Archives for November 2009

Finally! A Model of Unity

Last week I spent 2 days in Cedar Rapids, Iowa speaking to the Linn County Association of Evangelicals. Like no where else that I have ever traveled around the world have I seen such a powerful Association of local churches banding together for the greater good of doing Kingdom work. Although ‘Evangelical’ is in their [Read More…]

Part 2: Andrew Interviews Phyllis Tickle

Here is Part 1 of the interview, with links to Phyllis’ books, bio and website. This video is Part 2 which answers the question, What does Phyllis Tickle communicate to her congregation, that is 80% GLBT, about straight Christians and Christianity in general? What do you think about what she said? Much love. [Read more…]

Part 1: Andrew Interviews Phyllis Tickle

I had the opportunity to interview Phyllis Tickle, the founding editor of the religion department at Publishers Weekly. She is the author of over two dozen books, and currently serves as a lay eucharistic minister and lector in the Episcopal Church in her home city of Memphis, TN. She has some very clear thoughts on [Read More…]

Nov 17: World Day of Prayer for Uganda

There are currently over 4,000 people from all over the world on the Facebook group to bring awareness to the Ugandan legislation through all of the breaking news, interviews and published articles written to stop this bill from passing. With such a wide array of people, Dr. Warren Throckmorton and I have created the World [Read More…]

Part 1: Myth and Meaning

I recently read Myth and Meaning: Cracking the Code of Culture by Claude Levi-Strauss—the ‘father’ of Structural Anthropology—which is defined as: The quest for the invariant; or for the invariant elements among superficial differences (p. 8). In essence, this means that structural anthropology is searching for the changeless or constant qualities, functions, configurations or systems that bring [Read More…]

Gay Parents

USA Today recently ran a short piece scientifically comparing gay parents to straight parents. Here is the article. A few highlights I found interesting: 1. It’s shameful that USA Today had to use a picture of a stereotypical gay couple from a TV show instead of a real family. In my opinion, it really shows [Read More…]

Buy My Condo

Brenda and I have officially put our condo up for sale. We’re hopefully starting a family soon, and need a bigger space than this wonderful, corner unit 1 bedroom that I have lived in for the last 6 years. Here is a description: “Quiet, tree lined street. Bright corner unit in the coveted ’08 tier [Read More…]

Nov 6: My One Sentence Bible

What is My One Sentence Bible? Before I post today’s One Sentence Bible from Lamentations, please pray with me about my wife Brenda, and her job. Her company is making some really big decisions about their future which will not only make a huge impact on the company and Brenda, but also potentially on the work of [Read More…]

Everyone’s Agenda

Recently there have been multiple references to me by Christians about the ‘gay agenda.’ I want to make one thing very clear: Everyone has an agenda. I don’t care who you are or what you’re about. You have an agenda – Christian, gay or whatever. And the broader community or population of people you affiliate [Read More…]

Colgate University

It’s just before 4am and I’m already on my way to O’Hare Airport. I’m speaking at Colgate University (Hamilton, NY) this afternoon and this evening. I just love speaking at secular college campuses because they are so diverse socially, theologically and politically. I believe that there is no better place to easily gather a cross-section of [Read More…]

The Guinea Pig Diaries by AJ Jacobs

I just finished reading AJ Jacobs new book, The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment. All I have to say is that this book is totally hilarious … I literally laughed out loud at least a dozen times (some of those were on a plane, and I got a few awkward looks!). You [Read More…]

Update on Uganda

In the last post I wrote about the Anti-Homosexual Bill in Uganda, I mentioned that Martin Ssempa was linked to a large church back in America—that church was Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church. As recent as the middle of last week, Martin Ssempa was still mentioned on Saddleback’s website. However, all links to Ssempa were swiftly [Read More…]

Nov 1: My One Sentence Bible

What is My One Sentence Bible? 11-1-09: Many of the Lord’s claims are bold beyond reality. Are you bold enough to believe with Him? Jeremiah 50:1-3, 10 The Lord is against arrogance in any form. Faithfully continue to humbly walk forward. Jeremiah 50:31 Tony Campolo famously says that America is the new Babylon. According to [Read More…]