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New Books: “Santa’s Husband” by Daniel Kibblesmith & A.P. Quach

Posted by on Nov 11, 2017

Santa’s Husband By Daniel Kibblesmith Illustrated by A.P. Quach Harper Design, Oct 2017 Hardcover, 32 pages Offering a fresh twist on Kris Kringle, this clever yet heartfelt...

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GOD-TALK

The God of Love and the Pillar of Salt

Posted by on Sep 27, 2017

The character of Lot’s Wife has always been a difficult one to reconcile with a God of love. Why does God smite this woman for looking back on the burning city that was her...

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REAL LIFE

Nashville

Posted by on Sep 9, 2017

  “THE STORY GOES THAT A PUBLIC SINNER WAS EXCOMMUNICATED AND FORBIDDEN ENTRY TO THE CHURCH. HE TOOK HIS WOES TO GOD. ‘THEY WON’T LET ME IN, LORD, BECAUSE I AM A...

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LOVE, SEX, FAMILY

One of God’s Poppy Boys: On Being Sweetly Submissive

Posted by on Aug 25, 2017

Several years ago I was walking up a hill with my church pastor when he told me “God knows your type; he’s dealt with many others like you in the past.” He was referring to my...

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New Books: “Santa’s Husband” by Daniel Kibblesmith & A.P. Quach

New Books: “Santa’s Husband” by Daniel Kibblesmith & A.P. Quach

Nov 11, 2017

Santa’s Husband By Daniel Kibblesmith Illustrated by A.P. Quach Harper Design, Oct 2017 Hardcover, 32 pages Offering a fresh twist on Kris Kringle, this clever yet heartfelt book tells the story of a black Santa, his white husband, and their life together at the North Pole. Everyone knows that Santa Claus is jolly, but in Santa’s Husband, this cherished...

Just a Stop Along the Way

Just a Stop Along the Way

Nov 10, 2017

Sometimes, I️ just want to shout these words. I am not a band aid to cover the wounds of who you’ve loved Comforting and distracting Building you up To move on or perhaps back. That role is yours To find within yourself. My worth and wants Do not lie as a catalyst In order to find your healing finding comfort in my affections Temporarily. My heart isn’t yours...

Bachelor Food: Creamy Vermouth Pasta with Italian Sausage

Bachelor Food: Creamy Vermouth Pasta with Italian Sausage

Nov 10, 2017

I was trying to avoid the inevitable question: “What do you want for dinner tonight?” Usually, we bounce one or two ideas back and forth, and end up settling on the one that hasn’t been vetoed by either of us. I was kinda in the mood for pasta (what else is new?), but really didn’t want traditional spaghetti or one of our variations,...

The God of Love and the Pillar of Salt

The God of Love and the Pillar of Salt

Sep 27, 2017

The character of Lot’s Wife has always been a difficult one to reconcile with a God of love. Why does God smite this woman for looking back on the burning city that was her home? Can such a story reveal anything loving about God? But a key to coming to terms with difficult passages in Scripture — as well as understanding the nature of God described...

Is Your Faith Transactional or Transformational? It makes all the difference in the world.

Is Your Faith Transactional or Transformational? It makes all the difference in the world.

Sep 20, 2017

One of the central themes repeated in Scripture is the call for us to seek God.  When we seek God simply to know Him and draw closer to Him, our faith becomes transformational. But when we do it in a misguided attempt to earn something or try to get God to DO something, our faith becomes transactional.  That may seem a bit technical at first glance, but hang in...

“Retake” – Not just a gay road trip

“Retake” – Not just a gay road trip

Sep 18, 2017

The gay community experiences a lot of loneliness, and we deal with it in different ways. Most of us probably wouldn’t hire an escort to recreate the past, however. This is exactly what Jonathan (Tuc Watkins) does in the 2016 film Retake, directed by Nick Corporon. The IMDB synopsis makes it sound much more scandalous than the film is. A lonely, middle-aged man...

Nashville

Nashville

Sep 9, 2017

  “THE STORY GOES THAT A PUBLIC SINNER WAS EXCOMMUNICATED AND FORBIDDEN ENTRY TO THE CHURCH. HE TOOK HIS WOES TO GOD. ‘THEY WON’T LET ME IN, LORD, BECAUSE I AM A SINNER.’ ‘WHAT ARE YOU COMPLAINING ABOUT?’ SAID GOD. ‘THEY WON’T LET ME IN EITHER.” ― BRENNAN MANNING, THE RAGAMUFFIN GOSPEL As far back as I can...

Trump, Arpaio, and the God Who Sees

Trump, Arpaio, and the God Who Sees

Aug 29, 2017

  On Friday, August 25, while the nation watched as an increasingly more powerful hurricane barreled towards the Gulf Coast, Donald Trump released two controversial directives aimed at vulnerable communities in our country: the ban on transgender people serving in the armed forces and the pardon of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. As a cisgender man, I...

One of God’s Poppy Boys: On Being Sweetly Submissive

One of God’s Poppy Boys: On Being Sweetly Submissive

Aug 25, 2017

Several years ago I was walking up a hill with my church pastor when he told me “God knows your type; he’s dealt with many others like you in the past.” He was referring to my tendency for introspection and insecurity, but his point now chimes with another part of me. He reminded me that “type” is not a dirty word in the Christian vocabulary. Everyone is an...

15 Things I’ve Learnt From Being Unemployed for 2 Months (and counting)

15 Things I’ve Learnt From Being Unemployed for 2 Months (and counting)

Aug 22, 2017

For many years, I had a nice, peaceful, routine life with a good job and a great employer. But one day in late May, I found out I was going to be laid off in the near future. Though my employer and I parted on excellent terms, reality still applied to me. Losing your job is a major life change, and it isn’t one of the most pleasant things for someone to...