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Easter/April 2016
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Happy Easter!
Gay Passion of Christ
New books: April 2016
Perpetua & Felicity
John Boswell
Huff Post on the Passion
Centurion's boyfriend

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Gay Passion of Christ series ends today
Jesus Rises by Douglas Blanchard
Jesus Appears to His Friends by Doug Blanchard A gay vision of Christ's Passion ends today at the Jesus in Love Blog.
The series includes all 24 paintings in Douglas Blanchard's "The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision," with reflections by Kittredge Cherry. The paintings show Jesus as a contemporary gay man in a modern city
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(Credit: "Jesus Rises" and "Jesus Appears to His Friends" by Douglas Blanchard)
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New LGBT Christian books: April 2016

"Justice Calls: Sermons of Welcome and Affirmation," edited by Phil Snider. 26 LGBTQ-positive sermons by diverse authors.

"Signs and Wonders: Theology After Modernity" by Ellen T. Armour. Examines response to gay bishop Gene Robinson's consecration.
Friends to the end: Perpetua and Felicity

Saints Perpetua and Felicity by Robert Lentz
Saints Perpetua and Felicity were brave North African woman friends who died for their faith in the 3rd century.

They are often included in lists of LGBT saints because they show the power of  love between two women. 

Perpetua's journal is the first known written document by a woman in Christian history.  More info 

(Credit: Saints Perpetua and Felicity by Robert Lentz,
John Boswell: LGBT Christian historian
John Boswell

John Boswell (1947-1994) remains an unofficial saint to the many LGBTQ Christians who find life-giving value in his historical research.

He was a Yale history professor who wrote about homosexuality in Christian history. He was born 69 years ago on March 20, 1947.
His classics are "Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality" and "Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe."  More info 
Huff Post covers gay Passion of Christ

Huffington Post analyzes the controversy over Facebook ads for the gay Passion of Christ book in a  new article by Kittredge Cherry posted on Good Friday (March 25, 2016).
Huff Post article on gay Passion
Jesus heals a centurion's boyfriend

Traces of His Presence by Eric Martin
Jesus praised a gay soldier as a role model of faith and healed his male lover in the gospels, according to many Bible experts.

Both Matthew 8:5-13 and Luke 7:1-10 tell how a centurion asked Jesus to heal the young man referred to in Greek as his "pais." The word commonly meant the younger man in a same-sex relationship. More info

(Credit: "Traces of His Presence" by Eric Martin)
Christ lives! Nobody knows exactly how it happened, but Jesus rose to new life on the third day after his crucifixion. Now Christ lives in our hearts and glows with the colors of all beings. Happy Easter! 

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