An Open Letter to Billy Humphrey of IHOP Atlanta on ‘Homosexuality and Gay Marriage’


My friend Mike Morrell invited me to read and respond to a post produced by Billy Humphrey of IHOP-Atlanta.  Mike graciously reminded me to use my words (and some of those words come from our similarly conservative backgrounds).  Mike shared my response as a guest post on his own blog today. Here is my response (and Mike’s note).    [Read More...]

BOLO: Bible Drive-By Linked to Myth Labs


Coming Out Christian blotter report: Independence Day, 2013 FBPD received a status update reporting a possible bible drive-by at the corner of Faith St. and Reason Ave. at approximately 6:15 p.m.  Unit 2239 responded to the J316 call immediately and set up a permitter to assess the scene. Witnesses report there was a quiet party occurring at [Read More...]

Lazarus and the miracle of a weeping God


John 11:1-45 The lights were dimmed softly when I walked into the room.  There were twenty or so people in the room, gathered in a lumpy circle around someone I could not clearly see.  As the circle parted slightly to allow me to join them I saw a young mother, sitting in a rocking chair [Read More...]

Looking back, looking forward: a year of big gay blogging on Patheos


You know how when some TV show writers are feeling a bit of the old writers block and they throw together a “retrospective” episode  flashing back to the scenes that got the most laughs or tears?  Well this post is a little like that except it’s not so much writer’s block as having so many posts [Read More...]

Yo Pat, the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah was NOT about homosexuality

So apparently Pat Robertson, with his very own special blend of cray-cray (bless his heart) is playing the part he and his ilk play so well.  As he read from his ever predictable script on the 700 Club Thursday, he warned his faithful viewers that, in response to the SCOTUS ruling this week, God could [Read More...]

The False Polemic of Gay vs. Christian


Here we all are the day after the Supreme Court of the United States has declared critical elements of DOMA unconstitutional.  Praise the Lord in all her Wisdom, Grace and Love for the ray of light piercing the darkness. Of course, as millions of Americans rejoice for their own or their neighbors’ step forward, there [Read More...]

DOMA Struck Down – Thank you


Some phrases that took my breath away in the UNITED STATES v. WINDSOR, EXECUTOR OF THE ESTATE OF SPYER, ET AL. case “DOMA is unconstitutional as a deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth Amendment. “DOMA singles out a class of persons deemed by a State entitled to recognition [Read More...]

Connecting the dots: June 24, 2013

These collections may seem random, and yeah they are a bit, but over time, as we work together to connect the dots it is my hope that a picture of compassion, justice, peace and faith all scribbled in with love and a little silliness will emerge for us all. These are just a few of the items that [Read More...]

What’s the difference between welcoming and affirming homosexuals?


In the wake of all the flap about the, rather specious, albeit on the surface, good and hopeful news from the now defunct Exodus International, a friend who is on this journey with us, asked me to explain the difference between welcoming and affirming.  He honestly and openly is concerned about those who are drawing a line in the [Read More...]

Surviving the Exodus . . . finding a radically new life.

I just could not wait to post this powerful testimony from a friend of mine, David Gregory Starbuck.  No wordy introductions, no set-up, just lifting up his words as a prayer for grace and understanding… Forgiveness is in process and it will come, but as an Exodus survivor I at least have to pause a [Read More...]