American Extremism: To Russia with Love

Tweet The violence against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in Russia is not intrinsic to its history. It is a relatively new poison that has seeped into the Russian culture and church, compliments in no small part to American extremists who have been visiting that country over the past decade. [The situation has become […]

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SBC Pastor’s Kid Comes Out and Family Stands with Him UPDATE

Tweet UPDATE — MARCH 11, 2014 (I have the permission of Pastor Danny to relay this information.)  Thank you to those of you who have prayed for the Cortez family and the New Heart church community as they navigate this issue. This is the official statement for the process over the next two months: “As […]

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“Bible Gender Sexuality | Reframing the Church’s Debate on Same-Sex Relationships” — A Review

Tweet “Bible Gender Sexuality | Reframing the Church’s Debate on Same-Sex Relationships” by Prof. James Brownson (2013)  Prof. James Brownson has taught New Testament Theology at Western Theological Seminary, New Holland, Michigan, for over 30 years. When his 19 year old son came out as gay, Brownson challenged himself to revisit the Scriptures believing that his own […]

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“Understanding Sexual Identity” By Mark Yarhouse | A Review

Tweet An ineffective theory about gay people, wrapped in kinder packaging, and carefully tied a prettier bow of pseudo-compassion is still an ineffective theory. Understanding Sexual Identity: A Resource for Youth Ministry (October, 2013, Zondervan) by Mark Yarhouse, Professor of Psychology at Regent University (Founded by Fundamentalist Pat Robertson as Christian Network Broadcast University in 1978), […]

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Scott Lively Continues His Russian Death Tour

Tweet Scott Lively is currently in Russia for the pre-conference planning for the 2014 World Congress of Families VIII. His deadly impacts, already seen and being played out in Uganda, have been evident in the rise in violent crime and aggressive sentiments towards the gay and transgender community in the Russian culture.  He previously laid […]

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He Makes All Things Beautiful

Tweet I sent Christian a note on March 11th, 2011, a few days after I had seen him on the Lisa Ling Our America: Pray the Gay Away show. There was something unsettling and robotic about him in the televised interview. He said he was no longer gay; to me he looked empty. Ling visited his […]

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Walking the Bridgeless Canyon | How I Became an Advocate for LGBT Inclusion

Tweet I am on the board of The Reformation Project (TRP), founded by Matthew Vines. The mission of the organization is to: seeks to reform church teaching on sexual orientation and gender identity. This fall, TRP will host our first leadership conference for 50 straight, gay, bisexual, and transgender Christians who are committed to reform. From […]

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Two Burning Buildings, One Car Crash and Three Saved Lives, All in a Day’s Work

Tweet Yes, it was quite a day for me. I donned my turnout coat, pants, boots, helmet, hood, self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), gloves and goggles and went to work putting out two fires, rescuing a person with an obstructed airway, another person from a wrecked car and then ended the day by rescuing a victim […]

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My Hour with Edie, the Woman Who Brought Down DOMA

Tweet Edie Windsor, 84, loved her partner, Thea Spyer, for 42 years before losing her to multiple sclerosis.  They met in a lesbian bar in 1963 and got engaged in 1967.  “It was purely symbolic,” says Windsor. “It was a way for us to say we wanted to spend our lives together.” Because of their professional […]

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“God Loves Uganda” Documentary | The Dangers of the American Religious Right to Ugandan Gays

Tweet Disturbing. Horrifying. Dangerous. This past weekend I saw a screening of “God Loves Uganda”, a documentary from Roger Ross Williams that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013. The movie follows the efforts leaders of the International House of Prayer (IHOP), Kansas City, MO to spread Christianity, change African culture with values from […]

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We Have Asked Gay People to Change; Now, It Is Time for the Church to Change

Tweet For almost 40 years, the conservative Christian community has sought to outsource the “gay problem” to groups outside their church walls. Exodus International was founded in 1976 from a seed group established in 1973. Exodus became the most widely recognized group associated with the training and belief that gay people could become straight with reparative […]

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Survivors of Reparative Therapy Confront Exodus Leader

Tweet Three years ago, Lisa Ling presented “Pray the Gay Away” on “Our America”, Oprah Winfrey Network. The episode examined the two sides of Christian reparative therapy, an attempt to change homosexual people to heterosexuals. “God and Gays”, a follow-up to that show, is going to air on Thursday, June 20th at 10/9c on OWN TV Network. […]

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Tell a Street Preacher

Tweet It is Gay Pride season. Just as predictable as the rainbow flags and great music are the street preachers and condemnation. Some of these street evangelists present a “softer” approach; they are not bullhorn carrying or “sodomite” screaming. They arrive with smiles and slick tracts and smooth “Hey guy, I love ya” banter, but […]

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Porterville, CA Mayoral LGBT Proclamation Opposed by Christian Base

Tweet UPDATE: At the Porterville City Council meeting on June 11th, an item was added to the agenda for next weeks’ meeting, June 17th.  From GayPorterville:  That agenda item is to rescind the proclamation that we the LGBTQ community received just last Tuesday. Pending the City Attorney’s counsel on whether the City Council has the […]

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Mitchell’s Mom Learned to Love Her Gay Son

Tweet While in Florida, I met a Facebook friend that I had been connected with for two years. The Gay Christian Network Bible Study Group Orlando had graciously brought me to Disney Gay Days and, on the last night of my visit, a large group gathered for a potluck at which I spoke. It was there […]

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