God in the Brokenness

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Musings on Theology, Sexuality, Life, and the furious longing of God for all of us.

Striving to follow Jesus to the best of my ability. Grace is central to who I am.

In search of Koinonia (The idealised state of fellowship and community that should exist within the Christian Church.)
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  • Hey, I just wanted to tell you and affirm you that you are so strong and inspiring. If I remember right the Andrew I met on tumblr almost two years ago was an entirely different person and you have really come to know yourself. You are stronger and more dedicated to the Church than anyone I have ever met and you are going to do amazing things and I am so lucky to be able to say that I know you (even if just online). You are doing amazing things and keep being you. <3

    Wow wow, this means a ton to me. It’s a bit scary in some ways thinking about how much two years can change you, and I really appreciate your support. <3

    I think one of the mistakes I made when I came out was allowing my sexuality (and theology about it) to be up for debate.

    “ If you’re not in the arena with the rest of us, fighting and getting your ass kicked on occasion, I’m not interested in your feedback. ”

    —    Brené Brown

    2:30pm

    mollyflanagan:

    this morning i fell in love
    with the way the whole world craves autumn at once. 
    how grace falls softly like leaves - 
    and each one of us thirsts for more.

    this morning i fell in love
    with second chances and new life.
    the way this God asks me what i want -
    how noticing Him is the only thing

    that has ever allowed me to notice myself.

    (via godinthebrokenness)

    Do you know that feeling when you’re constantly inundated with pictures of incredible guys (and gals) and you just want to sit down and cry because you know you will never possibly look like them?

    Now would be a good time to state that I think the words “inclusion” or “inclusive” are from the white liberal Satan. 

    godinthebrokenness:

    There has got to be a way for churches to proclaim they fight for the liberation of queer people without splaying tacky rainbows all over the place. 

    Right?

    OR, you could pull a “my church” and barely mention any queer things at all and not say anywhere that you are queer friendly and not be involved with anything queer ministry related things at all.

    Why don’t know more cute queer Christian guys. 

    Sheesh. 

    I should probably start visiting some other churches. 

    There has got to be a way for churches to proclaim they fight for the liberation of queer people without splaying tacky rainbows all over the place. 

    Right?

    Femmonite: When an Apology is Not an Apology.

    The use of the word “reconciliation” in that letter disgusts me. You do not get to use that word unless you are willing to do the work. You do not get to jump to reconciliation if you are not also willing to repent for the pain you inflicted, purposefully or not. Deploying the word “reconciliation” as a weapon in a letter meant not to apologize but to placate, to dismiss, is not reconciliation. It is a reminder of who controls the PR machine, of who narrates the events that take place within Duke Divinity School walls, of who decides which stories matter.

    It is not the students. They do not get to tell their own stories.

    They will be told what they heard, how they should feel, and that, apparently, as leaders they never have to admit that they were wrong.

    Most days I am proud to be a graduate of Duke Divinity School. Studying with Amy Laura Hall, Willie Jennings, J. Kameron Carter, and others (not to mention the many doctoral students who precepted my classes and have now moved on to other institutions) has formed me as scholar and as a Christian. Many of my closest friends are people I met within the walls of Duke Divinity School. But make no mistake: those hallways do not always feel safe and welcoming, not even to me.

    “ Sometimes people try to destroy you, precisely because they recognize your power—not because they don’t see it, but because they see it and they don’t want it to exist. ”

    —    bell hooks
    Queering Theology: Atonement and Liberation.

    godinthebrokenness:

    "Queer theology looks at Jesus as a queer figure – as a symbol of the marginalized, as the deepest love that a person can have for another. He came not to satisfy God’s wrath but to understand marginalization, to defeat the forces of the oppressor. His death is still largely symbolic, but the symbol is interpreted in different ways. Jesus queers – in the broadest interpretation of the verb queer – the standards ideas of hierarchy and honor and love.

    Such openness to the concept of radical love – a love that erases chains and destroys boundaries to community – is not a devaluation of the Gospel but an embracing of Gospel as grace, love, and mercy. It is not an atonement that requires hell, but is a gracious, beautiful love that focuses on heaven. It is a love that refocuses us on justice – a love that cannot exist without justice – and a love that focuses on accepting the communities and people that God has created.”

    "God is that love which destroys our sinful inability to seek justice and love righteously. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." I can love all people and seek justice for them even if they are my enemy. This is grace; this is a heavenward movement."

    One thing I think I disagree with, is that Dianne says that the death of Jesus is largely symbolic. I feel like that is iffy theology.

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