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...]

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...]

God is Tearing Away Church Influence

Yes, you read that right. I believe that God is tearing away church influence. Let me explain. This morning while I was spending time with God I was reading the book of Jeremiah and came across something I thought extremely profound:  “2“Stand at the gate of the LORD’s house and there proclaim this message:       ” [Read More...]

Another Denomination and Gay Ordination

In the wake of renown evangelical theologian John Piper’s haughty rant about a tornado being God’s judgement on the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America’s (ELCA) pending vote to ordinate gay clergy, an hour ago the ELCA voted to officially affirm partnered gay ministers. This makes the third denomination to do so, following the Episcopal Church and the United [Read More...]

Video of my Sermon from Newsong Church in Irvine, CA

Joose – August 16, 2009 from Newsong Church on Vimeo. Here is my sermon (called: Aligning Our Expectations) from yesterday at Newsong Church, where Dave Gibbons (who just spoke at the infamous Willow Creek Leadership Summit) is the senior pastor. This was such a humbling experience. [Especially since I am secretly obsessed with Dave and [Read More...]

Follow-Up to Scot McKnight’s Post—Part 2

Here is my quick summary to understand what I was talking about in the last post regarding validation and affirmation (as I spend all of Chapter 5 in my book deconstructing validation. The chapter is called: Who are We Looking to for Validation: The GLBT Quest for Good News from God). The first thing we [Read More...]

Follow-Up to Scot McKnight’s Post—Part 1

Last week I alerted everyone to two posts Scot McKnight did about a letter he received from a Christian worship leader who asking for advice about a student in their group who is gay and believes God blesses same-sex civil unions. He posted the letter one day, and then the next day he posted a [Read More...]

Andrew Marin on Jesus Creed

Today Scot McKnight, a good friend, well known theologian and the creater of the #1 rated emergent blog Jesus Creed, posted a response that he asked me to write regarding a letter he recived from a worship leader about a gay student in the worship team. You can check out the original letter here… And [Read More...]

Guest Post: Divorce of the Church—Part 2

Here is Part 2 to DJ’s personal experience to how homosexuality in the church affects GLBT people. And DJ, thank you so much for sharing your life and thoughts with us, allowing us to enter into your head, worries, fears and understandings… “I don’t think people quite understand the pressure that the gay-oriented Christian feels [Read More...]

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...]

The Coalition – Southern California Event #2

The second event that The Coalition held was an inclusive pastor’s roundtable that took place in Long Beach. What does inclusive pastor mean? In layman’s terms, it’s a pastor who is gay or lesbian or a pastor of a gay (or gay affirming) church. The broader scope of The Marin Foundation’s bridge building framework for [Read More...]

The Coalition – Southern California Event #2

The second event that The Coalition held was an inclusive pastor’s roundtable that took place in Long Beach. What does inclusive pastor mean? In layman’s terms, it’s a pastor who is gay or lesbian or a pastor of a gay (or gay affirming) church. The broader scope of The Marin Foundation’s bridge building framework for [Read More...]

The Coalition – Southern California Event #1

Yes, after my traumatic last post I wrote this one on Word, saved it a few times, copied it into my blog and did the links right before I made it public. Thanks for the outcry of love after my hard lesson learned in blogging! After finally creating this blog I have also learned a [Read More...]


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