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This post is the last in what has been a continuing series for the month of March that aimed to examine the American Church’s response to homosexuals in their midst, whether they be believers, agnostics, or atheists. This month’s series was spawned by the Harding University Queer Press publishing a zine on March 2 featuring the voices and stories of past and present LGBTQ students at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, my alma mater. The zine can be downloaded in its digital entirety at http://www.huqueerpress.com.

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Proverbs 3:27-28, and it says, “Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbor, ‘Come back later; I’ll give it tomorrow’—when you now have it with you.” Read More

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This post is one in a continuing series for the month of March that aims to examine the American Church’s response to homosexuals in their midst, whether they be believers, agnostics, or atheists. This month’s series was spawned by the Harding University Queer Press publishing a zine on March 2 featuring the voices and stories of past and present LGBTQ students at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, my alma mater. The zine can be downloaded in its digital entirety at http://www.huqueerpress.com.

A lot of the blogosphere and its commenters during this whole zine event have been pretty insensitive in their speech, which isn’t all that surprising since the internet affords people the opportunity to be anonymous and say whatever they want to without having to stake their claim with their name and, thus, maintain any sort of ownership on their opinion. I had always assumed, though, if people had their name attached to their comment they would think twice before speaking (or typing, I suppose). And actually, I do still think that’s usually the case, which is why the following situation was so disturbing; some people surprisingly are not afraid to publicly proclaim how they really feel about this issue of homosexuality, even if the end result is them looking seethingly spiteful. Read More

This post is one in a continuing series for the month of March that aims to examine the American Church’s response to homosexuals in their midst, whether they be believers, agnostics, or atheists. This month’s series was spawned by the Harding University Queer Press publishing a zine on March 2 featuring the voices and stories of past and present LGBTQ students at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, my alma mater. The zine can be downloaded in its digital entirety at http://www.huqueerpress.com.

The last post zoomed out a bit to take a broader look at why the Church’s reputation has gotten so bad, and I ended it with noting how all eyes are on the Church. People are watching intently. And it’s not just the media, it’s not just scholars, it’s not just cultural analysts—the gays and lesbians are especially watching, and (time to zoom back in) this is true at Harding University. Read More