who is nick
nick scarantino is a man with many passions living in Birmingham, Alabama. nick blogs about social and faith based issues through an often dissenting theological lens. He also writes fictional stories communicating universal truths in compelling ways, as well scholarly writings addressing common church issues with an emphasis on historical and literary accuracy. nick writes, records, and produces all his own music with which he hopes to build a connection between people.
the clemency camps
In 2017 the first Clemency Camps opened, forcing all homosexuals to be placed within their electrified fences and removed from society as a whole. But not all are content to stay within their confines forever.
nick’s debut albums features songs he’s written over the last 10+ years of his life in styles ranging from just piano to punk-rock. Taking numerous musical risks, and refusing to be confined to a single musical genre, hello world showcases the best of nick and his musical abilities to date.
Joe had heard the rumors about the retreat house, but thought he and his students could handle it. If he were honest with himself, he wanted to shake them out of their comfort zone. Unfortunately, he got the group into more than any had bargained for as they find themselves struggling to escape the house without dying.
what people are saying
8 minute estimated readThis has been an exhausting week for those within the LGBT community. Emotional breakdowns. Keeping a constant eye over your shoulder at pride and memorial events. Anger. All of these feelings, and more, swirling within us at once. But I think the Christian LGBT community had it worst. Not only were we heartbroken by the[…]
4 minute estimated readI can’t scroll facebook without crying. I can’t talk with friends or coworkers without crying. I can’t think about it without crying. The event in Orlando (and almost event in LA) leave me, and countless others within the LGBT community, an emotional wreck. It hits home. We know exactly why those people were in that[…]
6 minute estimated readAs a pacifist, I’ve always had an awkward relationship with holidays that celebrate war and violence. It’s not something I believe is necessarily or beneficial for anyone, and celebrating it as a national holiday sits poorly with me. It wasn’t until I saw this image that my friend posted that Memorial Day really hit me.[…]
3 minute estimated readA common theme I hear when discussing the stories of Christian LGBTI use this to mean anyone with an “alternative” sexual/gender orientation or identity people is a time in their past when they begged God to take it away. To make them normal. Crying on the floor. Bargaining. Anything to change them. It inspired me[…]
4 minute estimated readCheck out that cute little corgi. (S)He’s so chill and relaxed. Surely (s)he’s discovered Sabbath. This is something that I feel most Christians have yet to do. I didn’t really realize that I had truly discovered it until today. We talk about it all the time. It’s the day of rest. The day we worship[…]
4 minute estimated readENTITLED ENTITLEMENT This word, and its variations, get thrown around a lot. And I mean a lot. Whole generations and groups of people are being labeled as such. You want this? You’re so entitled. You’re asking for that? That’s just a sense of entitlement. Entitlement, in its actual form, has no place within the Christian[…]
5 minute estimated readCall me disillusioned, or even bitter if you must, but I firmly believe there are a lot of things churches in the U.S. have gotten wrong throughout the years. One of those things is the tax-exempt status of the church. It may not be a hot-button issue, or something many people have even thought about,[…]
7 minute estimated readIf you haven’t heard what’s been going on with Ke$ha lately then you’ve probably been living under a rock, but I’ll illuminate you before we continue with this post. Nearly ten years ago now, Ke$ha signed a contract with producer Dr. Lukenot a real doctor to record six albums for Sony. So far, she’s released two. In[…]
11 minute estimated readIn part 1 of this series we discussed how women are treated differently than men when it comes to sex and purity. Part 2 addressed the dangers of expecting people to wait until marriage to engage in sex. This part will examine whether or not the Bible requires one to wait until marriage. This will[…]
7 minute estimated readWe discussed the uneven treatment that sexual and purity education is given within the church last week. In summary: most of the blame for sexuality is put on women; they’re told how to dressmore accurately, how to not dress in order to not tempt the boys; but it’s ignored that the boys may be inadvertently[…]