The blessings of the one true and ultimate God is that he wants you to be as successful as you can dream of being, having all the joys and luxuries that you are entitled to as his child. This is the essence of the prosperity gospel, an occult blending of Christian words and success ideas, … Continue reading God Loves My Ego
“In cultures where gender is rigidly bi-polar, rituals of gender crossing remind us of our continuous common humanity.” — Anne Bolin, anthropologist The moment I heard Anne say that at Southern Comfort 1993, I knew it was my personal mission statement. Democracy — and community — only works when we first respect what we share. … Continue reading Motive Enemy
“If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.” How many transpeople have bent themselves into pretzels trying to pass the duck test? Apparently, the test started over a French automaton, a mechanical mallard that appeared on the outside to be alive, but … Continue reading Looks Like
In “Code Warriors,” Stephen Budiansky notes that code breaking is a young people’s game. To break a code, which often requires years of painstaking, routine and dreary work, you first have to believe the code can be broken. If you don’t have the belief, the hope that comes with it and the persistence driven by … Continue reading Seeing It
It makes me crazy when people act from faith, act from belief, rather than from being centred in rationality and doubt. When they do that, they are usually wrong, closed, dilettante, defended, resisting the mystery rather than entering into it. Rationality saved me. It was using my sharp mind that let me sort out the … Continue reading Having Relations
So, what does a Power Femme Drag Mom Trans Theologian act like, anyway? This is the challenge that every actor has when they take on a role, trying to cobble together a pastiche of choices to create a performance which reads like the character they are assigned to play. It is, of course, also the … Continue reading Act Like
I have been pondering the question of “Why Christianity?” There is no doubt that you can be Christian and fundamentalist, using the Bible to justify and impose your sect’s beliefs on the world, much like the clerk who claimed her belief made it impossible to do her civic duty of issuing marriage licences under the … Continue reading Why Christian?
“Congratulations!” I told the cashier in the dollar store. “Why are you congratulating me?” she asked. “You just told me that you were doing pretty well,” I said. “That’s a lot better than you could be doing! Congratulations!” “I’ve never had anyone congratulate me for doing pretty well before,” she replied, “but yes, it is … Continue reading Celebrant
In the Netflix series “Grace and Frankie,” Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston play two wealthy divorce layers who have had a decades long homosexual affair and choose to come out now that they can have their relationship sanctioned by marriage. This leaves their wives over 30 years in a bit of a pickle. For their … Continue reading Rich White Men
“Do the work,” was the takeaway from my blog I got as a gift this week from a born female reader who was concerned about my going silent for the first time since October. She wanted me to know that my work resonated as human for her and she had taken away my “mantra” of … Continue reading Damn Work
Kali, the Hindu god of empowerment & change, is also the god of destruction. How can there be change without destruction? The Hindus figured out, a long time ago, that death is required to open then way for new life. Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die, as I have often … Continue reading Empowerment, Destruction
When you pray, are you speaking so that God will listen to you, or are you speaking so that you can listen to God? If you believe in an omniscient, all-knowing God, then they already know what is in your mind and in your heart. They may even know what is best for you on … Continue reading Praying To You
“As a pastor, I have found,” said one woman, “that if you welcome a person from a place of capacity, engaging what they have to offer, rather than from a place of need, deciding how you can solve their problems with your answers, that they tend to open up more.” Absolutely. What she didn’t go … Continue reading Welcoming Capacity
A great sermon should have some poetry, passion and power, no doubt. Rhetoric has always been a way humans excited and entertained each other, telling stories that invoke emotions. The heart of any good sermon, though, is insight. I want to see the routine choices we make everyday in a new way, having their connections … Continue reading Sermonizing
I was reading the testament of a Christian pastor who attends Gay Pride events so they can help carry the gospel to lost LGBT people and I was struck by this quote Whom you would change, you must first love, and they must know that you love them. — Martin Luther King Jr This is … Continue reading First Love
Sometimes I think of myself as a columnist, someone telling stories and calling attention to bits of life that tend to slip by in nice, compact packages. Sometimes, I wonder if I might be a preacher, throwing out sermons, offering a worldview that helps people be more conscious of their everyday choices in a bigger … Continue reading Isn’t It Pedantic?
If there is one thing that irks me about the current polarized political climate, it is people who claim that because God backs their beliefs, they are blessed, good and right, so the anyone who challenges them must be demonic, evil and wrong. This is the basis for so much ends justify the means behaviour, … Continue reading Fear Of Calling
So, years ago Arlene Istar Lev was wondering why people were so afraid of transpeople. “If this man can walk in here wearing a dress,” I offered, “then what other socially deviant behaviour is he capable of?” “Yes, of course,” she agreed. “I hadn’t thought it through.” The world is different all these years later, … Continue reading Scary Other
Dear Reverend Trumbore, I just read your blog post “When God Talks Back” and was engaged. As a transwoman who has attended your services in the past (we have chatted about your sermons before) the question of what messages to listen to and which to ignore has always been at the forefront for me. After … Continue reading God Talking?
It’s OK to think that your work is Godly, that you are answering a call and playing the part God assigned to you. It’s not OK to therefore think that anyone you feel opposes you is unGodly, that they are speaking against God and all that is holy, and therefore they are evil and you … Continue reading Godly