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A Different Kind of Pride Month

A Different Kind of Pride Month

It's June 19, 2022, and I'm just now writing my annual Pride Month post. I know, I know... It's not like me, is it? I haven't even put the obligatory rainbow filter on my social media profile pictures! I guess it's just a different kind of Pride Month for me this...

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One of These Things Is Not Like the Others

One of These Things Is Not Like the Others

“There's no such thing as a Gay Christian any more than there's such a thing as a Thieving Christian or a Child-Molesting Christian or a Murdering Christian.” Justin Peters, as quoted by @krazy4ujc over on Twitter last week. I guess I just got fed up. We Christian...

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Be Free, Siblings

Be Free, Siblings

There are so many tortured queer folks out there, desperately searching the scriptures for affirmation, reading and watching everything they can get their hands on. Brownson convinces them that they can be a faithful gay Christian, then Gagnon convinces them they...

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A Plain Reading of Romans 1

A Plain Reading of Romans 1

I've spent much of my Saturday talking with Christian fundamentalists on Twitter who are telling me I can't be a gay Christian. This is nothing new. I've been having these conversations for over five years now, and I know that God has called me to this kind of...

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2021 in Review

2021 in Review

It's become a tradition of mine to look back through my Instagram on New Year's Eve and reflect on the past twelve months. I did it two years ago as I was traveling to Fort Lauderdale for my first Q Christian Fellowship conference, and then I did it again last year,...

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Pray Away

Pray Away

Before I started "Pray Away," the new Netflix documentary about conversion therapy, I dug out my journal from the fall of 2002. I had just come out to my wife and ministry colleagues that spring, and I had started Christian counseling to deal with my "broken"...

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The Gay Man Who Launched the Jesus Movement

The Gay Man Who Launched the Jesus Movement

Alejandro and I watched the documentary Frisbee: The Life and Death of a Hippie Preacher (available to rent on Amazon Prime Video for $1.99) a few weeks ago, and I can’t stop thinking about it.  Friends, the simple fact of the matter is that the Calvary Chapel and...

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Launching Common Sanctuary

Launching Common Sanctuary

Two weeks ago today, in my friends Lynne and Rod Wallace's beautiful backyard here in Santa Rosa, thirty of us gathered for wine and hors d'oeuvres and songs and stories and conversations. I called it a "soft launch" for friends and family to learn about my new...

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Celebrating Pride 2021

Celebrating Pride 2021

Every year around this time, I hear from well-intentioned Christian people who are very concerned about my embrace of Pride. After all, they reason, pride is a sin. Proverbs 16:18 makes this clear: "Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall." In...

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A Different Kind of Pride Month

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