Whosoever July/August 2010
Issue Theme: Where is Your God?

Table of Contents

Cover Stories:

"Where is God in That?"
By: Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

There is nowhere that God is not. We can run, hide, flee, and even forget, but God is ever present. We may feel abandoned, left behind, or forsaken, but it's not God who has left the building.

The Great Computer
By: Lori Heine

"Where is our God?" Jesus answered that question for us. God is so totally with us that in Jesus, He became one of us. There's no way God could be closer to us than that. One with us in birth, in life, in joy, in suffering and in death. We shall even be one with Him beyond death.

Where is Your God?
By: Dominica Applegate

When you are asked, "Where is your God?" I would suggest you not try to debate or prove. God lives in us. God wants us to relax and slow down and take time daily to spend with Him.

Their God is Not With Us
By: Ash

The God whom we have found does not resemble theirs, so they simply reason that we are godless.

Without a Doubt
By: John H. Campbell

I have had my proclamation of my faith in God met with an abundance of skepticism and criticism from all sides at one time or another. Atheist and Christian alike have accused me of not really eligible to consider myself a Christian or someone with a deep faith in God.

Features:

George Rekers and Some Roots of Homophobia
By: Rev. Dr. Jerry S. Maneker

When it comes to the hypocrisy of strident homophobes, there is nothing new under the sun!

Our America on Our Mind
By: Bob Minor

Recognizing that there are two Americas isn't to get discouraged but to grow up.

Fire and Fraud: Touchdown Jesus Meets the Cult of Palin
By: Jeremy Biles

But what does Saint Sarah (Palin) have to do with Touchdown Jesus? What makes the coincidence of these images significant?

The Counterproductive Nature of Pride Parades
By: Rev. Dr. Jerry S. Maneker

I am absolutely convinced that Pride Parades have not only outlived their usefulness, but are downright counterproductive toward our achieving equal rights for LGBT people!

Annointing the Body
By: Melissa Capers

Our God can still surprise us; we forget this at our peril.

Is It Gay or European?
By: Bob Minor

People used to ask about a man who didn't fit the American image of manhood: "Is he gay or is he European?"

Churches Facing Minister Shortages
By: Rev. James L. Evans

A study completed a few ago back by Auburn Theological Seminary in New York study suggests that churches in America may be facing a dramatic shortage of ministers in the coming years.

Why Can't I Be Me?
By: Dominica Applegate

Her identity is lost and all she's craving is to be found

The Need for a New Reformation
By: Rev. Dr. Jerry S. Maneker

We may well be at the crossroads that ushers in a New Reformation of the Church that is no less healthy than the Reformation in the sixteenth century for which such luminaries as Martin Luther and John Calvin were the catalysts, and of which God was the Architect.

Letters to the Editor

From the Pulpit:

Imagine ... an Open Heart
By: Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

Just like when our bellies are hungry, the only way to satisfy our hunger is to open our mouths so that food can get in, the only way to satisfy a hungry heart is to open it wide - so that the love and grace of the Holy can feed us until we are full - until we are so stuffed we can't take one more morsel.

Imagine ... Greater Things
By: Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

Jesus tells them that those who believe in him - who receive this indwelling Spirit - will do "greater works" - greater things - than he did in this world. How is that possible? Have any of you walked on water lately? Healed any blind people with just a little dirt and spit? Anyone arisen from the dead lately? How in the world are we to do greater things than that?

Imagine ... a New Future
By: Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

We cannot create a new future unless we approach our world with awe. Without awe - we can only see right now - and even though we may not like what we see, we can't see anything new. It is that awe that inspires our imagination - that gives us the vision we need to create a new future - distinct from the past and the present.

The "Oh Yeah" ... of Commitment
By: Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

When we take to the road with the Holy, we can't look back. When we utter the "Oh, Yeah" of commitment, we say yes to the future and put the past where it should be - in our rearview mirror.

Holy Humor:

Only One Pew?

Let Her Walk

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