In a previous post, I stated that “I want to be a pastor to everyone who is part of First UMC, not just those who agree with me.” To that end I thought I might share a post from someone who disagrees with me. It’s a well-crafted post of the kind I would hope that I would write if I were on the other side of the issue on homosexuality and gay marriage. I would recommend it to everyone, regardless of where they stand. There is a great deal of insight into the place of marriage in the church and the place of the church in the world. I’ve long thought that we needed to more clearly distinguish between civil marriage and holy matrimony (regardless of the gender of those involved).