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A More Radical Way

When I was as smart as most fifth graders in 1965 in Montgomery, AL, two of my heroes were Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Most everyone I knew shared the feelings for the former.

But I didn’t tell anyone about the latter when he led a march in March from

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Loving the Sinner, Hating the Sin

Regardless who you are, I need and want to love you more.

Regarding hating the sin, I will reserve that for my own.

That will keep me busy.

Peace and grace to you, Malcolm


What Jesus Said About Homosexuality

Jesus said the following about homosexuality, ” .” That’s it, period.

Now Jesus did talk about heterosexuality, marriage, and divorce. But that is another post.

If it were not for grace, we would ALL be in trouble.

Thanks be to God.

Dear Parents of Gay Children

I’ve been wanting to write this letter for a while. I have heard that some of your pastors, priests, rabbis, or imams have unfortunately misled you regarding your son or daughter’s sexual orientation. We have made your burden heavier, not lighter.

As a clergy person, I want to apologize to you. I am very sorry.

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This may be one of the most boring posts I have written on my blog. Why?

I prefer to tell stories because I think we learn best from the experience of others, and God speaks to me clearest through interaction with others. But, for years I have heard some of my Christian friends talk

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Alan and Manny

This post fits in both series: “One Christian Minister’s Response to Homosexuality,” and “The Alabama Heartsong Retreat.”

Friendships change us. Alan Woellhart is one of those friends in my life.

I met Alan in 1993 when I was interviewing for my job at The 1917 (HIV/AIDS) Clinic at UAB. He was on the Chaplain

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Part IX — My Coming Out Story

This is the ninth in a series on “One Christian Minister’s Response to Homosexuality.” (updated April 2013)

I have been wanting to say this publicly for most of my adult life, but I have been afraid to admit this to myself, to my loved ones and to my friends. I was afraid what my

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Part VIII — Gay Marriage

This is the eighth in a series on “One Christian Minister’s Response to Homosexuality.”

When I started dating my wife, Mary Sullivan, on January 29, 2003, I was swept off my feet. I told the world about it.

I remember calling my “surrogate mother” from my college years, Ina Durham, from the airport as

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Part VII – Creating Community

This is the seventh in a series on “One Christian Minister’s Response to Homosexuality.”

Mary Bea Sullivan

I was talking with my Mary last night about how discouraged I was about this series on homosexuality on my blog. When she asked why I said, “I don’t know, I think my friends who are straight

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Part VI — Matt’s Story

This is the sixth in a series on “One Christian Minister’s Response to Homosexuality.”

When I have the privilege to listen to a person’s story as he or she shares a personal journey about sexual orientation, you begin to hear common themes over and over again. Matt wrote part of his story and sent

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