Big Gay Christian Tingle

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So the other evening I posted a somewhat cryptic status update on Facebook that simply said “Dating is weird.”  I received a lot of likes and a slew of comments ranging from “Dating is wicked weird” to kind notes of sympathy (even though I just said weird, not bad) to even a slight rebuke claiming [Read More...]

God and the Gay [Evangelical] Christian

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Deborah Arca, who I lovingly (and maybe and maybe a bit delusionally) call my editor here at Patheos invited me to participate in this month’s book club featuring Matthew Vine’s new book God and The Gay Christian. Before I even opened the book I had an odd feeling about the task at hand. The very title God [Read More...]

Ramblings of a Pub Theologian: Beer & Hymns in Atlanta

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 A friend of mine, Karen Stephenson Slappey, reached out to me the other day to ask if I would still be willing to share a word or two about a community making project that she is working on in Atlanta. Shem along with some friends, have launched Beer and Hymns, reminiscent of the much beloved sessions [Read More...]

Searching for a balance

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My lived experiences, combined with a wide open soul, create in me conflicting responses to any sort of religious dialogue, especially when the conversation involves challenges to and denial of my humanity based on “truths” extracted in specious snippets from an ancient text that has been smudged by the messy hands of humans from the [Read More...]

When a fundie asks you about your stance on the issue of homosexuality..

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First remind them that people are not issues, they are children of God. Then go all snarky on their ass and answer with a few questions of your own.   What is your stance on eating bacon wrapped shrimp? Have you visited poly-cotton blend factories to talk about the will of God lately? Do you [Read More...]

United Church of Christ files lawsuit challenging North Carolina marriage laws

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One of the most important reasons I am struggling with shedding the label Christian is that I remove myself a step from my beloved tribe. According to a press release dated April 28, 2014 written by Connie Larkman of the UCC. “The General Synod of the United Church of Christ (UCC) has filed suit against the [Read More...]

May the road rise to meet you

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May the road rise to meet you,  may the wind be ever at your back.  May the sun shine warm upon your face,  and the rains fall soft upon your fields.  And until we meet again,  may God hold you in the palm of his hand. – Traditional Irish Blessing I recently returned from a [Read More...]

Leaving church to search for Christ

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Sometime near the end of what I now call World Vision Week I had a dream. As the blackness of slow-wave sleep dissolved, I found myself in the completely mundane and peaceful kitchen I once shared with my ex-wife. As we puttered around, putting away the evening’s dishes, I sensed a shadowy presence swooping past [Read More...]

Mediating Faith Online: A Chat with Clint Schnekloth

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By now y’all probably realize I’ve taken a pretty deep hit with all the “Christian” shenanigans last month (and frankly for all time) and I’m struggling to find anything nice to say about anything that is Christian.  In the middle of my most recent theological melt down (I’ve had so many) I promised the good [Read More...]

World Vision’s courage changed my mind: becoming ex-lesbian

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Friends and family, in the wake of the courageous World Vision stand to continue to deny same-sex couples employment, I have searched my heart, prayed around the clock and have come to a very difficult decision. See, it was in a moment of weakness that World Vision announced they would include homosexuals in their ranks [Read More...]


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