Pastor, Stop Using Your Family

Pastors need to stop using sermon illustrations solely focused on their family. This is not prompted just because of GLBT people, but also folks who are single (who many times are also looked at as second class citizens in the church), as well as those who don’t have a family, or weren’t raised in a [Read More…]

I Don’t Trust Christianity Today

Let me make two things very clear before I expound on why I wholeheartedly believe the title to this post is absolute truth: 1. I love Leadership Journal and Out of UR, who are both owned by Christianity Today. It amazes me how the right hand doesn’t know what it’s doing from the left hand, [Read More…]

The 5 Big Questions

I am sorry for the five day layoff from posting any blogs. Time goes quick – but my head needed clearing from my emotional last week before I could possibly write anything else. I’m back now, and looking forward to continuing our time together. On top of everything that has been going on recently, I left [Read More…]

Equality March in DC

Yesterday, October 11th, besides being National Coming Out Day, was the National Equality March in Washington DC. You can see the full purpose of the march here. Ultimately the three main issues on the table were: An official repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (something the Obama administration promised in the campaign) Gay Marriage Hate [Read More…]

Part 2: I’m Straight, My Parents are Gay

Here is Part 1 of Mike’s story. Part 2 continues here: “I didn’t know it at the time, but I soon learned there was a tension there. On the way to my high school youth group every week, my dad and I listened to James Dobson and other conservative evangelicals on the radio as they [Read More…]

Part 1: I’m Straight, My Parents are Gay

The posts throughout the weekend are the life story of Mike Filicicchia. I first met Mike through his comments on my blog, and his story is something that needs to be heard. Mike is straight. His parents are not. Here is Mike’s blog, and from my experiences with him he has shown me that he is [Read More…]

Youth are Coming Out

In light of October 11th being National Coming Out Day, I thought this is an important topic to discuss. Last week the New York Times published an article about kids in middle school coming out. You can read it here. As with most everything else in today’s culture, youth are getting exposed to, and declaring [Read More…]

Gay Marriage in Illinois

For the many people in both the GLBT and conservative communities throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire (and especially those in California from the beginning of Prop Eight) who love to sarcastically and condescendingly say to me: “Andrew, you can say whatever you want about gay marriage and it doesn’t matter because you’re in Illinois and not [Read More…]

Part 4: Language in the Culture War—Homophobic

This is the last post in this series. Here is the Intro to this series on Language in the Culture War about Tolerance. Here is Part 2 on Reconciliation. Here is Part 3 on Affirming. Homophobic: The word ‘homophobic’ has become one of those ugly, politically charged words that bring on a new (and incorrect) [Read More…]

Part 3: Language in the Culture War—Affirming

Here is the Intro to this series on Language in the Culture War. Here is Part 2. Affirming: The word ‘affirming’ has become one of those ugly, politically charged words that bring on a new (and incorrect) cultural understanding of the word’s original intent in definition and usage. The culture war definition of Affirming: Similar [Read More…]

Part 2: Language in the Culture War—Reconciliation

Here is the Intro to this series on Language in the Culture War. Reconciliation: The word ‘reconciliation’ has become one of those ugly, politically charged words that bring on a new (and incorrect) cultural understanding of the word’s original intent in definition and usage. The culture war definition of Reconciliation: People (specifically conservative Christians) have to fully [Read More…]

Part 1: Language in the Culture War—Tolerance

Recently there was a vigorous stream of dialogue in the comment sections of some recent posts (here and here), as well as conversations on my most recent Live Chat regarding language within the culture war between conservatives and the GLBT community (and how that language is used). As one of the commenter’s suggested in a post [Read More…]

A Gay Father’s Words to Conservativism

The following is written by Jon, a gay man married to his partner, who also has adopted kids. Jon frequently comments on this blog, and I truly appreciate his thoughtful insight to whatever discussion is ongoing. In some recent ongoing discussions on the blog the question of, would a gay family attend a conservative church, [Read More…]

Article I Wrote for Relevant Magazine

This link takes you to an article I wrote for Relevant Magazine that is published in their September/October 2009 issue. They wanted to “introduce me” to their readership, so half of the article is my background and the other half are a few key lessons I’ve learned along the way. One of the people who [Read More…]


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