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I took a two-year semi hiatus from blogging to write “Walking the Bridgeless Canyon” (October 2014) and am now back to regular blogging.

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How Did Homosexuality Come to be Labeled as a Mental Illness?  On a lovely October evening, I spent three delightful hours talking with Dr. Kenneth Lewes, a pioneer who challenged the American Psychoanalytic Association’s (APsaA) stances on homosexuality in the late 1980s.  Dr. Lewes had already graciously given me over two hours of his time on a phone call several months before and had fact-checked a chapter of my book for historical accuracy. I looked forward to meeting him face-to-face to thank him and give him a copy of my book.

Traditional Family Values | Which Traditions, Whose Values, What Families?  Protecting “traditional family values” is the rally cry to preserve, well . . . what is it trying to preserve? Which traditions? Those of a faith group, ethnicity or time period? Whose families? Only Mom, Pop and kid? Do we include single Moms or extending family? And which values? Yours, mine or the ones Jesus actually says are important? Are we holding a political agenda as an idol rather than do what we are asked to do as Christians?

Six Things Straight People Should Stop Saying about Gay People Ten years ago, I would have made EVERY one of these statements out of ignorance or lack of relationship with gay people. My views were based on gay stereotypes, rather that relationships. I said: “the gay lifestyle”, “the parts don’t fit”, “homosexuality is not normal”, “people can change orientation”, “marriage is not a civil right” and “the Bible is against homosexuality. Until . . .

Screen Shot 2013-05-26 at 2.26.19 PMConfronting My Cyberbully, Pastor David Jarzabek in a Texas Church  On Sunday morning, May 26th, I walked into The Word Church, Grand Prairie to confront my internet stalker. Assistant Pastor David Jarzabek had anonymously, persistently and relentlessly produced twenty videos targeting me over a period of two months in 2011.  Using the proper Youtube community guidelines, I had filed complaints about these videos under: violation of privacy, copyright, hate speech and cyberbullying. Those actions successfully closed two of the six accounts he had created to attack me and the work I do as an advocate in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Christian community. I hoped my anonymous stalker had learned a lesson about cyberbullying.

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What does Romans 1:26-27 say about same-sex behavior? The first part of Paul’s letter to the church in Rome deals with the universality of sin, our inability to gain aright status before God through our own merits, our subsequent need for a relationship with God through Jesus, and the consequences of a life lived outside of submission to God. Not only was it difficult to express in detail what salvation in Christ meant, but Paul was further challenged by having to communicate Christian doctrine to two very different audiences: the Jewish Christians and the Gentile Christians.

The Ten Lies about the GLBT Community Told by Conservative Hate Groups | A Straight Christian Perspective:  Ten Lies about Gays Told by Conservatives  The Family Research Council and other conservative “family’ groups manipulate facts and tells lies to bolster their anti-gay propaganda.

Dear Mom and Dad, | A Letter to Christian Parents of lgbt Youth :  An open letter to Moms and Dads of glbt youth. You may be struggling to understand where sexual orientation and Christianity intersect. Perhaps this will give you insight so that you can best navigate this as a family.

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“Ex-gay” Kent Paris at Summit Christian Church, Nevada On Wednesday, February 6, 2013, “Ex-gay” leader Kent Paris of Nehemiah Ministries, was sponsored by Summit Student Ministries, Sparks, Nevada, to address over 200 youth (age 6th grade to high school years) with his views on the Bible and same sex attraction. Throughout the weekend, he presented at four more church services and a seminar with Q & A.    In his presentation to churches, Paris blends his testimony (you can hear most of it on this link) and Bible interpretations with opinions about homosexuality that are completely out of alignment with all professional mental and medical health organizations in the US.

Dear Church, | Ten Insights on the LGBT Christian Dialogue: I have been involved in advocacy for the LGBT Christian community for over five years;  I offer these observations  that I hope you will consider as valuable insights to help bring understanding.

Ten Things I’ve Learned About Gay People in Ten Years | A Christian Perspective :  I have been involved in advocacy for the LGBT Christian community for over five years;  I offer these observations  that I hope you will consider as valuable insights to help bring understanding.

A Queer Thing Happened to America by Dr. Michael Brown | Review: I would strongly suggest you spent the significant number of hours it would take to read “A Queer Thing Happened to America” and go befriend and listen to a gay/trans person.  Get to really know them, not the them you think you know.  “A Queer Thing Happened to America” feeds fear. Ditch your fears, your biases, your ignorance on this issue and go do relationship with gay and trans people. I did and it changed my life.

I’m A Zero | A Look at Sexual Orientation:  A Look at Sexual Orientation  Understanding the range of sexual orientation based on the Kinsey Scale setting strictly heterosexual at 0 and a strictly homosexual at 6. And gender identity.

Can Size 14 Heels Keep You Out of Heaven?:  A Look at Sexual Orientation  Understanding the range of sexual orientation based on the Kinsey Scale setting strictly heterosexual at 0 and a strictly homosexual at 6. And gender identity.

What do 1 Corinthians and 1 Timothy say about same-sex behavior? There are three passages in the New Testament associated with same-sex behavior. Two are in 1 Corinthians 6:9-Screen Shot 2014-09-20 at 1.15.55 PM10 and 1 Timothy 1:9-10. The passages contain two Greek words,arsenokoitai and malakoi, crucial to understanding the intent of the verses, yet challenging to translate into modern-day English. Consequently, not all English Bibles agree on how the words malakoi and arsenokoitai should be translated. Many translations, such as the NIV below, combine the two distinct words into one word. We’ll see why this is problematic.

“Medical Consequences of What Homosexuals Do”, Come on, Really?: “Medical Consequences of What Homosexuals Do” created by Paul Cameron is a homophobic, with discredited “science” and retold as fact.This series looks at the lies.

What do Leviticus 18 and 20 say about same-sex behavior? There is little doubt that the sexual behavior referenced in both of these chapters in Leviticus is not pleasing to God; neither was it acceptable to the Jews. Let’s look at the overall context of the verses