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...]

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...]

Ugandan Anti-Homosexual Bill

For the past few weeks I have been greatly disturbed by what has been happening in Uganda regarding the treatment of gays and lesbians through new legislation called the Anti-Homosexual Bill. I was first made aware of the situation by a good friend of mine who I went to Moody Theological Seminary with, who now [Read More...]

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...]


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