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AIDS, Brotherly Love, and Healing the World

AIDS, Brotherly Love, and Healing the World

Dec 6, 2012

Mark was not my biological twin brother, he was my spiritual and emotional twin.  We met on March 9th, 1982.  The room was up a narrow wooden staircase in an old brick building in the center of West Hollywood.  From the window, you could see men quietly slipping into one of the area’s most popular gay bars, The Eagle. The men in this room with its red brick...

Learning to Enjoy the Ride

Learning to Enjoy the Ride

Nov 12, 2012

Ihave always had a heart for God. However, it wasn’t until my freshman year of high school that I began to understand the need to have a personal experience with Him. I was into every activity the Church of God had to offer. VBS, youth retreats and church camp. Oh, church camp! That is where I really “Got it”. The altar services were deep and life changing....

A Faithless Revelation

A Faithless Revelation

Sep 16, 2012

 = for F.R.P., who is still at war = The name on the door pierced him with guilt. But the church—perhaps the last vestige of Catholicism left in what is now Chinatown—appeared when he was most in need of penance. Though he would not self-identify as a Christian and had never been a Catholic, his sin drove him, with its emptiness and its immense weightlessness,...

Late Night Sex Talk

Late Night Sex Talk

Sep 14, 2012

Last night, I was hanging out with my old friend Insomnia, and I gave a shout out to Facebook and found that I was in abundant good company. A friend of mine popped up on my chat and asked me if he could ask a question. This young man is HIV negative but is an HIV scholar who knows his stuff. But like almost all of us, positive and negative, he made a choice...