Chi Rho Connection, Vol. VIII, No. 12
- CHI RHO CONNECTION
The eNewsletter of Chi Rho Press,
Your LGBT Christian Publishing House
Vol. VIII, No. 12
16 December 2007
1. New 2008 Liturgical Calendar
2. Protect Biblical Marriage!
3. Please Become a Guardian Angel
4. May We Suggest "Steps to Recovery from Bible
5. "Christian with a Twist"
6. Adam's Last Word
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1. New 2008 Liturgical Calendar!
The new Liturgical Calendar and Lectionary is out!
The new Church Year started with the first Sunday in
Advent, December 2, 2007. Chi Rho Press' annual
Liturgical Calendar and Lectionary for 2007-2008 is
back from the printer and ready to ship.
The NEW 2007-2008 Liturgical Calendar and Lectionary
Year A is now on the Chi Rho Press Web site. You may
view it and order it at this link:
The 2007-2008 Liturgical Calendar and Lectionary sells
for $11.95 each, $9.50 each for six or more copies, plus
shipping and handling.
The Lectionary in the Liturgical Calendar is from the
Revised Common Lectionary, widely used as the
ecumenical consensus on readings for each Sunday and
holy day in the three-year cycle of the church year.
Our Liturgical Calendar is packed with useful
information for planning worship and preaching in
the local church. It is intended for use by pastors,
musicians, altar guilds, teachers, theological students,
and anyone using the Church Year as a basis for worship
or education. The Liturgical Calendar is spiral bound
so it can lie flat for easy use, in the popular 8 ½" x
Featured in this new Liturgical Calendar are these
sections: A Heading that identifies the day in the
church year (for example, the first Sunday of Advent)
with alternative descriptions where appropriate.
The Revised Common Lectionary readings, including
a brief summary of each reading. (These are intended
as only a very brief overview to identify general
themes as an aid to worship planning. We do not
represent them as anything approaching a thorough
The First Reading is usually from the Hebrew Testament,
but there are exceptions, such as the use of readings
from Acts during the Easter season. These are sometimes
selected thematically to fit the Liturgical Calendar,
but often are simply being read through key passages
over a series of weeks. This is followed by a Response,
usually a Psalm. The Epistle Reading is next, like the
Hebrew Testament Reading typically a series of key
passages from the same book being read over a number
of weeks. Finally the Gospel Reading follows the story
of Jesus through the Christmas and Easter cycles, plus
the teachings of Jesus the rest of the year.
Next is a section called "Worship Planning." This
includes suggestions for decorations or symbols for
special seasons, such as Advent wreaths; the
liturgical color for the day; etc.
Rev. Witt has added lots of Notes in the Worship
Planning section, which serve to explain in more
detail information about the time of the church
year, provide resources for further study and
information, and develop liturgical themes to make
your worship experience more rich and meaningful.
Then comes a section called "Special Events," which
includes any special events occurring that day or that
week that you may wish to commemorate, such as World
AIDS Day, and some special occasions for celebrations
of diversity, such as celebration days for specific
cultures (e.g., Cinco de Mayo) and special days for
the GLBT community (e.g., a day of remembrance for
As a special added section, we have included
alternative readings for the five Sundays of
Pride-Tide (June) prepared by the Rev. Gordon
McCoy. The five sets of readings for Pride-Tide
may be used at any time in the year that the faith
community celebrates LGBT Pride. The standard
Revised Common Lectionary readings are included
for the five Sundays in June as well.
The 2007-2008 Liturgical Calendar will be a helpful
aid for anyone involved in planning worship, as well
as a useful resource for all who want to know more
about the Church year and the rich liturgical life
of the Church Universal. We think you will like
this Liturgical Calendar.
Order the 2008 Calendar today at this new link:
The 2008 Liturgical Calendar and Lectionary sells for
$11.95 each, $9.50 each for six or more copies, plus
shipping and handling.
2. Protect Biblical Marriage!
As the U.S. Presidential campaign season heats up,
one issue we will hear more and more about is a
Constitutional Amendment to "Protect Biblical
The Liberty Education Forum has come up with the
best way to codify this. I agree with them. I
mean if you are going to do something I say go
all out and do it right! here it is:
Proposed Constitutional Amendment codifying
marriage entirely on biblical principles.
A. Marriage in the United States shall consist
of a union between one man and one or more women.
(Genesis 29:17-28; II Samuel 3:2-5)
B. Marriage shall not impede a man's right to
take concubines in addition to his wife or wives.
(II Samuel 5:13; I Kings 11:3; II Chronicles 11:21)
C. A marriage shall be considered valid only if
the wife is a virgin. If the wife is not a virgin,
she shall be executed.
D. Marriage of a believer and a non-believer shall
(Genesis 24:3; Numbers 25:1-9; Ezra 9:12; Nehemiah 10:30)
E. Since marriage is for life, neither this
Constitution nor the constitution of any State,
nor any state or federal law, shall be construed
to permit divorce.
(Deuteronomy 22:19; Mark 10:9)
F. If a married man dies without children, his brother
shall marry the widow. If he refuses to marry his
brother's widow or deliberately does not give her
children, he shall pay a fine of one shoe and be
otherwise punished in a manner to be determined by
(Genesis 38:6-10; Deuteronomy 25:5-10)
3. Please Become A Guardian Angel
Chi Rho Press has a Guardian Angels program and we
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for individuals, couples, or families who will become
sponsors of the Press and more involved as partners
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Our vision of ecumenical, grass roots ministry really
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4. May we Suggest "Steps to Recovery from Bible
"Steps to Recovery from Bible Abuse" by Dr. Rembert
Truluck is remarkable for many reasons. From a
publishing standpoint, it is our largest book to
date with over 550 pages. And it is the fastest
selling and most popular book Chi Rho Press has ever
The reasons for the popularity of "Steps" are clear.
Dr. Truluck speaks the language of ordinary people of
faith, his book is written in plain language that all
can understand, and concentrates on the basics, God's
creation, love, and redemption of ALL humanity.
He has identified an important and lethal trend in the
religious community, the tendency to be legalistic and
judgmental and to use the faith and the Bible as a weapon
to hurt people rather than a source of healing and love.
Truluck concentrates on the Good News of the Bible, Good
News that is for everyone, not just heterosexual white men.
Too often LGBT commentators concentrate on defending their
position that the Bible doesn't really say anything bad
about homosexuality. This is true, and Dr. Truluck does
devote four chapters to the pitifully few verses that have
been used to condemn LGBT people. He effectively counters
those who insist that the Bible condemns Gay people.
But most of "Steps to Recovery from Bible Abuse" doesn't
dwell on a rebuttal to those who use the Bible to attack
LGBT people, but rather concentrates on those many
passages of the Holy Scripture which speak words of
love, understanding, tolerance, and joy for God's
lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and
those who love them. Dr. Truluck proves that the Bible
is our friend!
Lastly, Dr. Truluck offers a 12 Step program to counteract
a history of Bible abuse in effective and joyful ways.
The 12 Steps, plus a concluding thirteenth step, lead
people through the pain inflicted on us by misunderstanding
of the Bible and legalistic, judgmental religion, and on
into the peace of God's love and acceptance. "Steps to
Recovery from Bible Abuse" leads people from hate to love,
from fear to confidence, and from pain to joy. It is a
We invite you to take this journey with us! Buy "Steps
to Recovery from Bible Abuse" on the Chi Rho Press Web
using your credit card on our secure shopping cart.
5. "Christian with a Twist"
Here is a selection from our book of reflections,
"Christian with a Twist: Reflections on Scripture
that are a bit more inclusive, a bit more relevant,
and with a bit of a bite," by the late William Gaston.
"Christian with a Twist" is available for $19.95 each,
$14.95 each for six or more copies, plus shipping and
handling. You can read more about it and order it at
As the subtitle suggests, Bill's writing has a bit
of a bite, and we believe you will enjoy his sharp,
but loving take on Scripture, life, and faith.
Here is a selection entitled "You Had Better Watch
Out!" from the Advent section of "Christian with a
Please read Matthew 24:36-44
Sometimes we interpret scripture literally not too
often, but sometimes. Often we take it metaphorically
or we read between the lines. Sometimes we find an
ancient or universal truth, and oftentimes we find
new meaning in the ancient text for our modern lives.
Maybe I am weird. You put up with me, so you be the
judge, but sometimes scripture leads me to a way of
thinking that really seems almost the opposite of
what the author must have intended.
Today's passage does that for me. It very much seems
to be a warning, an admonition that we'd better have
our repentance up to date because we never know when
that final judgment day is coming. Sure, God forgives
us for our sins much more readily than we would if we
were in God's place but we could always get run over
by a bus right after saying dagnabit, or lusting after
our neighbor's donkey or something, and then where
would we be?
I do not think God is out to get us. Yes, our final
day will surely come, and God might have some final,
final day in the works for humankind as well, but I
think God's forgiveness is even more a part of God's
plan. I see God's Grace all around me, and I'm really
not worried about not being prepared to meet my maker.
Doing well in the meantime is something I need to
think about. Not as a precaution, but rather as
getting the most out of the life God has given me.
What I need to watch out for is not a final roll
call, but rather each opportunity to get to know
Jesus is coming. That is what Christmas is all
about. Santa may make us hide away in our beds
pretending to be asleep if we want our stockings
filled. Jesus would rather have us wide awake
No, we never know when the next opportunity to know
him better will come. We'd better be ready because
each one is too good to miss.
6. Adam's Last Word
Happy Christmas to you all! My hope is that this
Christmas is filled with every good thing for you
and those whom you love, and that 2008 is a year
of wonder, promise, and joy.
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Gracia y paz,
Brother R. Adam DeBaugh, OSL
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