I had a very pleasant surprise this past Sunday when I addressed over 300 people at Christ Community Church (CCC), a progressive Christian Church in Spring Lake, Michigan. For those of you that have never heard of Spring Lake, it is a small conservative town in very conservative West Michigan.
But CCC is an oasis in the politically and socially fundamentalist region of my home state. You can see the footage of my remarks here.
The Pastor of CCC is Ian Lawton, an awesome Aussie with progressive credentials to boot. His sermon on Sunday not only surprised me -- it improved my posture and alertness in Church (something very rare for me).
I have been spending my entire gay life refuting passages from the Bible and I have it down to a pretty good pitch, but Pastor Lawton's sermon caught me off guard with a perspective I had not heard before.