Guest Post: The Divorce of a Church—Part 1

In a previous post DJ, a reader of my blog, made some very poignant comments that I thought were extremely important for everyone to hear. Here is Part 1 of his feelings on being gay and attending a church that is having a hard time living in the tension of what is faith and sexuality: [Read More...]

My Book is in the Warehouse

I just got the coolest phone call I’ve ever received: InterVarsity Press just called to tell me that my book, Love is an Orientation, just got delivered to their distribution warehouse!!!So for all of you who have pre-ordered it (and thank you so very much for that!!!), it should be arriving some point soon! And [Read More...]

Gays in the Military

I recently read an article by a national Christian organization claiming that having open gay and lesbian people serve in the military would be a threat to the congruency of our armed forces. Three things came to my mind: 1. A few years back a study in TIME said that 60% of publications from 1940-1950 [Read More...]

Reminder of Faith in Food

This past weekend my wife and I stopped in to eat at Portillos (if you’ve ever been to Chicago you know the wonderfulness that is Portillos!). When we sat down I looked at the booth next to us and I saw a very elderly couple sitting on one side, and sitting across from them on [Read More...]

Reflection from last night’s Living in the Tension

I don’t know if I’ve ever experienced quite the time of total transparency in community more so then I did last night. The topic was Slang, Slurs and Sex: The stopping points that separate us from each other and the Father. I opened our time last night the only way I knew how—by being as [Read More...]

A New Way of Marriage?

A friend of mine, Bart Campolo, brought this recent TIME Magazine article to my attention through his blog. The article is about two law professors, one who is in favor of gay marriage and the other who is against it, and their new theory in how to provide legal and political space for marriage, that [Read More...]

Living in the Tension Community Gathering

Tonight is our second Living in the Tension Community Gathering, 7pm at 5255 N. Ashland in Chicago (yes, the address is one building different). For more information you can click here. We will be discussion the language, biases and stereotypes that tear us all down. Tonight’s theme will be: Slang, Slurs and Sex: The Stopping [Read More...]

A New Way of Marriage?

A friend of mine brought this recent TIME Magazine article to my attention . The article is about two law professors, one who is in favor of gay marriage and the other who is against it, and their new theory in how to provide legal and political space for marriage, that would satisfy both ends of [Read More...]

Swearing on Amazing Race

Last week I was watching Amazing Race. One of the contestants this season is Mel White, whom many look at as the founder of the gay Christian movement (he founded the gay Christian organization Soulforce, an activist organization that works for the “freedom for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from religious oppression through the [Read More...]

Lord Judge Me According to My Integrity

I was reading Psalm 7 the other day and I noticed something that I had never noticed before: Awake, my God; decree justice. Let the assembled people gatheraround you. Rule over them from on high;let the LORD judge the peoples. Judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness,according to my integrity, O Most High. O [Read More...]

This Weekend’s United Church of Christ Event

This weekend I will be speaking to a group of United Church of Christ (UCC) clergy members in the St. Louis area. As many of you know, the UCC is one of the denominations that are being torn apart by the topic of homosexuality. Although much of the UCC has already decided upon an affirming [Read More...]

Here it is!

Remember my sermon from Capitol Hill the night before the Inauguration—the same sermon that is in the process of being archived in the Smithsonian? Well, here it is! I hope you enjoy it. Much love.http://www.themarinfoundation.org/ [Read more...]

Getting Tempted in Both Directions

As the profile of The Marin Foundation starts to grow so does the political pressure. Over the last half-year I have had a few memorable political occurrences that I think really summarize faith, sexuality and where our culture is at regarding homosexuality. It all started last summer when a very well known secular GLBT organization [Read More...]

Yes, I’m Totally Obsessed with American Idol

When I started this blog I promised myself that during American Idol season I wouldn’t litter it twice a week, every week, with my obsession that is the cultural phenomenon that is American Idol. But I just couldn’t help myself after tonight’s show. I honestly have to say that overall, this show was the greatest [Read More...]