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New Books: Chelsey Johnson’s “Stray City”

Posted by on Feb 19, 2018 in Featured, Reviews | 0 comments

New Books: Chelsey Johnson’s “Stray City”

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. A warm, funny, and whip-smart debut novel about rebellious youth, inconceivable motherhood, and the complications of belonging—to a city, a culture, and a family—when none of them can quite contain who you really are. Stray City: A Novel Chelsey Johnson Custom House | HarperCollins (Mar 2018) 432 pages Within LGBTQ culture, creating an alernative family—or, as we sometimes prefer to call it,...

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Black History Month Queer Hero: Dr. Pauli Murray

Posted by on Feb 11, 2018 in Featured, Hot Topics | 0 comments

Black History Month Queer Hero: Dr. Pauli Murray

Dr. Pauli Murray was a remarkable woman who shattered ceilings of glass and perhaps even iron. Articles about Murray describe her as a black, queer, feminist, civil rights activist, lawyer, poet, professor, priest, and saint. That’s a lot of chapeaus to wear, but she managed them all with grace and dignity. Anna Pauline Murray was the great granddaughter of slaves. Her mother died when she was a young child, and her father was murdered in a psychiatric hospital after suffering from emotional instability as a result of typhoid fever....

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Poll suggests slipping support for LGBTQ people. Or maybe not.

Posted by on Jan 29, 2018 in Featured, Hot Topics | 0 comments

Poll suggests slipping support for LGBTQ people. Or maybe not.

Earlier this month, a poll was released that showed that a slim majority of Americans are “somewhat” or “very” uncomfortable with LGBTQ people. The poll was released by GLAAD, a national organization working toward full equality for our Alphabet community. As a result, multiple headlines across the country have shown panicked headlines that “Majority of Americans are Anti-Gay” or something similar. Others scream about how Donald Trump is responsible for this new hostile environment. The poll itself, entitled “Accelerating Acceptance 2018,” is...

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Evangelical Controversy: John Piper Unwittingly Proves that Only Women Should be Seminary Teachers

Posted by on Jan 26, 2018 in Featured, Hot Topics | 0 comments

Evangelical Controversy: John Piper Unwittingly Proves that Only Women Should be Seminary Teachers

I’ve read a number of rebuttals to John Piper’s recent declaration titled Is There a Place for Female Professors at Seminary? Each response addresses the groaningly geriatric nature of the concept that women shouldn’t teach fledgling clergy, but none of them addresses the point which seems most obvious: If you closely read what Piper demands, you have to conclude that only women should be teaching in seminary. Here’s why. The central refrain in Piper’s sermon is that training up pastors is different than other teaching. He returns to this...

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Music Review: Shawn Thomas’s new CD, “Christ in my Life”

Posted by on Jan 10, 2018 in Featured, Reviews | 1 comment

Music Review: Shawn Thomas’s new CD, “Christ in my Life”

Christ In My Life Shawn Thomas (2017) 12 tracks I received the latest CD project from Shawn Thomas back in August last year, 2017. I decided to listen to it on the way to work the next day as an extension of my morning devotional. I played it every day for more than a week, forgoing my usual routine of listening to talk radio or the Christian music stations. Yes, it ministered to me. Let me break this project down without becoming verbose. The title cut, “I Got Christ In My Life,” is a fun and driving beat. It’s about a man...

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Q Spirit Names the Top 25 LGBTQ Christian Books of 2017

Posted by on Dec 19, 2017 in Featured, Reviews | 0 comments

Q Spirit Names the Top 25 LGBTQ Christian Books of 2017

Check out the top 25 LGBTQ Christian books of 2017 — including queer theology, Bible, history, memoir, and church life by diverse authors. The list was announced today by lesbian Christian author Kittredge Cherry on the Jesus in Love Blog at Qspirit.net. “This year’s hot topics include transgender issues and youth ministry,” she said. “Readers welcomed the many new collections of LGBTQ Christians sharing their own first-person faith journeys.” Books ranged from user-friendly inspirational works to serious academic studies. The 2017 books were...

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

Posted by on Dec 6, 2017 in Reviews | 1 comment

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

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 her formidable and devoutly Catholic father.   Hiding Out: A Memoir of Drugs, Deception, and Double Lives Tina Alexis Allen Hardcover: 288 pages Publisher: Dey Street Books|HarperCollins...

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

Posted by on Nov 28, 2017 in Featured, Reviews | 0 comments

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

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 to reveal the Holy Spirit within! Page after page, I smiled and highlighted Suzanne’s insights. For example: “Let’s look at John’s wonderful proclamation again: ‘Everyone who loves has...

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

Posted by on Nov 11, 2017 in Reviews | 0 comments

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

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 symbol of the holiday season is also black and gay, and married to an equally cheery man. Humor writer Daniel Kibblesmith introduces us to Mr. and Mr. Claus, and gives us a glimpse of...

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Bachelor Food: Creamy Vermouth Pasta with Italian Sausage

Posted by on Nov 10, 2017 in Cafe Inspirado, Featured, Food! | 0 comments

Bachelor Food: Creamy Vermouth Pasta with Italian Sausage

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, like (my fav) Puttanesca. I make a pretty decent rotini — you know, those cork screw macaronis — with mixed vegetables and olive oil and parmesan cheese for our “Meatless...

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