Archives for June 2013

Such a week, with the victories and the flooding and the humor with the laughing.

Hi, guys. As I write it’s 4 p.m. sunny/ridiculously hot today California time. What a week! [Read more…]

A spontaneous prayer about the DOMA ruling

As you’re probably by now aware, today the Supreme Court declared a 1996 law denying federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples (the shamefully named Defense of Marriage Act) unconstitutional. [Read more…]

Dear John: Will she be scared straight?

Yesterday I received from a young woman this letter: Dear John, My girlfriend and I have been together for a year and a half now. She is actually the one who pursued me. She’s been my best friend, and we have had our ups and downs, but she says that I have her heart. [Read more…]

An open letter to Exodus International’s super-remorseful Alan Chambers

Dear Mr. Chambers: I am writing in regard to your apology yesterday for all the devastating things that your “ex-gay” organization, Exodus International, has done to LGBTQ people and their families over the past thirty-seven years. It’s so heartening when a person apologizes for how wrong they’ve been. [Read more…]

It’s his choice: His mother or his fiancee

Got this in yesterday: Hi John, May I first of all just say how much I appreciate and love your page? For me, it is smothered by the teachings of grace and upholding the real meaning of God’s love, as opposed to this hateful portrayal that so many Christians are putting forward every day. [Read more…]

If your Father’s Day isn’t quite so happy

People always say that life is short. And in most ways it certainly is. But in one key way it’s long. And that way is relative to how, over the course of one’s life, one’s feeling about one’s parents inevitably change. [Read more…]

A Christian pop quiz

Got this in: I really love your website and articles. I have a few questions. [Read more…]

Betraying the Spirit: How the Christian Right Gets the Bible Wrong

I just released UNFAIR: Christians and the LGBT Question, the much revised and updated version of my earlier title, UNFAIR: Why the ‘Christian’ View of Gays Doesn’t Work. Among the most significant new content in the book is this passage, taken from its (now) opening essay, Taking God at His Word: The Bible and Homosexuality: [Read more…]

All God, Always

Good morning! So lately I’ve received a few emails asking about my weekly e-newsletter, John’s Prayer for the Week, which is … well, a prayer I send out at the beginning of each week to those who’ve subscribed to that newsletter. [Read more…]

Christians of a feather

Dear John, I have read your blog for ages. I was involved in charismatic and fundy churches for ages, and, after being involved in ex-gay ministries and church for more years, came out as gay after a suicidal depression, and began to rebuild my life. [Read more…]