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God of Scandal

God of Scandal

Aug 5, 2014

I met my fiance Diane at a Charismatic Episcopal Church about seven years ago. In case you aren’t familiar with the CEC (most people aren’t), imagine smooshing together an Assembly of God congregation with a Catholic church that rejects the Pope and wants it’s male priests to be able to marry. If you can do that, you’ll have a pretty...

Would Jesus Dance at a Gay Wedding?

Would Jesus Dance at a Gay Wedding?

Jul 13, 2014

“Jesus would be the first to toast the happy couple, the first to dance.” Those were my words from a post I did about not missing your gay child’s wedding. Then I got an email. I thought it was worth answering for others here on the blog who may have the same questions. The comments from the reader’s email are in italics and indented – my...

Good News? What’s So Good About It?

Good News? What’s So Good About It?

Jun 18, 2014

All the religious/political hooplah that’s been in the news so much recently has left many people with a bitter taste in their mouths when it comes to Christianity. And understandably so. Images of shunning people and public shaming  (à la John MacArthur), denying their very existence and resisting their legal rights (à la Southern Baptist Convention on...

Stupid Religion

Stupid Religion

May 24, 2014

  I just had another one of those conversations.  The conversation I seem to have a lot these days with my Christian friends. Gay and straight. About what it means to be a Christian. Am I still a “good Christian” if I don’t go to church? Am I a good Christian if I cuss, if I have sex with my girlfriend or boyfriend? And of course, that one question that seems...

Don’t Be Afraid

Don’t Be Afraid

May 22, 2014

  Picture yourself entering the woods by a winding path. You wander in, exploring the trees — all various shades of green, red, yellow, orange. The clear blue sky peeks through the interlaced leaves. You come to a fork and you must choose one of several paths. You choose and you move forward. There are rocks in the path, and you step carefully so you...

Jesus Wept… Because of Christians, Not Gays.

  “Jesus wept.”  But not because of gays. This is Rob Cottrell, Susan’s husband. I wanted to share my heart with you today. This past year the Supreme Court handed down rulings supporting gay marriage. Many Christians used words like abomination, devastating, disgusting, tragic. Mike Huckabee, the ultra conservative right wing TV personality and former...

Same-Sex Marriage: Why We Have to Go Beyond Jesus

Same-Sex Marriage: Why We Have to Go Beyond Jesus

May 20, 2014

In my experience, the conservative stance on the issue of same-sex marriage really isn’t founded on the handful of passages from Leviticus and Paul. Yes, those get quoted a lot, but the interpretation of those passages is often driven by a larger prior conviction, namely, that Jesus clearly stated that marriage is between a man and a woman, thus creating...

What’s Your Stake in the Gay Debate?

What’s Your Stake in the Gay Debate?

May 9, 2014

“What’s it to you?” I am asked frequently about me being an LGBTQ ally — sometimes by friends who care about me, sometimes by people who don’t, sometimes by people who can’t grasp why I as a Christian should care about this issue. Seriously. I get the distinct impression that they are personally offended that I am an ally.I wish they could see things through...

Get Your Coffee & Sit With Me

Get Your Coffee & Sit With Me

Apr 27, 2014

My loved one, I invite you to experience me. Just me. Not religion, not church. Especially if you have been hurt by your church, or religious people. I want you to know me. I have so much to share with you—ideas and encouragement. I’m not here to give you a to-do list. Forget all that anybody has said about me and come experience me. Here’s an idea for you… In...

Simple Truths

Simple Truths

Apr 13, 2014

  Beloved child, let your heart be at rest.  Trust me. Stop concerning yourself with sorting it all out, but listen for my voice and trust that I will speak. Surrender your angst, your quest to sort out what’s right and what’s wrong, a job I never gave you. Hand over your fear to me, and I will care for you. Know these few simple truths, and trust me.  Act...