Transgender clergy now serve openly in several mainline and progressive Christian denominations. Churches that espouse traditional Christian theology have not allowed transgender persons to be clergy as they do not accept transgender identity as a Biblical expression of personhood. Several of the transgender clergy below caused disorder in their churches and denominations when they insisted on recognition. Several of them have left diminished or destroyed churches in their paths. Below are brief biographies of the openly transgender clergy serving in the United States today.
The Episcopal Church (approved transgender ordination at its 2012 General Convention)
The Reverend Carolyn Woodall is a deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin, California. Formerly the Deputy Public Defender in Sonora, Woodall now has a small criminal defense practice in addition to serving as deacon for St. James Episcopal Church. Woodall serves as the Chair of the Stakeholders' Council of Integrity USA, "the leading grassroots voice for the full inclusion of LGBT persons in the Episcopal Church." more >>
Never heard of Charles "Chuck" Colson? Neither had I until graduate school, a mere five years ago. It was a particularly challenging time in my life. A recently broken relationship toppled with a concentration change and downright theological confusion. I'll spare you the details, but the rejection stirred within me desperation for approval and affirmation. So I began questioning tradition in search of what I thought to be a more acceptable, progressive version of Christianity. Thank God, someone took notice and introduced me to Chuck Colson.
A professor at my Christian graduate school noted that my worldview (and many of my fellow students), was riddled with resentment and cynicism. So he assigned us to read Chuck Colson and Nancy Pearcey's book How Now Shall We Live. Light-bulb moment. It wasn't just that the authors answered my crucial worldview questions. It was that the pages captured the personal testimony of a man who knew pride, failure and rejection. Yet Colson found transformation and redemption—both of which I was craving. I will forever be grateful to my professor for that vital introduction.
Now Owen Strachan is introducing Colson to my generation in a whole new way. In his new book The Colson Way: Loving Your Neighbor and Living with Faith in a Hostile World, Strachan, a professor of Christian Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and President of The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, retells Colson's story to embolden young evangelicals striving to follow Christ amidst a culture that rejects us the moment "Jesus" is uttered from our lips. more >>
Donald Trump's unorthodox campaign has performed a public service by shining the national spotlight on the problem of "sanctuary cities" which shelter illegal aliens from deportation. The tragedy of Kate Steinle, who died in the arms of her father after being shot by an illegal alien, is that her death was preventable, yet officials have defiantly defended their sanctuary policies.
It wasn't only the City and County of San Francisco that released the seven-times-convicted, five-times-deported Mexican who killed Kate Steinle; Obama's ICE let him go, too. ICE has released many thousands of criminal aliens onto unsuspecting local communities instead of returning them to their countries of origin, including 121 who were subsequently charged with murdering Americans in the last five years.
According to government figures compiled by Jessica Vaughan, more than 8,100 deportable aliens (including 3,000 felons) were released by sanctuary cities and counties in just the first eight months of last year. Some 1,900 of those wrongly released aliens have already re-offended 4,300 more times, racking up 7,800 new charges including murder, violent assault, rape and child rape. more >>
Senate Republicans had a chance to stop Planned Parenthood from butchering unborn children and selling their body parts to the highest bidder. Instead, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to put up a vote -- thumbing his nose at Senators Mike Lee and Ted Cruz, along with every pro-lifer in the nation.
That sort of emasculated leadership is why Donald Trump is surging in the polls. Americans want leaders with man-parts big enough to do the right thing.
What happened over weekend was an unprecedented display of cowardice from chicken-hearted politicians. It was a dastardly double-cross. more >>
Bishop T.D. Jakes, the head of The Potter's House megachurch in Dallas, will release a new book titled Destiny next month in which he shares his personal experiences in an effort to help others to find their purpose in life.
Speaking with DallasWeekly on Wednesday, Jakes said Destiny will help readers overcome the difficult situations they find themselves stuck in, as well as provide encouragement to people who are going through significant changes in their lives.
Jakes also spoke about his upcoming television series that will start airing next month which is designed to help people overcome the daily struggles of life and work through challenging relatioships. more >>
"It is appropriate to ask whether there is much genuine, deep, heartfelt worship in our churches. In many evangelical churches people do not truly worship God...If genuine worship is lacking in our churches, we should ask how we can bring ourselves to experience much more of the depth and richness of worship, which is the natural response of the believing heart..." (Wayne Grudem).
Dr. Grudem is spot on—most who attend church are not worshiping God, they simply go through the motions. But what is genuine worship? Worship is a combination of attitude and acts focused on reverence to God. The Hebrew meaning denotes a "bowing down, or prostrating oneself"; it is a posture reflecting homage and reverence toward the one true and living God. If there is a problem with worshiping God, the problem isn't with God, the problem is with us. Worship serves as the thermometer of the heart by measuring our spiritual condition...are we hot, cold, or lukewarm? Granted, worship isn't necessarily measured by actions such as jumping up and down; it's measured by the condition (temperature) of our heart—is it rejoicing for joy and breaking and submitting to God?
Sadly, many confuse false worship with genuine worship. According to numerous theological resources, false worship is when an entity, person, or object is worshiped instead of God—our passion for "something" outweighs our passion for Him; it draws us away. more >>