We had a wonderful celebration of Coming Out / Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists on Sunday! Thanks to Brent Westphal for his courageous witness and to theologian James Alison for helping us understand the story of Peter’s visit to the Roman Centurion Cornelius in Acts 10 – the moment when the early Jesus Movement truly became the Church Universal. One of Alison’s greatest insights is that the Church is always built on the Cornerstone of the rejected and victimized Christ so there’s really no question about “inclusion” of LGBTQ people in the true church. Only the self-exclusion of those for whom the Cornerstone has become a stumbling block in their resistance to the universality of God’s love – and church. Thank you, First Baptist, for standing as an open doorway and inviting everyone into the presence of the one true God who loves and welcomes us all equally!