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Faith, Family and God: Building up Instead of Tearing Down

Faith, Family and God: Building up Instead of Tearing Down

By: Paul P. Jesep*/ TRT Columnist— Apostle Paul cautions us in how we react to things. “Let no evil talk come out of your mouths,” he wrote in one of his letters to the early Christians, “but only what is useful for building up” (Ephesians 4:29). This should include sending out biting emails, too. I […]

Faith, Family and God: The Pope’s Bad Science

Faith, Family and God: The Pope’s Bad Science

By: Paul P. Jesep*/ TRT Columnist— In the past, I cautioned LGBTQ Christians, especially Catholics, not to expect too much from the nice man wearing white now living in the Vatican. I also said his comments about not judging sinners, specifically LGBTQ children of God, though unintentional, were a form of spiritual abuse. Sadly, Pope […]

Faith, Family and God—Rev. Fred Phelps is Dead

Faith, Family and God—Rev. Fred Phelps is Dead

By: Paul P. Jesep*/TRT Columnist— The Satanic Temple of New York, dedicated to the wisdom and philosophy of Lucifer, will celebrate a “Pink Mass” over the grave of Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., Westboro Baptist Church founder and notorious homophobic clergyman. Phelps, the man long associated with the phrase “God Hates Fags,” died March 20. Purportedly, the […]

Faith, Family and God — Space for People We Hate

Faith, Family and God — Space for People We Hate

By: Paul P. Jesep*/TRT Columnist— In late January, I had the opportunity to twice attend Holy Eucharist at Saint Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in New York City on Park Avenue. I always try to spend time at St. Bart’s when in New York, whether for Eucharist, evening prayer or to sit quietly in a side chapel with its […]

Faith, Family and God — L’chaim! (To Life!): From Jewish Scripture to Gay Marriage

Faith, Family and God — L’chaim! (To Life!): From Jewish Scripture to Gay Marriage

By: Paul P. Jesep*/ TRT Columnist— The Talmud, a sacred Jewish book distinct from the Torah (Hebrew Scriptures, improperly referred to as the Old Testament) is divided into two parts: the Mishnah and Gemara. It contains wisdom about law, ethics, history, folklore, and philosophy from rabbis going back almost two thousand years. There’s something inherently […]

Faith, Family and God – Don’t Shoot the Duck

Faith, Family and God – Don’t Shoot the Duck

By: Paul P. Jesep*/TRT Columnist— Frequently, I’ve written about being true to one’s sacred Creation as Created by the Creator. This Creation is defined, in part, by responses to those who harm or marginalize your personhood. How you meet the meanness of others can be moments of transcendence and enlightenment. I’m not thinking of an […]

Faith, Family and God – Send Pope Francis a Christmas Card

Faith, Family and God – Send Pope Francis a Christmas Card

By: Paul P. Jesep*/TRT Columnist— It troubles me when I read hopeful though uninformed LGBTQ writers or activists suggesting Pope Francis is ushering in a new age of acceptance toward the community. It’s premature. Pope Francis changed the tone, not the message, at least not yet. Catholic institutional misunderstanding continues, though it is now being […]

Faith, Family, and God – A Survivor’s Guide to Biblical Basics, Part Two

Faith, Family, and God – A Survivor’s Guide to Biblical Basics, Part Two

Six misunderstood passages used to marginalized God’s LGBTQ children By: Paul P. Jesep*/TRT Columnist— Last month’s column made overall observations regarding the Bible’s references to homosexuality and their various ways those references have been interpreted, including those from Genesis 19: 1-5. This month, I will discuss six other misunderstood passages used to marginalize God’s LGBTQ […]