First Baptist Gets Tebowed

If you want to understand just how much the tectonic plates are shifting in America, pay close attention to the situation with Tim Tebow and First Baptist Church, Dallas.

Thank you, Tim, for quietly and firmly doing the right thing.

Mark these words of prophecy: despite FBC’s impressive new building they will continue to see their religious and cultural influence wane.

Increasingly tolerant views toward the LGBT community –even from evangelical Christians like Tebow– are what we will see more of in the future.

Increasingly, evangelical Christians will embrace tolerance of, and support for, the LGBT community. Increasingly, they will not believe that support for the LGBT community creates an inherent incompatibility with their Christian faith.

For us United Methodists: this is precisely what Adam Hamilton has been trying to tell you. (He’s really preaching to all of American on this…)

These tectonic plates are shifting quickly. And it’s likely that once things chance dramatically, the anti-LGBT folks will be looking around, feeling like they just got Tebowed in the fourth quarter. But, in fact, this is a slow, steady movement of the Spirit of God that has been coming for decades.

Hamilton’s saying it. Tebow’s living it.

And this is what we thousands of Reconciling Methodists have been trying to tell you too. For years.

We don’t really care who you listen to.

We just hope you’re paying attention. 

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of Kessler Park UMC United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas for seventeen years. Eric loves to write on topics of spirituality, social justice, music/art and politics. The entries on this blog reflect that diversity of interests. His passion for social justice goes beyond mere words. He’s been arrested at the White House, defending immigrants and “The Dreamers,” and he’s officiated at same sex weddings in his churches, in defiance of what some believe is Methodist teaching. Eric is an avid blogger and published author, and 2017 recipient of the prestigeous Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Dallas’ Black Tie Dinner. (Human Rights Campaign) Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He’s a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named “best judge” by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County, and is currently the longest service district judge in that district. She was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. They have the world’s best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. Find links to Eric’s music-related websites, at the top of this site’s navigation menu.

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