People I Read: Morgan Guyton

In the early-ish days of blogging, it was normal to have a blogroll: a list of links to other (often more popular) blogs that the author was interested in. The blogroll would sit calmly in the sidebar and let readers browse their way to other blogs and other authors, discovering fresh ideas and insights. Now, nobody maintains a blogroll. The best hope you have of finding someone else is to follow a link in the body of a post or in a comment or in a link dump. Around here, they also show up in link posts that I share fairly frequently.

But the fact is that I kind of miss the blogroll, and I think that it’s worthwhile to share some of the blogs I read and a note one why I read them. I’ll try to put up one example every couple of weeks.

This post’s person I read is Morgan Guyton at Mercy Not Sacrifice.

Morgan is the co-director of the NOLA Wesley Foundation, the United Methodist campus ministry at Tulane and Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana. At Mercy Not Sacrifice, he brings progressive evangelicalism, campus ministry, politics, and cultural criticism together in a way that’s both engaging and thoughtful. Primarily focused on critiques of toxic Christianity and the evangelical right, Morgan charts a path of inclusive orthodoxy, arguing for a more spiritually generous United Methodist Church.

Morgan is the author of How Jesus Saves the World from Us: 12 Antidotes to Toxic Christianity.

Morgan Guyton: Let’s Start an Inclusive Evangelical Campus Ministry Network!

The reason that I seek to purge my heart of the world’s idols is so that I can be radically hospitable to all people. I believe that Jesus’ call to take up my cross and follow him means to renounce my comfort and status to walk with the world’s crucified. Christian holiness as modeled by Jesus has the goal of solidarity, not sanctimony. So inclusivity does not amount to a sort of vapid tolerance of sin. I yearn to be liberated from all of my sin, not because I’m putting on a show of piety for a perfectionist God, but because I want to become a perfect vessel of the unconditional love that he has shown me.

Morgan Guyton: Let’s Start an Inclusive Evangelical Campus Ministry Network!

Morgan Guyton: Can Queer Pride Save the American Church?

As a straight cisgender man, I don’t know what it’s like to finally accept my sexuality or gender identity after years of terrified secrecy, guilt, and/or ostracism from my family and peers. But I do hypothesize that the pride that happens in a queer parade is a completely different entity than the spiritual pride of Christians who give themselves the standing to look down on others by saying all the right things about their own sin. If queer pride is the complete trust and safety of publicly owning your belovedness, then it’s actually the opposite of the deadly sin of pride, which refers to the facade of infallibility too many Christians use to cope with their self-hatred.

Morgan Guyton: Can Queer Pride Save the American Church?

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