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Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge
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Candace Chellew-Hodge is the author of Bulletproof Faith: A
Spiritual Survival Guide for Gay and Lesbian Christians
. She pastors
Jubilee! Circle in Columbia, South Carolina
and blogs regularly for Religion Dispatches.

Entries by Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

My 2014 Resolution as a Gay Christian? Keep Pressing Play

(3) Comments | Posted December 26, 2013 | 11:35 AM

I began working out in earnest in January 2011, but not because it was a New Year's resolution to shape up. I started, honestly, because I had time. I was terribly underemployed after my full time, grant funded, job ran out of money the month before. So, I figured, what...

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'Does This Word Condemn Me?'

(66) Comments | Posted October 12, 2013 | 7:00 AM

His email said that he just wanted to ask a quick question, but his question had anything but a quick answer. Robert is a gay man who, in his email to me, told me that he felt "dazed, hurt, depressed, anxious and lost." He, like many of the lesbian, gay,...

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Discerning God's Will in Three Questions

(68) Comments | Posted August 29, 2013 | 5:28 PM

"It was God's will."

We hear this trope a lot in many situations.

A child dies. "It was God's will."

A child recovers from a deathly illness. "It was God's will."

A storm blows away our house. "It was God's will."

Unless our house was...

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Excuse Me, Who Is Obsessed With My Sexuality?

(136) Comments | Posted August 16, 2012 | 4:34 PM

I recently broke up with my oldest sister on Facebook.

You have to understand my sister. She is a right wing, dyed-in-the-wool, Bible-believing fundamentalist Christian Republican. She believes, as she has stated on my Facebook threads, that if President Barack Obama is reelected, he will no longer be a...

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Religion and Gay Marriage: A Seal Upon My Heart

(6) Comments | Posted June 22, 2012 | 1:58 AM

"Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is strong as death, passion fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, a raging flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. If one offered for love all...

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The Gay Definition of Marriage

(118) Comments | Posted April 7, 2011 | 4:15 PM

During a recent radio show appearance, a conservative pastor told the audience that gays and lesbians are unfit for marriage because "it takes discipline," which is apparently something gays and lesbians don't have.

The pastor recounted his trips to the gym where plenty of delicious women work out their...

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Is It Crazy To Forgive Those Who Hurt You? A Christian Perspective

(253) Comments | Posted February 14, 2011 | 9:17 PM

Many years have passed, but just thinking about an event with a past landlord can still set my blood to boiling. He sued my ex and me for "damages" to an apartment we left. We suspected he inflicted the "damage" himself so he could make us foot the bill for...

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When is it Fair to Call Someone a Homophobe?

(268) Comments | Posted January 21, 2011 | 3:57 PM

On my Facebook page, someone posted a question I've heard a million times before.

"Why is it that those who support gay rights are quick to label someone a 'homophobe' if the person is against homosexuality? The reason that I ask is that many people who I know are...

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Why Gays and Lesbians Should Never Argue Scripture

(2761) Comments | Posted December 29, 2010 | 7:01 PM

"When are you going to talk about scripture that condemns homosexuality?"

The question came from a young woman who attended a workshop based on my book Bulletproof Faith: A Spiritual Survival Guide for Gay and Lesbian Christians. This particular workshop was held a couple of years ago on a...

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Should Christians Be Pacifists?

(559) Comments | Posted December 26, 2010 | 8:02 PM

Bryan Fischer is right.

The American Family Association's director of issues analysis recently caused a stir with his assertion that awarding the Medal of Honor to Army Sgt. Salvatore Giunta for saving lives during a battle in Afghanistan has "feminized" the award.

So the question is...
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Osama bin Laden is My Enemy and My Neighbor

(5) Comments | Posted December 7, 2010 | 12:02 PM

As former President George W. Bush made the rounds recently to push his new book, I thought back to the 2004 presidential campaign. It was Jan. 11, 2004 when Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean lost my vote.

At a Dean rally in Hawkeye, Iowa a man named Dale Ungerer...

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'God Bless America!' and the Sin of Arrogance

(481) Comments | Posted November 6, 2010 | 7:23 PM

"God Bless America!"

I stared at the big block letters etched into the layers of grime, usually reserved for the mundane "wash me" message, on the back of a tractor-trailer I was following on the highway. Someone believed in those words so deeply that they took the time to...

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Bless Those Who Persecute You: The Just Response to Gay Bullying

(382) Comments | Posted October 20, 2010 | 8:04 PM

Justin, Asher, Tyler, Zach, Billy. Just listing the names of the teens who recently took their lives after being bullied for their sexual orientation (or perceived orientation) brings up a tide of rage that I didn't think I was capable of. To think of these lives, cut short because of...

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