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A Queer Christian and the Gospel with Bridget Eileen | GOF88

A Queer Christian and the Gospel with Bridget Eileen | GOF88

What is a queer Christian? For Evangelicals, the word “queer” can seem dangerous. But it doesn’t have to be. To help me understand how this word is used today, I interviewed Bridget Eileen, a Lesbian Christian. She blogs regularly at the Meditations of a Traveling Nun. Bridge describes her faith journey and helpfully reframes our understanding of the phrase queer Christian.

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A Queer Christian and the Gospel with Bridget Eileen | GOF88

by Dr. Jonathan G. Smith | Season

This Episode’s Topic: A New Vision For Grace On Fire

To better understand why this issue matters, the word “queer” in the past was used either in a derogatory way or in a technical way — to refer to a form of academic studies. But Bridget helpful explains that the word “queer” is used more generally to refer to a non-straight experience.

Key Points From Today’s Episode

  • Queerness in the church is viewed as a source of shame and sin. When queerness is redeemed, the things that make us most unlikely to be saved are what give the Gospel its greatest glory.
  • Recognize the term queer as a non-straight experience
  • The need for the church to do a better job in teaching on celibacy as a beautiful form a fulfilled life
  • The need to recognize that marriage has dominated evangelical alternatives
  • Shift the way we speak about homosexuality as a “theology of No” to a “theology of Yes.”
  • Encouragement for the church to find fresh ways to incorporate gay Christians into the body of the local church

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Jonathan G. Smith

The Rev'd Dr. Jonathan G. Smith is the Senior Minister of Redeemer Church in Orlando, Founder of Grace Nation, and owner of Higher Purpose Coaching. His passion is to see people transformed by the Gospel, the liberating power of Jesus Christ.

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