Posts Tagged ‘Homosexuality’

Just Love ‘Em.

Just Love ‘Em.
Your much-loved, much-lauded, beautiful son finally marries the love of his life, but despite your pride and delight, you can’t brag on him or his new partner to any of your friends at church. Because the love of his life is actually a man. What do you do? You hide. Your daughter moves out into her...
December 27th, 2012 | Social Justice | Read More

Love Overrides Everything That’s Not Kosher

Love Overrides Everything That’s Not Kosher
“And if you feel what you think is true . . . If you found peace deep inside of you . . . If you think that Jesus has saved you . . . Pray for me, pray for me, if you really do believe . . . Then don’t forget to pray for me.” “Pray” by King’s X, 2008 King's X from left to right: Jerry...
November 13th, 2012 | Music | Read More

Ants on a Crucifix

Ants on a Crucifix
Christians and artists just don’t get along. Add the gay/lesbian debate to this equation, and a culture war of epic proportions results. Mix in a dose of 24/7 news cycle madness in the digital age and one wonders if ever the twain shall meet. This unfortunate state of affairs has been best evidenced...
January 19th, 2011 | Arts, Featured, Visual Arts | Read More

Protestant Planks – A Lesson in Grace

Protestant Planks  – A Lesson in Grace
Two headlines weave through my mind as I consider what our current evangelical quandary means for the larger scope of Christianity. “Knapp comes out” and “Waltke resigns.”  While the Catholic Church is embroiled in one of the most scandalous and damaging seasons in my life, we Protestants have...
May 27th, 2010 | Featured, Social Justice | Read More

Welcome Back, Jennifer Knapp

Welcome Back, Jennifer Knapp
Back in the ’90s, about the time I was getting tired of Christian Contemporary Music, there were a few standout exceptions that were still able to grab my attention. One of them was an earnest folk rocker who could, in one moment, break your heart with a tender vocal phrasing, and in the next song,...
May 26th, 2010 | Featured, Music | Read More

The Day I Walked Out of the Southern Baptist Convention

The Day I Walked Out of the Southern Baptist Convention
A few thousand Southern Baptists from all over the United States filed in to the civic center in downtown Indianapolis. We sang hymns together, led by slick looking choir leaders. President Bush addressed us via satellite, which triggered the biggest applause of the whole event. I sat and observed, excited...
December 9th, 2009 | Featured, Social Justice | Read More

Burdens and Sinning and other Gay Tales

I have a friend who has recently come out as lesbian.  Let’s call her Amy. Like many people who love Jesus and are gay, Amy has struggled for many, many years to come to terms with her sexuality.  Recently, she reconciled what many in the church consider irreconcilable.  (See this site for...
October 29th, 2009 | Blog | Read More

“Ultimately, We Believe In A More Loving Church”

“Ultimately, We Believe In A More Loving Church”
As the debate over LGBT rights rages on, rising statistical trends show growing support for the gay community in the church. At the forefront of this movement is the Gay Christian Network, a non-profit organization that has worked with the likes of Tony and Peggy Campolo and Canadian religious program...
October 6th, 2009 | Essays, Featured | Read More

Focus on the Family: APA and Ex-Gay Ministries

This past week, the American Psychological Association declared their opposition to the theory that homosexual people can be “fixed” by reparative therapy like that used in Exodus and other ex-gay ministries. The definitive statements came from the board’s examination of dozens of case studies...
August 7th, 2009 | Blog | Read More

Even Ted Haggard

A disclaimer before I start: though I love Ted Haggard as a fellow human and Christian, I’m not a fan. I wasn’t a fan “before” and I’m not a fan of Haggard 2.0: the victim doing the talk-show circuit, fertilizing ground for a book proposal. But as I watched him on Oprah yesterday (just because...
January 29th, 2009 | Blog | Read More