An Adieu to Toby, Doberman Extraordinaire

Wednesday I said goodbye to a piece of my heart. My little fur nephew Toby, after a valiant fight with cancer, passed away in his mommy's arms. My heart aches, the tears keep welling up, and by God I am mad. I am mad that such a handsome man couldn't live forever. That cancer wouldn't … Continue reading An Adieu to Toby, Doberman Extraordinaire

Stardust by Neil Gaiman – A Review

My friendly neighborhood library had this book sitting out as part of their staff recommended book display and on a whim I picked it up.  I had heard of the book (and movie) but didn't really know much about either, other than remembering Michelle Pfeiffer's costume looked pretty cool in the promos.  What I did … Continue reading Stardust by Neil Gaiman – A Review

If I Have Gay Children: Four Promises From A Christian Pastor/Parent

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Sometimes I wonder if I’ll have gay children.

I’m not sure if other parents think about this, but I do; quite often.

Maybe it’s because I have many gay people in my family and circle of friends. It’s in my genes and in my tribe.
Maybe it’s because, as a pastor of students, I’ve seen and heard the horror stories of gay Christian kids, from both inside and outside of the closet, trying to be part of the Church.
Maybe it’s because, as a Christian, I interact with so many people who find homosexuality to be the most repulsive thing imaginable, and who make that abundantly clear at every conceivable opportunity.

For whatever reason, it’s something that I ponder frequently. As a pastor and a parent, I wanted to make some promises to you, and to my two kids right now…

1) If I have gay children, you’ll all know it.

My children won’t…

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