"The one who is coming after me is stronger than I am. I’m not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire."
Ministry of John the Baptist
3 In those days John the Baptist appeared in the desert of Judea announcing, 2 “ Change your hearts and lives! Here comes the kingdom of heaven! ” 3 He was the one of whom Isaiah the prophet spoke when he said:
4 John wore clothes made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist. He ate locusts and wild honey.
5 People from Jerusalem, throughout Judea, and all around the Jordan River came to him. 6 As they confessed their sins, he baptized them in the Jordan River. 7 Many Pharisees and Sadducees came to be baptized by John. He said to them, “ You children of snakes! Who warned you to escape from the angry judgment that is coming soon? 8 Produce fruit that shows you have changed your hearts and lives. 9 And don’t even think about saying to yourselves, Abraham is our father. I tell you that God is able to raise up Abraham’s children from these stones. 10 The ax is already at the root of the trees. Therefore, every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit will be chopped down and tossed into the fire. 11 I baptize with water those of you who have changed your hearts and lives. The one who is coming after me is stronger than I am. I’m not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 12 The shovel he uses to sift the wheat from the husks is in his hands. He will clean out his threshing area and bring the wheat into his barn. But he will burn the husks with a fire that can’t be put out. ”
• The first book to explore the theologies of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and
transgender (LGBT) people of color
• Addresses issues of homophobia in communities of color, including ethnic
churches, as well as racism in LGBT communities
• Pioneering work on the global and local intersections of race, sexuality, and religion
To date, no book has systematically examined the theological writings of LGBT people
of color. Nor has any book explored how such writings might actually transform
contemporary theological reflections on race and sexuality. This book remedies these
gaps by constructing a rainbow theology around the theme of bridging or mediation.
Rainbow Theology is the first book to reflect upon the theological significance of the
intersections of race and queer sexuality across multiple ethnic and cultural groups.
This is particularly important in light of the current polarizing debates over issues of
race, sexuality, and religion within churches and communities of faith around the world.