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.
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.
- Fr. Shay’s birthday is coming up and he shares his angst on getting older [0:42]
- Brian’s excitement over a secret project [4:46]
- Listener question: using the word “queer” at church [6:16]
- How Queer Theology website and podcast receive pushback on the word “queer” [7:37]
- What does the word “queer” really mean [8:25]
- The irony of the cross [12:47]
- The work is to sit in the discomfort [14:52]
- Queering the Bible: Philippians 3:4b-14 [17:52]
- What Brian loves about this passage [19:48]
- What won’t save you [21:11]
- Safety vs. being saved [22:03]
- Don’t intellectualize your way into a connection with God [24:30]
- Figure out who God and Jesus is to you [25:30]
- The concept of oppression holds true across all forms of Christianity [26:02]
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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:
I was circumcised on the eighth day.
I am from the people of Israel and the tribe of Benjamin.
I am a Hebrew of the Hebrews.
With respect to observing the Law, I’m a Pharisee.
With respect to devotion to the faith, I harassed the church.
With respect to righteousness under the Law, I’m blameless.
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.
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.