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Jesus Will Drink the Fourth Cup

Jesus, when he institutes the Lord’s Supper and transforms the Passover meal from a remembrance of Israel’s deliverance to a remembrance of the work of salvation accomplished through his broken body and shed blood, says that he will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God has come in its fullness. 355 more words


Independence Day United States

At the dawn of creation God formed man to enjoy an abundant life in perfect relationship, and in perfect harmony with Him. Like the first man, we all have chosen on our own accord to reject that perfect holiness in exchange for our own desires. 331 more words


Baptism and the Lord's Supper (Assurance of Salvation Series #5)

Missing Out

Many believers nowadays feel that their relationship with Christ is a private matter and no one else need be involved in it. Many feel that they can “worship God in their own way without organized religion”. 2,135 more words

Send Lessons (Theological Training)

A pastor's apology to the #LGBTQ community.

To those in the LGBTQ community,

I suppose I should first offer an introduction. My name is Michael, and I’m a pastor.

Because of my role as a pastor I’ve witnessed, over the past few days, conversations responding to the recent Supreme Court decision that are anything but Christlike (read: Loving and compassionate). 796 more words


Karen Lynn Yang reblogged this on Karen Lynn Yang and commented:

DSC_9626 An Open Letter to Michael Palmer: Dear Pastor Palmer, I am a former Nazarene, now attending an Episcopal church in St. Louis, studying at Eden Seminary and WashU for a joint MSW/MDiv degree. Many of my colleagues, friends, and professors are LGBTQ, and it is important to me that the Church is not just inclusive of those who are LGBTQ, but also belonging to those who are LGBTQ. While I appreciate the sentiments behind your post "A pastor's apology..." I find that it falls flat-- it is disappointing to me, and reminds me of why I find it difficult to attend a Nazarene church. For several reasons: 1) The rhetoric of forgiveness, while rife with good intentions, is unsatisfactory to those not looking for "understanding." What LGBTQ people need is not verbal recognition of their humanity, but actions, policies, societies, and cultures that grant their liberation. 2) The apology, by demanding forgiveness and detailing the reasons why fear of LGBTQ folk persists, conveys a victim-blaming tone. I.e. "You have to understand, your existence is confusing, so please forgive me for not understanding." Guilt and sin are not absolved by LGBTQ folk granting forgiveness. Guilt and sin are addressed and remedied by the Church turning its course, by helping to create a world where diversity in Creation is appreciated fully and honored as sacred. 3) Examine the pronouns: "...you have a place in my church. You have a place at my table. My church welcomes you." Paradoxically, these pronouns make a seemingly welcoming invitation reinforce the idea that church and table are /not/ for LGBTQ folk, but instead, are granted by heterosexual/cisgendered folk toward LGBTQ folk. This, to me, goes against the body of Christ metaphor outlined by Paul in 1 Cor 12, which asserts that Jesus movement communities are made up of many types of people in many types of roles, none more important than the other. If anything, greater honor is accorded to the parts with less honor so that greater unity might be achieved and people might live in solidarity with one another (1 Cor 12:24-25). The LGBTQ agenda, if anything, is one wherein LGBTQ folk can live and thrive, without being killed, without being neglected by the healthcare system, without being denied housing and employment, without suffering from police brutality and assault by fellow civilians, and without chronic stress resulting in chronic health conditions. LGBTQ folk have not become an agenda-- they were and are people through and through-- it is the oppression of heteronormativity and cisnormativity that has dehumanized them. So, it is especially important that the table become just that: the table, the common table, the place where Christ is made known. It cannot be "my table." It must be "our table" or "the table." The Lord's Supper is conflated with the Passover meal by gospel writers, suggesting that Jesus' death at the hands of (Roman) Empire has much to do with liberation from (Egyptian) oppressors. The table, then, must be freeing, and cannot merely reinforce existing oppressive social structures. It is a place where existing hierarchies are turned upside down, as they are in Paul's letter to the Corinthians (1 Cor 11:17-34), when the wealthier, well-fed Corinthians are encouraged to eat at home so that there is enough food for those who have fewer resources. The Corinthians are admonished for turning the Lord's Supper into an ordinary banquet meal where the wealthier and higher status take their place, and those who are poorer and lower status are shamed. May the Church not make the same mistake with people who are LGBTQ. What would it look like if the Nazarene church did not shame LGBTQ folk, but instead elevated them so that they might preside over the table, /our/ table? So that they might be pillars of the Church, /our/ Church? I understand that written correspondence is not the best way to dialogue around these issues. Please feel free to email me at karenlynnyang[at]gmail.com so we might set up a Google hangout or phone conversation. In Christ, Karen

Do Not Fear, Believe, Talitha Cumi

Proper 8B: Mark 5:21-43, Lam. 3:22-33

Desperate times call for desperate measures. And there is nothing like death and incurable sickness to make one more desperate. 1,516 more words


The Sacrament of Unity

The Lord’s Supper, in almost any tradition is a powerful sacrament of unity. It brings the body of Christ together to the same table. In a time where racial tensions have been kicked up once again, what we need is this table.  6 more words


The Lord’s Supper

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The Philosopher

    The Establishment of the Lord’s Supper

The Lord’s Supper had its beginning as the Last Supper that Jesus had with his disciples in the upper room of a house celebrating the Passover. 943 more words