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Sister Abigail Explains The Importance Of The Red Letters

Red Letter Christian

Now, inside the mind of a Red Letter Christian. I am a Red Letter Christian. That was a movement started by Tony Campolo and number of other people; Richard Rohr a Catholic priest, Brian McLaren who is part of the Emergent Christianity that is on the scene today, and a number of others. What we are trying to do is read the bible through the lens of Jesus, through the red letters. Remember when the old bibles had the translation of the word of Jesus in the red? Well, that is what we are doing. We are pulling out the words of Jesus and reading the bible through the lens of Jesus. And you say, how does that help. Well, you know as a protestant, someone who believes in the reaffirmation and stuff like that. I’ve always seen the bible in the eyes my denomination’s founder, John Wesley or John Calvin depending on what organization that I was a part of. And then back through the eyes of Paul, and then back to Jesus. you see what I am saying. But even then it was only the eschatological Jesus. The Jesus that was coming not the Jesus that was. So what happens is Richard Rohr told Tony Campolo a story once. He said what is the difference between the lenses that read the scripture through. And Richard Rohr said well as Catholics we start in the gospels, as Protestants you start in the Epistles; you always read through the eyes of the Apostle Paul. It’s the bible through Pauline theology. Well, we start with Jesus. The difference is, and this should hit home to a lot of people is that the Catholic church produces people like Mother Teresa and the Protestant churches produce seminaries. So you see the Protestant churches have been really concerned with correct doctrine, following a certain creed, who is in and who is out. And us as red letter christians, we believe that the christian faith has to do with today, and it more about orthopraxy, instead of orthodoxy. We aren’t discounting the importance of good doctrine. Proper doctrine produces proper behavior. We have acknowledge the fact that we could be wrong. Paul says that we see through the glass darkly but then we shall see him face to face. So that is one focus.

Red Letter Christianity, how does that apply to our lives? Well, it’s just really kingdom focused. Every time Jesus showed up on the scene, he says I have come to declare that the kingdom of heaven is at hand. He told the apostles to go and preach the kingdom of heaven is at hand. So we need to understand what this kingdom of heaven, kingdom of God is. How it works out in our lives today, how we can be kingdom people. I think that if we start way back in the Old Testament, we don’t get it. If we start with the prophetic view of Jesus, we don’t really get it. But if we start with the gospel view of Jesus, we see it. The narrative has changed a little bit but the actors stay the same. Jesus says I have come to declare upon to you the kingdom of God. Well, everybody knew what he was talking about. Because they could look back to Isaiah and see when he was talking about when the kingdom of God has come, the lion will lay down with the lamb. People will be fed. Diseases will be cured, people will have access to good medication. If we look at the way the kingdom of God was presented and we are trying to be kingdom people that affects our lives. That affects the way we vote. It affects the things that we stand for.

As a Red Letter Christian, can I be for capital punishment? Well, I don’t know but it is really for me to be when I look at the words of Jesus and He says love your enemy,when He says blessed are the merciful. What should my view on war be? Blessed are the peacemakers. Love your enemy. When Jesus said love your enemy, I guess that means that we shouldn’t kill them. Jesus is the image of the invisible God. So, as Red Letter Christians, we are trying to struggle with the scriptures through the lens of Jesus. It changes, I really think it changes our understanding and our perception of the scriptures and it takes care of a lot of questions that we have. Because we aren’t looking at a slaughtering God now. Now we are looking at the God that was slaughtered. Amen. So I think a lot of things change when we scripture that way. So I am a Red Letter Christian.

Sister Abigail & Lacie’s Interfaith Wedding Ceremony


Sister Abigail Elizabeth Hester & Reverend Lacie Love Hester

On the bottom of this page on the right side you will find other pictures of our lovely and inspiring Interfaith wedding.

The below ceremony was written and performed by Colin Keller

I want to take this time to welcome everyone here to Lacie and Abigail’s wedding here at beautiful Deep Run Park, may this gazebo be a sanctuary for this wonderful occasion. But before we begin I need to talk a little about the wonderful Ministry they share together, Oasis Interfaith Ministry. This wedding ceremony is a tribute to our brides’ Creativity and Interfaith vision of a deep spiritual calling. They have woven together an interfaith vision for many different traditions out of love, respect, honor and dignity that represents whom they are together. Please consider a donation of clothing and/or food to the ministry they perform in the Metro Richmond area. Please join me now as we begin the wonderful blessing of this marriage, a unique partnership based on sharing, joy, learning and celebration.

Let us begin with a meditation on Love:

Love Changes Everything by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Love- love changes everything
Hands and faces earth and sky
Love- love changes everything
How you live and how you die
Love can make the summer fly
Or a night seem like a lifetime
Yes love- love changes everything
How I tremble at your name
Nothing in the world will ever be the same
Love- love changes everything
Days are longer words mean more
Love- love changes everything
Pain is deeper than before
Love will turn your world around
And that world will last forever
Yes love – love changes everything
Brings you glory brings you shame
Nothing in the world will ever be the same
Off into the world we go
Planning futures shaping years
Love bursts in and suddenly
All our wisdom disappears
Love makes fools of everyone
All the rules we make are broken
Yes love- love changes everything
Live or perish in its flame
Love will never never let you be the same
Love will never never let you be the same
Love changes everything:
Hands and faces earth and sky!

Abigail please repeat after me…….

You are my wife and I am yours
My feet shall run because of you
My feet will dance because of you
My heart shall beat because of you
My eyes shall see because of you
My mind shall think because of you
And I shall love, because of you.

Lacie please Repeat after me….

You are my wife and I am yours
My feet shall run because of you
My feet will dance because of you
My heart shall beat because of you
My eyes shall see because of you
My mind shall think because of you
And I shall love, because of you.

Aigail and Lacie will now share their wedding vows and exchange of rings…..

Vows and Ring exchange

These rings in their unbroken wholeness are tokens of your union and of your love. They represent the enduring trust and affection that you bring to one another, and are the outward and visible symbols of an inner spiritual bond.

Now please join Abagail and Lacie in their Water sharing Ritual
Abigail and Lacie will be joining waters from these two containers into one that will represent their journey together, just as all rivers flow to the sea, may their love blend and become one for as long as they shall live. As the shared water comes around please put your energies of longevity, companionship and peace into these waters.

Pause and contemplate while the water is passed aorund Dwayne will receive in the end and place next to him….

Now the Interfaith Handfasting

This Stole I wear wil now be blessed with a Sacred duty, may it bind the combined vision of Oasis Interfaith Ministry and Bind the love of you both forever and ever.

Stole wrapped around Abigail & Lacie Holding hands.

Apache Marriage Poem

Now you will feel no rain,
for each of you will be shelter for the other.
Now you feel no cold,
for each of you will be warmth to the other.

Now there is no more loneliness,
for each of you will be companion to the other.
Now you are two persons,
but there is only one life before you.
Go now to your dwelling to enter into
the days of your togetherness.
And may your days be good
and long upon the earth.

May you be generous and giving with each other.
May your sense of humor and playful spirit always continue to enliven your relationship.
May you always respect the diversity of humankind.
May you act with compassion to those less fortunate and with responsibility to the
communities of which you are a part.
May you appreciate and complement each other’s differences.
May you always share yourselves openly with your friends and family.
May your home be a haven of blessing and peace.

Blessed is she, creator of a universe splendid in its integrity.
Blessed is she, who art the source of all gladness and joy. Through you we attain affection,
companionship and peace.
May we all see the day when the world will echo with the sounds of feasting and singing. Praised is
love; blessed be this union
May this union be sealed with a Kiss…..

Are there individuals who are bio-sexually wired contrary to their physical sexual (genitals) attributes?

This is an interesting post from one of my other blogs. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to post them below.


Recently I have been in the following email dialogue with one of my followers. I am always looking forward to answering questions. Please feel free to message me directly by email or just by leaving a comment below.


Are there individuals who are bio-sexually wired contrary to their physical sexual (genitals) attributes? – Gospel Herald


In order for me to best answer your question I need to understand what it is that you are asking. I think I understand what you are asking but if not please feel free to respond to this email and ask again.

It appears that you are describing a transsexual persons predicament.

I describe my condition in terms similar to what you are sharing. I was born male bodied however I identify mentally, emotionally and sexually as female. So then simple answer to your question is yes there are individuals who are bio-sexually…

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I appreciate your interest in this subject and in this blog. To show my appreciation and to stick with the Biblical admonition: “Freely you have received freely give” (Matthew 10:8) I wanted to make this available to you for FREE. If you can afford to support this ministry outreach toward transgender individuals please consider purchasing this book at the link below:


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