An Important Note About Me From a Pastor

I mean, c'mon, people. How hard can it be to Photoshop THESE on me?

Far be it from me to in any way try to influence the extraordinary creativity some of you are showing via your entries in the Photoshop Gesturing John contest. But here’s a note I just got in from the pastor of the church I was speaking at when the very photos of me were taken that are now providing so many of you with the kind of fun that (and I’m sure this is probably just rumor) attracts Satan.

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Dana Point, CA hosted John Shore for our Sunday morning Adult Education time. He spoke on his extraordinary experience of becoming a Christian, and then his thoughts related to the struggle of living out the faith. During the Q & A time, it was evident from the responses of those in attendance (high school students-seniors; conservative-liberal; single-married, etc.) that John’s message was both encouraging and challenging. As an aside, several members came up afterwards and thanked me for having John. These members were now going to invite friends that previously they were unsure would be welcomed at our church. Because of John’s presentation and the congregational responses, they were now confident that their guests would be well received. As a pastor, it doesn’t get much better than that response–”a foretaste of the feast to come!” And so, I recommend Mr. John Shore without hesitation, and I hope to schedule him again on another topic.” — Pastor David R. Mattson

So, you know. Over there on the Photoshop effects panel, I don’t see why at least one of you couldn’t look to see if there isn’t anything marked halo, or angel wings.

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About John Shore

John Shore (who, fwiw, is straight) is the author of UNFAIR: Christians and the LGBT Question, and three other great books. He is the executive editor of the Unfundamentalist Christians group blog.  (In total John's two blogs receive some 250,000 views per month.) John is also co-founder of The NALT Christians Project, which was written about by TIME,  The Washington Post, and others. His website is You're invited to like John's Facebook page. Don't forget to sign up for his mucho-awesome newsletter.

  • Penny Nash (Penelopepiscopal)

    This makes me happy. Really happy. Way to preach the gospel!

  • Marcelo

    Hmmm….Cherub or Seraph, John?

  • Ace

    Carrier pigeon!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks, P. Coming from you, that means a lot.

  • Anonymous

    Whichever is cuter.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, so close. But no.

  • chellee

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahahaahahaha!!!! ROFL THAT was just wonderful! Thanks! I needed a good guffaw!

  • chellee

    P.S. That was about the halo part. NOT the pastor’s comment. His comment I’m not ONE BIT SURPRISED to read. Just the norm. To be expected. :D

  • FreeFox

    Not Seraph: “Literally “burning ones”, the word is normally a synonym for serpents when used in the Hebrew bible, but they are mentioned in the Book of Isaiah as fiery six-winged beings attending on God.” (Wikipedia)

    And, I mean, from the, uh, general body type, it’s not a question, is it? ( :D

  • FreeFox

    Or how about these? >:D

  • Susan G.

    Ummm…John…aren’t most cherubs b.a. nekkid? Let’s just stick with the halo, OK?

  • Gene Stephens

    I couldn’t agree with this pastor more.

  • Ace

    But doesn’t “angel” literally mean “messenger”? And what’s cuter than a carrier pigeon? Coo-coo! :P

  • Barnmaven

    I think you’d look groovy with a crooked little halo on your head. Like the Littlest Angel, but in a more grizzled, cantankerous format.

    In all seriousness, though, that’s fantastic. You helped open some mental doors , what an awesome gft to that congregation.

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  • ms.glove

    That’s awesome! I just began reading your blog after Scott posted one of your messages on another site! I look forward to reading and catching up on your previous posts:)