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Monthly Archive for March, 2009

Part V — A Shining Light

This is the fifth in a series on “One Christian Minister’s Response to Homosexuality.” Stereotypes.  Sometimes we think all Baptists and Baptist churches are the same when it comes to their view of homosexuality.  But Oakhurst Baptist in Decatur, GA is an exception.   JoEllen Holmes recently wrote about her own journey in changing her thinking […]

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This is the fourth in a series on “One Christian Minister’s Response to Homosexuality.” I still remember my first lesson about being judgmental of another from my mother. I was about five years old and my sister and I were arguing as five and seven year olds tend to do.  I could tell I was […]

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Angel Wings

The email pops up in the lower right corner of my computer screen at the clinic with two words in the subject line, “Angel Wings.” I know what’s coming. Since 1994, those two words have stopped me in my tracks every single time they appear. I take a deep breath, and click “open” to read […]

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Part III — Reaching Out

This is the third in a series on “One Christian Minister’s Response to Homosexuality.” One of the reasons Mike Saag (MD, Founder of The 1917 Clinic, and now head of Infectious Diseases at UAB) wanted to hire a chaplain for his clinic in 1994 was to do outreach to churches and the faith community. He […]

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This is the second in a series on “One Christian Minister’s Response to Homosexuality.” Just a little over 15 years ago, I sat in a conference room with a half dozen persons as they asked me questions to determine if I would be their choice to be the first full-time chaplain at The 1917 Clinic […]

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This is the first in a series of “One Christian Minister’s Response to Homosexuality.” I haven’t always felt comfortable when talking with persons who are gay–homosexual, lesbian, or transgendered. It seemed like a foreign language to me. I am still learning. Early on though it was more than language, it was an emotional, visceral response […]

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An Open Letter

Dear Friends, In the coming days and weeks I am going to write an ongoing series on my blog about my journey in my 30 years of ministry on why I believe all persons (more specifically persons who are gay–GLBT) are children of God and should also have the same rights and responsibilities as everyone […]

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Becoming a Child Again

On March 1, 2009, we had light snow in North Alabama (see my wife and daughter to the right). I am well aware that snow is unremarkable to my New England friends. But in Alabama, we only have snow about once in every five years or so. It is an invitation to be a child […]

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