The firmly established default Christian proclamation on the “question” of homosexuality is that being inclined toward it is no different than being inclined toward any other kind of sinful behavior. “We’re all sinners,” runs the refrain. “We all struggle to overcome our sinful ways. Homosexuality is a sin. Just like all of us must strive to control our sinful behavior, so the homosexual must strive to overcome his or her sexual predilection. Even if a person is born gay or… Read more

I became a Christian very suddenly (and out of freakin’ nowhere) when I was 38 years old. At that time, I was working in the “Office Services” department of a large law firm. My sole co-worker in that department was a lesbian named Joan Finch. To a lot of Christians, of course — just as with a lot of people generally — someone’s being gay or lesbian can register as a Fairly Large Deal. But I had been around gays… Read more

This morning at 2 a.m. my phone rang. A low, husky voice asked if I am who I am. “Yeah, that’s me,” I said. “Who is this?” “Mr. Shore,” he said, “I am a representative of the Zeus Torch company. Perhaps you’ve heard of us?” “No. And why are you …” “Mr. Shore, the Zeus Torch company is responsible for the safekeeping of the Olympic Torch as it makes its journey across America. I take it you’ve heard of the Olympic Torch?”… Read more

I joined a gym in early January of this year. I’d gained more weight than I’m comfortable carrying, and thought that if anything could stop me from increasingly looking like my erstwhile pet hamster Mike, it would be spending great amounts of time frenetically running on a thing that just kept going round and round so that I never went anywhere at all, just like ol’ Mike used to spend great amounts of time frenetically running on a thing that just… Read more

I blog quite a bit, and I certainly do experience the constant stress of having to meet the demands of the Internet economy. This is mainly because, for me, participating in the Internet economy through blogging means getting paid virtual money. I like virtual money, but have trouble trading it for stuff. Read more

A CBS News-New York Times poll was released this morning. It showed that over 80% of Americans think the country is headed in “the wrong direction,” that “things have pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track.” Two in three people think we’re now in a recession. And yet, 28% of Americans think George Bush is doing a good job as president. So even though the vast majority of us think things are going poorly, two-thirds of us don’t blame George Bush for that. But… Read more

As I mentioned in my recent post, Good Friday; My 50th Birthday Today; Why White People Can Relax, I have a friend in Chicago who, like Barack Obama, is a member of Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s now famous Trinity United Church in Christ. This friend (hi, Sheree!) e-mailed me yesterday to let me know that the UCC had run a full-page ad in yesterday’s New York Times. The text of that ad is below. Much has been said about the United Church of Christ in recent… Read more

I just noticed that automatically attached to the bottom of every Yahoo email I get or send is this lovely message: “You rock. That’s why Blockbuster’s offering you one month of Blockbuster Total Access, No Cost.” With “one month of Blockbuster Total Access” being a link, of course. Apparently, from now on, whenever I email someone, I’ll also be sending them an ad for Blockbuster Total Access. I swear, every day becoming one of those guys with a shotgun who lives in a shack way out… Read more

I’d like to ask non-Christians: If integral to Christianity was the belief that it was right and good to love each and every person exactly as they are, and to encourage and respect whatever their understanding and experience of the divine (whether they even think in terms of “divine” or not–and assuming that whatever they believe doesn’t involve the harming of others), would that that change your attitude toward Christianity? If you knew that intolerance of other belief systems violated the… Read more

Some interesting little-known facts about Bob Marley. Read more




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