Frank Schaefer, The Price for Standing for Love

Rev. Frank Schaefer is no longer a United Methodist Minister.  He lost his credentials because he was found guilty of violating church discipline.  His crime?  He officiated at a wedding.   The wedding was for his son, Tim, and Tim’s partner.    He was given a thirty day suspension, a time out to think about it and come back to church officials with his hat in his hand and say he wouldn’t do it again.   If he couldn’t, he would have to give up his ministry.  This is his career.  His livelihood.  He spoke to me about his situation and the agonizing decision he faced.   His discipleship cost him his career.  It is the going price for standing for love.

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Thursday, December 26th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Saturday, December 28th at 1 pm on KZUM, 89.3.
Sunday, December 29th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, December 29th at 1230 pm on WHAN, 1430 AM/102.9 FM
Sunday, December 29th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, December 30th at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, January 1st at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast beginning January 2nd.

James Tabor, Paul and Jesus, December 19-25

James Tabor is Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina Charlotte.  He is the author of The Jesus Dynasty: The Hidden History of Jesus, His Royal Family, and the Birth of Christianity, and most recently, Paul and Jesus:  How the Apostle Transformed Christianity which has just been released in paperback.   This book is an excellent introduction regarding Christian origins, particularly regarding the difference between the historical Jesus and how Paul transformed him into something completely different, the Cosmic Christ.   Read about Professor Tabor’s exciting and controversial work on the TaborBlog.

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Thursday, December 19th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Saturday, December 21st at 1 pm on KZUM, 89.3.
Sunday, December 22nd at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, December 22nd at 1230 pm on WHAN, 1430 AM/102.9 FM
Sunday, December 22nd at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, December 23rd at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, December 25th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast beginning December 26th.

N. T. Wright, Paul and The Faithfulness of God, December 12-18

N. T. Wright is a retired Anglican Bishop and leading New Testament scholar.   He has just published a 1700 page volume on Paul called Paul and The Faithfulness of God.  He spoke to me about this work and about the legacy and influence of Paul.  N. T. Wright is my first guest in my series on Paul, Acts, and Christian origins.   Visit his Facebook page for more information about him and his work.

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Thursday, December 12th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Saturday, December 14th at 1 pm on KZUM, 89.3.
Sunday, December 15th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, December 15th at 1230 pm on WHAN, 1430 AM/102.9 FM
Sunday, December 15th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, December 16th at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, December 18th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast beginning December 19th.

Gretta Vosper, Author, Minister, Atheist, December 5-11

Gretta Vosper is a minister in the United Church of Canada.   She identifies herself as “author, minister, atheist.”   She is a minister at the West Hill United Church in Toronto.  She has written a number of books including With Or Without God:  Why the Way We Live Is More Important than What We Believe and Amen:  What Prayer Can Mean In A World Beyond Belief.  She spoke with me about her own journey as a minister and an atheist and what church looks like beyond god.

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Thursday, December 5th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Saturday, December 7th at 1 pm on KZUM, 89.3.
Sunday, December 8th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, December 8th at 1230 pm on WHAN, 1430 AM/102.9 FM
Sunday, December 8th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, December 9th at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, December 11th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast beginning December 12th.