“What Do You Preach about at a Same-Gender Wedding?”

The Unexpected Pastor

buttonThis past Saturday on a bright beautiful blue-sky fall afternoon next to the glistening Chesapeake Bay, I had the privilege of presiding at a same-gender wedding for the third time.

 I hope someday to lose count.

 I hope, as someone said during one of the toasts at Saturday’s reception, that as the novelty wears off we will talk only of “weddings” without hyphens.

 As a culture we have not reached that point.

Not too long ago, I was asked, “What do you preach about at a same-gender wedding?” (Actually, they asked about a “gay wedding,” but since all weddings are in theory gay – of course I mean in the original sense of the word – I’ve cleared up the phraseology.)

 My short answer: Jesus

 A longer answer: The good news about Jesus Christ (the Gospel).

 The same thing I preach at every wedding, funeral, and every other worship service.

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