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Celibacy is Not the Gospel

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Is celibacy “good news” for gay Christians? That’s the way the question is often asked, and very poignantly, too (for instance, in the recent posts by Stephen Long at his blog Sacred Tension and also by Rowan Williams : “In what sense does the Church actually proclaim good news . . . . Continue Reading »

It Gets Better for the Chaste, Too

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Matthew Vines has assigned my book, Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality , as one of the core texts of his new training program, The Reformation Project . Matthew disagrees with my conclusions in the book, but he assigned it so that the participants in the . . . . Continue Reading »

How Do Bodies Matter?

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In the most recent issue of Christianity Today , Andy Crouch has an excellent editorial on the church’s future and matters LGBTQIA. Please do read the whole thing. He writes, There is really only one conviction that can hold this coalition of disparate human experiences [i.e., the experiences . . . . Continue Reading »

After Exodus, What?

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Here are a few preliminary thoughts and questions about the recent announcement that Exodus International, the largest and most influential of the so-called “ex-gay” ministries, will be closing its doors : 1. Like many younger people who are Christian and gay, I have shied away from much of . . . . Continue Reading »

On Reading James Brownson

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In the latest issue of The Living Church , I review James Brownson’s new book Bible, Gender, Sexuality . Here’s my summary of the book’s main argument: Brownson argues that . . . gender complementarity is nowhere “explicitly portrayed or discussed” in Scripture. Genesis . . . . Continue Reading »

Morally Exemplary Friendships

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We often hear that friendship is undervalued today because it’s been eclipsed by romantic love. If marriage (or simply sexual partnerships of one sort or another) are the places to experience true love, then friendship gets demoted. But in his book The Feast of Friendship Paul O’Callaghan . . . . Continue Reading »