Is Friendship an Unconditional Love?

From First Thoughts

Last weekend I had the privilege of speaking to the Harvard College Faith and Action student ministry (which, incidentally, makes the Boston Marathon bombings feel so much closer—I sat next to two runners on my flight there). Rarely have I encountered such a vibrant, passionate group of . . . . Continue Reading »

On ‘Bilingual’ Pastoral Theology

From First Thoughts

Recently I went on a walk with a friend, both of us sipping takeaway cups of Starbucks and she pushing her youngest child, chicken pox-afflicted, in the stroller. My friend teaches theology and ethics, and we’d agreed to meet up and talk about matters LGBTQ. It was an especially rich . . . . Continue Reading »

Thoughts on Does Jesus Really Love Me?

From First Thoughts

I’ve just finished reading Jeff Chu’s new book Does Jesus Really Love Me? A Gay Christian’s Pilgrimage in Search of God in America , and I highly recommend it. Besides being well-written and engaging (I could hardly put it down), it’s also very illuminating. The book is a . . . . Continue Reading »

Homosexuality and Impatience for Joy

From First Thoughts

I’ve been rereading Josef Pieper’s  lovely little exposition of Aquinas on hope , and it strikes me as being very much in line with the point I was trying to make in my last post that quoted Vaclav Havel . Pieper writes: “The concept of the  status viatoris  is . . . . Continue Reading »

Teaching on Christian Friendship

From First Thoughts

In the June term this year at the seminary where I teach, Trinity School for Ministry, I’ll be the instructor for a week-long intensive class on a Christian theology of friendship. I’m excited about this opportunity not least because I’m working on a book about friendship , and . . . . Continue Reading »

Neither Presumption nor Despair

From First Thoughts

Many of you have thought much more deeply and carefully about sexual orientation change efforts than I have, and none of what I say here is meant to minimize the complexity of that discussion. But I just wanted to note that my understanding of the character of  hope  leads me to approach . . . . Continue Reading »