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Not So Blessed: When disaster takes out your enemy

Posted by on Aug 18, 2016 in Cafe Inspirado, Church Chat | 0 comments

Not So Blessed: When disaster takes out your enemy

  I had to resist rubbing my hands together in a weak moment of delighted schadenfreude when I read that Tony Perkins — rabid right-wing, anti-gay leader of the Family Research Council — lost his house this past week in the floods of Louisiana. The same guy who preached that natural disasters were God’s vengeance on America for tolerating gays, abortion … and whatever in-vogue sin of the day is tolerated in our society. Maybe you’re not so blessed, so privileged as you think. “Karma,” some of my...

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Invisible: HIV+ in Church

Posted by on Aug 11, 2016 in Church Chat, Featured | 0 comments

Invisible: HIV+ in Church

Daniel was out with his boyfriend the night he learned that he had contracted HIV. They had been dating for eight months, and had been friends for a year and a half prior to dating. They were sexually active, and Daniel trusted him completely. They had agreed to be monogamous, and he had no reason to believe his boyfriend would cheat. That night, however, there was a group offering free HIV tests at a club, and Daniel felt something telling him to get one. I talked to Daniel about his experience. Recalling that night, he said: “I truly...

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From the Scars of Evangelical Church to New Hope…

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Church Chat, Gay Post-Evangelical | 2 comments

From the Scars of Evangelical Church to New Hope…

I grew up in the Evangelical Church. From moment I was a baby, I was in church every time the doors were open. We were taught about God’s love and grace ever since I could remember, but also that God was a God of holiness and wrath. You see, we could not talk about God’s love without also talking about his wrath. From a very young age, I sensed that there was something different about me; I didn’t feel like I quite fit in with the other boys. When I hit puberty, that’s when I knew that there was something horribly...

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Bold Support for LGBTs by the Communion of Churches in Indonesia

Posted by on Jun 27, 2016 in Church Chat | 3 comments

Bold Support for LGBTs by the Communion of Churches in Indonesia

The following is a translation of an unprecedented pastoral statement by the Communion of Churches in Indonesia (PGI) regarding LGBT+ people. The statement recommends, among others, an affirming view of LGBT+ people and a thoughtful interpretation of Scripture. This statement has generated heated debate and has resulted in accusations of PGI straying away from the Christian faith. Yet this represents a very bold and unexpected move to stand up for LGBTs in a region where LGBT+ people have few to no rights in general and experience...

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The Heart Matters. When Christianity ignores human experience…

Posted by on Jun 22, 2016 in Church Chat, Featured | 0 comments

The Heart Matters. When Christianity ignores human experience…

This morning, as I was scrolling through my feedly app, I came across a particular post from an ex-gay blog called “Your Other Brothers.” (They would probably object to being labeled as ex-gay, but that to me seems the best approximation of their work.) Much as I disagree with the guys on the blog, I enjoy reading them. They are figuring life out the best way they can, and I relate to their journey – mine was very similar to theirs before I came to fully embrace being gay. The post in question was a discussion about Trey Pearson, the...

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First-Ever LGBTQ Religious Children’s Books Now Available!

Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Church Chat, Family Life, Featured | 0 comments

First-Ever LGBTQ Religious Children’s Books Now Available!

LGBTQ-affirming religious books for kids are available for the first time ever with the launch of the Good News Children’s Book Series this spring. Books such as “Faithful Families” remind children that God loves them, no matter what their family looks like — even if they have two mommies or two daddies. “Mr. Grumpy Christian” is for LGBTQ families to read if they hear Christians telling them that God cannot love them. “Transgender Children of God” affirms transgender parents and children by declaring that God will love us no matter...

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Boundaries in our Boundless Worship

Posted by on Apr 18, 2016 in Church Chat, Featured | 0 comments

Boundaries in our Boundless Worship

Same worship song, one week apart, yet today I’m pained. This emotional ache is not a new place for me. I’ve frequently found myself here over the past decade, and it’s become increasingly more difficult to withstand. For me, the worship portion of church services used to be so “me-centric.” I owned those song— me and God, me and Jesus, me and the Spirit. I happily sang about the goodness, greatness, and bigness of God. His grace, mercy, and love, all lavishly rich and overwhelmingly undeserved. But, my “ownership” started to shift a decade...

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Please, Don’t Invite Someone to Church This Month

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016 in Cafe Inspirado, Church Chat, Featured | 22 comments

Please, Don’t Invite Someone to Church This Month

We’ve got some big problems in the Church these days. That’s no great revelation. Just ask anybody on the street what they think of Christianity, especially during election season, and you’ll get an earful.  We hear it so often, in fact, that we in the Church turn a deaf ear to it. We tune it out. We’re callous to criticism. And we just go on our merry way, carrying on as good soldiers of the Cross. Well, at least on Sundays. So when I drove by this sign stuck lazily in the ground by the side of the road, insisting I “invite someone to church...

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What Would Jesus Scream?

Posted by on Mar 7, 2016 in Church Chat, Featured | 0 comments

What Would Jesus Scream?

“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:17 On Friday evening, Clarke and I decided to check out First Friday, a monthly event in the downtown Phoenix arts district where hundreds of businesses – restaurants, galleries, bars, and other retailers – stay open throughout the evening to attract people who might otherwise never visit them. In addition, there are numerous food trucks, street entertainers, and a myriad of vendors (we bought some local raw...

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An Introvert’s Guide to Following Your Peace

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in Cafe Inspirado, Church Chat, Featured | 0 comments

An Introvert’s Guide to Following Your Peace

Today, another moral dilemma for an introvert. One of the guys in the company I work for put in his notice, and the managers want to do a “going away lunch” for him — today. Short notice. And it kinda freaks me out. I really don’t want to go. I hardly know the guy, I hate work-related social events, and especially without adequate time to mentally prepare myself. So, should I go or not?  “Should I.” That’s the operative phrase. When chewing on this … and getting texts from a friend who also...

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