Queer Theology

Queer Theology

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An LGBTQ Christian perspective on a different Bible passage every week


Jesus & the Male Gaze – Matthew 5:21-37
Feb 16 • 21 min
In this episode of the podcast, we respond to a listener question from Fee in Berlin who asked how LGBTQ Christians who have come to the faith later in life can be sensitive to the trauma that LGBTQ folks who grew up within Christianity carry. We also…
Sex & Love with Sarah – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Feb 9 • 28 min
This episode is special because we talk to Sarah, one of our Sanctuary Collective members. We talk about what it was like for her growing up with regard to sex and relationships. We also queer a text that Sarah picked from the Bible! In this week’s text,…
What Does God Require? – Micah 6:1-8
Feb 2 • 19 min
In this week’s text, we look at a word from the prophet Micah! It’s a favorite passage of ours and we can’t wait to unpack it and see what new things we can illuminate by bringing our queerness to bear on the text! Episode TranscriptBrian: Welcome to the…
Unity In All? – 1 Corinthians 1:10-18
Jan 26 • 28 min
In this week’s text, we look at Paul’s words to the church in Corinth where he stresses unity. Is unity helpful or harmful? How does Paul understand his own role in the early Christian movement? What does it mean for people to work in solidarity with one…
The Gospel of Queer Community – John 1:29-42
Jan 19 • 22 min
In this week’s Gospel we explore Jesus’ invitation to “come and see” and how that might resonate with queer communities. In this week’s episode, we unveil our new, longer format podcast! You get more about what we’re up to, hear a listener question, and…
The Biblical Origins of Queer Theology – Isaiah 42:1-9, Matthew 3:13-17
Jan 12 • 12 min
In this week’s episode, we dive into the unexpected Biblical foundation for queering theology. Reinterpreting scripture isn’t something that we came up with — it’s not something new at all! It’s a process and a work that has been done ever since Biblical…
New Year Goals, Sexual Resolutions, Trans Theology (and more!)
Jan 5 • 15 min
Happy New Year from the QueerTheology.com team! We’re excited to be back behind the mics and rolling out new episodes with you. In this episode, we talk about: How we spent our new year’s eveNew Year resolutions vs goals vs word of the yearSexual…
What Child Is This? Matthew 1:18-24
Dec 29, 2019 • 8 min
As you may know by now, we’re taking a break this December to work on things behind the scenes. We are reorganizing and redesigning the website to make it more helpful for everyone. Also, we are taking this time to brainstorm on how to make the podcast…
Mary’s understanding of God – Luke 1:47-55
Dec 22, 2019 • 10 min
This December, we are taking a break from the regular lectionary reading to recoup, regroup and redesign the website. We are working hard at making sure that for 2020, Queer Theology will be even more useful. So for this week, here’s a vintage podcast—one…
Waiting on Advent – Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalm 146:5-10
Dec 15, 2019 • 6 min
December is probably the busiest time of the year, but at Queer Theology, December 2019 is a time to work extra hard from the backend to make sure that Queer Theology 2020 is LIT! So Brian and Shay are taking a break from the regular lectionary reading…
Advent: What Are We Waiting For?
Dec 8, 2019 • 9 min
As you all may know by now, Brian and Shay are taking December to regroup, redesign the website and prepare for the relaunch of the podcast in 2020. We are working hard behind the scenes, so we will be republishing vintage, but some of our best Advent…
5 Ways to Observe Advent (and how queerness is part of that)
Dec 1, 2019
Brian and Shay’s December will be a month to take a break from all podcast-related work to redesign the website and relaunch these podcasts. So with that, we will be republishing some of our best Advent podcasts from some years ago. Advent is starting and…
Is it ok to lie? + Winter Is Coming
Nov 24, 2019
Our podcast interview mini-series has come to an end and we had a blast sharing some listener stories with you. More’s coming (hopefully) if we can get the support we need over on Patreon. In this episode, Fr. Shay and Brian share some 2020 plans for…
Finding God in Silence & Singleness, feat Caryn Saxon – John 15:12-14, Matthew 18:20
Nov 17, 2019
Today’s episode features one of the Sanctuary Collectives’ most active and loved member, Caryn Saxon. Brian and Caryn explore the intersections of queerness, singleness, and Quakerism. As 2019 draws to a close, we need your help to keep the podcast going…
A Place to Belong feat Brandon Beck – Jonah 2:5-7
Nov 10, 2019
It’s another exciting podcast as we feature another guest who has been a member of the Sanctuary Collective (since 2016!). This week, we have Brandon Beck who is an adult educator and trans student advocate from Central Texas. Listen on to hear about his…
Divine in the Differences, feat Indigo Rose – Romans 1:24 – 2:8, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31
Nov 3, 2019
As a way to be more inclusive and expand these podcasts even more, we are going to feature conversations with Queer Theology podcast listeners. For the next couple of weeks, we will interview different folks and they will share with us their favorite…
#300: LGBTQ Christian Progress – Matthew 7, Genesis 32:22-31
Oct 27, 2019
300 episodes. We can hardly believe it. In this week’s episode, we reflect on the past 6 years of QueerTheology.com, what the LGBTQ Christian space was like back then, how it’s changed, and what we’re looking forward to in the future. We give a queer take…
Embarrass Them Into the Kingdom – Luke 18:1-8
Oct 20, 2019
In today’s world where the poor stay poor, the oppressed stay oppressed, and the unjust are enabled to continue wreaking havoc, it is refreshing to hear Luke 18:1-8 where it shows us that God is just. May this passage inspire you to continue fighting the…
Settling Down & Surviving – Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7
Oct 13, 2019
In such a short yet beautiful scripture, we are reminded that life is full of uncertainty. That there will be obstacles and sacrifices along the way before we receive what was promised to us. All of these are very relatable points for us queer folks. On…
Gender, Shame, and Faith – 2 Timothy 1:1-14
Oct 6, 2019
Oftentimes the LGBTQ community gets called out and shamed for our sexuality and the choices we make around it — enter, the clobber passages. Because of this, it’s very important that we know how to read the Bible and understand its context to protect…
Beautiful Reminder – Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16; Amos 6:1a, 4-7; Psalm 146
Sep 29, 2019
This is another special episode as we are going to read three different passages. Different, and yet they fit nicely together. Somehow these passages form a beautiful reminder that God is in our midst and is for us: the oppressed, the minority, and the…
Q&A + Book Giveaway
Sep 22, 2019
Today’s episode is a special one as we get a break from the usual Sunday lectionary readings. Fr. Shay and Brian answer some deep and riveting, queer-related questions. AND we are excited to announce that this episode holds a HUGE giveaway. Stay tuned to…
Being Found – Luke 15:1-10
Sep 15, 2019
Day by day, the scripture reminds us to always find a way to reach out to others, be there for the underprivileged, and be present with the oppressed. It’s a blessing to be accepted, affirmed and be found, but equally (if not more) a blessing to find the…
What does it mean to choose life? – Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Sep 8, 2019
When faced with tremendous pressure and issues in life, it sometimes becomes difficult to see past the pain, the anxiety and the stress. But luckily, we have been blessed to have the chance to choose life and choose who we surround ourselves with, in this…
What It Means to Honor Marriage (and other important lessons) – Hebrews 13:1-8
Sep 1, 2019
Honoring marriage or a relationship is not only for straight relationships. More often than not, people who are in queer relationships take faithfulness even more seriously. This episode also shares how there are more important things to focus on in this…
Take Care – Isaiah 58:9-14
Aug 25, 2019
When our need to help the poor, feed the hungry, and uphold the oppressed is strong, we sometimes forget that it’s okay to slow down a bit. To rest. To take care of one’s self. And this passage from Isaiah reminds us of that. Episode TranscriptBrian:…
Context Matters – Hebrews 11:29-12:2
Aug 18, 2019
It’s easy to misinterpret the scriptures, and even our so-called traditions and traditional ways of doing things can hinder proper understanding of the text. This episode highlights the importance of knowing historical and political context in order to…
God is in the Margins – John 4:5-42
Aug 13, 2019
Fr. Shay is away on a writer’s retreat so we’re taking another listen to one of our all-time most popular episodes. Everything we talk about is critical to understanding the Bible and that makes it particularly timely as we are getting ready to open up…
Sexual Immorality – Colossians 3:1-11
Aug 4, 2019
As far back as we can remember, we were taught to read the Bible in a way that doesn’t always line up with what the passage actually says. Sometimes, people stop reading when they think that a particular part of the passage is enough to fit their “needs”.…
Sodom & Gomorrah – Genesis 18:20-32
Jul 28, 2019
Sodom and Gomorrah is one of the six or seven clobber verses that is commonly used to condemn homosexuality. We talk about what the verse really represents and how it is not about LGBTQ issues. When read using the correct lenses, it focuses on the…
God Gets Pissed at Our Politics – Amos 8:1-12
Jul 21, 2019
People often call for the separation of state and religion, but in reality, we tread in the middle especially for LGBTQ+ Christians, every day. The scripture today calls for us to strengthen our faith while fighting for those who are oppressed. It calls…
Trust Yourself – Deuteronomy 30:9-14
Jul 14, 2019
Remember how we were taught in church that in order for us to be good followers of God we simply need to follow what our priest or pastor tells us? That we need to do things exactly as what tradition dictates in order for us to be good in the eyes of our…
What really matters – Galatians 6:1-16
Jul 7, 2019
Have you ever felt exhausted and that the work that you do feels like it’s going nowhere? Or the things that you sacrifice don’t get the appreciation that you think it deserves? Yup, same here! But Galatians 6:1-16 reminds us that these efforts will pay…
50 Years of Stonewall – Pride 2019
Jun 30, 2019
This year’s Pride celebration is such an important one for queer people. Not only are we still fighting the good fight, but we are also remembering the Stonewall Riots that happened 50 years ago. We honor the strong and courageous queer folks behind that…
Depressed – Psalm 42-43
Jun 23, 2019
Depression is a difficult topic to discuss; while folks are (thankfully) talking about mental health more and more, there is still stigma even to this day. So it feels great to be able to see these issues explored in scripture. What’s better is that Psalm…
Holy Suffering – Romans 5:1-5
Jun 11, 2019
One of the reasons why it’s important for us to learn how to read the bible is so that we don’t miss the bigger picture. And Romans 5:1-5 is a perfect example of that. In this week’s passage, it talks about suffering gladly, and too often, it is taken…
Jesus Brought Receipts, You Can Too – John 14:8-17, 25-27
Jun 4, 2019
Some Christians have misinterpreted that Jesus is the “new” God who will rule out the “Old Testament God.” That’s not what is happening here. But this gospel tells us that Jesus is the image of God and that we see God through Jesus… and Jesus brought…
What Does it Mean to be Saved? – Acts 16:16-34
May 28, 2019
The gospel is often perceived to tackle mostly spiritual or religious topics, but for today’s reading, it actually deals with real-life issues: slavery and economic justice. We love how this verse focuses a lot on the human side of the disciples of Jesus.…
Jesus Heals (Literally!) – John 5:1-9
May 21, 2019
In today’s reading, we hear that Jesus tells us that our physical self and our physical health is important to God, too! We also tackle the idea that sometimes we read the Scriptures quite literally, and how that can be a dangerous way of understanding…
God Is Still Speaking – Acts 11:1-18
May 14, 2019
Reminder: Christianity & Polyamory is back and registration is open. Registration closes on May 23. Learn more and signup here. This passage is low-hanging fruit when it comes to LGBTQ acceptance. It’s Peter’s vision where he comes to realize that nothing…
Those who came before us – Revelation 7:9-17
May 7, 2019
This passage is beautiful and challenging and complicated and harsh and comforting and all of that is kinda like what it is to be queer and trans and read scripture. We explore the importance of those that have come before us and in what ways they live on…
What happens when the excitement fades? – John 21:1-19
Apr 30, 2019
After two weeks of Easter Q&As (here & here), we are back to the lectionary! It’s really easy to get swept up in the moment of a movement — whether that’s for Jesus or justice (or both!). But at some point, the luster fades and the hard work begins. Then…
Easter Q&A Part 2
Apr 23, 2019
Y’all submitted so many rich questions for our Easter Q&A episode and we couldn’t get to them all so we are doing a followup episode. In this episode, we respond to 2 questions on the same theme: Navigating a church that isn’t LGBT-affirming (or who might…
Easter Q&A
Apr 16, 2019
This year for Easter, we’re doing a Q&A episode to cover all things Holy Week and Easter. We really dig into a few amazing questions in this week’s episode. There were too many to get to all in one episode so we will be doing more Q&A episodes soon. Make…
Easter Every Year – Why We Follow The Lectionary
Apr 9, 2019
Palm Sunday is this Sunday and because this podcast follows the lectionary, we’ve looked at the same handful of verses this week each year over and over and over again. Why do we do it? What value is there in following the lectionary and how might we see…
Extraordinary – John 12:1-8
Apr 2, 2019
There’s so much in this passage that can related to queerness and LGBTQ+ Christians. What does it mean to be extraordinary in our service of God and the work of God? How can LGBTQ people related the bad faith questions asked by those who don’t care about…
The Extravagant Love of God – Luke 15:1-3, 11-32
Mar 27, 2019
We are doing a special Q&A episode about Easter & Holy Week. Submit a question! Send it as an email to [email protected] or record an audio message here (or from the sidebar of any page on our website, including this one!). What happens when we…
All who are thirsty, come to the water – Isaiah 55:1-9
Mar 19, 2019
If it feels like we’ve talked about this passage before … we haven’t! It’s just that social justice, taking care of people’s immediate needs, shows up over and over and over again in the Bible. If you’ve ever heard that you’re not really a Christian or…
Prophets in our midst – Luke 13:31-35
Mar 12, 2019
The Church, where faith should thrive, too often kills — sometimes spiritually, sometimes literally — the very people working to keep the faith. LGBTQ, women, young people, people of color and others know this well. In this week’s episode, we explore…
Who was scripture written for? – Deuteronomy 26:1-11
Mar 5, 2019
This passage is the story of God’s people and how they relate to God. We see that they are instructed to start by remembering where they came from. It’s a reminder that all the writers of scripture had a place and a time and a family and a context. What…
Sometimes the Bible is wrong – 1 Corinthians 15:51-58
Feb 26, 2019
In this passage, Paul is convinced that the world is ending within his lifetime and—spoiler alert—it doesn’t. Sometimes the writers of the Bible get things completely wrong. In this episode, we explore the implications of that for our faith and lives. 1…
Interpersonal Dynamics & Activist Strategies – Luke 6:27-38
Feb 19, 2019
“Turn the other cheek” is suuuch a “well known” passage but it’s so often quoted out of context. What else might Jesus be trying to teach us that we haven’t seen before? In this episode, Fr. Shay and Brian explore how this passage might inform activist…
God has an agenda – Luke 6:17-26
Feb 12, 2019
This passage is a reminder that God has an agenda — Jesus and the prophets proclaim a comforting message for some and a challenging message for others. In this episode, we peel back the flowery language that sometimes surrounds Jesus’s words and look at…
LIVE from Q Christian Fellowship Conference with Sarah Ngu of Church Clarity – Acts 17:26-27
Feb 5, 2019
This week, we have a special episode of the Queer Theology podcast: our first ever live episode! Brian was at the Q Christian Fellowship Conference in Chicago, IL a few weeks ago to speak about polyamory on a panel about Christian sexual ethics (the very…
How to be a more effective prophet – Luke 4:21-30
Jan 29, 2019
This week’s passage picks up where last week’s left off. We talk about the process of learning and growing and what it can be like to people and places from our past — how they can hold us back and how we can even end up holding them back. Read the…
The story of what God has done among us – Luke 1:1-4, 4:14-21
Jan 24, 2019
This week’s Gospel reading opens with, “Many people have tried to tell the story of what God has done among us.” In this episode, we dig into what the Bible, what it is (and is not) trying to do, what Scripture meant in the time it was written, and what…
Marriage Metaphors – Isaiah 62:1-5
Jan 22, 2019
Marriage as a metaphor for God’s relationship to us shows up again in this week’s lectionary reading from Isaiah. In this episode, we talk about the intersections of faith and sexuality, and how that plays out when it comes to marginalized people. In this…
Getting Personal + 2019 Preview
Jan 8, 2019
Referenced in this episode Picking a word of the year Setting spiritual resolutions Christianity & Polyamory resources Christianity & Polyamory course will reopen in early 2019 You can support this podcast on Patreon Brian will be speaking at the Q…
Activist Epiphanies – Matthew 2:1-12
Jan 1, 2019
In this passage, the wise people encounter the baby Jesus and are so transformed by their encounter, that they return another way. In this episode, we explore how queerness can mirror that experience and how each can inform the other. Referenced in this…
Closing out the year, preparing for the new year
Dec 25, 2018
Another year is coming to a close and in this episode we share some of our end of year practices and how we prepare for a new year. Referenced in this episode How to pick a “Word of the Year” Photo by Ian Schneider
Jesus’s Birth: Then & Now
Dec 18, 2018
The Bible has a few accounts of Jesus’s birth and the differences in the stories, plus the context in which they were originally told, can tell us some important things about the life, ministry, and legacy of Jesus. In this episode, we explore the story…
How to escape angry judgement – Luke 3:7-14
Dec 11, 2018
Taking care of one another and acting kindly isn’t secondary to the gospel — it’s a central part of what it means to be baptized and “escape angry judgement.” We explore what that means for us as Christians and as LGBTQ people. If you want some support in…
How do we know God’s will? – Philippians 1:9-11
Dec 4, 2018
When considering how LGBTQ people fit into Christianity, it’s tempting to fall back on questions of “Is it ok?” and get stuck in arguments of hermeneutics and exegesis (which are important!) but in doing so miss the forest for the trees. This passage…
Christ the King
Nov 20, 2018
This Sunday is “Christ the King” Sunday or “Reign of Christ” Sunday, depending on your church, and in today’s episode, we are talking about the “king” and “Lord” language used throughout the Christian scriptures and tradition to talk about Jesus. Why do…
Transgender Day of Remembrance 2018
Nov 13, 2018
Transgender Day of Remembrance is a week away and in this podcast episode, we focus on three areas for LGBTQ Christians and straight, cisgender supporters (and churches as a body!) to get involved. We look at: What your church can do What you can do as an…
Your identity matters – Jeremiah 31:7-9
Nov 10, 2018
This passage reminds us that God has a particular care for people who are marginalized, vulnerable, disenfranchised, and oppressed. In this episode we dig into why that’s important and what that means for our lives and relationships. Jeremiah 31:7-9 This…
Seduction – Ruth 3:1-5, 4:13-17
Nov 6, 2018
This passage is a sultry seduction and we do scripture a disservice when we try to “clean it up” and make it chaste. But it’s not necessarily fun and carefree. In this episode, we take a close look at sex and seduction. Ruth 3:1-5, 4:13-17 Naomi her…
Making Meaning – Job 38:1-7, 34-38
Nov 4, 2018
This episode is for the lectionary from October 21 — after recording this episode, Brian had a death in the family and was unable to publish it on schedule but we wanted you to hear it. Scripture is filled with folks wrestling with their place in their…
The Greatest Command Is Old – Deuteronomy 6:1-9 & Mark 12:28-34
Oct 30, 2018
In these two passages, we see that the “Old Testament God” and the “New Testament God” are one and the same. In Mark, Jesus is in conversation with his sacred text, the Hebrew Bible. Take a listen for some new insights that emerge when these passages are…
How do we relate to God? – Hebrews 4:12-16
Oct 9, 2018
How do we relate to God? As Christian’s, we have a unique model for understanding the divine in the life and ministry of Jesus. In this episode, we clarify some misconceptions around what is “God’s word” and dive into the significance of the Christian…
God trusts you to pick your partner – Genesis 2:18-24
Oct 3, 2018
We’ve look at this text a few times before (here, here, and embedded below). This week, we look at this section of the creation narrative and focus in on a few important themes: choice the power of names the purpose of this story marriage, monogamy, and…
Biblical Allyship – Mark 9:38-50
Sep 27, 2018
Read the transcript (PDF) Mark 9:38-50 John said to Jesus, “Teacher, we saw someone throwing demons out in your name, and we tried to stop him because he wasn’t following us.” Jesus replied, “Don’t stop him. No one who does powerful acts in my name can…
Queer Sacred Spaces: Ours & Yours
Sep 18, 2018
In this week’s episode, we take a break a from the lectionary to talk about queer sacred sites. A few weeks ago, Brian released a video about his experience on Fire Island and how he realized that it’s a sacred place. Fr. Shay talks about his holy…
Words Matter – James 3:1-12
Sep 11, 2018
Don’t write off this passage as being another silly, outdated exhortation to simply “not say bad words.” Rather, it’s an important reminder that words matter and that they have powerful effects. Read the transcript (PDF) Join Sanctuary Collective, our…
Immigrants are healed & Jesus changes his mind – Mark 7:24-37
Sep 4, 2018
Read the transcript (PDF) Mark 7:24-37 Jesus left that place and went into the region of Tyre. He didn’t want anyone to know that he had entered a house, but he couldn’t hide. In fact, a woman whose young daughter was possessed by an unclean spirit heard…
Does this offend you? John 6:60-69 #throwback
Aug 28, 2018
We’re on summer vacation! The Queer Theology podcast has been “on air” for 4 years and over 200 episodes. All summer long, we’re releasing a throwback episode that looks at the upcoming week’s lectionary. Stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter,…
Wisdom is a Woman – Proverbs 9:1-6 #throwback
Aug 14, 2018
We’re on summer vacation! The Queer Theology podcast has been “on air” for 4 years and over 200 episodes. All summer long, we’re releasing a throwback episode that looks at the upcoming week’s lectionary. Stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter,…
It’s Okay to Not be Okay – 1 Kings 19:4-8 #throwback
Aug 7, 2018
We’re on summer vacation! The Queer Theology podcast has been “on air” for 4 years and over 200 episodes. All summer long, we’re releasing a throwback episode that looks at the upcoming week’s lectionary. Stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter,…
Use Your Gifts – Ephesians 4:1-16 #throwback
Jul 31, 2018
We’re on summer vacation! The Queer Theology podcast has been “on air” for 4 years and over 200 episodes. All summer long, we’re releasing a throwback episode that looks at the upcoming week’s lectionary. Stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter,…
Do the Easy Thing – 2 Kings 5:1-15 #throwback
Jul 24, 2018
We’re on summer vacation! The Queer Theology podcast has been “on air” for 4 years and over 200 episodes. All summer long, we’re releasing a throwback episode that looks at the upcoming week’s lectionary. Stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter,…
With His Body – Ephesians 2:11-22 #throwback
Jul 17, 2018
We’re on summer vacation! The Queer Theology podcast has been “on air” for 4 years and over 200 episodes. All summer long, we’re releasing a throwback episode that looks at the upcoming week’s lectionary. Stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter,…
I Am Not A Prophet – Amos 7:12-15 #Throwback
Jul 10, 2018
We’re on summer vacation! The Queer Theology podcast has been “on air” for 4 years and over 200 episodes. All summer long, we’re releasing a throwback episode that looks at the upcoming week’s lectionary. Here’s your first one! This week Brian and Fr.…
Leaving Can Be Good For You & Them – Mark 6:1-13
Jul 3, 2018
This passage, where Jesus tells his followers to leave and shake the dust of their sandals if they encounter towns unwilling to listen to their message is one that we’ve talked about a few times in podcasts episodes and articles over the years. But…
Forgiveness is with you – Psalm 130
Jun 29, 2018
Read the transcript (PDF) Referenced in the ep: Queer Theology resources 3-part video series on self-care even more self-care resources Psalm 130 I cry out to you from the depths, Lord— my Lord, listen to my voice! Let your ears pay close attention to my…
Bringing About The Kingdom: Mark 4:26-34
Jun 13, 2018
This week, we’re featuring another throwback episode. Today’s episode originally aired in 2015. What do the parables of Jesus about the Kingdom of God have to do with queer and trans organizing for justice? Brian and Fr. Shay talk about activism,…
Even When Your Family Doesn’t Get It: Mark 3:20-35 – Throwback
Jun 7, 2018
Our second-ever throwback episode… this time as a 2nd, bonus episode for the week. This episode originally aired in 2015. If you enjoy the podcast, you can help us reach more people by leaving a review of the show on iTunes. Visit queertheology.com/review…
When liberation turns into oppression – 1 Samuel 8
Jun 5, 2018
This story is about a marginalized group of people finding a bit of liberation, then seeking to recreate some of the very systems they escaped, and in the process turning their back on God and oppressing themselves. In this week’s episode, we explain the…
Christians & LGBT people carry death in our bodies – 2 Corinthians 4:5-12
May 29, 2018
LGBTQ people are intimately with pain, suffering, trauma, and death; it’s part of our collective history and for many of us, it’s part of our personal history too. This passage talks about how Christians “carry Jesus’ death around in our bodies” and that…
How to enter the Kingdom of God – John 3:1-17
May 25, 2018
This passage starts off talking about being born again” … what does that mean? And why must one be “born again” in order to enter the Kingdom of God? And what about Matthew 19 where Jesus says a rich person can’t enter the Kingdom of God and must sell…
Bodies Matter – Ezekiel 37:1-14 – #Throwback
May 17, 2018
We’re trying something new with the Queer Theology Lectionary Podcast… our first ever throwback episode. We first released this episode on Ezekiel 4 years ago. It’s one of the texts for this week’s lectionary and we know many of you weren’t tuned in 4…
The Truly Happy Person – Psalm 1
May 8, 2018
What does it take to be a happy person and lead a righteous life? We think there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to this psalm. Read the transcript (PDF) Psalm 1 The truly happy person doesn’t follow wicked advice, doesn’t stand on the road of…
Divine Revelation & Respectability Politics – Acts 10
May 1, 2018
Peter has a vision and realizes that the lines he drew around what was clean and unclean, pure and impure, in and out, needed to move. We see this again and again in the Hebrew and Christian scriptures. It’s a process that continues even to this day. Read…
Something new is happening here – Acts 8:26 – 40
Apr 24, 2018
It’s easy to think of Christian doctrine as eternal and unchanging, but we see throughout Scripture that our understanding of God, our relationship to the divine, and our relationship with each other shift and grow. That happens over the course of Jesus’s…
This is his commandment… – 1 John 3:16-24
Apr 17, 2018
In this episode, we take a look at what it means to be a follower of Jesus, as told by 1 John. The text tells us to love with action, not words. What does that mean? How does belief fit in with action? Is there a heart change involved too? Read the…
Faith into praxis, politics into activism
Apr 10, 2018
In this episode, we reflect on what we’ve learned from 2 months of looking at the politics of Jesus and look ahead to what we’ll be focusing on next: activism. How does our faith turn into praxis? How does the politics of Jesus motivate us into and guide…
How to handle tough feelings on your faith journey
Apr 3, 2018
When talking about deeply held religious beliefs, it’s only human for all sorts of emotions to dust up. If we’re going to grow as Christians and live into a healthy faith, we need to be able to examine our beliefs to make sure that they’re serving us and…
Holy Week 2018
Mar 27, 2018
We’re smack in the middle of Holy Week and want to make sure you hear these two messages!
Crucify him! – Mark 15:1-15
Mar 20, 2018
Too often, government protects the already-powerful, rather than the vulnerable who need protection. This week, we take a look at the trial of Jesus and uncover the religious and the political meanings inherent in this story. If you’re interested in…
“They tried to bury us…” – John 12:20-33
Mar 13, 2018
Here are some highlights from this week’s episode: “They tried to bury us, they didn’t know we were seeds.” – poet Dinos Christianopoulos When you do what is right, it has repercussions that are so much bigger than you might live to see, and you do it…
The Politics of Jesus
Mar 6, 2018
The personal is political and everything is religious. In this episode, we begin to tease out the political implications of our spiritual conversions to following the way of Jesus. Read the transcript (PDF) There’s a lot to discover when it comes to the…
Collaborating with the empire – John 2:13-22
Mar 4, 2018
In this episode, we look at the story of Jesus turning over tables in the temple, as told by John. Why did he do this, who exactly was he protesting, and what can his actions teach us about how we live our lives today? In the podcast, we mentioned that…
What will you give in exchange for your life? – Mark 8:31-38
Feb 20, 2018
This week, we tease out the tension between “living a good Christian life” as has been come to be defined by the white, straight, conservative status quo and the consequences of following Jesus’s message. We also look at “taking up your” cross and what…
Figuring out your relationship with God – Mark 1:9-15
Feb 13, 2018
In Mark’s gospel, Jesus gets his understanding of himself and his mission confirmed by God… and then forced out into the wilderness. He is baptized into a movement by John the Baptist, who is then arrested. It’s tempting to see “figuring out” ourselves,…
LGBTQ Christians reflect the glory of Jesus Christ – 2 Corinthians 4:1-6
Feb 6, 2018
In this episode, we are challenged by 2 Corinthians 4:1-6 to inspect our faith, our lives, our churches, our communities, and our politics to see if it truly reflects the glory of God and Jesus Christ. Read the transcript (PDF) Show notes This is God’s…
We want to recruit you – 1 Corinthians 9:16-23
Jan 30, 2018
Paul is super passionate about spreading the gospel and so are we! Asking what our queerness can teach us about Christianity doesn’t taint Christianity, it unlocks a greater, more profound, more prophetic dimension that we might otherwise miss. Read the…
Community Question: How do you make spiritual resolutions?
Jan 23, 2018
Fr. Shay recently wrote an article about why you should make spiritual resolutions and in this episode of the podcast, we respond to a reader question and dive into how you can go about doing that. Read the transcript (PDF) In this episode, we reference:…
Change your heart & your life – Mark 1:14-20
Jan 16, 2018
The Gospel of Mark — the earliest written of the gospels — jumps right into the action with the arrest of John the Baptist and the start of Jesus’s public ministry. He calls his first disciples and asks them to change their heart, change their life, and…
You knit me together – Psalm 139
Jan 9, 2018
Brian and Fr. Shay experience this passage in two different ways — and that’s ok! For some, this passage is comforting and for others this is creepy and overbearing. It’s a passage that’s been used against queer and trans people but also maybe has a…
New Year, New You
Jan 2, 2018
Happy New Year from Fr. Shay and Brian! In this week’s episode, we’re talking all about the start of the year and how to enter it with intention without setting a bunch of overwhelming resolutions. This might sound a bit “secular” but living with…
Mary’s understanding of God – Luke 1:47-55
Dec 19, 2017
This week’s passage is part of Mary’s Magnificat — a badass hymn that shows how she understands God. Already, before Jesus is even born, we see the seeds of what will become his ministry planted and nurtured by his mother Mary. Holidays can be tough for…
This is God’s good news – Isaiah 61:1-4
Dec 12, 2017
This passage from Isaiah will become the opening thesis of Jesus’s ministry (as told in Luke 4). In it, we get a sense of God’s priorities (and what will become the priorities of Jesus as well). This is the work that we’re called to be part of. Read the…
John the Baptist & Building on Queer Activism – Mark 1:1-8
Dec 5, 2017
The Gospel of Mark opens with a political statement and goes on to connect the ministry of Jesus to work that has come before. In this week’s podcast, we examine the context and implications of this gospel message and how that relates to our lives and…
Your oppression is not your fault – Isaiah 64:1-9
Nov 28, 2017
We hold a few things in tension with this passage: the beauty of the poetry, the devastation of their situation; our identification with suffering, our disagreement with who is “at fault” here. We dive into it all! Read the transcript (PDF) Show Notes In…
Can you be anti-LGBTQ and a Christian? – Matthew 25:31-46
Nov 21, 2017
This passage in Matthew has some pretty harsh words about God separating out the sheep from the goats, and damning the latter to eternal fire. But who exactly are the goats? And what does one do to end up there? You may have been told that people who…
Listener Questions: How do you know it’s OK to be transgender?
Nov 14, 2017
This week, we take a look at a few listener questions about the intersections of transgender identity and Christian faith. Do you have a question you’d like to see covered? Email [email protected] Read the transcript (PDF)
Faith & Justice – Amos 5:18-24
Nov 8, 2017
This passage from Amos is one of Brian’s all-time favorites. The prophet has some harsh words for religious festivals in the absence of justice and that’s a message that continues to be needed many millennia later. If you want another take on this…
Transgender & Christian 2017
Oct 31, 2017
This month we’re focusing on trans issues at Queer Theology. In this week’s episode, we talk about why that’s important. Read the transcript (PDF)
Why should Christians talk about sex?
Oct 24, 2017
Read the transcript (PDF) In this episode we talk about… Let’s get this started right: sex can be awesome! Questions we get about sex are second only to questions about “is it ok to LGBTQ” here at Queer Theology … we get them almost every single day In…
Don’t get trapped by anti-LGBTQ Christians – Matthew 22:15-22
Oct 17, 2017
In this episode, we look at More snarky Jesus how we get the same few questions at Queer Theology, how that relates to this passage, and what that means for LGBTQ people how Jesus doesn’t really answer the question — and why that’s important Questions…
God’s Comfort – Isaiah 25:1-9
Oct 10, 2017
In this episode, we take a look at the fallacy of the dichotomy between the “Old Testament God” and “New Testament God” who God’s feast and comfort is for a connection between verse 8 and a passage in Revelation the through-line we see in the Hebrew and…
Queer Christians are the cornerstone of the Kingdom – Matthew 21:33-46
Oct 3, 2017
In this episode, we look at… Violence. in the Bible and in the lives of LGBTQ people seeing parallels between anti-LGBTQ Christians and LGBTQ people in this passage anti-LGBTQ teaching has real-world, violent consequences queer Christians are the…
Jesus takes no sh*t – Matthew 21:23-27
Sep 26, 2017
In this week, we look at … how Jesus takes no shit! parallels between the conversation Jesus has with the elders and the conversations queer people are often asked to have with straight, cisgender Christians what it means for queer folks to guard…
The Generosity of God – Matthew 20:1-16
Sep 19, 2017
In this episode, we look at… is this passage about when you say “the prayer” to accept Jesus and then get into heaven? the economic themes that run through the Hebrew and Christian scriptures God’s generosity God’s generosity extends beyond salvation, it…
The Exodus didn’t happen. The Exodus is true. – Exodus 14:19-31
Sep 12, 2017
In this episode, we talk about… this month our theme is “back to basics” of Christianity and of queer theology “The First Crack” how one of Brian’s religion professors (a rabbi) was pivotal in changing his understanding of the Bible (and this passage…
Back to the (Queer Christian) Basics
Sep 5, 2017
In this episode… this month at Queer Theology, we are going “back to the basics” of what it means to be Christian, what it means to be a queer person of faith, and what it means to queer theology Fr. Shay’s difficulty in finding resources for LGBTQ…
Love Is An Action – Romans 12:9-21
Aug 29, 2017
In this episode, we take a look at one of the lectionary readings for Sunday September 3. We dig into Romans 12:9-21 and talk about… how parts of this passage are pulled out of context and abused by some white Christians in response to white supremacists…
A Holy Ruckus – Exodus 1:8-2:10
Aug 22, 2017
In this episode, we look at… the importance of women when they are named in the Bible how “compliments” can be laced with racism how queer people have used humor, campiness, and covert language to survive (and parallels to the story here) God working in…
Is gay sex defiling? – Matthew 15:10-20
Aug 15, 2017
In this episode we look at… LGBTQ Christians are told that our sexuality is dirty and defiling — Jesus disagrees Brian makes a blowjob joke What this passage might say about whether we should stay in unaffirming churches to try to “fix” them Matthew…
A Depressed Prophet – 1 Kings 19:9-14
Aug 8, 2017
In this episode, we talk about… the temptation to look for big signs from God how Elijah is going through a depressive episode in this passage, how that’s not often talked about, and how that contradicts what some of us our taught about faith & mental…
Wrestling with God – Genesis 32:22-31
Aug 1, 2017
In this episode, we talk about… How Jacob wrestling with God can open the door to questions about sexuality, gender, and faith A “hierarchy of control” that Shay learned from his conservative church (and how this passage challenges that) Scripture gives…
The Kingdom of Heaven is like… – Matthew 13:44-46
Jul 25, 2017
In this episode, we look at what the Kingdom of Heaven is like, according to Jesus’s parables how these parables can help us judge whether anti-LGBTQ theology is of God or not Jesus’s audience in his parables (and what that means for us today) what to…
Wild Goose 2017
Jul 23, 2017
In this episode, we catch up on… what the Wild Goose Festival is how (un)affirming Wild Goose was in its first year and how things have changed since moving folks from unaffirming to being advocates for LGBTQ justice our workshop on “Queering the Gospel”…
Why you should read the Bible queerly
Jul 11, 2017
In this episode we talk about… We’re heading to Wild Goose Festival in Hot Springs, NC. If you’ll be there, come to our session “Queering The Gospel” at 10am on Saturday in The Landing. Session info here: wildgoosefestival.org/sessions17-78 Our theme for…
Welcoming Churches – Matthew 10:40-42
Jun 28, 2017
In this episode we look at… LGBTQ “Welcoming” churches who is responsible for making churches welcoming for LGBTQ people queer people are prophets! the divine right that all LGBTQ people have Read the transcript (PDF) Matthew 10:40-42 “Those who receive…
Pride Month 2017
Jun 20, 2017
In this episode we look at all things Pride! Shay’s struggles with LGBTQ Pride and Pride celebrations how “anti-pride” religious messages and internalized shame can get in the way of pride the lack of trans inclusion in many pride celebrations the…
LGBTQ Suffering & Pulse Shooting, one year later – Romans 5:1-8
Jun 13, 2017
In this episode, we talk about… how perseverance and hope can take on special meaning for queer and trans people the anniversary of the shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida the resilience of the LGBTQ community — we’ve been persecuted for so…
LGBTQ People Are Made In God’s Image – Genesis 1:1 – 2:4
Jun 6, 2017
In this episode we talk about… why the creation stories are a pet peeve of Brian’s how this passage sets the tone and expectations for the rest of the Bible (and what that means for queer Christians) How God uses language to create the importance of…
One Queer Body – 1 Corinthians 12:12-13
May 31, 2017
In this episode we talk about… different types of diversity within the queer community (and why that’s important) the importance of recognizing and celebrating different identities (it’s a “melting pot” not a “tossed salad”!) Read the transcript (PDF) 1…
Easter 2017
Apr 11, 2017
In this episode we look at… how to understand the resurrection Surprised by Hope by NT Wright what the resurrection might have meant for the earliest followers of Jesus echoes between resurrection and the queer community the importance of bodies Resources…
Palm Sunday & Holy Week 2017
Apr 4, 2017
In this episode, we talk about… how our experience of Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday is changed when we consider the events in between the historical context of Jesus’s ministry, Palm Sunday, the crucifixion, and resurrection echoes between Palm Sunday and…
Resurrection Miracles – John 11:1-45
Mar 29, 2017
In this episode, we look at… Brian’s doubts about resurrections miracles the historical context of the Gospel of John (and why it matters to this story) What the resurrection means to Shay (and why he really believes in it) What this passage reveals about…
Queering The Bible
Mar 21, 2017
In this episode, we talk about… our upcoming webinar on learning to read scripture from a queer perspective (register at queertheology.com/queerbible) different ways to read the Bible figuring out who we are in Bible stories Brian’s first experience of…
The power of queer community – Genesis 12:1-4
Mar 7, 2017
In this episode we look at … the power that comes from leaving parallels between Abram’s descendants becoming a great nation and the LGBTQ community the ways in which queer people are a blessing to the world Get even more queering the Bible—and learn how…
When I kept silent… – Psalm 32
Feb 28, 2017
In this episode we look at… how this passage resonates with folks who have been in the closet a message of hope for those who feel shame the importance of naming our sins, of bringing are shame out into the light what sin is and what it isn’t what to do…
Transfiguration: Jesus Comes Out – Matthew 17:1-9
Feb 22, 2017
In the coming year, we’re going to be hosting an interactive course on how to read the Bible through a queer lens to understand it more deeply (and faithfully, even!). This passage is one that we’ll look at more closely — and then give you the tools so…
What does it mean to be God’s temple? – 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23
Feb 15, 2017
In this episode we look at… “This is a passage that every LGBTQ person — or any person considering being a sexual being — has heard before” How this passage has been used against LGBTQ people How this passage might give us hope in our current tumultuous…
Will you choose life? – Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Feb 7, 2017
In this episode, Shay and Brian discuss this week’s reading from Deuteronomy and the hard truths to think about. God of the Old Testament is not all judgement and consequences for sin. In this week’s episode we discuss a life of community, healing,…
What does it mean to be a light? – Isaiah 58:7-10
Jan 31, 2017
Sometimes it feels like what the Bible asks of us is disconnected from what religious culture asks of us. What does it mean to be a light to the nation? How do we act as God’s ambassadors in our world? Read the transcript (PDF) Photo by Jyrki Salmi
What does the Lord require? – Micah 6:1-8
Jan 26, 2017
Micah 6:1-8 Hear what the Lord is saying: Arise, lay out the lawsuit before the mountains; let the hills hear your voice! Hear, mountains, the lawsuit of the Lord! Hear, eternal foundations of the earth! The Lord has a lawsuit against his people; with…
Identity
Jan 10, 2017
We are back from our winter break and talking about what’s on tap for Queer Theology in 2017: it’s all about identity. In this episode, we talk about our identities and share information about this year’s synchroblog
Advent, Christmas, and Waiting for 2017
Dec 13, 2016
In this episode we reflect on Advent, Christmas, the changing season, and waiting for 2017. Plus, we share some of our Queer Theology plans for the new year!
Speak in the name of the Lord – James 5:7-10
Dec 6, 2016
James 5:7-10 Therefore, brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord. Consider the farmer who waits patiently for the coming of rain in the fall and spring, looking forward to the precious fruit of the earth. You also…
Psalms, Kings, and Donald Trump – Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19
Dec 1, 2016
Sometimes Scripture comforts us, sometimes it convicts us, and sometimes it does both. In this episode, we look at what sort of king (or president) is God looking for and what role do WE have in doing the work of God? Read the transcript (PDF) To learn…
Self Care in the Christian Lectionary
Nov 22, 2016
This week we take a break from the lectionary readings to focus on self care, why self care is important for LGBTQ Christians, some ways to get started taking care of yourself, and how self care fits into the season of Advent that we’re now in. Show Notes…
An important Transgender Day of Remembrance message for Christians
Nov 15, 2016
This week, we take a break from the lectionary to talk about Transgender Day of Remembrance which is this Sunday, November 20. You can find some sermons, podcasts, and a toolkit over at queertheology.com/tdor
God’s Vision for a New Earth – Isaiah 65:17-25
Nov 11, 2016
In this passage, Isaiah lays out God’s vision for a new Earth. How does it sound to you? And what is our role in ushering that I? Listen to our “A New Heaven and a New Earth” podcast episode on Revelation 21:1-6 Help us out by leaving a review on iTunes…
“The Bible says weird things about marriage” – Luke 20:27-38
Nov 1, 2016
We hear often that “The Bible says X about marriage” and you know what? The Bible says allllll sorts of things of about marriage. In this passage, we learn of a marriage tradition that seems bizarre by today’s standards—and one that Jesus seems to agree…
Sodom & Gomorrah – Isaiah 1:10-18
Oct 25, 2016
This passage has some pretty harsh words for Sodom — but they aren’t what you might expect — and ends with a popular verse about red sins being washed white as snow… that also has a twist you haven’t heard about. Isaiah 1:10-18 Hear the word of the Lord,…
Is it all about getting into heaven?
Oct 21, 2016
This week, Brian takes a look at the essence of Christianity: is it all about getting into heaven? He weaves together his own experience, that of his friends, and passages from Scripture to lay out how he sees Jesus’s ministry and God’s kingdom. If you…
What does it mean to be inspired? – 2 Timothy 3:14 – 4:2
Oct 11, 2016
Show Notes We focus in “Every scripture is inspired by God” and look at what Scriptures exactly this passage is referring to Call out some intellectually dishonest ways this passage has been used We look at what it means for Scripture to be in inspired…
This is my good news … God’s word cannot be imprisoned – 2 Timothy 2:8-13
Oct 4, 2016
2 Timothy 2:8-13 Remember Jesus Christ, who was raised from the dead and descended from David. This is my good news. This is the reason I’m suffering to the point that I’m in prison like a common criminal. But God’s word cannot be imprisoned. This is why…
God did not give you a spirit of timidity! – 2 Timothy 1:6-14
Sep 27, 2016
When you look at your life (and your work and your passions), what makes you come alive? where are you most useful and most of service? In what ways might you be holding yourself back and in what ways might God be inviting you to use your gifts to serve…
Don’t Worry Be Happy? – 1 Timothy 6:6-19
Sep 20, 2016
On the one hand, we want to be happy with what we have and trust God to take care of us. And on the other hand, one day we will likely get old and need to have a plan for our retirement. How do we “live Biblically” when it comes to money without falling…
What the F*#k Do You Do with Money? Luke 16:1-13
Sep 13, 2016
In Luke 16, Jesus tells a parable about a dishonest account who ends up being praised by the master he swindled. We get some seemingly contradictory messages: Use worldly wealth to make friends for yourselves so that when it’s gone, you will be welcomed…
Changing God’s Mind – Exodus 32:7-14
Sep 7, 2016
Sometimes what you think about God reveals something about what you think about yourself or the world around you. In this passage, a petulant God plans to rage destruction upon the Hebrew people but Moses gets God to change God’s mind. Huh? What might we…
You are not ruined – Jeremiah 18:1-11 & Philemon 1-21
Sep 4, 2016
For Brian’s last episode alone while Shay comes back from his speaking travels abroad, we dive way in and take a look at two passages (Jeremiah 18:1-11 & Philemon 1-21) PLUS closing out the episode with the Collect for Sunday. Read the transcript (PDF)…
Psalm 68:4-7,10-11 – God’s Recurring Priorities
Aug 23, 2016
Sometimes Fr. Shay and I feel like we’re a bit of a broken record. I mean, how many times can we possibly talk about justice? Today’s lectionary text reminded Brian that we talk about many of the same themes and issues at Queer Theology because those…
How do you justify Romans? LGBT Clobber Passage
Aug 16, 2016
We got an email recently asking how to understand Romans 1 and whether that passage means that it’s not ok to LGBTQ and Christian. They wrote, This for me is the hardest passage to wrap my head around. I understand with the other passages there are…
Love & Freedom – Galatians 5:1,13-18
Jun 26, 2016
This passages seems full of contradictions: freedom in Christ but also controlling your desires. What does it mean to experience freedom in Christ and how might your desires lead you toward God’s will? Photo Credit by jeronimoooooooo
“Go Off Script” – on the Orlando Massacre at Pulse Nightclub
Jun 15, 2016
Two days after the massacre in Orlando at Pulse Nightclub, we’re still reeling as a community and looking to find ways to move forward in unity and toward justice. This is what is on our hearts. We’d love to hear from you. Suicide Prevention Lifeline –…
How to go from oppressor to ally – Galatians 1:11-24
Jun 1, 2016
In this passage, Paul boasts about his former life as an oppressor (and murderer) of Christians before becoming one himself—and a leader at that. What’s required of a person who has harmed a community? How do you go from being an oppressor to an ally or a…
Is this from God? Galatians 1:1-12
May 24, 2016
Looking looking particularly at verses 6 – 10, Brian & Fr. Shay seek to figure out what’s REALLY from God and how to know what the true “Gospel” is. And, of course, what that means for queer and trans people. Show Notes Galatians 1:1-12 Paul, an…
Queer Virtue: An interview with Rev Liz Edman
May 17, 2016
In this special episode of the Queer Theology podcast, we talk with the Rev Liz Edman, a lesbian priest and author of the new book Queer Virtue: What LGBTQ People Know About Life and Love and How It Can Revitalize Christianity. Buy Queer Virtue Amazon |…
What we learned from 3 years of queering the Bible
May 3, 2016
For the past three years, we’ve given an queer perspective on the Bible. So what did we learn from this weekly LGBTQ Bible study? Why is queering scripture important? And how can you be part of that? Take a listen to this week’s episode!
Obey God – Acts 5:27-41
Apr 5, 2016
Sometimes the rules are unjust and need to be broken. Queer people know that well. In this week’s episode, Fr. Shay and Brian explore the queer activist connections to this passage from Acts 5. Read Acts 5:27 – 41
Doubting Thomas – John 20:19-31
Mar 29, 2016
Is there a place for doubt in the life of faith? The story of Doubting Thomas was a catalyst for Fr. Shay to find his queer self in Scripture. In this episode, we dig into Thomas’s doubt, coming into LGBT identities, and how to write ourselves into…
Are you a new creation? – 1 Corinthians 5:17-21
Mar 1, 2016
On Ash Wednesday, we proclaim “remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return” but in this passage, we are told that we’re part of a new creation. How do we live in the tension of mortality and resurrection? Photo by MichaelTapp
What’s your burning bush? Exodus 3:1-8
Feb 23, 2016
In this passage, Moses is confronted with the voice of God coming from a burning bush. Did that REALLY happen, what might God be telling you, and how can you share that story with others? Read the transcript (PDF) Photo by thintruman
Sassy Jesus Gets Sh*t Done – Luke 13:31-35
Feb 16, 2016
In this passage, Jesus gets a bit sassy as he insists on pressing forward with work despite death threats. Brian and Fr. Shay explore the queer implications. Photo by thetimeisnow2
Piety or Politics? – Romans 10:8-13 & Luke 4:1-13
Feb 9, 2016
In this week, we look at Jesus’s temptation in the desert and Paul’s writing in Romans about calling Jesus Lord to be saved. Is it about personal declarations of piety? Or is there something political going on there? Photo by sfkjr
Prophetic Stories – Isaiah 6:1-18
Feb 6, 2016
Isaiah tells the fantastical story of God asking whom God should send. There are angels and wings and flying and smoke and earthquakes! How might stories change YOUR world? That’s what we look at in this week’s queer lectionary podcast. Photo by…
Gifts for the Common Good – 1 Corinthians 12:4-11
Jan 12, 2016
In this week’s podcast Brian and Fr. Shay talk about different types of gifts and how those gifting play out in community. What do different gifting teach us? How can this passage be applied to our relationships as well? Find out on this week’s episode!…
Different Types of Activism – Isaiah 42:1-9
Jan 5, 2016
In this week’s podcast Brian and Fr. Shay talk about different types of activism and which ones are acceptable/most useful. What does this passage say about how we should interact with the world? All that and more on this week’s podcast. Read the…
The Light In Us: John 1:1-18
Dec 29, 2015
Happy New Year from the Queer Theology guys! In this week’s podcast we take a look at a poetic passage from the Gospel of John. What does this passage say to queer and transgender folks? How might it be a comfort and an encouragement to us? Check out…
Submit to What?? Colossians 3:12-21
Dec 22, 2015
In this week’s podcast Brian and Fr. Shay take on one super problematic passage. What do we do with a passage like this? How might we be able to read it differently? Queerly? Find out in this week’s episode! Are you dealing with family or friends who…
Self-Care and the Holidays
Dec 15, 2015
In this week’s podcast Brian and Fr. Shay talk about how they’ve navigated difficult family situations and what self-care practices they find to be most helpful. They tackle tricky conversations with parents, navigating boundaries, and reveal a new…
The Body of Christ Has AIDS
Dec 1, 2015
Brian and Fr. Shay talk about World AIDS Day. What are the implications for the church? What can we learn from people with HIV? All of this and more on this podcast. We made a shareable graphic for social media and a cover photo for Facebook. Click each…
Queer Theology Synchroblog 2015 Announcement
Nov 11, 2015
In this week’s podcast we announce our annual Queer Theology Synchroblog theme and how you can participate! This is one of the most popular things we do each year and each year it gets bigger and better! This year our theme is Sex and Bodies. Write an…
What Kind of God? Psalm 146:7-10
Nov 3, 2015
This week’s passage is all about justice. But what does this Psalm teach us about our images of God? What do we learn about the character of God? Find out by tuning in to this week’s podcast! Read the transcript (PDF) Photo by dying regime
A New Heaven and A New Earth: Revelation 21:1-6
Oct 28, 2015
On this All Saint’s Day, Brian and Fr. Shay tackle an oft quoted passage from the book of Revelation. How do we make sense of this passage? How do we understand the afterlife? All that and more on this week’s podcast. Photo by Stuck in Customs
Your Faith Has Made You Well: Mark 10:46-52
Oct 25, 2015
In this week’s lectionary podcast Brian and Fr. Shay talk about one of the healing narratives in Mark. What does the healing of a blind man have to do with queer and trans liberation? What can the reaction of the crowd teach us about what it means to be…
The Nones Are All Right: an interview with Kaya Oakes
Oct 19, 2015
In this week’s podcast we interview Kaya Oakes, author of the new book “The Nones Are All Right”. We talk about what it means to be religious, how we build community, and more. Check out this week’s special podcast.
Make the Work of Our Hands Last: Psalm 90:12-17
Oct 6, 2015
In this week’s podcast Brian and Fr. Shay talk about the power of morning prayer and meditation. What does this Psalm teach us about beginning our day? How can we set good intentions for our lives? Listen in! Read the transcript (PDF) Photo by Nithi clicks
Welcome the Children: Mark 10:2-16
Sep 29, 2015
What does it mean to be childlike? What can we learn from children in our worship spaces? Brian and Fr. Shay talk about the meaning of children in this week’s podcast. Photo by Tom Maisey
Weep and Moan: James 5:1-6
Sep 22, 2015
Talk about a mic drop! The author of James lays it all out in this week’s lectionary text. How does this text speak to queer and trans people? What do we do with texts that are at once comforting and challenging? We struggling through this passage…
A Place for Anger: Psalm 54
Sep 15, 2015
In this week’s podcast Brian and Fr. Shay talk about one of the “angry Psalms”. Can there be a space for anger in faith? What is the place for anger/rage? How does this Psalm speak to queer/trans people? All that and more in this week’s podcast! Read the…
Faith Without Works Is Dead: James 2:14-18
Sep 9, 2015
This passage from James takes on the idea that you can believe things without living them out. What good are intentions if actions don’t back them up? What does it mean to really live out your faith in the world? How is this passage both comforting and…
Who Do You Favor? // James 2:1-5
Sep 1, 2015
This week’s lectionary passage sounds like it could have been written yesterday. With problems of favoritism still popping up in our churches and political movements, how do we move forward? In this week’s podcast Brian and Fr. Shay talk about…
Does Queer Sex Make You Unclean? – Mark 7:1-8,14-15, 21-23
Aug 26, 2015
What makes someone unclean? How does this passage about food relate to queer sex? Brian and Fr. Shay talk about being clean and what makes something clean or unclean.
Does this offend you? – John 6:60-69
Aug 18, 2015
Jesus gets a little snarky in this week’s Gospel reading and Brian and Fr. Shay respond. What happens when Jesus makes demands of the people following him? What does that have to do with us today? In this podcast we talk about solidarity, living on the…
Wisdom is a Woman – Proverbs 9:1-6
Aug 11, 2015
Why does it matter that Wisdom is personified as a woman? What can we learn from this passage? Who have been the people who have spoken wisdom into your life? Brian and Fr. Shay talk about all of this and more. Photo by MjZ Photography
It’s Okay to Not be Okay – 1 Kings 19:4-8
Aug 4, 2015
In this week’s passage Brian and Fr. Shay talk about admitting that you’re not okay and what it means to take care of yourself. What does self care look like? What are the messages we’ve been taught in our churches about mental health and depression? All…
Use Your Gifts – Ephesians 4:1-16
Jul 28, 2015
What have you been taught about the things you like to do? About the ways to stand up for justice? Have you been discouraged or feeling like you have to be someone you are not? Then this is the podcast for you. Brian and Fr. Shay talk about using your…
Queering Theology
Jul 23, 2015
Why did we choose to focus on the lectionary for the podcast? What does it mean to queer the lectionary? How does the work of queering texts impact our daily lives? In this week’s podcast we take a meta look at why.
With His Body – Ephesians 2:11-22
Jul 14, 2015
In this week’s podcast Brian and Fr. Shay talk about the resonance of the phrase “with his body he broke down the barrier of the hatred that divided us.” Why does this phrase have so much meaning? What does it mean to break down the barriers with our…
I Am Not A Prophet – Amos 7:12-15
Jul 8, 2015
This week Brian and Fr. Shay tackle a short (and rather random) passage from the book of Amos. What does Amos’s response to being called a prophet have to teach us today? What does it mean to be a prophet in our own communities? All this and more on this…
Shake It Off, Shake It Off – Mark 6:1-13
Jun 30, 2015
In this week’s lectionary text, Jesus gives his followers explicit instructions on what to do if they are not welcome in a place. What might the LGBTQ community learn from those instructions? Brian and Fr. Shay talk about welcome, inclusion, being…
What Does Healing Look Like? Mark 5:21-43
Jun 23, 2015
This week the lectionary gives us two stories of healing. What do we do with stories like this? What do they have to say to our modern context? How do they apply to the lives of queer and trans people? Brian and Fr. Shay talk about their reactions to…
Pride is a virtue
Jun 16, 2015
What is the meaning of Pride for queer and trans people? Is there a conflict between Christianity and the celebration of Pride? What about the corporate sponsorship of Pride? In this week’s podcast we’re talking all about Pride!
Even When Your Family Doesn’t Get It: Mark 3:20-35
Jun 2, 2015
This week Brian and Fr. Shay tackle a passage where Jesus struggles with his family. What can we learn from this passage? How does this relate to the struggles of queer and trans people? All this and more on this week’s podcast! Read Mark 3:20-35 There’s…
God Did Not Give You A Spirit of Fear – Romans 8:14-17
May 26, 2015
What does it mean for us to be children of God? How do we move past the fear of coming out and of hell and embrace a healthy faith? What could it do for us if we embraced a spirit of courage? Brian and Fr. Shay talk about what it means to be afraid and…
The Power of Community
May 20, 2015
Today the church celebrates Pentecost. What does that have to do with Queer Theology and our growing community? And how might we dive deeper into community? Brian and Fr. Shay talk about all of this and tell you about a new initiative for support and…
When Queer People Love Each Other, There God Is: 1 John 4:11-16
May 12, 2015
This is our 100th podcast! This week’s passage is all about LOVE! What does it mean when we say that God is love? What does that look like? Brian and Fr. Shay talk about where they see the love of God.
Nothing God Makes Is Unclean: Acts 10
May 10, 2015
How can a story of visions, Gentiles, and baptism relate to the struggle for inclusion of LGBTQ folks? What does this passage teach us about God’s circle of welcome? Brian and Fr. Shay talk about the story of Peter and Cornelius and what it might have to…
What Does Solidarity Look Like? – Acts 9:26-31
Apr 28, 2015
What does the story of Paul have to teach us about what it means to be in solidarity with marginalized people? What does it look like to do the work to be a supporter and advocate for queer and transgender folks? In this week’s podcast Brian and Fr. Shay…
Queer People Bring Salvation: Acts 4:8-12
Apr 21, 2015
This week Brian and Fr. Shay talk about “the stone the builders rejected” and how that relates to queer and transgender people in the church. Where does salvation come from? Who has the good news? Could it be that good news comes from us? Photo by Jason…
Jesus’s Body Matters – Luke 22:35-48
Apr 14, 2015
Brian and Fr. Shay talk about the importance and complexity of the post-resurrection stories. What does it mean that Luke stresses the bodily-ness of Jesus’s resurrection? What do we do with these stories? Is there room for doubt here? All this and more…
A Community of Care – Acts 4:32-35
Apr 7, 2015
Have you ever been in a community where you felt really cared for? Where all your needs have been met? Where there was, truly, no needy among you? Is this just a dream or could it be reality? Brian and Fr. Shay talk about this famous passage from the book…
An Empty Tomb? // Easter 2015
Mar 31, 2015
John 20:1-9, Matthew 28:1-10 What does Easter mean to you? What does it mean for the Christian community today? Brian and Fr. Shay talk about their impressions of the Jesus story, especially as it relates to the resurrection.
Why Do We Do This? Maundy Thursday
Mar 24, 2015
John 13:1-17, 31b-35, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 Brian and Fr. Shay talk about the origins of the Eucharist and the different traditions they grew up with. What does footwashing mean? How can we reframe the traditions of the bread and the cup? Listen in and…
Stories Can Change the World
Mar 17, 2015
What stories have impacted your life? How can storytelling be a powerful tool for change in the world? Brian and Fr. Shay share about stories that have impacted their lives and about the power of telling their own stories. If you want to support the…
Your Sassy Gay BFF? – Psalm 137
Mar 11, 2015
What do we do with the violence and anger in a text like Psalm 137? Can anger be a good and holy emotion? How does this passage relate to the stereotype of the “sassy gay best friend”? All this and more as Brian and Fr. Shay tackle a complex text.
Bodies Are More Valuable Than Windows – John 2:13-25
Mar 3, 2015
What does Jesus turning over the tables in the Temple have to do with the modern protest movement in Ferguson? What is our definition of nonviolent activism? Brian and Fr. Shay tackle a complicated passage in this week’s podcast. Photo by Daniel Arauz
Jesus Comes Out – Mark 9:2-10
Feb 24, 2015
In the coming year, we’re going to be hosting an interactive course on how to read the Bible through a queer lens to understand it more deeply (and faithfully, even!). This passage is one that we’ll look at more closely — and then give you the tools so…
We Are Christ’s Ambassadors – 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2
Feb 17, 2015
What does it mean to be God’s ambassadors? What are God’s priorities and what does it look like live those priorities out? Brian and Fr. Shay tackle the lectionary passage for Ash Wednesday and talk about what it means for us at Queer Theology.
Behold I Am Doing Something New! Isaiah 43:18-19, 21-22, 24-25
Feb 10, 2015
We’re still dwelling on the New Year and what it means for us. In this week’s podcast Brian and Fr. Shay talk about forgetting the things that came before so you can focus on what’s new. We share stories about the shame we carry and how we’re leaving it…
God Is To Be Praised: Psalm 146:1-6
Feb 3, 2015
Why do we praise God? Often we are told to praise God because of power or might, but this week we read a Psalm that puts a different spin on why we praise God. Brian and Fr. Shay talk about this gentle and comforting passage.
Marriage is a Distraction: 1 Corinthians 7:32-35
Jan 27, 2015
We’ve got another doozy of a passage this week, again from 1 Corinthians. What do we do with this section that says that marriage is a distraction from the things of God? Does this passage imply that queer sexuality is wrong or that celibacy is required…
After John Went To Jail: Mark 1:14-15
Jan 20, 2015
Brian and Fr. Shay look at Jesus’ radicalizing moment and what that has to teach the modern Christian movement. What are the moments that you can look to in your own life that changed how you moved through the world? How have those moments continued to…
Your Body Is A Temple: 1 Corinthians 6:13-15, 17-20
Jan 13, 2015
What do we do with passages that talk about sexuality immorality? As queer and trans folks how do we reclaim passages that have been used against us? Brian and Fr. Shay tackle a passage that talks about sexual immorality and what we do with passages like…
Happy New Year 2015!
Jan 6, 2015
Brian and Fr. Shay are kicking off a new year of the Reading Queerly podcast and Queer Theology by sharing some of their hopes and dreams for the new year. What did they love about 2014? What are they looking forward to in 2015? You can also share your…
Advent: What Are We Waiting For
Dec 16, 2014
This week Brian and Fr. Shay talk about Advent and present the final podcast for 2014! What about this church season resonates? What does all of this waiting call us to do?
Mary, the Fierce Mother of God – Luke 1:46-48, 49-54
Dec 9, 2014
It’s the third week of Advent and we’re talking about Mary! What can we learn from Mary? How did Mary influence the thinking of Jesus? Brian and Fr. Shay talk about the power of Mary’s song and what it means for us today.
What Kind Of Person Do You Want To Be? – 2 Peter 3:8-14
Dec 2, 2014
Brian and Fr. Shay talk about the end times and what it means to be human. If the world is ending, what does that mean for us? What kind of people are we supposed to be? How do we make the most of the time we’ve been given? Photo by Gruenewiese86
Trust Your Experiences – 1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Nov 25, 2014
Often queer and trans people are told that their experiences of faith are suspect because they are “biased”. This week Brian and Fr. Shay tackle this insidious talking point by look at what 1 Corinthians has to say about trusting your experience and gifts.
Who Gets Eternal Life? – Matthew 25:31-46
Nov 11, 2014
This week Brian and Fr. Shay talk about a well-known passage. Why are some folks so quick to push this passage aside? What does this text have to say about interfaith dialogue? All this and more!
God Wants You To Be Happy – Psalm 128:1-5
Nov 11, 2014
Almost a complete opposite of last week’s passage where God calls religious festivals trash; this week we see a passage all about prosperity and well-being. Can a passage like this be of any use to the queer community? Listen in and find out! Read the…
Does God Really Hate Worship Bands? – Amos 5:18-24
Nov 4, 2014
Is there something inherently wrong with performative worship? What kind of worship is pleasing to God? How do we get people mobilized for justice work? Lots of questions in this week’s podcast about justice movements! Listen in!
All Saints Day – Matthew 5:1-12
Oct 28, 2014
Brian and Fr. Shay record a special podcast for All Saints Day. What does the Sermon on the Mount have to do with sainthood? What is the value of honoring saints? And how is the view of Sainthood that’s presented in this passage different from the one we…
God’s Destruction – Exodus 22:20-26
Oct 21, 2014
Brian and Fr. Shay talk about the complexities of how we read Scripture, especially when we read messages about insiders and outsiders and God’s wrath and destruction. What is the point of passages like these? What can we learn from them? How do we read…
Need and Plenty – Philippians 4:12-14
Oct 14, 2014
This week Brian and Fr. Shay talk about finances, work, and money. What does it mean to have enough? What is our responsibility around money as queer people? As people of faith? What does it mean to be content? Let’s dig into these tough questions…
The Kingdom Is Ours – Matthew 21:33-43
Sep 30, 2014
This week’s lectionary text is one of Jesus’ weird parables. Brian and Fr. Shay share their ideas on what it means for queer people to be the stones that the builders rejected. The Kingdom of God belongs to those who bear good fruit so what does that mean…
Survive/Thrive
Sep 23, 2014
Brian and Fr. Shay go off book this week to talk about a theme that has been percolating a lot for them. What does survival mean for the queer and trans community? What would it look like to move past survival into thriving? We’re exploring this theme in…
Paul’s Ambiguous Message – Philippians 1:20-24
Sep 16, 2014
A short little passage that packs a lot into a few verses. What do we do with Paul’s ambiguous messages around the body and his desire for death? Brian and Fr. Shay tackle the complexity this passage. Show Notes Spit & Spirit HOPE (DESPAIR) #FaithInTheFog…
How Do You Know What Is True? – Exodus 14:19-31
Sep 9, 2014
Brian and Fr. Shay talk about the difference between historical fact and truth. What does it mean for our faith if things like “The Exodus” aren’t historically factual? What particular gift do queer people have to offer in the realm of Biblical…
Let No Debt Remain – Romans 13:8-10
Sep 2, 2014
What does it mean to love one another? What does it mean to stand in solidarity with one another? Brian and Fr. Shay talk about caring for one another and what it might mean to “let no debt remain.” Photo by Justin Lowery
Fire In Our Bones – Jeremiah 20:7-9
Aug 27, 2014
Do we feel alienated because of our queerness or because of God? What is it that compels us to stay in the church? Brian and Fr. Shay take on a tough passage from Jeremiah and interpret it with hope. Read the transcript (PDF) Photo by Johan J.Ingles-Le…
Put Your Body On the Line – Romans 12:1-7
Aug 19, 2014
This week Brian and Fr. Shay look at Romans 12:1-7. What does it mean to be a living sacrifice? How can we talk about and work for justice in the face of situations that feel overwhelming or far away? How can we look at all of this, especially in light of…
Is America A City On A Hill? – Isaiah 56:1, 6-8
Aug 12, 2014
This week Brian and Fr. Shay talk about the refugee crisis and immigration. How is immigration a queer and Christian issue? What does the Bible have to say about the plight of immigrants? What is the responsibility of the United States in the face of this…
Redefine The Missionary Position – Romans 10:5-15
Aug 6, 2014
Do queer and transgender Christians have a reason to evangelize? What does it mean to share the Good News in our own context? Brian and Fr. Shay talk about what evangelism might mean for us today. Read the transcript (PDF)
Share & Share Alike
Jul 30, 2014
The podcast is back and we are looking at Matthew 14:13-21 and Isaiah 55:1-5. What do these passages have to teach the church about living into abundance? What is the vision here around food justice? What can the queer community teach the church? Brian…
“We Were Never Meant to Survive”
Jul 26, 2014
For my day job I work at a mainline church with a mostly older, wealthy, white, congregation. It’s a place that has been good to me, but where I sometimes feel out of step. This year I was asked to be the guest preacher for our annual Pride Sunday. I…
God is On Our Side – Jeremiah 20:10-13
Jun 17, 2014
What does it mean that God is on our side? How can this passage be a comfort to queer and trans* people of faith? Brian and Fr. Shay talk about persecution, feeling oppressed, and how this passage gives them hope.
God Is Your Wingman – Genesis 1:1-2:4
Jun 10, 2014
The Genesis Creation story is often used to condemn queer folks for their sexuality and transgender people for their gender identities. In this week’s podcast Brian offers an imaginative retelling of the Genesis story and offers us a new window into how…
Get A Bigger Vision – Acts 2:1-21
Jun 3, 2014
It’s Pentecost 2014 and Brian and Fr. Shay are talking about dreaming dreams and having visions! What does this text have to say to our modern church and the modern queer and trans movement? How have our visions become narrow as we’ve seen success? How…
Mary Was With Them – Acts 1:12-14
May 28, 2014
This week Brian and Fr. Shay base an entire podcast on three verses. What in the world do these verses have to say to us today? How do we deal with our families and our queer identities? What do Mary and Jesus’ Brothers have to do with queer activism? All…
A Comforter Will Come – John 14:15-21
May 20, 2014
Brian and Fr. Shay talk about the Gospel reading for May 25th. What does it mean that a Comforter will come to us? How does this passage speak comfort to queer and transgender Christians? What does it mean to keep the commandments of Jesus? All this and…
Repent & Be Saved! – Acts 2:14-41
May 6, 2014
Brian and Fr. Shay talk about Peter’s altar call and what it has to say to queer and trans Christians today. What do we need to repent of? What does it mean that death no longer has a hold on us? What does all of this mean in our movement for liberation?…
When the Work Begins – Luke 24:13-35
Apr 29, 2014
Brian and Fr. Shay talk about the disciples on the road to Emmaus who have an encounter with Jesus. What do we do with these post-resurrection stories? How do grapple with what is “true” and what is “real”? What can the encounter on the road to Emmaus…
And There Were No Needy Among Them – Acts 2:42-47
Apr 22, 2014
The Queer Lectionary Podcast turns ONE! Brian and Fr. Shay celebrate the one year anniversary of the podcast! What can the queer community learn from the early church in the book of Acts? What can the church learn from the queer community? We tackle a…
Unlikely Witnesses – Matthew 28:1-10
Apr 15, 2014
Happy Easter! Brian and Fr. Shay queer the resurrection. What does it mean that Jesus first appears to women? How can we read this story as inspiration for queer and trans people? Tackle these questions and more on this week’s podcast! Photo Credit:…
Jesus Steals a Donkey – Matthew 21:1-11
Apr 8, 2014
What does the Palm Sunday story have in common with ACT UP and Queer Nation? How is Palm Sunday similar to political protest? Brian and Fr. Shay queer a familiar passage and talk about the implications for queer and trans organizing.
Bodies Matter – Ezekiel 37:1-14
Apr 1, 2014
This week Brian and Fr. Shay tackle a well known passage from Ezekiel. What does this text have to say about queer and trans bodies? How can we queer this passage? All this and more on this week’s podcast! Read the transcript (PDF) Ezekiel 37:1-14 The…
Children of Light – Ephesians 5:8-14
Mar 25, 2014
Brian and Fr. Shay talk about what it means to be Children of Light. How do we reclaim a text that people could say condemns queer and trans people? How does shining a light on our queerness alleviate shame? In this week’s podcast we queer and reclaim a…
The Kingdom is Bigger – John 4:5-42
Mar 18, 2014
Brian and Fr. Shay tackle the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman. What does this story tell us about the Kingdom of God and the mission of Jesus? How do we push past a trite reading of the passage? This week’s podcast raises questions of inclusion,…
God Is On Our Side – Psalm 121
Mar 11, 2014
Brian and Shay take a look at a comforting passage from the Psalms and share what it has meant to them on their own journey. Then they raise the question, “What might we be inspired to do if we believed God is on our side?” Read the transcript (PDF)
The Temptation of Christ (and Us) – Matthew 4:1-11
Mar 5, 2014
Brian and Shay tackle the temptation of Jesus and what it means to us today. What do these temptations have to say to the church? Are the temptations personal or political? Does buying into the system protect us? All this and more on this week’s podcast.
Jesus Comes Out – Matthew 17:1-9
Feb 25, 2014
Brian and Shay talk about Jesus’ Transfiguration and what it means. If the Transfiguration is Jesus’ coming out moment, what comes next? How can the Transfiguration be read in a queer way?
God’s Temple – 1 Corinthians 3:16-23
Feb 18, 2014
What does it mean to be God’s Temple? Is the way to honor God’s temple simply not smoking, drinking or having sex? Brian and Shay queer a popular passage from 1 Corinthians and show how it can be read in a whole new way. Photo by shrff14
Feeding the Head & the Heart
Feb 11, 2014
With this week’s podcast Brian and Shay pull back the curtain and reveal some of the inner motivations that led to the creation of Queer Theology and why they do things the way they do. What does it mean for theology to be “devotional”? What issues are…
Salt of the Earth – Matthew 5:13-16
Feb 4, 2014
What does it mean to be the salt of the earth? Is it a good thing or a bad thing to be a “Christian in public”? Brian and Shay tackle these questions (and also recount their stories of “See You At the Pole”) in this week’s podcast. Photo by @Doug88888
The Low Class & Low Life Followers of God – 1 Corinthians 1:26-31
Jan 28, 2014
Brian and Shay tackle a passage from 1 Corinthians that they think has special relevance for the queer and transgender community. What does this passage have to say about queer and transgender people being used to do the work of God? How are our…
Come & Follow – Matthew 4:12-23
Jan 21, 2014
How is Jesus’ call to “come and follow” different from his call in last week’s passage to “come and see”? What does it mean to leave everything and follow Jesus? What does this call say to queer and transgender people in today’s world? Listen in to the…
Come & See – John 1:29-42
Jan 14, 2014
Brian and Shay share what resonates with them in this passage from John. What does the call of Jesus to “come and see” have to do with queer theology? What does it mean for us as queer people to invite others to “come and see”? Photo by mugley
Marking Moments – Matthew 3:13-17
Jan 7, 2014
What does the baptism of Jesus have to say to queer and trans people of faith? What is the importance of having rituals to mark changes in life situation? What new rituals do we need to develop as a church? Brian and Shay tackle all of this and more on…
Sanding Down the Edges John 1:1-18
Dec 31, 2013
How does history treat heroes? What do Martin Luther King Jr., the Stonewall Riots, Jesus, and Harvey Milk have in common? What does this John passage mean to queer and trans people? Tune in for a lively discussion about what it means to be prophetic.
What Kind of King? Isaiah 9:2-7
Dec 24, 2013
Merry Christmas from Brian and Shay! Today we’re talking about the lectionary passage for December 24. What kind of future does the prophet Isaiah paint? What message does it have for those of us working for queer liberation?
What Child Is This? Matthew 1:18-24
Dec 18, 2013
What’s up with Matthew’s birth narrative? What does it mean that Jesus was born where and when he was? What can we learn from this story as queer people? Brian and Shay tackle a common Christmas story and put a queer spin on it.
Waiting on Advent
Dec 10, 2013
Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalm 146:5-10 Brian and Shay talk about the meaning of Advent and how counter-cultural it is. What can we learn from waiting and longing? How does the Christmas story go against our American sensibilities?
Prepare the Way of the Lord – Matthew 3:1-12
Dec 3, 2013
Brian and Shay tackle the Gospel passage for the second week of Advent. What is it about John the Baptist that is so captivating? What can queer and trans people learn from the message in these verses?
Choosing to Die – Luke 23:33-43
Nov 19, 2013
What about the story of Jesus crucifixion between two thieves is so compelling? Brian and Shay talk about this text and how it confronts us and forces us to change.
War on Who? – Luke 21:5-19
Nov 12, 2013
This week we talk about what it means to be persecuted for your faith. Is there really a war on Christians in the United States? How do we understand Jesus’ words in Luke that say we will be hated by those around us?
Transgender Day of Remembrance 2013
Nov 5, 2013
Brian and Shay have a special podcast for Transgender Day of Remembrance. They talk about what this day means to them and offer specific ways that you can observe this special event. To learn more about Transgender Day of Remembrance visit…
All Saints Day 2013
Oct 29, 2013
Who Are Your Saints? Brian and Shay talk about the festival of All Saints. What does it mean to have a day to remember and celebrate the saints? How can All Saints’ Day be commemorated queerly?
What about sin? – Luke 28:9-14
Oct 22, 2013
Brian and Shay tackle this week’s uncomfortable Gospel reading. What is the difference between the tax collector and the Pharisee? What does this passage have to say to us today?
Do the Easy Thing – 2 Kings 5:1-15
Oct 8, 2013
Brian and Shay take a look at the story of Naaman and explore how it compares to the queer experience. Why do we sometimes believe we have to make things hard on ourselves? What would it look like if we simply decided to do the easy thing instead. Read…
Fan the Flame – 2 Timothy 1:1-14
Oct 1, 2013
Brian and Shay talk about the gift of queer testimony and making space for queer and trans* people to tell their stories. Check out this year’s Queer Theology Synchroblog!
Names – Luke 16:19-31
Sep 24, 2013
Brian and Shay talk about the story of Lazarus and the Rich Man in this week’s podcast. What are the importance of names in the story? What are the importance of names in the queer community? Tackling issues of Transgender Day of Remembrance and more,…
Is There a Balm in Gilead? – Jeremiah 8:18-9:1
Sep 17, 2013
What is the role of negative emotion in the life of a Christian? Is it ever okay to be angry and rage? What is the role of a preacher in creating space for anger? Brian and Shay tackle a passage from Jeremiah. Photo credit: Original by Moyan Brenn,…
Where do you fit in? – Luke 15:1-10
Sep 10, 2013
Jesus tells two parables about lost things and Brian and Shay wonder about where we find ourselves in Jesus’ stories. Are you the shepherd or the sheep? The widow or the coin? Or are you one of the legal experts listening? How does our social location…
A Cost Involved: Luke 14:25-33
Sep 3, 2013
Brian and Shay tackle a tough discipleship passage in Luke. What is required of us when we follow Jesus? How does this passage speak to people who consider themselves allies of the queer and/or trans* community? We think the call to discipleship is harder…
Missing the Point – Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16
Aug 27, 2013
Brian and Shay tackle a passage that talks about marriage and sexual immorality! We talk about overcoming our own fear in reclaiming this text and also about the propensity of people to miss the point of this passage. With a dash of queer sexual ethics…
What Will You Be Called? – Isaiah 58:9b-14
Aug 23, 2013
This week we talk about how the prevalence of texts about justice and how much that means to us as people of faith. We also ask questions about what our communities think of us and if we’re really making a difference. Read the transcript (PDF) Isaiah…
Run The Race – Hebrews 11:29-12:2
Aug 13, 2013
What does it mean to have faith? Who belongs in our “great cloud of witnesses”? Brian and Shay talk about the lectionary texts for August 18, 2013; Hebrews 11:29-12:2 and explore how they can be read queerly.
What Worship Is Required? – Isaiah 1:10-20
Aug 6, 2013
Brian and Shay talk about the prophetic call of the Isaiah passage. What does this passage teach us about the Biblical interpretation of Sodom and Gomorrah? What is our responsibility when it comes to being the church? What does conversion mean? Read the…
Communal Tradition – Psalm 107
Jul 30, 2013
Brian and Shay talk about how the Psalms can bring meaning to community. What role do the Psalms play in communal dreaming? How do these songs give hope in the face of oppression. Read the transcript (PDF) Psalm 107 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is…
What Are You Asking For? Luke 11:1-13
Jul 23, 2013
Brian and Shay talk about the importance of dreaming big dreams and asking for audacious requests. What are the things we’re asking for from our church communities? Where should our dreams be bigger and our asks more daring?
What’s Your Role? Luke 10:38-42
Jul 16, 2013
Brian and Shay talk about Mary and how she violates gender roles in order to be closer to Jesus and what the implications are for the church today.
It’s In Your Heart: Deut 30:9-14
Jul 9, 2013
Brian and Shay talk about the message that queer people have been given. We talk about learning to trust ourselves, to trust our experiences, and to speak from our truth. Read the transcript (PDF)
Shake It Off – Luke 10:1-11
Jul 3, 2013
Brian and Shay talk about what it means to leave a church or a community as a form of protest. When you decide to leave, how should you do it? What does it mean to leave a community? Read the transcript (PDF)
Passing the Mantle – 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14
Jul 1, 2013
Brian and Shay talk about how important it is to honor the people who came before us and also to pass off the work to a new generation. How can we handle transitions well? How do we create rituals to mark important moments in our lives? Read the…
Got Demons? – Luke 8:26-39
Jun 20, 2013
Brian and Shay talk about the political overtones of the casting demons into the swine and what it means for us as American citizens. What could it mean for us as queer people, as Americans, and as Christians to “de-colonize” our minds? Read the…
How are sins forgiven? Luke 7:36-8:3
Jun 13, 2013
This week, Brian & Fr. Shay look at Jesus’s encounter with a “sinful woman” and — perhaps more importantly — Simon’s reaction to the experience. What sins are forgiven? How? And why? We cover all that and more, queerly as often, in this week’s podcast.…
Don’t Ask Permission: Galatians 1:11-24
Jun 4, 2013
Galatians 1: 11-24: In this podcast Brian and Shay talk about recovering from fundamentalism and what it means to be converted. We also talk about asking for permission and trusting our own stories. (4:48) We’d love to hear your thoughts on this week’s…
Which Gospel do you follow? – Galatians 1:1-12
Jun 2, 2013
This week on Reading Queerly, Fr Shay and Brian give unpack Galatians 1:1 – 12 and offer a few tips for pastors looking to preach on this text. We talk about defining the Gospel of Jesus Being courageous to preach a costly Gospel and the rewards of…
Holy Flamers: Pentecost Sunday 2013
May 20, 2013
It’s Pentecost this Sunday and this week on Reading Queerly: The Queer Lectionary Podcast, we’re talking about the story of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-21) and Romans 8:14-17. This episode is–suprisingly–flaming pun-free. We do talk about The Spirit of God…
Faith In Action & Costly Conversion: Acts 16:16-34
May 12, 2013
In this episode of Reading Queerly: The Queer Lectionary Podcast, Shay and I look at Acts 16:16 – 34 from this Sunday’s lectionary. Here’s what’s in store for you: Paul & Silas come into conflict with businessmen and the government — what does that mean…