Overview: Rainbow Resources?
I'm aware that my books and writings address some controversial issues (Is that enough of an understatement?) and elicit lots of questions...and raise the blood pressure of some. The emails, reviews and comments I get from readers make this brutally clear to me. (One distraught reader on Amazon made the mistake of buying my first book, thinking it was Christian fiction, since the story involves a Baptist Church Youth Minister. She did not give it a good review. Oops!)
Author's Disclaimer: I tell people that just because my novels have religious themes, they are not "religious novels;" the stories are about people dealing with real-life situations and struggles in the profoundly religious culture of the deep south.
In the same way, while there are gay people in the books, I don’t see them as “gay novels.” I am a gay writer, but I have a broad range of stories to tell. In fact, my first novel dealt more with a straight man who wrestled with his place in the ministry than with any “gay” plot line.
For more on the influences of my writing, please check out My Bio.
Characters in my books confront their own sexual orientation, self acceptance and the sometimes brutal reactions of others. They wrestle with reconciling their Christian faith and being gay—either embracing an integrated reality, or refusing to accept the possibility. We see the reactions of close friends, family members, and the church—positive, negative, supportive and destructive, including the pressure to enroll in harmful programs that (falsely) promise to “cure” them of their innate sexual orientation. There are discussions on what the Bible teaches on homosexuality, and how that impacts people who make the decision to come out.
That’s why I wanted to provide additional information on some of these subjects. In this section you can find detailed and expanding content that address the topics of what the Bible says about homosexuality, including an extensive examination of Jesus and Homosexuality. I also investigate the myths (and menace) of Reparative/Conversion Programs, also known as “ex-gay” ministries. And I hope to provide insights for those seeking to live openly as gay and Christian. Finally, there are links to additional sites and materials that might be useful. In the future, I will be including thoughts on how the church can be more inclusive.
Over the years, I’ve researched, written and taught on these subjects in order to help those with questions and those who struggle, particularly those within a Christian community that tells them they are an abomination to God and pressured them to “change” their sexual orientation.
Now, I’m transferring all my materials into this Resource section, which I hope will be helpful, educational and encouraging. I've also included the ability to Comment in each of these sections, because I welcome your feedback, insights and questions.
The Bible and Homosexuality
Unmasking the “Ex-Gay” Deception
Gay and Christian?
The Inclusive Church [Coming Soon]
Follow me on Facebook, and you'll get updates on when the new material is added.