Marvin on Gossip & Other Sins

Recounting a recent incident from church, Marvin tells a story that includes his mentor, homosexual masturbation and the little sin of gossip.

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  1. Liadan on January 18, 2006 at 8:24 pm

    (snark) Isn’t all masturbation same-sex, by necessity? Unless you’re a true hermaphrodite, there’s only going to be one gender involved in any case. (/snark)

  2. Joe G. on January 18, 2006 at 10:22 pm


    I’m sorry to hear how your mentor did indeed gossip on you. Many people do so through the “I have a prayer request for so-n-so who is struggling/going through with…”. That he and his buddies may have been snickering at you makes it all the more painful.

    OTH, the fact that you were asking his support for something as personal as sexual behavior and he asked for support over eating donuts at work didn’t seem like such a good match-up!

  3. Jonathan on January 19, 2006 at 12:32 am


    Ya hit the nail on the head regarding gossip. Unfortunately, it’s a lot easier to yell about gay people because they only compromise a small percentage of the community. But a much higher percentage of people gossip, including a lot of people who call themselves Christian. That’s why it’s called “sharing out of concern.” Trust me, I know…I grew up in a church that mastered the art of that one!


  4. Contemplative Activist on January 19, 2006 at 12:45 am

    Tsk, that was very mean of your mentor. Next time you have a men’s gathering and you bring your amazing cheese puffs, challenge him to resist temptation and stick to the celery and carrot sticks. That’ll teach him 🙂

  5. Contemplative Activist on January 19, 2006 at 4:40 pm

    Joe G – You’re wrong! Munching on donuts is just as serious a sin as homosexual sex. The Lord does not like either as they are both clearly against His infallible word.

    Marvin, sorry to comment twice to one post, but I just remembered something! A friend of mine wrote a wonderful Biblical exegesis on over-eating. Maybe it might help your mentor to realise just how disgusting donut munching is in the eyes of God.

    Just copy and paste this link:

  6. Contemplative Activist on January 19, 2006 at 4:42 pm

    Doh, the link didn’t work

    Try this

  7. ken on January 20, 2006 at 11:58 am

    Peterson, thank you very much for having Marvin on. It’s really kind of you to host him, and I’m learning a lot. Please excuse how this comes across, but I’ve not had much exposure to ‘his sort’ before and it’s opening my eyes. I’m not a churchgoer, and I thought that ‘his lot’ were all unapproachable and inhuman, obsessed with blood or something, and Marvin’s ordinary enough. Thanks for speaking truth to the power of my prejudices.

    Take care.
    love K3n.

  8. Anonymous on January 26, 2006 at 6:33 pm

    Thats the problem with “accountability partners”….there is the inherant humanness….and very few people have the integrity to be able to keep private things private.

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