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New Books: Tina Alexis Allen’s “Hiding Out”

Posted by on Dec 6, 2017

From time to time, IMPACT Magazine gets a heads-up from publishers about new and up-coming releases. We’ll pass the interesting ones on to you. GLAAD Award-nominated actress...

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GOD-TALK

The Boston Declaration: Theologians Protest a Corrupted US Christianity

Posted by on Nov 23, 2017

This week, Christian theologians meeting in Boston donned sackcloth and ashes in a dramatic display of grief over the corruption of U.S. Christianity, and to call the country into...

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REAL LIFE

Coming Out in Baptist Seminary

Posted by on Nov 21, 2017

Friends, there’s something I’ve been meaning to tell you all. It’s been a long time coming, and although my family, friends and classmates know, a lot of people still don’t. So I’m...

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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: Tina Alexis Allen’s “Hiding Out”

New Books: Tina Alexis Allen’s “Hiding Out”

Dec 6, 2017

From time to time, IMPACT Magazine gets a heads-up from publishers about new and up-coming releases. We’ll pass the interesting ones on to you. GLAAD Award-nominated actress and playwright Tina Alexis Allen delivers an audacious memoir exposing a seemingly privileged upbringing in subruban America that became overshadowed by the secrets and deception of...

Review: Suzanne DeWitt Hall’s “Where True Love Is: An Affirming Devotional…”

Review: Suzanne DeWitt Hall’s “Where True Love Is: An Affirming Devotional…”

Nov 28, 2017

From the Foreword By Susan Cottrell, author of Mom, I’m Gay and True Colors. Suzanne DeWitt has written a delightful and dexterous devotional, Where True Love Is! She is a magician who shows us an empty square of cloth, ties it then unties it, to reveal a dove within! The empty cloth is our understanding of Correct Doctrine, which Suzanne ties and unties...

The Boston Declaration: Theologians Protest a Corrupted US Christianity

The Boston Declaration: Theologians Protest a Corrupted US Christianity

Nov 23, 2017

This week, Christian theologians meeting in Boston donned sackcloth and ashes in a dramatic display of grief over the corruption of U.S. Christianity, and to call the country into a time of reflection and action to end oppression.  It was an unusual way to end the annual joint conference of the American Academy of Religion and the Society for Biblical...

Coming Out in Baptist Seminary

Coming Out in Baptist Seminary

Nov 21, 2017

Friends, there’s something I’ve been meaning to tell you all. It’s been a long time coming, and although my family, friends and classmates know, a lot of people still don’t. So I’m going to get straight to the point: I’m gay. A lot of you might be thinking, “What’s the big deal?,” but it took me 22 years to quit running from this truth about who I am. I first...

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...