Refusing to discriminate against the gays is NOT discrimination!

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Sooooo, last night I read a funny little diddy where some “Christians” in Mississippi are all in a lather because they WON the right to discriminate against gays and lesbians.  Wait, why on earth would these silly ignorant people be miffed vitriolic about WINNING the right to be ugly hateful. Weellll, as it turns out other citizens of their fair state have shockingly [Read More...]

Five Things I’ve Learned About Coming Out

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As some of y’all know I have been in a bit of a personal spiral since my father died in October and my marriage crumbled in December.  Even though I promised that “my personal tragedy would not affect my ability to do good hair” it seems my bloggy bouffant has indeed fallen flat in recent months. [Read More...]

Fear and loathing in the ER

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Update: It seems this post needs a decoder ring Part of living in layers of protective fear sometimes requires shielding the identity of our children to a wider world where hate mail is part of my daily routine, especially when I use a story to call out so called Christians for their very unChrist-like behavior. Thing [Read More...]

Paradigm Shifts & Miracles: Seventh-Gay Adventists

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I am honored to introduce you to a Daneen Akers.  Daneen is an independent documentary filmmaker from San Francisco, CA where she lives with her husband and producing partner, Stephen Eyer, and their 4-year-old daughter, Lily.  I had the amazing opportunity to spend an afternoon with Daneen just a couple of weeks ago.   We [Read More...]

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

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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...]

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

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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...]

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

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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...]

A hard lesson about hospitality

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A reflection on Mark 6:1-13 previously preached, in slightly different form, at Kirkwood UCC a couple of summers ago.   Although we’re just a couple of weeks into June, here in the south it already feels like we are deep in the thick of summer. It brings back tangible memories of the hot summers of my childhood. Oh – [Read More...]

Christian formation…in fear and lies

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“Fear is one of the persistent hounds of hell that dog the footsteps of the dispossessed, the disinherited…deception is perhaps the oldest of all the techniques by which the weak have protected themselves against the strong.” Howard Thurman.   “Archery, definitely archery – and ropes-course and kayaking and dance, can I sign up for dance [Read More...]

12 steps to becoming an LGBT ally in 2013

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Happy New Year and praise be for do-overs! So I had this epiphany today (convenient I know).  If I hope for more LGBT allies (especially of the prayin’ sort) it occurred to me that I ought to share a few suggestions for how to become an ally. If you are a seasoned ally or just taking your first steps, I [Read More...]


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