Hillsong Church Thinks ‘Homosexuality Is a ‘Lifestyle’; The Word ‘Homosexual’ As a Pejorative; Kendle’s Fire by Ryan Field

Hillsong Church Thinks ‘Homosexuality’ Is a ‘Lifestyle’

The Chris Pratt story made headlines all last week…until the Jussie Smollett story broke and overshadowed Pratt. 2019 has been interesting, so far.

In any event, the point of this article is how they view ‘homosexuality’ as a ‘lifestyle’ over at Hillsong.

Hillsong Pastor, Brian Houston, actually wrote a blog post about ‘a gay lifestyle’ in 2015.

“Hillsong Church welcomes ALL people but does not affirm all lifestyles. Put clearly, we do not affirm a gay lifestyle and because of this we do not knowingly have actively gay people in positions of leadership, either paid or unpaid.”

You can read the rest, here. I think one thing to remember nowadays is that whenever you hear someone use the word ‘homosexuality’ in a sentence, unless it’s something highly clinical, you can be almost certain you’re dealing with someone who’s homophobic.

Now, in all fairness to Chris Pratt, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention there is a twist to his story you probably won’t read about in most places. Pratt actually attends a church in LA called Zoe Church. However, Zoe church is a branch of Hillsong.

Zoe Church has not officially come out against the LGBTQ community, though its pastor produced a film that equated homosexuality with “sexual brokenness.”

You can read this one, here. 

The Word ‘Homosexual’ As a Pejorative

Speaking of the word homosexual. Here’s an article that’s focused on the word ‘homosexual’ that I found in the NYT.

But that five-syllable word has never been more loaded, more deliberately used and, to the ears of many gays and lesbians, more pejorative.

You can read it all at this link. It’s an excellent piece that goes into a lot more detail about this word and how it has been used for ages in many different ways.  

I’ve never liked the word ‘homosexual,’ even before people started calling attention to it, especially when they say, ‘practicing homosexual.’ 

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Kendle's Fire by [Field, Ryan] 

Even though Kendle is an openly gay ex-Marine, he’s been questioning his masculinity all of his life. He’s always been what people expect a man to be, in spite of the fact that he’s never been completely comfortable living up to these expectations.

He also has a few secrets. The kind of secrets a man can only talk about with the most intimate people in his life. One of those people is his best friend and part time lover, Dale. And their relationship is not without a few unusual quirks and ironies either, especially when it comes to the way Kendle explains his relationship with Dale to his own parents. 

After a string of bad career decisions and awkward mistakes, it’s not until Kendle meets a young guy named Walter that his life begins to come together. It’s a journey filled with as much joy as heartbreak, with a few bittersweet twists in between. As Kendle opens himself up to new possibilities, he finds himself in the midst of life altering changes that leave him devastated. And there’s a point where he’s not sure he can get through any of it.

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