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More on the Complexity of Gender

posted by Tony Jones

Here’s a comment string from the last post that might be interesting… Confused and Hurting Sinner writes, most of the previous comments seem somewhat educated albeit cold & clincal. To me the elephant in the room that everyone seemed to […]

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A Thoughtful, Reasonable, Pastoral Comment about Same Sex Sex

posted by Tony Jones

There have been some real gems among the hundreds and hundreds of comments left on this blog in the past couple weeks.  Among those that bear repeating is this one from Edward Green: To begin to understand the Bible’s views […]

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Video Response: Natural Law, Gays, and the Church

posted by Tony Jones

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Video Response: Those Pesky Six Verses about Homosexuality

posted by Tony Jones

What I’ve Learned about Gays and the Church…

posted by Tony Jones

…since last week.

An Honest Question about Gays in the Church

posted by Tony Jones

OK, I’m serious about this. I’m not even being snarky. Really. If you are one who thinks that homosexual sex is sinful, can you please explain to me WHY a gay or lesbian person who is in a long-term, monogamous […]

Too Good to Pass Up

posted by Tony Jones

see more Funny Graphs Before you post an angry comment, repeat this 10 times: Yes, I do have a sense of humor.

Is Gay the New Orthodox?

posted by Tony Jones

“It’s a clean sweep for the liberal agenda in the Episcopal Church,” said David Virtue, editor of VirtueOnline.org, a conservative Web site. “The orthodox are finished.” So begins the NYTimes article on the annual cluster meeting known as the Episcopal […]

Me on Patheos on Gays

posted by Tony Jones

An interview with me on the issue of gays and the church just went live on the new interfaith website, Patheos. Q: In a now famous post, you came to the conclusion that GLBTQ folks can “live lives in accord […]

Looking Back on Cornerstone – The Gays Have Their Day

posted by Tony Jones

Probably the most anticipated element of Cornerstone that I was involved with was a panel discussion entitled, “Gay Rights or Wrongs,” which was a conversation about how the church should approach the issue of GLBT persons. (I wrote about other […]

Looking Back on Cornerstone: Overview

posted by Tony Jones

For the rest of the week, I’m going to look back on my experience of the legendary Cornerstone Festival. What many are going to want to hear are my thoughts on the panel on which I sat which dealt with […]

Should Christian Leaders Be Outed?

posted by Tony Jones

Do you think that Christian leaders who publicly support same sex marriage, gay rights, etc., should be pushed out of the closet? Last fall, I publicly affirmed gay marriage as a Christian and biblically virtuous lifestyle. Of course, not all […]

Why It Matters that Jesus REALLY Rose

posted by Tony Jones

Last week, I spent time with some new friends in Canada. Most of them were church leaders in the United Church of Canada, the result of a denominational merger in 1925. The United Church is unabashedly liberal in its social […]

Doug Kmiec Is Right: Clergy Should Not Perform (Legal) Marriages

posted by Tony Jones

Last week, Doug Kmiec went on Colbert and became the next in a long line of people: Those who’ve gone on Colbert and said what I want to say on Colbert. Kmiec said what more and more of us are […]

Getting Beyond the “Ick Factor” in the Gay Marriage Debate

posted by Tony Jones

In one of my early posts on same sex marriage, I wrote that I used to be in the “natural law” camp of persons who said that, thought there’s not an overwhelming amount of verses in the Bible about homosexuality […]

Breaking News: Rod Will Debate Same Sex Marriage

posted by Tony Jones

It just turns out that he won’t debate it with me. Last fall, Rod and I agreed, at the behest of our then-editor, Patton Dodd, to hold a friendly “blogalogue” on same sex marriage.  It was in the aftermath of […]

A Conversation at the Christian Book Expo

posted by Tony Jones

Following my panel discussion, about which I will report soon, I was approached by a well-dressed guy wearing name badge that identified him on the staff with the Institute for Creation Research, an organization with which I was not familiar.  […]

Proof of Systemic Sin

posted by Tony Jones

I’ve been walking with my friend, Adam Walker-Cleaveland, through his tumultuous process of ordination over the past few months.  And I’ve often urged him to abandon what I consider to be a broken and probably sinful system. Well, now he […]

What to Give Up for Lent

posted by Tony Jones

Hate.

Richard Mouw and Proposition 8

posted by Tony Jones

In this week’s edition of Newsweek, Richard Mouw, the president of Fuller Theological Seminary, penned an essay, “Less Shouting, More Talking,” in which he addresses the issues around Prop 8.  It’s clear that he wrote it, in part, as a […]

Ted Haggard: Neither Gay nor Straight

posted by Tony Jones

Is Ted Haggard gay or straight?  Neither.  Few of us are.  Most of us, instead, are on a spectrum between the two, as Becky knight explains.  Money Quote: What was missing from the conversation was the awareness that sexual orientation […]

St. Gayle Haggard

posted by Tony Jones

Last night, I watched the HBO documentary, The Trials of Ted Haggard, and then caught the second half of Ted and Gayle Haggard’s appearance on Larry King Live. I went in quite skeptically.  I know a couple persons who knew/know […]

Comment of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

Noah, a self-described conservative, makes a calm and helpful comment under Same Sex Marriage Blogalogue: Press Pause, To be really honest, the comment section makes me sad. It is sad to me that people become so ugly when discussions arise […]

Same Sex Marriage Blogalogue: Press Pause

posted by Tony Jones

Several of you have been dropping comments under other posts, asking why this much-pimped series petered out so quickly.  Well, here’s the deal: Rod chose to stop the blogalogue very shortly after it started. Both of us were inundated by […]

Comment of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

Mike Morrell got off his ROM long enough to serve up this beauty under Announcing Queermergent: Well, I’m coming in on this discussion late – which is probably merciful. I think that, before posting on such things, we need to […]

Comment(s) of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

As usual, lots and lots of mean-spirited commentary around GLBT issues here yesterday, but a couple of poignant comments stuck out under yesterday’s Comment of the Day and Sunday’s Announcing Queermergent. First, Kristi: done talking? done listening? i don’t understand […]

Comment of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

Preson takes issue with my post, Announcing Queermergent, as did many others.  What’s interesting is that I merely pointed out this new group, with no editorial comment.  Yet my even publicizing it raises the ire of many. I guess that […]

Announcing Queermergent

posted by Tony Jones

Adele Sakler, whom I’ve known for a few years, has started yet another “hyphenated” group within the emergent network-of-networks.  She’s calling it “Queermergent,” and, as you might guess, it’s focused on GLBTQ issues.

The Minnesota Boy from Milk

posted by Tony Jones

In the movie, Milk, there is a poignant scene in which Harvey Milk answers the phone and on the other end of the line is a wheelchair-bound boy who says that his family is abusing him because of his same […]

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