Every church thinks of itself as friendly. And, for the most part, they are friendly. When you visit a few, though, you’ll quickly learn that not many of these friendly churches are truly hospitable. When it comes to modern church-shoppers, friendly just doesn’t cut... Read More
“I pray they will be one…so that the world will believe that you sent me.” John 17: 21 “I pray they will be one.” In the 17th Chapter of the Gospel of John, we have Jesus’ last prayer. This prayer was prayed in the upper room after a final meal with his best... Read More
by Rev. Paul Perez, Michigan Conference UMC Associate Director for Mission and Ministry My assignment was to write about “3 ways Jesus life and ministry support LBGTQIA inclusion.” As a Mexican-American, straight, cisgender man, I can’t really deliver on that... Read More
“The Bible says it!I believe it!That settles it!” This is often the mantra of those who use scripture to claim LGBTQ+ persons and their relationships, marriages, and leadership within the church are incompatible with Christian teaching. They will point to a handful of... Read More
by Rev. Jeff Nelson, Lead Pastor & Rev. Caleb Williams, Minister of Worship & Arts The first in our four-week series for Pride Month. At Royal Oak First, we are committed to the full inclusion of LGBTQ+ persons in the community of faith. We lament and we... Read More
4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength Deuteronomy 6:4 -5 It is called the Shema. It is the ancient prayer of Judaism and it is the prayer our spiritual... Read More
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