The recent "Nashville Statement" is profoundly damaging to our Christian witness, and theologically wrong in it's elevation of human sexuality to an issue of salvation.
Jonathan Assink grew up in Seattle, Washington, where he continues to live today. He married his wife, Sarah, in 2013. They are both super church nerds. Jonathan is currently an Elder at Sanctuary CRC in Seattle, where he helps run the Green Bean Coffeehouse. He is most interested in practical theology, how our interpretation of scripture and articulation of the gospel informs and instructs our daily lives. He also believes that life is a metaphor for baseball, and that coffee is best served black, as the good Lord intended.
My deepest regret during my service as an Elder is that I did not advocate more for, nor amplify the voices of, marginalized and ostracized minorities while in office.
If you are American and haven’t yet voted, I hope you do. I also hope you take heart and remember that there is no leader, no official, and no person who can come between you and Christ.
We can all point to different styles of musical worship that do or do not resonate with us. But there is far more to worship and our relationship with God than just the music we sing on Sunday morning.
Better to point people to the actual, official resource.
All is not lost! We have great reason for hope.
When I admit the racism inside of myself as a beneficiary of white supremacy, that doesn't put me in a sinful state in and of itself. That...posted on: Fear, Flukes & Critical Race Theory
Jesus explicitly addresses this in his interaction with the woman at the well and the parable of the Good Samaritan. Further the argument can be made that Jesus does do the very thing you raise in...posted on: Fear, Flukes & Critical Race Theory
I'm am grateful for the ministry, scholarship and preaching of the women I have had the honor to serve with and learn from.
I never said they are the same, merely that we cannot separate them for our own convenience.posted on: How Do You Define "Justice"?
To say that justice is merely getting what you deserve whether we like the outcome or not is not the highest or fullest definition of justice. In fact, I don't see how you can make a Biblical...posted on: How Do You Define "Justice"?
This piece from The American Conservative may bridge some of the gap where we've been talking past each other.
By that same logic I can say the authors of the Nashville Statement are barring false witness against LGBT Christians by denying their faith.
I don't agree with them but I'm not questioning their faith. You're right that I can't read the minds of the signatories, so all I'm left with is their actions as evidence for what they believe. I...
I'm glad to hear that you are willing to engage with people in the LGBT community. I cannot speak to the interaction you had, but I will say it certainly does not match my...