End of Semester Sermon 13 May 2009

The full text is attached... There are many who view lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and those in the process of having their gender surgically altered as outsiders from the fold of God and society at large. Those who are born with an indeterminate gender or who have been injured - burn patients often loose all of their extremities including their genitalia - quadriplegics, paraplegics and infertile women and couples can also feel like sexual and social outsiders.
All of these folk for one reason or another do not fit in the dominant image of the American dream in which every woman was born to be a mother and every man was born to be a father in a hetero-patriarchal marriage that produces 2.4 children. There are many who consider anyone who doesn't want to, or is not able to have a ‘traditional' family as outsiders to the American dream and ‘traditional family values' advocated by churches in the name of God.
    Eunuchs can then be seen as those who do not fit into our neatly constructed gender paradigms as neatly as we might wish. If we understand eunuchs to be social and sexual outsiders whether born or made, then God chose to birth the faithful African Church though a queer person's body.
This Gospel is that God's concern for the woman-born was manifested in God, Godself, becoming woman-born, for the redemption and liberation of all the woman-born: gay, straight, crooked and confused, from fear and from death itself. Yeshua the Messiah, the Son of Woman, came to seek out and save the lost and to give his life as a ransom for many.

The text of the sermon and my translation of the Scriptures is attached... 

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