about the Bible and how some use the Old Testament to promote abusive behaviors. “How do we call out Christians or Jews who use the OT to promote abusive behavior by individuals or nations without being anti Semitic?” Tune in to find out what we think about having to call out other groups. 

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We also queered the text from Exodus which most, if not all of our listeners are familiar with. It’s the text that talks about and enumerates the 10 commandments. It nicely ties up to the question we answered in today’s episode as well. 

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Key takeaways:

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Links mentioned in this episode:

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How to read the Bible – join the waitlist here

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All Theology Is Contextual – watch the video and read the article here

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Book mentioned: 

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The Bible With and Without Jesus by Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Brettler

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Rabbis:

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Rabbi Ruti Regan – https://twitter.com/RutiRegan
\nRabbi Danya Ruttenberg – https://twitter.com/TheRaDR
\nRabbi Sandra Lawson – https://twitter.com/rabbisandra

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Exodus 20:1-17

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Then God spoke all these words:

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I am the Lord your God who brought you out of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

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You must have no other gods before me.

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Do not make an idol for yourself—no form whatsoever—of anything in the sky above or on the earth below or in the waters under the earth. Do not bow down to them or worship them, because I, the Lord your God, am a passionate God. I punish children for their parents’ sins even to the third and fourth generations of those who hate me. But I am loyal and gracious to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.

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Do not use the Lord your God’s name as if it were of no significance; the Lord won’t forgive anyone who uses his name that way.

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Remember the Sabbath day and treat it as holy. Six days you may work and do all your tasks, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. Do not do any work on it—not you, your sons or daughters, your male or female servants, your animals, or the immigrant who is living with you. Because the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and everything that is in them in six days, but rested on the seventh day. That is why the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

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Honor your father and your mother so that your life will be long on the fertile land that the Lord your God is giving you.

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Do not kill.

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Do not commit adultery.

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Do not steal.

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Do not testify falsely against your neighbor.

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Do not desire and try to take your neighbor’s house. Do not desire and try to take your neighbor’s wife, male or female servant, ox, donkey, or anything else that belongs to your neighbor.

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\nPhoto by Levi Meir Clancy

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The question we received from Tumblr felt like it was created for Brian as he’s our resident expert on polyamory: “My partner and I are considering opening up our relationship due to differences in sex drive. I’m worried about the religious stuff surrounding that. Does the Bible say anything about polyamory?” Tune in to find out more about what the Bible says about polyamory.

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We also queered the text from Genesis and we can see queerness all over it. From the fact that God allows changing of names such as that of Abraham and Sarah, to showcasing the greatness of our lineage. This text shows where all of us came from and there’s so much holiness in it that no one can deny.

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Key takeaways:

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Links mentioned in this episode:

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Polyamory & Christianity

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Tricky Questions About Sex

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If you want to support the Patreon and help keep the podcast up and running, you can learn more and pledge your support at patreon.com/queertheology

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Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16

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When Abram was 99 years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am El Shaddai. Walk with me and be trustworthy. I will make a covenant between us and I will give you many, many descendants.” Abram fell on his face, and God said to him, “But me, my covenant is with you; you will be the ancestor of many nations. And because I have made you the ancestor of many nations, your name will no longer be Abram but Abraham. I will make you very fertile. I will produce nations from you, and kings will come from you. I will set up my covenant with you and your descendants after you in every generation as an enduring covenant. I will be your God and your descendants’ God after you.

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God said to Abraham, “As for your wife Sarai, you will no longer call her Sarai. Her name will now be Sarah. I will bless her and even give you a son from her. I will bless her so that she will become nations, and kings of peoples will come from her.”

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Photo by Jennifer-Ann Coffin-Grey

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In today’s episode, we answered a question from a listener about the Rapture and how we feel about it. “Do you ever get freaked out by the Rapture? I heard that it basically starts next year and it freaks me out a lot. What are your beliefs on the Rapture?” Tune in to listen to our answer. We think a lot of you will be able to relate. 

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We also queered a text from 1 Peter that tells us that God is NOT some bully in heaven who wanted Jesus to suffer and die. It gives us reassurance that salvation comes through the resurrection. 

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Key takeaways:

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Links mentioned in this episode:

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Dance Naked – click here to read
\nSanctuary Collective – click here to join

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If you want to support the Patreon and help keep the podcast up and running, you can learn more and pledge your support at patreon.com/queertheology

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If you’d like to be featured in future episodes, email your question or Bible passage suggestion to connect@queertheology.com

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1 Peter 3:18-22

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Christ himself suffered on account of sins, once for all, the righteous one on behalf of the unrighteous. He did this in order to bring you into the presence of God. Christ was put to death as a human, but made alive by the Spirit.  And it was by the Spirit that he went to preach to the spirits in prison.  In the past, these spirits were disobedient—when God patiently waited during the time of Noah. Noah built an ark in which a few (that is, eight) lives were rescued through water. Baptism is like that. It saves you now—not because it removes dirt from your body but because it is the mark of a good conscience toward God. Your salvation comes through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who is at God’s right side. Now that he has gone into heaven, he rules over all angels, authorities, and powers.

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Photo by Mads Schmidt Rasmussen

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This episode is a little different because the question that we received from Tumblr is about a specific text and so we’re going to approach this episode as a 2-in-1: queer the text and answer a listener question all at the same time. The question: is there really a right or wrong way of praying? What is the best way to talk to the divine and have we been doing it wrong all this time? Tune in to hear our answers. 

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Key takeaways:

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Check out or get a copy of Queers The Word here

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Matthew 6:5-14

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 “When you pray, don’t be like hypocrites. They love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners so that people will see them. I assure you, that’s the only reward they’ll get.  But when you pray, go to your room, shut the door, and pray to your Father who is present in that secret place. Your Father who sees what you do in secret will reward you. “When you pray, don’t pour out a flood of empty words, as the Gentiles do. They think that by saying many words they’ll be heard. Don’t be like them, because your Father knows what you need before you ask.  Pray like this: Our Father who is in heaven, uphold the holiness of your name. Bring in your kingdom so that your will is done on earth as it’s done in heaven. Give us the bread we need for today. Forgive us for the ways we have wronged you, just as we also forgive those who have wronged us. And don’t lead us into temptation, but rescue us from the evil one. “If you forgive others their sins, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

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In this episode, we answer a question from a listener: Emma asks about the kingdom of God or heaven. It’s a question that we’re certain a lot of you are asking in your head right now. Stay tuned to find out what we think about the where’s and when’s of the Kingdom of God. 

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We also queered the text from Isaiah which we are super happy to be able to talk about today. It also ties neatly into this week’s listener question. This text is a great reminder that God is indeed everywhere, one with us.

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Key takeaways:

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Isaiah 40:21-31

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Don’t you know? Haven’t you heard?

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    Wasn’t it announced to you from the beginning?

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    Haven’t you understood since the earth was founded?

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God inhabits the earth’s horizon—

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    its inhabitants are like locusts—

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    stretches out the skies like a curtain

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    and spreads it out like a tent for dwelling.

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    God makes dignitaries useless

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    and the earth’s judges into nothing.

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Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown,

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    scarcely is their shoot rooted in the earth

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    when God breathes on them, and they dry up;

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    the windstorm carries them off like straw.

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So to whom will you compare me,

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    and who is my equal? says the holy one.

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Look up at the sky and consider:

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    Who created these?

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    The one who brings out their attendants one by one,

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    summoning each of them by name.

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Because of God’s great strength

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    and mighty power, not one is missing.

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Why do you say, Jacob,

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    and declare, Israel,

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    “My way is hidden from the Lord,

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    my God ignores my predicament”?

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Don’t you know? Haven’t you heard?

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    The Lord is the everlasting God,

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    the creator of the ends of the earth.

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    He doesn’t grow tired or weary.

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His understanding is beyond human reach,

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    giving power to the tired

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    and reviving the exhausted.

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Youths will become tired and weary,

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    young men will certainly stumble;

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    but those who hope in the Lord

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    will renew their strength;

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    they will fly up on wings like eagles;

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    they will run and not be tired;

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    they will walk and not be weary.

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Photo by Marc-Olivier Jodoin

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The post God is Everywhere – Isaiah 40:21-31 appeared first on Queer Theology.

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In today’s episode, we answer a question from one of our listeners about figuring out ways to come out as Christian to their non-religious queer group or chosen family. “How do you ‘come out’ as Christian when you’re not even sure yourself about this Jesus guy, but you can’t seem to shake the faith off?”

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We queered the text from Mark 1:21-28. We adore the book of Mark because of how straight-forward it is. Jesus, in this text,  inspires people through his teachings. We love how Jesus is able to strike a chord with the people who were there to listen to him. This inspires us to be able to speak with authority and be able to reach out and touch the lives of more people. 

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Key takeaways:

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Mentioned in the episode:

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Faithful Sexuality Course registration is now open until February 5, 2021. Click here to register.

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If you want to support the Patreon and help keep the podcast up and running, you can learn more and pledge your support at patreon.com/queertheology

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If you’d like to be featured in future episodes, email your question or Bible passage suggestion to connect@queertheology.com

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Mark 1:21-28

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Jesus and his followers went into Capernaum. Immediately on the Sabbath Jesus entered the synagogue and started teaching. The people were amazed by his teaching, for he was teaching them with authority, not like the legal experts. Suddenly, there in the synagogue, a person with an evil spirit screamed, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are. You are the holy one from God.”

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“Silence!” Jesus said, speaking harshly to the demon. “Come out of him!” The unclean spirit shook him and screamed, then it came out.

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Everyone was shaken and questioned among themselves, “What’s this? A new teaching with authority! He even commands unclean spirits and they obey him!” Right away the news about him spread throughout the entire region of Galilee.

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Photo by Nick Fewings

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Today we answer an anonymous question from Tumblr about having to listen to their therapist go on about how being bi is wrong. The therapist is a Christian, but her opinion left our listener feeling depressed and scared about being outed by the therapist. “How can I escape this without outing myself or giving the therapist a chance to out me?”

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We also queered the text from Mark 1:14-20 where it revealed to us the possible reason for Jesus’ path into public ministry. This reason illuminates how our movements today are sometimes moved into action. It also showed us what a true follower is and what it entails to truly believe in Jesus. It’s not simply saying a prayer, but to go out into the world and do the work. 

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Key takeaways:

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Mentioned in the episode:

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Faithful Sexuality Course registration is now open until February 5, 2021. Click here to register.

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If you want to support the Patreon and help keep the podcast up and running, you can learn more and pledge your support at patreon.com/queertheology

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If you’d like to be featured in future episodes, email your question or Bible passage suggestion to connect@queertheology.com

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Mark 1:14-20

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After John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee announcing God’s good news, saying, “Now is the time! Here comes God’s kingdom! Change your hearts and lives, and trust this good news!” As Jesus passed alongside the Galilee Sea, he saw two brothers, Simon and Andrew, throwing fishing nets into the sea, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” he said, “and I’ll show you how to fish for people.” Right away, they left their nets and followed him. After going a little farther, he saw James and John, Zebedee’s sons, in their boat repairing the fishing nets. At that very moment, he called them. They followed him, leaving their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired workers.

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Photo by Devin Avery

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In today’s episode, we answer a listener question wondering about the concepts of sin and Hell, and how Christianity teaches about them. Does not checking a certain set of boxes make you less of a Christian and does that mean you’ll go to Hell? 

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We then queered the text from 1 Corinthians, one of the texts that is often used against us. It talks about sexual immorality and how our bodies are a  temple and should be treated as such. But it’s helpful to understand the history behind this text and how its writer, presumably Paul, might have some personal issues with his own body and with sex. More on that in today’s episode, so stay tuned.

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Key takeaways:

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Mentioned in the episode:

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If you want to support the Patreon and help keep the podcast up and running, you can learn more and pledge your support at patreon.com/queertheology

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If you’d like to be featured in future episodes, email your question or Bible passage suggestion to connect@queertheology.com

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1 Corinthians 6:12-20

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I have the freedom to do anything, but not everything is helpful. I have the freedom to do anything, but I won’t be controlled by anything.  Food is for the stomach and the stomach is for food, and yet God will do away with both. The body isn’t for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body.  God has raised the Lord and will raise us through his power. Don’t you know that your bodies are parts of Christ? So then, should I take parts of Christ and make them a part of someone who is sleeping around? No way!  Don’t you know that anyone who is joined to someone who is sleeping around is one body with that person? The scripture says, The two will become one flesh.  The one who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him. Avoid sexual immorality! Every sin that a person can do is committed outside the body, except those who engage in sexual immorality commit sin against their own bodies. Or don’t you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you? Don’t you know that you have the Holy Spirit from God, and you don’t belong to yourselves? You have been bought and paid for, so honor God with your body.

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Photo by Simon Rae

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Happy New Year! We hope you had a lovely NYE celebration, hopefully, safe and at home. 

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In today’s episode, we received a reader question on Tumblr asking how to be proud of who you truly are and still be a Christian despite learning that being queer is a sin. “Is there anything in the Bible on accepting yourself and being proud of who you are without it being vanity?” 

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We also queered the text from Acts which Fr. Shay loves because of how the early Christian community is messily and gloriously human. It also shows that if there is a compelling message or movement people always want to be part of it. Tune in to hear more of how we queered today’s text. 

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Key takeaways:

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Tricky Question About Sex Workshop: queertheology.com/trickyquestions

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Links mentioned:

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How to set Sexual Resolutions
\nSet Sexual Resolutions for New Year’s Resolutions
\nWhy Did Jesus Die?

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Some resources about Pride: My First Pride, PRIDE (SHAME) issue of Spit & Spirit, Coming Down From The Pride High
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Bible verses to remind you God loves you and cares about your well-being

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If you want to support the Patreon and help keep the podcast up and running, you can learn more and pledge your support at patreon.com/queertheology

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If you’d like to be featured in future episodes, email your question or Bible passage suggestion to connect@queertheology.com

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Acts 19:1-7

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While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul took a route through the interior and came to Ephesus, where he found some disciples. He asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you came to believe?”

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They replied, “We’ve not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”

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Then he said, “What baptism did you receive, then?”

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They answered, “John’s baptism.”

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Paul explained, “John baptized with a baptism by which people showed they were changing their hearts and lives. It was a baptism that told people about the one who was coming after him. This is the one in whom they were to believe. This one is Jesus.” After they listened to Paul, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking in other languages and prophesying. Altogether, there were about twelve people.

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Photo by Jeremy Bishop

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In today’s episode, we answer an anonymous reader question from Tumblr. The reader is a transfeminine nonbinary person who is scared to transition for fear of a transphobic family. “What should I do? Do I lose everything for me or do I suffer for others?” 

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We also queered the text from John 1:1-18 where we realize how similar the gospel is to Queer Theology and the work that we all do. We acknowledge the fact that there are congregations that read and understand the gospel of John in ways that it wasn’t meant to be understood. But more importantly, we recognize the beauty and boldness of what this text really means.  

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Key takeaways:

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Links mentioned:

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If you want to support the Patreon and help keep the podcast up and running, you can learn more and pledge your support at patreon.com/queertheology

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If you’d like to be featured in future episodes, email your question or Bible passage suggestion to connect@queertheology.com

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John 1:1-18

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In the beginning was the Word

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    and the Word was with God

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    and the Word was God.

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The Word was with God in the beginning.

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Everything came into being through the Word,

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    and without the Word

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    nothing came into being.

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What came into being

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    through the Word was life,

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    and the life was the light for all people.

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The light shines in the darkness,

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    and the darkness doesn’t extinguish the light.

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A man named John was sent from God. He came as a witness to testify concerning the light, so that through him everyone would believe in the light. He himself wasn’t the light, but his mission was to testify concerning the light.

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The true light that shines on all people

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    was coming into the world.

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The light was in the world,

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    and the world came into being through the light,

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        but the world didn’t recognize the light.

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The light came to his own people,

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    and his own people didn’t welcome him.

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But those who did welcome him,

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        those who believed in his name,

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    he authorized to become God’s children,

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        born not from blood

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        nor from human desire or passion,

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        but born from God.

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The Word became flesh

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    and made his home among us.

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We have seen his glory,

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    glory like that of a father’s only son,

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        full of grace and truth.

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John testified about him, crying out, “This is the one of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is greater than me because he existed before me.’”

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From his fullness we have all received grace upon grace;

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    as the Law was given through Moses,

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    so grace and truth came into being through Jesus Christ.

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No one has ever seen God.

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    God the only Son,

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        who is at the Father’s side,

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        has made God known.

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Photo by Cosmopolitano Music

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We are taking a quick break from the lectionary to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s. In today’s episode, we share how we celebrated Christmas and what our New Year’s Eve plans are. We also talk about our respective family traditions and of course, we also want to hear yours.

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Key takeaways:

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If you want to support the Patreon and help keep the podcast up and running, you can learn more and pledge your support at patreon.com/queertheology

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If you’d like to be featured in future episodes, email your question or Bible passage suggestion to connect@queertheology.com

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Photo by Roberto Nickson

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Today we answer a listener question about ways for affirming cishet adults to reach out to the LGBTQ+ community even if they have no queer friends. We share some insight to connecting with queer folks but also advise you to do some introspection. Why? Tune in to find out.

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We then queered the text from Luke 1:46b-55 and reflected on how Mary sings her praises to God and how the divine will overthrow those who are proud and arrogant. This is one of our favorite texts and you’ll find out why in today’s episode. 

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Key takeaways:

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If you’d like to be featured in future episodes, email your question or Bible passage suggestion to connect@queertheology.com

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Luke 1:46b-55

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Mary said,

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“With all my heart I glorify the Lord!

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    In the depths of who I am I rejoice in God my savior.

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He has looked with favor on the low status of his servant.

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    Look! From now on, everyone will consider me highly favored

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        because the mighty one has done great things for me.

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Holy is his name.

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    He shows mercy to everyone,

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        from one generation to the next,

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        who honors him as God.

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He has shown strength with his arm.

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    He has scattered those with arrogant thoughts and proud inclinations.

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    He has pulled the powerful down from their thrones

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        and lifted up the lowly.

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He has filled the hungry with good things

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    and sent the rich away empty-handed.

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He has come to the aid of his servant Israel,

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        remembering his mercy,

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    just as he promised to our ancestors,

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        to Abraham and to Abraham’s descendants forever.”

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Photo by Laura Allen

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In this episode, we answer a question from a listener and Sanctuary Collective member about money and how some churches, organizations, or congregations make their members feel guilty about giving small pledges or sometimes nothing at all. 

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We queered the text from 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 which ties back to the listener question of having the ability to make choices. How? You’ll have to stay tuned to find out. This passage was also Brian’s touchstone Bible passage as he was starting to question his sexuality. More of that in this episode. 

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Key takeaways:

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Link mentioned in this post:

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Self-care workshop

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Queers The Word Devotional

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If you want to support the Patreon and help keep the podcast up and running, you can learn more and pledge your support at patreon.com/queertheology

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If you’d like to be featured in future episodes, email your question or Bible passage suggestion to connect@queertheology.com

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1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

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Rejoice always. Pray continually. Give thanks in every situation because this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Don’t suppress the Spirit. Don’t brush off Spirit-inspired messages, but examine everything carefully and hang on to what is good. Avoid every kind of evil. Now, may the God of peace himself cause you to be completely dedicated to him; and may your spirit, soul, and body be kept intact and blameless at our Lord Jesus Christ’s coming.  The one who is calling you is faithful and will do this.

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Today’s question is from a Sanctuary Collective member who wanted to learn more about Revelation and its historical context. She also wants to know how learning about history would help make the book and its message more meaningful. Do we think Revelation should be taken literally? Tune in to find out.

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We also queered the text from 2 Peter that implies how we are to stay “pure” and wait for the “new heaven” and “new earth”. You already know that we’re going to relate this text to being queer and the work that we do. And while that’s not surprising, you might be surprised by how this text isn’t what it seems.

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Key takeaways:

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Link mentioned in this post:

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Self-study course: Journey into the Bible 

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2 Peter 3:8-15

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Don’t let it escape your notice, dear friends, that with the Lord a single day is like a thousand years and a thousand years are like a single day. The Lord isn’t slow to keep his promise, as some think of slowness, but he is patient toward you, not wanting anyone to perish but all to change their hearts and lives. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. On that day the heavens will pass away with a dreadful noise, the elements will be consumed by fire, and the earth and all the works done on it will be exposed.

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Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be? You must live holy and godly lives, waiting for and hastening the coming day of God. Because of that day, the heavens will be destroyed by fire and the elements will melt away in the flames. But according to his promise we are waiting for a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness is at home.

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Therefore, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found by him in peace—pure and faultless. Consider the patience of our Lord to be salvation, just as our dear friend and brother Paul wrote to you according to the wisdom given to him,

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In today’s episode, we received a reader question from Tumblr about the Bible not mentioning queer folks. “…if acting out a queer lifestyle is wanted by God, why does he never includes them specifically while talking about relationships? Like, he talks about marriage between man and woman and the specific moral standards of that.” The reader was wondering how come God doesn’t mention gays or lesbians. Tune in for our answer.

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We also queered a passage from Psalms and we love how this book, in particular, shows the broadness of human emotions instead of only showing fun and joy. This passage also reminds us how much the Bible is written for us queer folks and what Jesus is asking of us.

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Key takeaways:

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Link mentioned in this post:
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Self care workshop

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Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19

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Shepherd of Israel, listen!

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    You, the one who leads Joseph as if he were a sheep.

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    You, who are enthroned upon the winged heavenly creatures.

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Show yourself before Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh!

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    Wake up your power!

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    Come to save us!

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Restore us, God!

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    Make your face shine so that we can be saved!

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Lord God of heavenly forces,

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    how long will you fume against your people’s prayer?

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You’ve fed them bread made of tears;

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    you’ve given them tears to drink three times over!

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You’ve put us at odds with our neighbors;

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    our enemies make fun of us.

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Restore us, God of heavenly forces!

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    Make your face shine so that we can be saved!

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Let your hand be with the one on your right side—

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    with the one whom you secured as your own—

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    then we will not turn away from you!

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Revive us so that we can call on your name.

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    Restore us, Lord God of heavenly forces!

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    Make your face shine so that we can be saved!

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Today, we answer a reader question from Tumblr who is trying to find peace with being gay. This reader is asking for us to prove that being gay is not a sin after reading an article from AnswersinGenesis that refutes everything that gay Christians have said. “I’m a same-sex attracted Christian who has felt suicidal about it forever. I wish I could find absolute truth about it and be at peace.”

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As for queering the text this week, we are trying something new by reading a selection from Queers the Word. It fits perfectly with today’s text from Matthew 25:31-46. Tune in for a sampler of our 40-day devotional Queers the Word and a queer look at the way God will separate “the sheep” from “the goats.”

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Key takeaways:

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Link mentioned in this post:

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Pick up a copy of Queers The Word here

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Matthew 25:31-46

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“Now when the Human One comes in his majesty and all his angels are with him, he will sit on his majestic throne. All the nations will be gathered in front of him. He will separate them from each other, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right side. But the goats he will put on his left.

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“Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who will receive good things from my Father. Inherit the kingdom that was prepared for you before the world began. I was hungry and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me. I was naked and you gave me clothes to wear. I was sick and you took care of me. I was in prison and you visited me.’

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“Then those who are righteous will reply to him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink? When did we see you as a stranger and welcome you, or naked and give you clothes to wear? When did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’

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“Then the king will reply to them, ‘I assure you that when you have done it for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you have done it for me.’

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“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Get away from me, you who will receive terrible things. Go into the unending fire that has been prepared for the devil and his angels. I was hungry and you didn’t give me food to eat. I was thirsty and you didn’t give me anything to drink. I was a stranger and you didn’t welcome me. I was naked and you didn’t give me clothes to wear. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’

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“Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison and didn’t do anything to help you?’ Then he will answer, ‘I assure you that when you haven’t done it for one of the least of these, you haven’t done it for me.’ And they will go away into eternal punishment. But the righteous ones will go into eternal life.”

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In today’s episode, we answer a listener question from Tumblr asking for book recommendations for their mom to read. While we share some really good books that we think are going to help anyone who wants to learn more about queerness, we also want you to check first if that’s something your parent wants.

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We then queer the text from Judges which celebrates people who defy gender norms. We read about Deborah who was the leader of Israel at that time. Why is that important to note? Remember that women were considered inferior and were not to hold any high positions, but in this text, the leader was Deborah — a woman.

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Judges 4:1-7

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After Ehud had died, the Israelites again did things that the Lord saw as evil. So the Lord gave them over to King Jabin of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor. The commander of his army was Sisera, and he was stationed in Harosheth-ha-goiim. The Israelites cried out to the Lord because Sisera had nine hundred iron chariots and had oppressed the Israelites cruelly for twenty years.

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Now Deborah, a prophet, the wife of Lappidoth, was a leader of Israel at that time. She would sit under Deborah’s palm tree between Ramah and Bethel in the Ephraim highlands, and the Israelites would come to her to settle disputes. She sent word to Barak, Abinoam’s son, from Kedesh in Naphtali and said to him, “Hasn’t the Lord, Israel’s God, issued you a command? ‘Go and assemble at Mount Tabor, taking ten thousand men from the people of Naphtali and Zebulun with you. I’ll lure Sisera, the commander of Jabin’s army, to assemble with his chariots and troops against you at the Kishon River, and then I’ll help you overpower him.’”

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Today we answer a listener question from someone who has recently reconnected with her faith. While she is building this renewed relationship with the divine, she worries about her partner who has negative attitudes towards religion. She asks, “What is the best way to encourage your partner to reconsider their stance on their faith especially when they, like so many of us, have been very hurt by religion? Or is it better to just let it be?”

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We also queer a text from a book that we haven’t covered before in the many years that we’ve been doing this podcast. In this episode, we queer Wisdom of Solomon, and Fr. Shay gives a short explanation of what this book is all about, especially to our non-Roman Catholic listeners. And of course, we explain how this passage relates to the queer community and the work that we’ve been doing. 

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Wisdom of Sol 6:12-20

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Wisdom is bright and unfading. She readily appears to those who love her. She’s found by those who keep seeking after her. She makes herself known even in advance to those who desire her with all their hearts. Someone who awakens before dawn to look for her will find her already sitting at the door. Taking wisdom to heart is the way to bring your thinking to maturity. The one who can’t sleep at night because he’s consumed with thinking about her will soon be free from worry.

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She herself goes about looking for those who are worthy of her. She graciously makes herself known to them as they travel. She comes to them in each of the ideas that they think.

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The real beginning of wisdom is to desire instruction with all your heart. Love for instruction expresses itself in careful reflection. If you love Wisdom, you will keep her laws. If you are attentive to her laws, you can be assured that you will live forever. If you live forever, you will be near to God. If you desire wisdom with all your heart, you will know what good leadership is.

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In today’s episode, we answer a question sent through our email. This listener works in a homeless shelter where she finds some of the people she works with and serves are anti-queer. She wants to know how to be kind and warm to the oppressed and suffering when others are hateful and dismissive comments of queer folks. “As a queer person, that can be difficult to swallow. How do I respond to these things in a way that is constructive and kind?” 

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If you’re a regular listener, you’ll notice that we don’t look at Revelation often but today is an exemption. Tune in to find out how Fr. Shay changed Brian’s mind about featuring this passage and how we queer this text from Revelation. This wild and wacky from the last book of the Christian Bible has a surprising amount of relevance for the LGBTQ community today.

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Revelation 7:9-17

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After this I looked, and there was a great crowd that no one could number. They were from every nation, tribe, people, and language. They were standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They wore white robes and held palm branches in their hands. They cried out with a loud voice:

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          “Victory belongs to our God

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          who sits on the throne,

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          and to the Lamb.”

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All the angels stood in a circle around the throne, and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell facedown before the throne and worshipped God, saying,

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          “Amen! Blessing and glory

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          and wisdom and thanksgiving

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          and honor and power and might

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          be to our God forever and always. Amen.”

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Then one of the elders said to me, “Who are these people wearing white robes, and where did they come from?”

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I said to him, “Sir, you know.”

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Then he said to me, “These people have come out of great hardship. They have washed their robes and made them white in the Lamb’s blood. This is the reason they are before God’s throne. They worship him day and night in his temple, and the one seated on the throne will shelter them. They won’t hunger or thirst anymore. No sun or scorching heat will beat down on them, because the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them. He will lead them to the springs of life-giving water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

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Today we respond to a reader question: what’s the real deal with sexual ethics? They think that God is obsessed with virginity and that a woman (who slept with someone) is usually compared to a chewed up gum, a plucked rose, and so on. “Does God care that much about premarital sex when dating as it is?”

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We then queer the text from Leviticus that shows a God who is filled with kindness and justice. Who calls on us to be just and good to other people, and to not hold grudges or take revenge.

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Key takeaways:

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Links mentioned:

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What Promiscuity Taught Me about God’s Love

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queertheology.com/sex

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Homosexuality In The Bible: Leviticus

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Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18

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The Lord said to Moses, Say to the whole community of the Israelites: You must be holy, because I, the Lord your God, am holy.

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You must not act unjustly in a legal case. Do not show favoritism to the poor or deference to the great; you must judge your fellow Israelites fairly. Do not go around slandering your people. Do not stand by while your neighbor’s blood is shed; I am the Lord. You must not hate your fellow Israelite in your heart. Rebuke your fellow Israelite strongly, so you don’t become responsible for his sin. You must not take revenge nor hold a grudge against any of your people; instead, you must love your neighbor as yourself; I am the Lord.

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In today’s episode, we answer a question from a listener about Hillsong worship songs. Now if you’ve been listening to us for some time, you might remember Brian saying that their lyrics are violent, abusive, and pretty terrible. The listener goes on to ask if it’s a “general feature of this branch of Christianity/evangelicalism?” Tune in to hear our answer.

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We also queer the text from Matthew that talks about the Pharisees and how they planned on trapping Jesus with his words. They failed miserably at it. We share in this episode how disingenuous the Pharisees were with their question. How their ultimate goal was to use Jesus’ words against him. We also share how this passage relates to LGBTQ Christians (of course!)  

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Key takeaways:

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Links mentioned:

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Atonement webinar: queertheology.com/whydidjesusdie

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Name That Tune: Christian Music Edition

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LGBTQ Christian Worship Music:

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If you want to support the Patreon and help keep the podcast up and running, you can learn more and pledge your support at patreon.com/queertheology

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If you’d like to be featured in future episodes, email your question or Bible passage suggestion to connect@queertheology.com

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Matthew 22:15-22

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Then the Pharisees met together to find a way to trap Jesus in his words. They sent their disciples, along with the supporters of Herod, to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are genuine and that you teach God’s way as it really is. We know that you are not swayed by people’s opinions, because you don’t show favoritism. So tell us what you think: Does the Law allow people to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”

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Knowing their evil motives, Jesus replied, “Why do you test me, you hypocrites? Show me the coin used to pay the tax.” And they brought him a denarion. “Whose image and inscription is this?” he asked.

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“Caesar’s,” they replied.

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Then he said, “Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” When they heard this they were astonished, and they departed.

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Photo by Masaaki Komori 

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Happy National Coming Out Day! For those who haven’t come out yet, still deciding or about to, we will pray for you and we are with you in spirit. In keeping with National Coming Out Day our listener question from Tumblr is all about just that — coming out. This person is asking for any advice on coming out to a possibly unaffirming family. 

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We then queer the text from Philippians that we are pretty sure you’ve seen all over inspirational images, home decors, and coffee mugs. So you might wonder, how do we queer this? Tune in to find out and it might even be surprised.

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Key takeaways:

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Helpful Resources:

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Resources on coming out
\n3-part video series on self-care around unaffirming family

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If you want to support the Patreon and help keep the podcast up and running, you can learn more and pledge your support at patreon.com/queertheology

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If you’d like to be featured in future episodes, email your question or Bible passage suggestion to connect@queertheology.com

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Philippians 4:1-9

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Therefore, my brothers and sisters whom I love and miss, who are my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord.

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Loved ones, I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to come to an agreement in the Lord. Yes, and I’m also asking you, loyal friend, to help these women who have struggled together with me in the ministry of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my coworkers whose names are in the scroll of life.

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Be glad in the Lord always! Again I say, be glad! Let your gentleness show in your treatment of all people. The Lord is near. Don’t be anxious about anything; rather, bring up all of your requests to God in your prayers and petitions, along with giving thanks. Then the peace of God that exceeds all understanding will keep your hearts and minds safe in Christ Jesus.THe 

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From now on, brothers and sisters, if anything is excellent and if anything is admirable, focus your thoughts on these things: all that is true, all that is holy, all that is just, all that is pure, all that is lovely, and all that is worthy of praise. Practice these things: whatever you learned, received, heard, or saw in us. The God of peace will be with you.

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Photo by Sharon McCutcheon

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Today we answer a listener question about the pushback around the use of the word “queer” and how their pastors felt uncomfortable and strongly preferred LGBTQIA+ instead. “Yet, some sources are saying that it is exclusively for those questioning, gender fluid, or not adopting of a specific label.“ Tune in to hear our answer and let us know if you’ve experienced this pushback yourself.

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We also queer a text from Philippians which holds a very important message of our frailty as humans to intellectualize the way we connect with the divine. That we expect a certain connection to God because we believe that we are righteous and that we’ve done our “work”. This message underlines the importance of knowing what connection and relationship we are really looking at with the divine. 

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Key takeaways:

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If you want to support the Patreon and help keep the podcast up and running, you can learn more and pledge your support at patreon.com/queertheology

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If you’d like to be featured in future episodes, email your question or Bible passage suggestion to connect@queertheology.com

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Philippians 3:4b-14

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Though I have good reason to have this kind of confidence. If anyone else has reason to put their confidence in physical advantages, I have even more:

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I was circumcised on the eighth day.

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I am from the people of Israel and the tribe of Benjamin.

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I am a Hebrew of the Hebrews.

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With respect to observing the Law, I’m a Pharisee.

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With respect to devotion to the faith, I harassed the church.

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With respect to righteousness under the Law, I’m blameless.

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These things were my assets, but I wrote them off as a loss for the sake of Christ. But even beyond that, I consider everything a loss in comparison with the superior value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. I have lost everything for him, but what I lost I think of as sewer trash, so that I might gain Christ and be found in him. In Christ I have a righteousness that is not my own and that does not come from the Law but rather from the faithfulness of Christ. It is the righteousness of God that is based on faith. The righteousness that I have comes from knowing Christ, the power of his resurrection, and the participation in his sufferings. It includes being conformed to his death so that I may perhaps reach the goal of the resurrection of the dead.

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It’s not that I have already reached this goal or have already been perfected, but I pursue it, so that I may grab hold of it because Christ grabbed hold of me for just this purpose. Brothers and sisters, I myself don’t think I’ve reached it, but I do this one thing: I forget about the things behind me and reach out for the things ahead of me. The goal I pursue is the prize of God’s upward call in Christ Jesus.

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Photo by Vaishakh pillai

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In today’s episode, we answer a question from one of our listeners, “Why do LGBTQ individuals need to be the light?” While it’s an honor to be viewed as such, our answer might surprise you — or not, so tune in for that. 

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We also queer the text from Exodus which is relatable not only at a macro level but also on a personal level. This text clearly illuminates the frailty and weakness of humans especially around the concepts of being patient and desiring comfort all the time. 

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Key takeaways:

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Link(s) mentioned in this episode:

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Transfigured: A Course in Trans Theology: queertheology.com/enroll

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If you want to support the Patreon and help keep the podcast up and running, you can learn more and pledge your support at patreon.com/queertheology

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If you’d like to be featured in future episodes, email your question or Bible passage suggestion to connect@queertheology.com

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Exodus 17:1-7

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The whole Israelite community broke camp and set out from the Sin desert to continue their journey, as the Lord commanded. They set up their camp at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. The people argued with Moses and said, “Give us water to drink.”

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Moses said to them, “Why are you arguing with me? Why are you testing the Lord?”

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But the people were very thirsty for water there, and they complained to Moses, “Why did you bring us out of Egypt to kill us, our children, and our livestock with thirst?”

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So Moses cried out to the Lord, “What should I do with this people? They are getting ready to stone me.”

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The Lord said to Moses, “Go on ahead of the people, and take some of Israel’s elders with you. Take in your hand the shepherd’s rod that you used to strike the Nile River, and go. I’ll be standing there in front of you on the rock at Horeb. Hit the rock. Water will come out of it, and the people will be able to drink.” Moses did so while Israel’s elders watched. He called the place Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites argued with and tested the Lord, asking, “Is the Lord really with us or not?”

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Photo by Aarón Blanco Tejedor

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Happy Bisexuality Day!!! 

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So to celebrate that, let’s start today’s episode by answering a listener question from a bi woman. While she is in a great relationship with a straight man, she sometimes likes to look at pictures of naked women — which her partner finds healthy, by the way. Her concern stems from a Bible passage that says, “if you look at a woman in lust you’ve already committed adultery in your heart.”  She adds: “Because when I look at pictures of a woman’s boobs I don’t actually have any true desire to have sex with her, it’s just a moment of fantasy, and I don’t know if indulging in that fantasy is wrong.”

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Then, we queer a very interesting text from Jonah in which you’ll see a petulant Jonah who God matched at being petty, too. We then call out those who have been against the LGTBQ community and have turned an abrupt 360 only after someone in their family comes out. We unpack so much in this episode so make sure you don’t miss it. 

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Key takeaways:

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Link(s) mentioned in this episode:
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Transfigured: A Course in Trans Theology: queertheology.com/enroll

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QueerTheology.com/community

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If you want to support the Patreon and help keep the podcast up and running, you can learn more and pledge your support at patreon.com/queertheology

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If you’d like to be featured in future episodes, email your question or Bible passage suggestion to connect@queertheology.com

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Jonah 3:10-4:11

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God saw what they were doing—that they had ceased their evil behavior. So God stopped planning to destroy them, and he didn’t do it.

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But Jonah thought this was utterly wrong, and he became angry. He prayed to the Lord, “Come on, Lord! Wasn’t this precisely my point when I was back in my own land? This is why I fled to Tarshish earlier! I know that you are a merciful and compassionate God, very patient, full of faithful love, and willing not to destroy. At this point, Lord, you may as well take my life from me, because it would be better for me to die than to live.”

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The Lord responded, “Is your anger a good thing?” But Jonah went out from the city and sat down east of the city. There he made himself a hut and sat under it, in the shade, to see what would happen to the city.

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Then the Lord God provided a shrub, and it grew up over Jonah, providing shade for his head and saving him from his misery. Jonah was very happy about the shrub. But God provided a worm the next day at dawn, and it attacked the shrub so that it died. Then as the sun rose God provided a dry east wind, and the sun beat down on Jonah’s head so that he became faint. He begged that he might die, saying, “It’s better for me to die than to live.”

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God said to Jonah, “Is your anger about the shrub a good thing?”

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Jonah said, “Yes, my anger is good—even to the point of death!”

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But the Lord said, “You ‘pitied’ the shrub, for which you didn’t work and which you didn’t raise; it grew in a night and perished in a night. Yet for my part, can’t I pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than one hundred twenty thousand people who can’t tell their right hand from their left, and also many animals?”

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Photo by Matthew Brodeur

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In today’s episode, we answer a reader question from Tumblr. He thinks that religions started out as anti-LGBT and over time many of them changed their views and became affirming. He wants to know: even though a lot of these religions are now advocates and allies of LGBTQ+ people, how can we be certain that being LGBTQ is not a sin considering that religious history? 

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We also queer a text from Romans: It’s one of those passages that often gets used against queer and trans folks, but don’t worry, that’s not the path that we’re going for today. What does it mean to be “weak in faith” and how does being LGBTQ fit in (or not) with that? Tune in to hear our take.

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Key takeaways:

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Link(s) mentioned in this episode:

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LIVE from Q Christian Fellowship Conference with Sarah Ngu of Church Clarity
\nQueertheology.com/is-it-ok
\nQueerTheology.com/community

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If you want to support the Patreon and help keep the podcast up and running, you can learn more and pledge your support at patreon.com/queertheology

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If you’d like to be featured in future episodes, email your question or Bible passage suggestion to connect@queertheology.com

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Romans 14:1-12

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Welcome the person who is weak in faith—but not in order to argue about differences of opinion. One person believes in eating everything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Those who eat must not look down on the ones who don’t, and the ones who don’t eat must not judge the ones who do, because God has accepted them. Who are you to judge someone else’s servants? They stand or fall before their own Lord (and they will stand, because the Lord has the power to make them stand). One person considers some days to be more sacred than others, while another person considers all days to be the same. Each person must have their own convictions. Someone who thinks that a day is sacred, thinks that way for the Lord. Those who eat, eat for the Lord, because they thank God. And those who don’t eat, don’t eat for the Lord, and they thank the Lord too.  We don’t live for ourselves and we don’t die for ourselves. If we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we belong to God.  This is why Christ died and lived: so that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living. But why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you look down on your brother or sister? We all will stand in front of the judgment seat of God. Because it is written,

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As I live, says the Lord, every knee will bow to me,

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    and every tongue will give praise to God.

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So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.

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Photo by Logan Fisher

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Once in a while, we have those off days/weeks when things don’t go according to plan and it’s alright. What’s important is that we all take things in stride and move along whatever obstacles have been thrown our path, and that’s what we are doing this week.

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In today’s episode, we are sharing a throwback episode where we took a break from the regular lectionary to talk about queer sacred sites. Two years ago, Brian released a video about his experience on Fire Island and how he realized that it’s a sacred place. Fr. Shay talks about his holy experience at a small-town gay bar. And we invite you to consider the sacred sites, rituals, and experiences in your life that might have gone unnoticed before.

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Learn how to queer the Bible and tell your own queer, Christian stories like this.

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Key takeaways:

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The video mentioned in this episode:

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Queer Sacred Sites: Fire Island

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Link(s) mentioned in this episode:

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QueerTheology.com/community
\nQueer Theology YouTube Channel

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If you want to support the Patreon and help keep the podcast up and running, you can learn more and pledge your support at patreon.com/queertheology

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If you’d like to be featured in future episodes, email your question or Bible passage suggestion to connect@queertheology.com

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Photo by Juliette F

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We received a listener question via Twitter and it’s one that’s very timely with the unusual times we’re in right now. “How do we minister to the sick and those in need during this pandemic?” Tune in to hear what our answer was.

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And then we queer the text from Romans which also nicely ties into our listener’s question. We are reminded so much of the queer community and how we’ve fought against the oppressors and how we are still doing the work of taking care of others. How about you? How does this resonate with you?

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Romans 12:9-21

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Love should be shown without pretending. Hate evil, and hold on to what is good. Love each other like the members of your family. Be the best at showing honor to each other. Don’t hesitate to be enthusiastic—be on fire in the Spirit as you serve the Lord! Be happy in your hope, stand your ground when you’re in trouble, and devote yourselves to prayer. Contribute to the needs of God’s people, and welcome strangers into your home. Bless people who harass you—bless and don’t curse them. Be happy with those who are happy, and cry with those who are crying. Consider everyone as equal, and don’t think that you’re better than anyone else. Instead, associate with people who have no status. Don’t think that you’re so smart. Don’t pay back anyone for their evil actions with evil actions, but show respect for what everyone else believes is good.

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If possible, to the best of your ability, live at peace with all people. Don’t try to get revenge for yourselves, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath. It is written, Revenge belongs to me; I will pay it back, says the Lord. Instead, If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink. By doing this, you will pile burning coals of fire upon his head. Don’t be defeated by evil, but defeat evil with good.

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Today is a very special podcast episode as we are joined by Indigo and Beatrice who share their personal stories about being black, in an interracial marriage, being queer, and developing a relationship with Christ.

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Indigo joined us in a past episode (link below) and we’re thrilled that she wanted to come back, and with a plus 1. Indigo and Beatrice share their passion for the Black Lives Matter movement and how it translates to their relationship. So make sure you stay tuned.

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A reader asked us if there’s any truth to this statement from his favorite drama series Greenleaf, The only way to work on the church is to be in it.”Do LGBTQ folks just endure the anxiety, stress, and judgment that non-affirming churches and its members bring on us in order to bring about change? We answer that, and more, in today’s episode.

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We also queer 2 passages — 1 from Isaiah, 1 from Romans — that talk about our salvation: what is it, how do we achieve it, and the work that still needs to be done. We are reminded that God has the heart for justice and we are called to be part of that work. Make sure you stay tuned.

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Isaiah 56:1, 6-8

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The Lord says:

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    Act justly and do what is righteous,

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    because my salvation is coming soon,

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    and my righteousness will be revealed.

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The immigrants who have joined me,

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    serving me and loving my name, becoming my servants,

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    everyone who keeps the Sabbath without making it impure,

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    and those who hold fast to my covenant:

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   I will bring them to my holy mountain,

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    and bring them joy in my house of prayer.

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    I will accept their entirely burned offerings and sacrifices on my altar.

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    My house will be known as a house of prayer for all peoples,

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        says the Lord God,

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    who gathers Israel’s outcasts.

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I will gather still others to those I have already gathered.

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Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32

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So I ask you, has God rejected his people? Absolutely not! I’m an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. God hasn’t rejected his people, whom he knew in advance. Or don’t you know what the scripture says in the case of Elijah, when he pleads with God against Israel?

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God’s gifts and calling can’t be taken back. Once you were disobedient to God, but now you have mercy because they were disobedient. In the same way, they have also been disobedient because of the mercy that you received, so now they can receive mercy too. God has locked up all people in disobedience, in order to have mercy on all of them.

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Photo by Mic Narra

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In today’s episode, we answer a very interesting Tumblr question on why Christians continue to throw Leviticus verses and clobber passages against queer folks. “…if the Old Testament laws were abolished why do Christians continue to use them so intensely against us?”

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We then queer the text from Genesis about Joseph and his envious brothers. Joseph of Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat fame who was then sold to Midianite traders because his siblings couldn’t tolerate their jealousy anymore. But how do we, queer folks, interpret this passage? Make sure you stay tuned. 

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Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28

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Jacob lived in the land of Canaan where his father was an immigrant. This is the account of Jacob’s descendants. Joseph was 17 years old and tended the flock with his brothers. While he was helping the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father’s wives, Joseph told their father unflattering things about them. Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons because he was born when Jacob was old. Jacob had made for him a long robe. When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of his brothers, they hated him and couldn’t even talk nicely to him.

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Joseph’s brothers went to tend their father’s flocks near Shechem. Israel said to Joseph, “Aren’t your brothers tending the sheep near Shechem? Come, I’ll send you to them.”

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And he said, “I’m ready.”

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Jacob said to him, “Go! Find out how your brothers are and how the flock is, and report back to me.”

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So Jacob sent him from the Hebron Valley. When he approached Shechem, a man found him wandering in the field and asked him, “What are you looking for?”

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Joseph said, “I’m looking for my brothers. Tell me, where are they tending the sheep?”

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The man said, “They left here. I heard them saying, ‘Let’s go to Dothan.’” So Joseph went after his brothers and found them in Dothan.

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They saw Joseph in the distance before he got close to them, and they plotted to kill him. The brothers said to each other, “Here comes the big dreamer. Come on now, let’s kill him and throw him into one of the cisterns, and we’ll say a wild animal devoured him. Then we will see what becomes of his dreams!”

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When Reuben heard what they said, he saved him from them, telling them, “Let’s not take his life.” Reuben said to them, “Don’t spill his blood! Throw him into this desert cistern, but don’t lay a hand on him.” He intended to save Joseph from them and take him back to his father.

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When Joseph reached his brothers, they stripped off Joseph’s long robe, took him, and threw him into the cistern, an empty cistern with no water in it. When they sat down to eat, they looked up and saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead, with camels carrying sweet resin, medicinal resin, and fragrant resin on their way down to Egypt. Judah said to his brothers, “What do we gain if we kill our brother and hide his blood? Come on, let’s sell him to the Ishmaelites. Let’s not harm him because he’s our brother; he’s family.” His brothers agreed. When some Midianite traders passed by, they pulled Joseph up out of the cistern. They sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver, and they brought Joseph to Egypt.

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Today’s listener question is something that we know a lot of people can relate to, but might be too afraid or shy to ask about. It deals with the guilt of masturbation and watching porn. “My main concern is that I have prayed to God asking for forgiveness… even made several promises that I end up breaking. What should I do?”

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Then we queer a well-known text from Matthew: the story of Jesus feeding 5,000 people. This is a really beautiful story of people taking care of each other and of sharing what they have. It’s also worth noting that this is what we queer folks do. We provide shelter for those who have been kicked out of their homes, we give what we can give to help someone pay for medical expenses, and we’re just basically each other’s support system. 

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Matthew 14:13-21

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When Jesus heard about John, he withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself. When the crowds learned this, they followed him on foot from the cities. When Jesus arrived and saw a large crowd, he had compassion for them and healed those who were sick. That evening his disciples came and said to him, “This is an isolated place and it’s getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go into the villages and buy food for themselves.”

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But Jesus said to them, “There’s no need to send them away. You give them something to eat.”

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They replied, “We have nothing here except five loaves of bread and two fish.”

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He said, “Bring them here to me.” He ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. He took the five loaves of bread and the two fish, looked up to heaven, blessed them and broke the loaves apart and gave them to his disciples. Then the disciples gave them to the crowds. Everyone ate until they were full, and they filled twelve baskets with the leftovers. About five thousand men plus women and children had eaten.

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A listener wants to know “How do you move past the difficulty of reconciling gender issues found in the Bible? How can you simply focus on Jesus and the faith that you are keeping or trying to build?” We answer that question, but maybe not in the way you’re expecting.

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We also queer a text from 1 Kings where we are reminded, through Solomon, that wisdom and ability to discern are far more valuable than any worldly treasures. There’s also a reminder to first take the time to learn, grow yourself… and then, change the world.

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1 Kings 3:5-12

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The Lord appeared to Solomon at Gibeon in a dream at night. God said, “Ask whatever you wish, and I’ll give it to you.”

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Solomon responded, “You showed so much kindness to your servant my father David when he walked before you in truth, righteousness, and with a heart true to you. You’ve kept this great loyalty and kindness for him and have now given him a son to sit on his throne. And now, Lord my God, you have made me, your servant, king in my father David’s place. But I’m young and inexperienced. I know next to nothing. But I’m here, your servant, in the middle of the people you have chosen, a large population that can’t be numbered or counted due to its vast size. Please give your servant a discerning mind in order to govern your people and to distinguish good from evil, because no one is able to govern this important people of yours without your help.”

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It pleased the Lord that Solomon had made this request. God said to him, “Because you have asked for this instead of requesting long life, wealth, or victory over your enemies—asking for discernment so as to acquire good judgment— I will now do just what you said. Look, I hereby give you a wise and understanding mind. There has been no one like you before now, nor will there be anyone like you afterward.

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In your faith journey, when did you notice the Bible’s inaccuracies and contradictions? Did this somehow challenge your faith? Today we answer a question from a Patreon supporter who wonders “How does one keep one’s faith when the gospels are so discrepant?” 

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Then, we queer the text from Romans that is very timely with the pandemic and how some are acting in selfish ways. It also reminds us to step into, and even celebrate, freedom where we have it rather than focusing on the fear of losing it. Embrace the fear and use it to motivate you to continue to do the work.

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Romans 8:12-25

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So then, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation, but it isn’t an obligation to ourselves to live our lives on the basis of selfishness. If you live on the basis of selfishness, you are going to die. But if by the Spirit you put to death the actions of the body, you will live. All who are led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons and daughters. You didn’t receive a spirit of slavery to lead you back again into fear, but you received a Spirit that shows you are adopted as his children. With this Spirit, we cry, “Abba, Father.” The same Spirit agrees with our spirit, that we are God’s children. But if we are children, we are also heirs. We are God’s heirs and fellow heirs with Christ, if we really suffer with him so that we can also be glorified with him.

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I believe that the present suffering is nothing compared to the coming glory that is going to be revealed to us. The whole creation waits breathless with anticipation for the revelation of God’s sons and daughters. Creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice—it was the choice of the one who subjected it—but in the hope that the creation itself will be set free from slavery to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of God’s children. We know that the whole creation is groaning together and suffering labor pains up until now. And it’s not only the creation. We ourselves who have the Spirit as the first crop of the harvest also groan inside as we wait to be adopted and for our bodies to be set free. We were saved in hope. If we see what we hope for, that isn’t hope. Who hopes for what they already see? But if we hope for what we don’t see, we wait for it with patience.

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In today’s episode, we answer a reader question from Tumblr regarding ways to talk about the Bible as communicative of revelation. This person also asks, “Or are the scriptures only inspired in a relativized sense alongside great works of literature, poetry, etc ?”

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We then queer the text from Psalm that perfectly ties to the Tumblr question. Stay tuned to know what we think about this poem and how this text was written to and about the divine. Moreover, we realize that this poem resembles closely to the work that we do as we light the path for others. 

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Psalm 119:105-112

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Your word is a lamp before my feet

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    and a light for my journey.

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I have sworn, and I fully mean it:

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    I will keep your righteous rules.

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I have been suffering so much—

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    Lord, make me live again according to your promise.

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Please, Lord, accept my spontaneous gifts of praise.

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    Teach me your rules!

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Though my life is constantly in danger,

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    I won’t forget your Instruction.

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Though the wicked have set a trap for me,

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    I won’t stray from your precepts.

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Your laws are my possession forever

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    because they are my heart’s joy.

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I have decided to keep your statutes forever, every last one.

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Photo by Julia Florczak

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Today we answer another Tumblr question on the types of questions to ask during Bible or Christian studies that will stump teachers and other students at their unaffirming Christian school.

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We queer this week’s sensual text from Song of Solomon which we’ve never really done in the years that we’ve been queering the lectionary text. We talked about the importance of understanding and accepting that sex, sensuality, and pleasure are integral parts of being humans. 

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Things we talked about:

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If you’d like to be featured in future episodes, email your question or Bible passage suggestion to connect@queertheology.com

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Song of Solomon 2:8-13

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Listen! It’s my lover: here he comes now,

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        leaping upon the mountains,

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        bounding over the hills.

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My lover is like a gazelle

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        or a young stag.

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Here he stands now,

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        outside our wall,

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        peering through the windows,

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        peeking through the lattices.

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My lover spoke and said to me,

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“Rise up, my dearest,

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        my fairest, and go.

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Here, the winter is past;

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        the rains have come and gone.

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Blossoms have appeared in the land;

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        the season of singing has arrived,

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        and the sound of the turtledove is heard in our land.

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The green fruit is on the fig tree,

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        and the grapevines in bloom are fragrant.

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Rise up, my dearest,

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        my fairest, and go.

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Photo by Sharon McCutcheon

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In today’s episode, we respond to a reader from Tumblr about managing a long-distance relationship while living with conservative family members. We share our own personal experiences, what we went through, things we did to keep ourselves sane, and so much more.

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We also queer this week’s texts which come from Jeremiah 28:5-9 & Matthew 10:40-42. We tackled the importance of understanding biblical contexts in order to better appreciate and explore this week’s lectionary text. We also discussed the prophecies the prophets made and what was their purpose for doing it. There’s so much good stuff in today’s podcast so make sure to stay tuned.

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Things we talked about:

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If you’d like to be featured in future episodes, email your question or Bible passage suggestion to connect@queertheology.com

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Jeremiah 28:5-9

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Then the prophet Jeremiah responded to Hananiah in the presence of the priests and all the people who were standing in the Lord’s temple. The prophet Jeremiah said: “Indeed. May the Lord do just as you have said! May the Lord fulfill the words that you have prophesied and bring back from Babylon the equipment of the Lord’s temple and all the exiles to this place. However, listen closely to what I have to say to you and all the people: The prophets who came before you and me long ago prophesied war, disaster, and disease against many lands and great kingdoms. So the prophet who prophesies peace is recognized as one who is actually sent by the Lord only when that prophet’s message is fulfilled.”

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Matthew 10:40-42

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“Those who receive you are also receiving me, and those who receive me are receiving the one who sent me. Those who receive a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward. Those who receive a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. I assure you that everybody who gives even a cup of cold water to these little ones because they are my disciples will certainly be rewarded.”

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Photo by Robert Koorenny

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In this episode, we answer a question from a Tumblr follower about finding a way to connect with God. For someone who grew up without a strong, solid foundation it can be very difficult to believe in God. “I just find it difficult to believe that God is really there, that they really exist. I don’t know what to do next.”

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We also queer this week’s text from Matthew 10:26-39 which reminds us that we are indeed called to fight. That following our faith asks us to speak our truth and in that same essence, prepare ourselves for the onslaught of pain and conflicts. We’ve heard of the phrase, “pick up and carry your cross…”, but what does it really mean? Stay tuned!

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In this episode, we talk about:

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Sometimes when I'm at a gay club, I take a step back & watch my friends shower each other with physical affection. Hugs and kisses and winks and nods and silly faces and pinched cheeks and grinding and making out.

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If you squint your eyes just right, you can see the Holy Spirit

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— Brian & Shay | QueerTheology.com (@QTheology) January 18, 2019

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Article mentioned in this episode:
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Skeptics guide to Christianity @ queertheology.com/skeptics

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Matthew 10:26-39

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“Therefore, don’t be afraid of those people because nothing is hidden that won’t be revealed, and nothing secret that won’t be brought out into the open. What I say to you in the darkness, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, announce from the rooftops. Don’t be afraid of those who kill the body but can’t kill the soul. Instead, be afraid of the one who can destroy both body and soul in hell. Aren’t two sparrows sold for a small coin? But not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father knowing about it already. Even the hairs of your head are all counted. Don’t be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows.

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“Therefore, everyone who acknowledges me before people, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven. But everyone who denies me before people, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven. 

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“Don’t think that I’ve come to bring peace to the earth. I haven’t come to bring peace but a sword. I’ve come to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. People’s enemies are members of their own households.

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“Those who love father or mother more than me aren’t worthy of me. Those who love son or daughter more than me aren’t worthy of me. Those who don’t pick up their crosses and follow me aren’t worthy of me. Those who find their lives will lose them, and those who lose their lives because of me will find them.

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Photo by Clay Banks

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In this episode, we answer a question from a Tumblr follower about how the concept of being saved is uncomfortable. To this person, it feels like they have done something wrong hence, they need to “be saved”. This question actually ties in perfectly to the question we answered from last week: that’s at queertheology.com/332.

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We also queer this week’s text from Matt 9:35,10:8-23 where we talk about how we are sent out to do the work and proclaim the good news. We are also reminded that if we want to transform the world, it will be an uncomfortable and scary process to go through. 

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In this episode, we talk about:

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Articles mentioned in this episode:

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Why Did Jesus Die (webinar)
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Additional Resources:

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If you’re looking for books, check out these Black-owned bookstores

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Matthew 9:35,10:8-23

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Jesus traveled among all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, announcing the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness.

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Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those with skin diseases, and throw out demons. You received without having to pay. Therefore, give without demanding payment. Workers deserve to be fed, so don’t gather gold or silver or copper coins for your money belts to take on your trips. Don’t take a backpack for the road or two shirts or sandals or a walking stick. Whatever city or village you go into, find somebody in it who is worthy and stay there until you go on your way. When you go into a house, say, ‘Peace!’ If the house is worthy, give it your blessing of peace. But if the house isn’t worthy, take back your blessing. If anyone refuses to welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet as you leave that house or city. I assure you that it will be more bearable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on Judgment Day than it will be for that city.

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“Look, I’m sending you as sheep among wolves. Therefore, be wise as snakes and innocent as doves. Watch out for people—because they will hand you over to councils and they will beat you in their synagogues. They will haul you in front of governors and even kings because of me so that you may give your testimony to them and to the Gentiles. Whenever they hand you over, don’t worry about how to speak or what you will say, because what you can say will be given to you at that moment. You aren’t doing the talking, but the Spirit of my Father is doing the talking through you. Brothers and sisters will hand each other over to be executed. A father will turn his child in. Children will defy their parents and have them executed. Everyone will hate you on account of my name. But whoever stands firm until the end will be saved. Whenever they harass you in one city, escape to the next, because I assure that you will not go through all the cities of Israel before the Human One comes.

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Photo by Koshu Kunii

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Uprisings for Black Lives Matter continue across the country and around the world, after beginning last week in Minneapolis, where Fr. Shay lives, in response to the murder of George Floyd by the police. The movement continues to swell as we recognize Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and countless others. As we head into LGBTQ Pride month, we recognize the interconnectedness of all our community’s struggles.

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In this episode, we answer a listener question and talk about the concept of the original sin. “From what I’ve seen, at best, it casts all humans as inherently sinful or lesser (which I don’t believe) and at worst, it’s used as a reason to insult/degrade women.”

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We also queer this week’s text from 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 & Matthew 28:16-20 which is very timely with what’s going on in the US right now. We are reminded to “Put things in order” or make things right, and to continue to go out there to continue to fight this fight. Black Lives Matter is part of that work.

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In this episode, we talk about:

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2 Corinthians 13:11-13

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Finally, brothers and sisters, good-bye. Put things in order, respond to my encouragement, be in harmony with each other, and live in peace—and the God of love and peace will be with you.

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Say hello to each other with a holy kiss. All of God’s people say hello to you.

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The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

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Matthew 28:16-20

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Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus told them to go. When they saw him, they worshipped him, but some doubted. Jesus came near and spoke to them, “I’ve received all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything that I’ve commanded you. Look, I myself will be with you every day until the end of this present age.”

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Photo by Aarón Blanco Tejedor

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