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John Shore
John is the author of: UNFAIR: Christians and the LGBT Question; Penguins, Pain and the Whole Shebang: Why I Do the Things I Do, by God (as told to John Shore); I'm OK--You're Not: The Message We're Sending Nonbelievers, and Why We Should Stop, and Seven Reasons Women Stay in Abusive Relationships, and How to Defeat Each One of Them. His blog is John is co-founder of The Not All Like That (NALT) Christians Project, founder of Unfundamentalist Christians, and writer/producer of The Smith Family Chronicles. The Progressive Christian Alliance has ordained John a reverend. Visit him online at, and on his Facebook fan page.

Dan Savage ("Savage Love"; It Gets Better, "American Savage") calls John Shore "America's preeminent non-douchey Christian," and his blog "a must read for anyone, Christian or otherwise. Rob Bell ("Love Wins") has declared Mr. Shore "awesome," and "a brilliant writer." "John Shore is a gadfly," wrote famed theologian John Shelby Spong, "calling the Christian Church everywhere to act the way it says it believes about love and justice, which of course makes him an uncomfortable presence in those churches that do not like to be forced to face reality. So were the prophets of old. So was Jesus of Nazareth."

Entries by John Shore

The Earliest Picture of Jesus on the Cross

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 8:42 PM

As we remember the Crucifixion today, it's important to also remember the extraordinary tradition of our Christian faith and the centrality of Christ's death and resurrection to Christians throughout history.

We can glimpse a bit of the historical importance of the crucifixion through early Christian depictions of that event. The...

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To Secretly Gay-Affirming Pastors of Conservative Churches

(6) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 4:08 PM

One year ago I met with the pastor of a large conservative church. It was a secret meeting: when I found the guy tucked into the corner of a coffee shop, he was practically wearing dark sunglasses and a wig.

"My congregation would eat me alive if they knew I...

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Advent, Easter and Ordinary Time: Knowing the Christian Calendar

(4) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 12:39 PM

Since ancient times, Christians have used the Christian calendar (also called the liturgical year) to orient themselves to the two most significant seasons in the yearly Christian cycle of time. Those seasons are Christmas and Easter.

Within such a calendar every day has a vital, and traditionally sacred, place, relative...

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Christian Companies Want to Own Your Body

(73) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 5:51 PM

As you're likely aware, some 80 Christian groups and Christian-owned businesses now have wending through the court system lawsuits against the Obama administration, whereby they are seeking to block the contraceptive-coverage requirement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Their position is that use of the IUD and the...

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Gene Robinson, Jay Bakker, Ray Boltz and Other Progressive Christian Leaders Make 'Not All Like That' Christian Videos

(26) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 4:47 PM

As you may know (due to the extensive national press coverage it received), in early September The Not All Like That (NALT) Christians Project was launched. Modeled on the It Gets Better Project, the purpose of the NALT Christians website is to give any and all LGBT-affirming Christians...

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Anti-Gay Christianity Claims Another Life

(194) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 8:40 PM

This is Carlos Vigil, of Valencia County, N.M., just south of Albuquerque:


Here's another picture of him:


By all accounts, Carlos was a terrific young man: compassionate, thoughtful, kind, actively engaged in helping young...

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The Heart of a Moralist: Dan Savage's American Savage

(10) Comments | Posted July 3, 2013 | 10:48 AM

One never hears the principal truth about Dan Savage used to describe him, which is that he is a moralist of the first order. Besides being that rarest of persons, an original thinker, the founder of the It Gets Better phenomenon is also frightfully brave, ridiculously articulate, exhaustively informed,...

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An Open Letter to Exodus International's Super-Remorseful Alan Chambers

(24) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 9:45 PM

Dear Mr. Chambers,

I am writing in regard to your apology yesterday for all the devastating things that your "ex-gay" organization, Exodus International, has done to LGBTQ people and their families over the past 37 years. It's so heartening when a person apologizes for how wrong they've been.

And congratulations...

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If Your Father's Day Isn't Quite So Happy

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2013 | 12:54 PM

If you're someone for whom Father's Day conjures up a host of feelings that don't add up to exactly happy, this is for you.

People always say that life is short. And in most ways it certainly is. But in one key way it's long. And that way is relative...

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Betraying the Spirit: How the Christian Right Gets the Bible Wrong

(626) Comments | Posted June 13, 2013 | 8:18 AM

I just released UNFAIR: Christians and the LGBT Question, the much revised and updated version of my earlier title, UNFAIR: Why the 'Christian' View of Gays Doesn't Work.

Among the most significant new content in the book is this passage, taken from its (now) opening essay, Taking God...

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Recognizing When Your Elderly Parent Has Dementia

(3) Comments | Posted June 7, 2013 | 2:33 PM

The other day this comment appeared on my post "15 Ways to Stay Sane Caring for an Elderly Parent":

We moved my 70-year-old mother in with us two months ago, and it is not working out. She has a compulsive eating problem and we cannot afford to keep up...
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Does God Want This Man to Stop Being so Effeminate?

(167) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 3:23 PM

Hi John,

Just read your blog posts on homosexuality -- very insightful. I am a homosexual man myself. However, I am extremely effeminate (not to the point of transgenderism), and I was wondering: What are your thoughts on males who behave like females (wearing make-up, into fashion, etc.) Sometimes, I...

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My Sister Is in a Three-Person Relationship; What Should I Do?

(7) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 9:59 AM

Dear John,

First, I want to thank you for doing what you do. I've been reading your books, blogs, facebook, etc. for a while now. I've had friends who just don't think God wants them the way they are, and I've pointed them to your writings many, many times. I...

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To Matt Moore, the Christian 'Ex-gay' Blogger Found on Grindr

(127) Comments | Posted February 8, 2013 | 10:53 AM

This is Matt Moore. He's a blogger for The Christian Post. (So am I! Except I never blog there. I probably should; they've been really nice to me.) Matt, who is gay, writes about how homosexuality is sinful, wrong, an abomination unto God, etc....
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Gay-Condemning Christians and Their House of Mirrors

(372) Comments | Posted January 9, 2013 | 11:25 AM

The Christian who believes homosexuality to be an abominable sin against God invariably points to the Bible as justification for this belief. What else can they do? Such a person isn't about to blame themselves for their bigotry. The Bible is all they have: There exists virtually no other "proof"...

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The Cliff Notes Version of the NRA's Response to Sandy Hook

(0) Comments | Posted December 27, 2012 | 6:25 AM


We're all awfully busy these days. But we're all also of course deeply interested in what's happening around our current national conversation about guns.

If you missed the NRA's response to the Sandy Hook tragedy -- being the speech read last Friday by the...

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Newtown, and What We Can Do Now

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 2:15 AM

So here we now have on us this unthinkable Newtown tragedy. And we know the cycle of our response to such events: first shock, then grief, then anger, then a slow fade until whatever news next rivets our attention. That's how it's done. That's how we all do it.


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A Prayer for the Transgender in Us All

(7) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 1:21 PM

Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), which every Nov. 20 memorializes those killed by hatred or fear of transgender and gender non-conforming people. TDOR was founded in 1998 in response to the murder of Rita Hester, a transgender African American woman who was murdered in Allston, Mass., on Nov....

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A Progressive Christian Asks, 'How Do I Not Hate Most Christians?'

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2012 | 1:15 PM

Dear John,

As a progressive Christian in the red state of Kentucky, I struggle with separating my belief in Jesus from the conservative, hellfire Christians I am surrounded by everywhere I look. My religious neighbors have so nicely informed me that yoga is spiritually dangerous and that Obama is a...

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What Does a Woman Mean When She Says 'I Need Space?'

(16) Comments | Posted October 18, 2012 | 7:35 PM

Dear John,
A good friend of mine suggested I contact you.

I am now at the end of a five-year relationship and I am feeling lost as to what happened. We have had no fights, no disagreements and no infidelity. All of a sudden, it is just over. I...

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