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Clothed and in His Right Mind

or "Telling of the great things that the Lord has done for Us…"

The Scapegoat by René GirardThe last couple of weeks have provided me with an opportunity to think again on the dangers of being controlled by the crowd, of being conformed to the spirits of our age rather than allowing our minds to be transformed by the working of the Holy Spirit. Two weeks ago in the “new” Orthodox liturgical calendar we read Luke’s version of Jesus’ encounter with the demoniac who was possessed by Legion, so called because the forces that were driving this poor man were many. The appearance of this reading in the lectionary was providential, as it reminded me of the readings offered by René Girard and adapted to a gay audience by theologian James Alison.

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Becoming Orthodox

On April 14, 2012 I was received into the Eastern Orthodox Church through chrismation. Below is the letter that I wrote to my family to share news of this life-changing event.

The context of the letter is rather specific.  My family consists of primarily Southern Baptists who have become either independent Missionary Baptists or nondenominational Charismatics.  I wrote trying to build some bridges with those traditions, and as a result, left out many of the finer points of Church history and theology.  But I post it here in case it’s helpful to anyone else.


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Seven Sexes?

I first read Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five at some point in college.  Published in 1969, Slaughterhouse-Five is commonly lauded as one of the top 100 literary works of the 20th century. Billy Pilgrim is a man who has come unstuck in time, bouncing through episodes of his past, the present, and even to his death in the future.  Abducted by aliens from Tralfamadore for a display in their zoo, Billy learns that while human beings experience time in a linear fashion, the Tralfamadorians perceive all of time at once.  This provides them with some interesting insights into the divisions of the sexes:

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Caprica Comes Out

Caprica logoAfter six years of Battlestar Galactica, it’s hard to adjust to a different show with a whole new look and feel.  But after the pilot and just two episodes, Caprica is starting to turn into something interesting in its own right.

After a passing comment in last week’s episode that was easy to miss, this week revealed one of the characters as both married and gay.  What makes this different from most American TV with married gay characters is that he’s married to another man…

[SPOILER ALERT Don’t go any further if you don’t want to know who it is…]

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"You’re born naked. The rest is drag." – RuPaul

RuPaul and Mr. CharlesI love drag queens.  My hat is off to any man who has what it takes to tuck, pluck, and don those dresses.

Gender bender films are fun, but nothing brings me sheer joy and kid giggles like a drag queen who owns the stage with a larger-than-life presence.

I was an undergrad at UK the first time I went to a drag show.  Nothing in my life had prepared me for walking into a bar full of sequined gowns, high hair, and even a performer with flaming torches and a boa constrictor…

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