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Mar 10 2009

Thanks SC Book Fest!

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I had a blast at the South Carolina Book Festival, February 27-March 1, 2009. Despite the rainy weather all weekend, I enjoyed hobnobbing with other authors. Wanda and I attended the pre-event party and ate and drank our fill while meeting new friends. The only thing we couldn’t do was eat the salmon – it still had the head on it. I don’t really care for my food staring at me while I eat it. Reminds me of the Restaurant at the End of the Universe when the cow comes to the table and talks about what succulent cuts of him you can order.

“Well, I’ll just go and off myself, now!” the cow says cheerily before leaving the table.

Yeah, Doug Adams can make me a vegetarian.

I spent Saturday morning on a panel with two incredible authors, Karen Spears Zacharias and Tiffany Warren.

Karen’s latest book, Where’s Your Jesus Now? Examining How Fear Erodes Our Faith is a great book for gay and lesbian readers. She explores how fear turns believers into followers of “Certainocity” – with their beliefs set in concrete in fear that they’ll miss out on God’s salvation. Those entrenched in their “certainocity” would rather bomb you than have a dialogue with you. This is just the kind of fear my book, Bulletproof Faith, seeks to help LGBT people confront. On the other side of the coin is our own fear that God won’t love or accept us as LGBT people – so we have our own form of “certainocity” that God is not for us, so we abandon our faith. Karen’s book is an excellent place to begin dialogue with evangelicals. In one chapter, Karen recounts her own struggle over her feelings about homosexuality. She comes down in a place that is open to dialogue and reconciliation. I am so fortunate to have met this amazing woman.

The other panelist was Tiffany Warren who is a Christian fiction writer. Her books are mainly romances and if I had not sat on this panel with her it would generally be a genre I’d never think to pick up. However, I could not put down her latest novel, The Bishop’s Daughter. The book tells the story of a confirmed player who travels from Cleveland to Atlanta to do an expose on a prominent pastor. What he finds is an incredible family – love with the Bishop’s daughter – and ultimately forgiveness. For someone, like me, who doesn’t really like fiction all that much – Tiffany’s writing is captivating. I’m a big fan in great dialogue, and Tiffany is a master. Get this book!

Well, after all the fawning like the fan I am – the panel we sat on was incredible. We all come from very different places about faith, but we found a lot of common ground and a lot to discuss despite our differences.

You can listen to the complete panel discussion here.

I also did a reading later in the day. You can hear that here.

For more pictures of the event go here.

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Feb 24 2009

Meet Me at the SC Book Festival

The South Carolina Book Festival will be held this weekend, February 27 – March 1, at the Convention Center in Columbia, SC.

I’ll be sitting on a panel discussing “Different Takes on Faith” with two other writers at 11:20 a.m. Saturday, February 28,  in Congaree Meeting Room A & B. I’ll be signing copies of Bulletproof Faith after the panel. Then, at 4:30 p.m., I’ll be reading from the book in Richland Meeting Room C.

Ahead of the event, The State newspaper in Columbia, has included me in a story running in today’s paper.

I hope you’ll be able to attend if you’re near Columbia this weekend. Be sure to stop in and say hi!

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Jan 26 2009

Thank you, Asheville!

We had a great time at the last couple of stops on the book tour in the Asheville area.

The crowd at Malaprop's in Asheville

The crowd at Malaprop's in Asheville

On Saturday, January 17, the cafe at Malaprop’s Bookstore was packed for my talk and reading. The audience had great questions. There was even a dissenter among the crowd who questioned the veracity of my Christianity. I know he disagreed with homosexuality as well, but was more concerned with my “heretical” view of Christianity. That’s cool. I don’t mind the label “heretic” – many people – including Jesus had their faith and beliefs questioned so I stand in good company. My detractor did buy a book and I signed it for him. Without knowing it, he proved many of the points in the book and gave me the opportunity to show grace to an “enemy” and practice the principles outlined in the book. Someone suggested I take him with me to each signing to give an object lesson on how to handle “enemies.” Not a bad idea!

The FCC Hendersonville crowd

The FCC Hendersonville crowd

On Sunday, Wanda and I had the pleasure of visiting First Congregational Church in Hendersonville, NC. The pastor Richard Weidler had been gracious enough to invite me to speak at their Adult Forum before service. We had another full and attentive room, with little controversy. We stayed for service and were blessed by Rev. Weidler’s message and the warm welcome we received. Special thanks to Rich and Clay for opening their beautiful mountain home to us for a luncheon afterward. We had such a great time and met many beautiful children of God. FCC Hendersonville has recently become an Open and Affirming congregation within the UCC. I sit on the board of the UCC Coalition for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns and we’re proud to have such vibrant congregations doing this important work in places like Hendersonville where the need for welcoming congregations is great.

I’ve uploaded audio from the Malaprop’s book event as well as my talk at FCC in Hendersonville. Enjoy!

I’m still booking appearances into March and April. I’m happy to come and visit your church or bookstore, so contact me!

There are also more photos of Asheville as well as other book events at my Facebook page. Also, please become a fan of Bulletproof Faith on Facebook.

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Jan 07 2009

Meet me in Anaheim, or Asheville!

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This weekend I’ll be in Anaheim, California for the Gay Christian Network conference.

I’ll be presenting the workshop that started it all – Spiritual Self-Defense for Gay and Lesbian Christians.

If you’re there – stop by and say hi – and buy a book!

Next weekend, I’ll be in Asheville, NC. On Saturday, January 17 at 7 p.m. I’ll be doing a book signing and reading at Malaprop’s Bookstore.

Then, Sunday morning, January 18,  at 9:45 a.m. I’ll be giving a presentation on the book at First Congregational Church in Hendersonville. Come for the presentation and stick around for the worship service!

More dates to come. If you’d like me to come to your area, drop me a line at

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Oct 06 2008

Columbia, SC Book Signing

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Happy Bookseller logo

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, October 15. I’ll be at the Happy Bookseller on Forest Drive for a book signing beginning at 5 p.m.

The sad thing is, Happy Bookseller will be closing at the end of October. They, like too many independent bookstores around, have been unable to compete with the big box bookstores. It’s a shame that these local booksellers are getting shoved out of the market by the big boys. The local bookstore has a flavor that no big store can provide. It’s a shame to see Happy Bookseller closing up.

Take this last chance to enjoy a Columbia institution and get a copy of Bulletproof Faith all at the same time.

Hope to see you there!

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Sep 28 2008

Charis book signing

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My first book display at Charis Books and More in Atlanta!

My first book display at Charis Books and More in Atlanta!

Thanks to everyone who stopped in for the book signing at Charis Books and More in Atlanta on Friday, September 26. What a great crowd! We had a great conversation about what it means to be bulletproof!

And, I got to see the first display for my book. What a feeling!

This is the first time I’ve ever done a book signing. I wasn’t quite sure what to do or what to expect, but Linda Bryant and all the people at Charis were extraordinary. They welcomed me, set me up in the rocking chair and everyone else in a circle around me. It was great!

I talked about the book and the process of writing it and what I hope it means to people who read it and the group seemed to really get it. They seemed to enjoy my talk. I hope to have more great events like this.

If you have an area or a bookstore you think I should visit, please drop me a line at

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Sep 03 2008

How Much is that Book-y in the Window?

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This is very cool! Charis Books and More in Atlanta, GA is prominently displaying Bulletproof Faith in its window to promote my upcoming reading and book signing there on Friday, September 26, 2008 at 8 p.m. Hope to see you all there!

(Thanks to Darrell Grizzle for the fabulous photo!)

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