****, ****, Most of his contemporary theologians found deeply problematic Jesus' inclusion of the thief on the cross, the Samaritan woman, and his many other low-life friends. I hang the chances for Ernest and me with Jesus, not with contemporary theology about us from either side. I do not mean that as an anti-intellectual statement, simply as a faith statement. I respect theologians, but not as gate-keepers. There is a huge difference between encountering God and being able to talk about God, a huge difference between love and being able to talk about love. Sometimes I find it very wearying to be on the Communion's scaffold while heterosexuals debate what to do with us. Then I recall that the final decision is not yours, but that of Jesus -- the carpenter who experienced scaffolds more than just as a carpenter. May God be as merciful to you as God is to us.. As a Pentecostal hymn puts it, "Joy unspeakable and full of glory!" Louie Lay Deputy from Newark
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