Archives for February 2013

The one sin God cannot forgive

Dear John: Is there any sin so bad that God, through Jesus Christ, cannot forgive it? [Read more…]

Married gay sex is sinful = failure of Christian logic

“Is homosexuality a sin?” is the question that today is splitting Christendom like nothing has since Luther the Reformer asked (in so many words), “Indulgences? Really?” [Read more…]

My sister is in a three-person relationship; what should I do?

Dear John, First, I want to thank you for doing what you do. I’ve been reading your books, blogs, facebook, etc. for a while now. I’ve had friends who just don’t think God wants them the way they are, and I point them to your writings many many times. I know that your encouragement has [Read More…]

My new John’s Prayer for the Week and John’s Monthly Newsletter

This week I launched two newsletters. You can sign up for either/both of them here.  John’s Prayer for the Week, sent out every Sunday (or Monday, depending on how my weekend went) morning, is intended to put us in a good mindset to start the new week. In John’s Monthly Newsletter, I’ll catch readers up on personal [Read More…]

Tonight this young Christian tells his parents that he’s transgender

Matt is a young transgender man (meaning he was born female, but self-identifies and prefers to live as a male) who’s been commenting on my blog for the past eighteen months. His comments are invariably intelligent, thoughtful, and encouraging of others. [Read more…]

“UNFAIR” study-guide helps church become reconciling and affirming

Back in July of last year I got an email from one Sue Gunter of Alexandria, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, D.C. Sue wrote to say that her church, Fairlington United Methodist, was using my book UNFAIR: Why the “Christian” View of Gays Doesn’t Work  as a basis for discussing whether to become openly welcoming [Read More…]

Zombies, Glue-Sniffers, Beer Thieves and Me

Why am I awake? It’s 4 a.m. The only people up at this time of the morning are zombies who got off at the wrong bus stop on their way back to their graveyard and are now just wandering about lost. Also up right now are stalkers. And for sure stalker zombies. And of course [Read More…]

Can a gay Christian honor his gay-condemning father?

John, I’m a 22-year-old gay Christian, and my father doesn’t approve of the choice I made to accept my sexuality rather than pray it away. I respect his opinion and have not treated him differently because of his views, but he’s started to treat me differently. His actions are not honorable (or loving) in the [Read More…]

Don’t you just hate it when demons commune with you?

So the other day I got an email from someone using the name “john baptist” that said only: Hi, where did you study your theology? To which I responded: Nowhere formal. [Read more…]

Her Christian mom came out of the closet: Welcome to the new normal

Yesterday I received the letter below. It’s such a perfect example of how, in a million different ways throughout our society right now, the relationship between Christianity and gay people is working itself out. When the history of gay rights is written, everyday, grassroots stories such as this won’t be recorded anywhere. But it’s exactly [Read More…]