Archives for January 2009

Gay Scientists Isolate a Christian Gene?

I really can’t decide if this is funny, or so very sad. Either way it sure puts perspective on where our culture is at regarding the GLBT and Christian worldview of each other. What do you think about it – funny or sad? Much love. [Read more…]

Hard Lessons of Forgiveness

Forgiveness can be a tricky thing. Many people, including myself, are able to talk about forgiveness as an important task in order to move on. Some people, not-so-much including myself, are also able to actually do it in their mind, heart and Spirit instead of just vocally forgiving the person(s) who have wronged them. A [Read More…]

Weigh-in #2

Today is January 28th and it’s time for weigh-in #2 for My Own Biggest Loser competition with myself. Current Weight: 252.7 lbs. Weight lost since last weigh-in: 3.3 lbs. Total weight loss thus far: 6.8 lbs! My next weigh-in will be in three more weeks on February 18th. Much [Read more…]

The Best Advice I Have Ever Been Given

I love reading interviews, especially when the person being interviewed is asked, “What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?” because I’m fascinated by the words that stick with a person for a lifetime. Unfortunately for me, I’ve never been able to answer that question because no clever words of wisdom have ever really [Read More…]

Reflections of Speaking in DC during the Inauguration—Part 4

And what did happen next was one of the greatest honors of my life to date: A lady came up to me and gave me a big hug, thanked me for my words and life’s experiences, and said she felt very challenged and yet encouraged that things can change in this culture war. As it [Read More…]

Reflections of Speaking in DC during the Inauguration—Part 3

When I walked up to the All Souls Church I just took in the site—it was beautiful and looked like a tradition-steeped colonial church built in the 1800s. Later that evening I came to find out that (here is their blurb about themselves): All Souls has a long tradition of promoting social justice issues [within [Read More…]

Reflections of Speaking in DC during the Inauguration—Part 2

Monday January 19th came quickly as I didn’t end up getting to my room until about 1am. Even then I was still so excited for what I was about to experience that I couldn’t fall asleep until about 2am. When I woke up it was 10 or so, and I had scheduled to meet a [Read More…]

Reflections of Speaking in DC during the Inauguration—Part 1

My flight into DC on Sunday night, January 18th, started in Omaha, NE. I spent the weekend at Christ Community Church of Omaha, a Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) Denominational church, with my friend Richard Engle. What a great, loving group of people who genuinely have a heart to learn about building bridges with GLBT [Read More…]

Ted Haggard’s Documentary

A Facebook friend of mine, Darin Brown, sent me this link to an article by ABC News about Ted Haggard’s entrance back into the public eye after his scandal of down-low drugs and gay sex behind his family’s, congregation’s and all the rest of the evangelical world listening to his direction as President of the [Read More…]

Non-Profit Life

I don’t like Mondays. You might think I don’t like Mondays for many of the same reasons everyone else doesn’t like them. You’re right. But, and there is a big but, here is my dilemma: Since The Marin Foundation doesn’t have a huge staff (and by huge I mean anything above 3 people), I get [Read More…]

Public Opinion with Athletes Talking about God

**Disclaimer: This post is about sports—college football in particular. I’m sorry if you don’t follow sports or know any of the names I’m going to mention, but you’ll get the idea of the main point that I’m communicating. So … Yesterday I was watching ESPN (shocker….), and on the show Rome Is Burning hosted by [Read More…]

Obama and Bishop Robinson

Since yesterday I have been asked quite a few times what my thoughts are regarding Obama’s choice of the first openly gay Episcopal Bishop, Gene Robinson, to give the Invocation at the Lincoln Memorial. Just like I believed that Obama strategically chose Rick Warren to publicly reach out in a bipartisan nature to the millions [Read More…]

What are Dreams and Where do they Come From?

Those questions are something that I’ve been thinking a lot about lately because I have no idea what’s the right answer to either of them. The reason dreams have been on my mind is because I’ve been having some real funky ones as of late. And by funky I mean strange, not-so-nice or haunting. None [Read More…]

Big Personal News about the Inauguration

I recently got a phone call from the Olive Branch Interfaith Peace Coalition in Washington DC—and they asked if I could speak at their interfaith service and vigil the night before the Inauguration. The theme of the service is Peaceful Nonviolence, inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. I will be talking about the impact of [Read More…]