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Queering the Bible

Mark 1

It can’t have been comfortable to be John the Baptist. Camel’s hair clothes and locusts aside, it’s never pleasant to be the

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Haggai

One of my strongest memories of my paternal grandmother is sitting with her at the piano, listening to her play and sing her favorite songs. She had a soft spot for love songs, and she taught me how to plink

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Acts 15

9 mins read

I grew up in the United Methodist Church and sensed a call to ordained ministry from an early age. I loved mission trips, youth group, and dreamed of going to seminary. Yet I knew I was banned from ordained ministry because the UMC forbade “self-avowed, practicing homosexuals” from ordination. I

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Acts 11

10 mins read

Acts 11 starts with Peter being criticised. The circumcised want to know why he ate with people who were uncircumcised. Peter protests, explaining that he had a divine vision of a giant sheet containing each of the animals that he would traditionally be forbidden from eating. In the vision, the

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Acts 10

11 mins read

Acts 10 has always been an intriguing piece of scripture for me. As a Malaysian teenager, I remember leafing through a colourful comic book bible which depicted this huge sheet with all kinds of haram or forbidden animals and reptiles and birds being lowered down to Peter, who was then

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Acts 9

12 mins read

Every June, Pride festivals happen across the globe to celebrate the incredible resilience and power that comes from queer identity and queer community. During Pride, we remember the people who fought for visibility and acceptance in the early gay rights movements of the 50s, 60s, and 70s as we continue

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Acts 5

13 mins read

As queer people, how do we live and thrive in a time of religious, political and societal backlash? To challenge the social structures that oppress queer flourishing, we need to both continue to witness to the truth of our lives and partner with allies on the inside who can push

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Acts 4

6 mins read

My queerness thrives when holding seemingly binary or unlike realities in tension. I am simultaneously the stoic and hardworking descendant of German pastor-farmers and the lioness Creole granddaughter of opportunity-embracing formerly enslaved ancestor-guardians.  I am circle skirt swirling lesbian femme and adrenally intersex they/them protector. "Do I contradict myself? Very

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Acts 2

13 mins read

Pentecost sounds like a pride parade. Both events are characterized by vibrant expressions, a sense of community, and transformative power that lasts far beyond the gathering but can have an impact on the participants for much longer, perhaps the entire year or maybe even millena to come. And yet the

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Acts 1

14 mins read

The Acts of the Apostles (Acts), commonly understood as the second volume of the Gospel of Luke, can be thought of as a queer text in as much as it is neither a gospel nor an epistle. It joins the Apocalypse of John as a different kind of witness in the New Testament

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Habakkuk

9 mins read

The increase in intensity and amplification of the spiritual volume I felt around this thought stayed with me as I prayerfully read the book’s text. Sitting with Habakkuk’s three chapters helped me see that there is absolutely an interplay between possessing a prophetic and queer identity because these two orientations

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Haggai

13 mins read

One of my strongest memories of my paternal grandmother is sitting with her at the piano, listening to her play and sing her favorite songs. She had a soft spot for love songs, and she taught me how to plink along to “Heart and Soul” almost before I could read.

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