Authors

Original writings for The Epistle listed by the authors.

Authors: Bruce Gerig, Caroline Stacey, Catherine Benskin, Chad Gurley, Claude D. Ashby, Jr., Clifford Rivera, David W.T. Brattston, Dipo Olatade, D. Miess, D. Seiple, Edrick, Emanuele Macca, Erika Meyers, Erwin de Leon, Gennee, George Nochta, Gregg L. DesElms, Gypsy Rose, Halley Low, Ian, Jacob A. Taylor, James M., Jim Cucinella, Joe Fernicola, Joe Perri, Joey Heath, John Allen, John Beddingfield, John Montin, Justin R. Cannon, Justin Parks, Kari Morris, Karla McNeal, Katharine Royal, Kennan B., Kevin-TheGuyOutsideTheWalls, Larry L. Rice Jr., Lori Heine, Mario Gerada, Mary F. Grambsch, Micah Royal, Noel Bordador, Olga Nikiforova, Rick, Ryan Bradshaw, Shane K. Andersen, Sloopy, Susan E.Gilmore, T.K. Herrin, Tim Wolfe, Zell Schwartzman


Bruce Gerig

Homosexuality and the Bible Series:

The Clobber Passages: Reexamined 
    Supplement: The Bible & Homosexuality flier (A one-page flier for hand-out)
Biological Determinants and Homosexuality
Born Gay?
The Ex-Gay Illusion
A Very Hot Topic
    Supplement: A Selected, Annotated Bibliography
Biblical Inspiration and Authority

Sodom: A Traumatic Scene Revisited
Sodom: An Ancient Story Refashioned

The Levitical Ban: A Mysterious Puzzle
    Supplement: Uses of Zakhar/Zekhur ("Male") in the OT
The Levitical Ban: More Clues in the Case
The Levitical Ban: The Final Verdict

Divine Creation: In the Beginning
Divine Creation: After the Fall
Family Sexual Secrets in Genesis

Jonathan & David: An Introduction
Jonathan & David: Jonathan's Background
    Supplement: Homosexuality in Ancient Egypt
    Supplement: Homosexuality in the Ancient Near East, beyond Egypt
Jonathan & David: David's Background
    Supplement: Laying out a Time-Frame for Saul’s Reign
Jonathan & David: Their Meeting
    Supplement: David's Beauty and Jonathan's Love
Jonathan & David: Their Companionship
    Supplement: More On Saul's Sexual Insult and David's Losing It
Jonathan & David: Their Three Covenants
    Supplement: Jonathan's Gifts and Their Secrets
Jonathan & David: David's Lament
    Supplement: A Closer Look at David’s Lament, Part 1
    Supplement: A Closer Look at David’s Lament, Part 2
Jonathan & David: After Jonathan's Death
   Supplement: David and Jonathan and the Epic of Gilgamesh, Part 1
   Supplement: David and Jonathan and the Epic of Gilgamesh, Part 2
Jonathan & David: David's Women
_Supplement: Greek Homosexuality
Jonathan & David: The Debate Continues
   Supplement: Interpretative Issues in the Jonathan & David Debate
   Supplement: Narrative Issues in the Debate

"Jonathan and David, A Love Story"

Eunuchs in the OT, Part 1, Introduction and Summary
Eunuchs in the OT, Part 2, Castration in Ancient Assyria, Babylonia and Persia 
Eunuchs in the OT, Part 3, Hunting for Castrates in Israel before the Exile 
Eunuchs in the OT, Part 4, Hunting for Jewish Castrates during the Exile

Jesus the Intersexual
Jesus and His Beloved Disciple, Part 1
Jesus and His Beloved Disciple, Part 2
Jesus and His Beloved Disciple, Part 3
Jesus and His Beloved Disciple, Part 4

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 and 1 Timothy 1:9-10
_Table 1: Bible Translations and Commentary Views on Malakoi and Arsenokoitai in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

Introduction to Paul's Letter to the Romans
_Supplement: Roman Sexuality in Paul's World
An Analysis of Romans 1:18-32, Part 1 - An Exchange of the Creator God for Worthless Idols
An Analysis of Romans 1:18-32, Part 2 - A Giving over to Lustful, Dishonoring, and 'Unnatural' Sexual Behavior
An Analysis of Romans 1:18-32, Part 3 - Closing Issues in Romans 1:18-32

Other Articles & Studies

Searching for Noah’s Ark
Mysteries of Christmas

     Supplement: Have Astronomers Found the Star of Bethlehem?
The Lord's Prayer
Genesis 1 - Science and the Bible
      Chapter 1: The Hebrew Text and the First Creation Account
      Chapter 2: The Evolutionary View and Genesis 1
      Chapter 3: Five Approaches to Reconciling Science and Genesis 1
      Footnotes, References and Translations
The Spirit & the Flesh Part 1: Fulfilling Christ's Law of Love
The Spirit & the Flesh Part 2: Finding a Christian Gay Ethic
The Revelation Given to John
Is the Shroud of Turin Really Christ's Burial Cloth?


Caroline Stacey

Calling Out the Church


Catherine Benskin

What's in a Wristband?
Lily, So Beautiful


Chad Gurley

Luck Became Superstitious
He Believes In You
Love SOC (Stream of Consciousness)
You’ll Just Have To Excuse Me
Peace Beat

Save Me From Myself
The Light Seen
and he talked to me

help Lord
Clouds
I feel good
The Stoning of Andrew
girlhood
Subway Script
Okay
umbrella
dream on God's shoulder
My Spiritual Abuse
Abandoned
singing birds
wrestles
i watch the walls
alright
live 1
Couple's Counseling
Birds of a Feather
The "Straight" Voice
life preserver
what is going on?
"Why Go and Do Likewise"
i can't wait for the day
invitation to smile
Jesus Prays
met my breath


Claude D. Ashby, Jr.

The Celebration


Clifford Rivera

Someone Left The Door Ajar
Atonement


David W. T. Brattston

NOT SINGLED OUT


Dipo Olatade

GOD HAS CALLED AND CHOSEN YOU
Won by Love

Let Us Love One Another


D. Miess

What Is Truth
Resurrection From Rejection
I still believe


D. Seiple

Puzzlements at Cana
Pentecost: The Real Easter
Precarious Ambiguity
Baptismal Grace and Rampaging Santas


Edrick

What Does It Mean To Be A GLBT Christian?
Being Spiritual In A Non-spiritual World

I Don’t Like Myself Much
14 Responses to 14 Fundamentalist Christian Myths
Everyone’s A Critic
Where Do I Go From Here?
Praise the Lord!
Me, me, me
Am I Really Still Saved?
My Stuff
Really Trusting In God

Seeing With The Eyes of God
Finding Love
Spiritual Awakening
Passing Along Pain
Lack of Faith? Or Will of God?

A Letter To Christians Who Don't Like Us
Mercy, Not Sacrifice

Coming Back to God
Us vs. Them
Choices and Options
The Adulteress
Let Your Light Shine
It's All About People
Armchair Christians
Sin Obsession
Jesus and the "Immoral" Woman
Our Tape Recorder
High Anxiety
Judge not...
Pain & Healing
Sticks & Stones
The Christian Perfectionist
I'm Dancing As Fast As I Can!
Going Back To That Place
"True" Christians Are A Mess!
The Real Reason Straight Americans Can't Accept Gay Americans
The Most Spiritual Thing You Can Ever Do
Seeds of Thought
the eternal wanderer
I Strongly Agree
The Legalistic Mind
Seeing the Good in Everyone
It's Time
Granting Grace
Dark Christians
Why I Love Jesus
The Devil
Father, forgive them...
Afraid of God
Churcheology
Intellectualizing God
Everything Changes
Peer Pressure
Deeper Spirituality: A Closer Walk With God
The 3 Temptations of Jesus
Sin and the Commandments to Love
Ghosts that haunt us
Positively Negative
Finding God Through All the Hate
The Simple Gospel of Jesus Christ
Praying for Others
When Doves Attack!
A Servant of God
The Love of Money
Let Go and Let God
The Holy Spirit
In Praise of Women - A Gay Man's Perspective
Hero Worship - Our Need to Idolize
Loneliness is such a terrible thing
A Portrait of A Disciple of Jesus
God's Ways Are Not Our Ways
What We Have Left Undone
Our Modern World - how much we have truly strayed
The Pain of Loss
Putting God First- A Call for a Revived Heart
Complain, complain, complain- (the opposite of thanksgiving)
Living Faith
The Body of Christ
Damaged Fruit
The Inside of the Cup
The Power of Fear
Christians Who Still Don't Get What Jesus Is All About
What If Jesus Was Here Today?
You are exactly where God wants you to be...for now.
Stuck in the Past
The Self-Centered Christian
Skulls are "IN" this year
Going on a Spiritual Diet
Why Would A Loving God Send Anyone to Hell?
Heaven Is Where God Is - Part 2 of "Why Would A Loving God Send Anyone to Hell?"
God's Toughest Lessons
Prayer in our walk with God
The Lukewarm Christian
Why Leaving The Church Might Be The Best Thing You Can Do For Your Spiritual Life
Why Me?
The New Atheists and the Excuse That Science Kills God
Modern Pharisees
Why I Give To Homeless People
God's Watching Eyes
The Day I Had to Apologize to a Stranger
I Believed Them
We Are Because of God
Our Freedom To Choose
Not Everyone Who Says to Me,'Lord, Lord'...


Emanuele Macca

The Embrace of Three Mothers Who Warmed My Faith


Erika Meyers

"Everything Broken Gets Fixed"- Erika Meyer


Erwin de Leon

We Are All God's Children
It is our Church too.


Gennee

Transgender and A Christian
God's Love for Transgender People
Reaching Out To Everybody
Does God Want To Display His Work In You?
A Light Shining Through Life's Rough Seas
A Transgender Woman's Prayer
WHOEVER
Liberation
The Jordan Road
Second Autumn
Expectations


George Nochta

Lost Rosary Beads


Gregg L. DesElms

Speech by wedding commissioner at the protest against Proposition 8 in Napa, CA


Gypsy Rose

A Healing Prayer


Halley Low

A Spiritual Exercise To Help Make The New Year A New Year
Memory
a Modern 23rd Psalm
Our Father
What Jesus Has Done For Me.
Reflection on Prayer
Along the Way
Looking into the Mirror with Augustine: A Reflection on his Confessions
An Open Commentary to the United Methodist Church and all Christians of Good Faith
the wounds that bind us
to be the image of God
a matter of heart
suicide is not painless
living outside the cocoon
on Divine gifts & human rights
expectations, not so great
the moment matters
the church has no volunteers - oh my


Ian

Lessons of a former Homophobe


Jacob A. Taylor

I, Christian


James M.

My 9/11 Story


Jim Cucinella

The God of Surprises
What You Have Taught Me In Prayer
Saturate Yourself With My Love
A Lullaby
Knock Down My Walls
Fragile
Hope was born in Bethlehem
God is Love
Seeker of Truth
Love Is
The Human Touch


Joe Fernicola

Sunset Surprise
Oh Lord Jesus
Mother- A Life Anew


Joe Perri

A Gay Pro-life Catholic


Joey Heath

My Story


John Allen

Love Changes Things


John Beddingfield

Family Values
Bread of Life
Praying Naked
Looking and listening for the Good Shepherd
Dealing with Difference


John Montin

Integrity and Compassion
Supplication
Forgiveness
Uneasy Peace
Who Am I
Clouds


Justin R. Cannon

Out of the Shadows


Justin Parks

Instantly Cured by Prayer


Kari Morris

Rocks
Beauty
The Prince and the Product
Goodbye To Her
God Sees Me
Heaven: A Letter to God
"The Problem With Bein' A Preacher's Kid"


Karla McNeal

The Still Small Voice


Katharine Royal

Out of the Closet...and Into a Box?!


Kennan B.

The Bottom Line


Kevin-TheGuyOutsideTheWalls

Sex and God Together? - Let's Do it!
Less Is More
Learning to Fly


Larry L. Rice, Jr.

Elixir


Lori Heine

When They Want Us Are We Being Ministered to, or Marketed to?
A Spontaneous Eruption of Family
Love in the Shadows
Letting Out Our Light
Droplets in the Ocean
Engaging Life
One "Yes" Leads to Another
"Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus"
Bread, Circuses, Christians and Lions
Superman's Splinter (Or Is It a Log?)
Are We Anybody?
Danger - and Opportunity
Opening the Door
What Comes Naturally
The Gospel According to Marge Gunderson
Our Chance to Say Thanks
Lift Every Voice
And Now, After the Holidays - the Real Saint Nick
Mrs. Quakenbush's Kumquats
What's My Line?
Evil Invaders from Outer Space
Through the Car-Wash With God
Keeping in Touch
Making Lemonade Out of Love
Entertaining Angels Unawares
God in Not in the Fire
Touching Lepers
The Pharisee's Worst Nightmare
Held High
Setting the Spirit Free
The Pause That Refreshes
Things That Make Us Go "Duh"
The Way We Are
The Priority-Driven Life
A Mystery Inscrutable
The Wayward Wind
Bad Religion
Collateral Damage
"Good" and "Happy" Shake Hands
Starshine
The Highway
Everything I Looked At
Tio Leo's Livery Service - A Short Story


Mario Gerada

The Joy of Being
Yeshua In Our Midst
Searching
A Macho's Embrace
Gay and Holy?
Shades of Light
A Bunch of Nice Words about Love?
I was wondering...
God, Bells, Pride and LGBT
Turbulence
House Sparrow
Whose Lives?
The Gay Body - Incarnating Christianity
Gays Who Pray?
Waiting for Him
Manasseh
Troubled Peace
A Place to Rest
Grounding
Ripples of My Christ
Rhythms of Understanding
Unveiled Being
Madness Without Him
The Wondering Soul
Fleeting Freedom
Exposed Soul


Mary F. Grambsch

The Biggest Gift of All


Micah Royal

Confronting Bible Abuse
Confronting Bible Abuse, Part 2: Beginning Again with God
Confronting Bible Abuse, Part 3: Building a Support Network
Overcoming Bible Abuse, Part 4: Re-Discovering the Bible as a Book of Freedom

"What is a straight guy like you doing in affirming ministry?"
Lover's Lament
Words and hands that kill


Noel Bordador

Christ in the Poor and Smelly Manger
The Wilderness
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?

Kingdom Without Walls
The Glorious Wounds of Easter
The Parable of the Prodigal Father
The Politics of Forgiveness as the Politics of Christ
Something About Mary
Why Go to Church?
Life is what happens to you
God's Disciples: A Motley Crew
"I'll Be Home for Christmas..." Welcoming the Homeless God
Be On Your Guard...Stay Awake!
Jesus: The Kiss of the Lonely God and the Lonely Man
Jesus Christ: The True Mirror of Ourselves
"I've fallen and I can't get up"
Good Gifts Come In Small Packages
Thank God It's Friday
Jesus: A Rebel With A Cause
Dear Santa?
On Discernment: Two Pitfalls to Avoid
For Every Time There's A Season: Praying Through Life's Changes
God Comes in the Night: A Reflection for Christmas
Love Don't Need A Reason
A Place at the Table
The Love of the Poor: The Criteria For Our Final Judgment
The Good Thief  - Ave, Crux, Spes Unica!(Hail, O Cross, Our Only Hope!)
The Love of God Knows No Bounds: Our Adoption As God's Children
Humbling Ourselves Before God - Our Need for Forgiveness
Spiritual Spic 'n Span
Alleluia! Christ is Risen! The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!
Jesus the Good Shepherd
Enter through the Narrow Gate
Welcome the "Little Children"
Chop Wood and Carry Water
The Metaphor of the Journey
To Be In the World But Not of the World
Our Friendship with God
The Coming of God
Waters of Life
Following Christ's Suffering Service
"My Vocation is Love"- A Reflection of the the Life of Therese of Lisieux
Who Is My Neighbor?
Swimming in God's Love
Sustaining Our Prayer Life - A Study Guide
God's Loving Embrace
Rising To New Life
Just Being You
You Are Welcome
Faith and Action: The Great Disconnect
An Authentic Life Without Regret
Discovering Your True Self
Love in Community
God Embraces Us
The Compassionate Heart
Transfiguration
Our Possessions that Possess Us
God Is Near
The Crooked Path to God
God Sees the Heart
Being A Good Neighbor
Our Beautiful Brokenness
Clearer Vision
Pruning Our Hearts
A New Life, A New Self
Love and Love Again


Olga Nikiforova

VIA CRUCIS


Rick

Rick's Story


Ryan Bradshaw

We Do Not Need to Want
For Family
I CAN
Tug of War
Hide-and-Seek
Walking with Pride


Shane K. Andersen

How Can You Not Believe?
The Six Most Important Words


Sloopy

Forgiveness: Putting the Ghosts to Rest


Susan E. Gilmore

The Final Piece That Brought Peace


T.K. Herrin

“I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me", Philippians 4:13


Tim Wolfe

When the Spirit Prays


Zell Schwartzman

God you make my heart swing


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