Category Archives: The Church

Wooden Church Tower

Churches Must Forfeit Tax-Exempt Status

As I’ve often contended, there are two venues in which civil and sacramental rights for LGBT people must be fought: the courts, and homophobic churches the influence of which cannot be underestimated. In the latter venue, peaceful and continual picketing during services of selected homophobic

Girls swimming in pool wearing sunglasses

The Public Pool

Every day, in our society, we see examples of gross injustice. We bemoan what seems, to most of us, a growing trend. But we don’t quite know how to make sense of it. What the talking heads who comment on the problem all too often

Neon cross overlooking city at night

How the Resurrection Ruined Christianity

“I need you to talk with an ordination candidate for moment. He has a question for you.” The voice on the phone was the pastor whose independent Atlanta, Georgia-based church had ordained me just over a decade ago. “Sure,” I said, not at all sure

Wooden Church Tower

There Must Be No Homophobic Churches

“O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.” (Isaiah 3:12) “… he looked for judgment, but behold oppression; for righteousness, but behold a cry.” (Isaiah 5:7) About twenty years ago, I was asked by a

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Queen Esther Goes to A.A.

Often in our lives, we find we must minister both in what we say and what we do. And we must do that wherever the opportunity presents itself. LGBT Christians tend to feel inhibited about sharing the gospel. Who will listen to us? There are

St. Peter’s Square, Vatican, Rome

Popes Out-of-Step with Their Times

Poll after poll has found that the Catholic papacy is out-of-step with its increasingly shrinking U.S. flock. On the topic of abortion, 55% of U.S. Catholics do not want the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade decision overturned, 67% favor pre-marital sex, 71% approve of divorce,