Born of a Virgin: I Believe

Mother Of God - Mother Of The Streets - Rlmos is a painting by Br Robert Lentz OFM

                                Candles burned. Colors exploded. Music flowed. Words shocked. The entirety of my being beheld the glory of the coming of the lamb. I could see her. God was so close. I clung to the Virgin as the bearer of […]

The Slaughter of Joseph or Daniel Shaver


  Have you ever wondered what happened to Joseph?   He was slaughtered in Mesa, Arizona.   The early days were full of struggle. Forced to endure a difficult pregnancy, Mary and Joseph finally arrived the place of birth. Every room was full. So they found the best place they could and prepared for the […]

Is the Slaughter of the Innocent the Slaughter of God?

Would God have allowed my son to be slaughtered in Bethlehem?

  In the midst of their journey to meet the child of God, the wise folks stopped by to see King Herod. Pretending to be excited about the birth, Herod asks the wise folks to come back by and tell him where the child is so that he might exalt the child. Herod was afraid […]

Forbidden Words: Christmas Interactions with the Queer Christ


An Interpretation of the Christmas Story   In the days of Texas Governor Greg Abbott, there was an old minister named Bob whose partner was named Tommy. For many years, the couple had wanted a child and now they were old. One evening as Bob was alone praying for a child, a bright light came […]

The Buddhist Madonna: A Christmas Miracle


  Many years ago, I worked as a chaplain at a large public hospital. Late one night, I received a message to get to the lobby immediately. Christmas was only a week away and I ran past a nativity scene stuck to the glass. Jumping down the steps, I felt like I just didn’t believe […]

Outside the Inn with the Shitty God


  *sermon delivered on 12/20/15 at The Beloved Community in Asheville, North Carolina   The incarnation of God is a shitty story. This speaks not of the quality of the story…but rather where the story takes places. Jesus was born in a stable full of shit.   The Christmas story is a strange tale. Don’t […]

The Courage to Be Queer


  *Delivered on January 25, 2015 at the Virginia-Highland Church in Atlanta, Georgia   Life is about questions. Sometimes these questions have answers and sometimes they don’t. Who are we? Why are we here? Do we even matter? These are human questions. On this day, I intend to engage these questions from a queer perspective. […]

The Shepherd from Bethlehem Speaks


  Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a shepherd? Most of the time you are bored out of your mind. I sit there and watch sheep day after day. I never wanted to be a shepherd. I didn’t have a choice. We have always been poor. We don’t know any other […]

Maria: A Queer Guide for Us All


  If it was not for your willingness to follow God, I doubt I would be writing. I just received my doctorate from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University for a project entitled, “The Epiphany of the Queer: An Exploration in Theology.” For so many years, you have inspired me to keep going. There […]

Jesus Sells Drugs: An Easter Message


I have known many Easters. I remember one Easter morning as a child realizing Jesus quite literally loved us to death.  I was overwhelmed by the enormity of such love.  Later that same day, I looked up at a depiction of Noah’s Ark and thought that this Jesus of love sounded much better than the […]