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CULTURE SAVVY

A Gay Dad’s Letter to the Parents Who Disown Their Gay Son on Video

Posted by on Aug 29, 2014

Another young person has been thrown out of his home for coming out as gay. I have written about this on a number of occasions covering such events in the United States,...

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GOD-TALK

Dear Susan: Doesn’t God Tell Us To Judge Each Other?

Posted by on Aug 29, 2014

  Are we supposed to judge each other?  Doesn’t God tell us to do that? Another “hot button” topic for today’s “Dear Susan” –...

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REAL LIFE

Jesus Isn’t Going to Take Away My Zoloft

Posted by on Aug 12, 2014

I have been taking Zoloft (anti-depressant) for four years. I began taking it during my freshman year in college because I had been suffering from severe panic attacks for about...

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LOVE, SEX, FAMILY

Is Divorce Really Wrong?

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014

In the past, my beliefs about divorce were as black and white as the text on the pages of the Bible. From this legalistic perspective, there were really only two conditions within...

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A Gay Dad’s Letter to the Parents Who Disown Their Gay Son on Video

A Gay Dad’s Letter to the Parents Who Disown Their Gay Son on Video

Aug 29, 2014

Another young person has been thrown out of his home for coming out as gay. I have written about this on a number of occasions covering such events in the United States, Nigeria and Uganda. This time the event was recorded. Trying to imagine the evil some people can impart on their children is no longer necessary. Now we can hear them in their own self...

Dear Susan: Doesn’t God Tell Us To Judge Each Other?

Dear Susan: Doesn’t God Tell Us To Judge Each Other?

Aug 29, 2014

  Are we supposed to judge each other?  Doesn’t God tell us to do that? Another “hot button” topic for today’s “Dear Susan” – let’s do it.  : ) I write these every Friday. Sometimes they will be poignant, sometimes thought-provoking, sometimes tender, sometimes funny… but hopefully always worth the read. ...

Quick Gyros, Bachelor Style

Quick Gyros, Bachelor Style

Aug 27, 2014

So, there I am, in my usual position, standing in front of the fridge, staring into it, trying to figure out what to have for dinner. One can only eat pasta so many nights in a row before total pasta-boredom sets in. And I’m a pasta fiend. “What do I want? What do I want?” Nothing in the cold light of the refrigerator pops out at me. Got some odds and ends in...

What Are Biblical Values?

What Are Biblical Values?

Aug 27, 2014

Title IX protection of transgender students on college campuses is clashing with Christian colleges’ right to religious expression. What to do? How do we accommodate trans students and protect these colleges’ values? It’s a huge question, and it’s not going away. This Huffington Post piece gives an overview of the battle in many...

Forgive & Support? What is Mark Driscoll’s Gospel?

Forgive & Support? What is Mark Driscoll’s Gospel?

Aug 25, 2014

What is the “gospel” according to Mark Driscoll? Driscoll, Pastor of Mars Hill Church, is one of the loudest anti-gay voices out there – every word spoken “in the name of Jesus.” This is Rob, Susan’s husband writing today… It appears that the Elders at Mars Hill Church have had enough. Yesterday, Driscoll stepped down because of his abusive message (and some...

Jesus Blog: Just Carry an Empty Bag

Jesus Blog: Just Carry an Empty Bag

Aug 24, 2014

 More today from Susan Cottrell’s “Jesus Blog” – a word from Jesus to you… Remember Mary Poppins? She arrived as a nanny with a carpetbag, then pulled from it items that could not possibly have fit in it – a potted plant, a wall mirror, a hatstand, a lamp. She did this with calm confidence. She did not wonder whether the bag would work for her this time;...

Let’s Not Go Through This Alone

Let’s Not Go Through This Alone

Aug 23, 2014

 “Depression is anger without the excitement.” – Mike Wells Depression is anger turned inward… it is anger that has no means of expression… it comes when there is no hope. The tragedy of suicide (whatever variables may be involved) has one underlying current: that person has lost hope. To lose hope is to see no way out of the current situation. Life...

Dear Susan: Are Ex-Gay Camps a Good Idea?

Dear Susan: Are Ex-Gay Camps a Good Idea?

Aug 22, 2014

Have you heard of “reparative therapy?”  Ex-gay camps?  Where they “cure” the gay out of kids and young adults?  Do they work – are they a good idea? When a Christian parent of a gay child does a Google search or talks to their pastor, this is often the prescribed remedy to “fix” their child. I welcome the chance to...