Unsettling Questions

Mark Achtemeier’s plenary address at the 2010 Covenant Conference continues to contribute to denominational discernment and our work for full inclusion of all God’s people in the life of the church.   During his presentation in Cleveland, Mark referenced a talk he gave at Austin Seminary’s 2007 President’s Colloquium.   His thoughtful and scholarly struggle with Unsettling […]

Marriage and Covenant

Some reflections on the minority report submitted by three members of the Special Committee to Study Issues of Civil Union and Christian Marriage.

What do Presbyterians say about marriage?

– David H. Jensen For Presbyterians the primary resource for understanding marriage is Scripture. The creation story implies one purpose of marriage, companionship: “it is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as a partner” (Gen. 2:18). This purpose is connected, though not synonymous, with the earlier injunction […]

For what sin did God destroy Sodom and Gomorrah?

– Christine Roy Yoder   The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah is the first text that many people think about when we talk about homosexuality and the Bible. This is striking because the narrative is not, in fact, about homosexuality, and certainly not about private, consensual acts of same-sex love. Rather, Genesis 19 illustrates the […]

What does Genesis 1-3 teach us about sexuality, and how should we live in response?

– Patrick D. Miller The first three chapters of Genesis do not directly address the church’s questions about sexual relations between persons of the same sex. But the creation narratives do say much about God’s hopes and purposes for the world. And they do begin to suggest the shape of faithful human responses to God’s […]

An Unfamiliar Dawn

Eily Marlow Lilly Project Program Associate Macalaster College Genesis 32:22-33:4 ; Hebrews 6:9-12 When told that the theme of the conference was covenant, to be honest my first thought was back to my ordination exams.    There is much talk in seminary about this extraneous hoop we maneuver.  But there is an equally universal experience when […]