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Is Your Faith Transactional or Transformational? It makes all the difference in the world.

Is Your Faith Transactional or Transformational? It makes all the difference in the world.

Sep 20, 2017

One of the central themes repeated in Scripture is the call for us to seek God.  When we seek God simply to know Him and draw closer to Him, our faith becomes transformational. But when we do it in a misguided attempt to earn something or try to get God to DO something, our faith becomes transactional.  That may seem a bit technical at first glance, but hang in...

“Retake” – Not just a gay road trip

“Retake” – Not just a gay road trip

Sep 18, 2017

The gay community experiences a lot of loneliness, and we deal with it in different ways. Most of us probably wouldn’t hire an escort to recreate the past, however. This is exactly what Jonathan (Tuc Watkins) does in the 2016 film Retake, directed by Nick Corporon. The IMDB synopsis makes it sound much more scandalous than the film is. A lonely, middle-aged man...

Nashville

Nashville

Sep 9, 2017

  “THE STORY GOES THAT A PUBLIC SINNER WAS EXCOMMUNICATED AND FORBIDDEN ENTRY TO THE CHURCH. HE TOOK HIS WOES TO GOD. ‘THEY WON’T LET ME IN, LORD, BECAUSE I AM A SINNER.’ ‘WHAT ARE YOU COMPLAINING ABOUT?’ SAID GOD. ‘THEY WON’T LET ME IN EITHER.” ― BRENNAN MANNING, THE RAGAMUFFIN GOSPEL As far back as I can...

Trump, Arpaio, and the God Who Sees

Trump, Arpaio, and the God Who Sees

Aug 29, 2017

  On Friday, August 25, while the nation watched as an increasingly more powerful hurricane barreled towards the Gulf Coast, Donald Trump released two controversial directives aimed at vulnerable communities in our country: the ban on transgender people serving in the armed forces and the pardon of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. As a cisgender man, I...

One of God’s Poppy Boys: On Being Sweetly Submissive

One of God’s Poppy Boys: On Being Sweetly Submissive

Aug 25, 2017

Several years ago I was walking up a hill with my church pastor when he told me “God knows your type; he’s dealt with many others like you in the past.” He was referring to my tendency for introspection and insecurity, but his point now chimes with another part of me. He reminded me that “type” is not a dirty word in the Christian vocabulary. Everyone is an...

15 Things I’ve Learnt From Being Unemployed for 2 Months (and counting)

15 Things I’ve Learnt From Being Unemployed for 2 Months (and counting)

Aug 22, 2017

For many years, I had a nice, peaceful, routine life with a good job and a great employer. But one day in late May, I found out I was going to be laid off in the near future. Though my employer and I parted on excellent terms, reality still applied to me. Losing your job is a major life change, and it isn’t one of the most pleasant things for someone to...

The one thing Jesus said that helped me come to peace with my sexuality

The one thing Jesus said that helped me come to peace with my sexuality

Jul 28, 2017

I recently made a friend via the internet that I’ve been chatting with for a few weeks and this guy, who lives in Egypt, had recently been going through a tough time of trying to believe if or how God loves him as he is, being gay and all. He seemed very focused on the Bible and those six infamous “clobber” passages, and I confessed I’m not the best at...

End of an Era: GCN and Justin Lee part ways

End of an Era: GCN and Justin Lee part ways

Jul 20, 2017

It is never a good feeling when you get an email blast from a beloved organization you have supported for many years that begins “Due to irreconcilable differences …” That’s what shook Facebook and social media July 19th. And the posts and comments exploded. What happened? Why? Who’s to blame? What happens next, what about …?...

Finally Home

Finally Home

Jul 15, 2017

HOME IS THE PLACE WHERE, WHEN YOU HAVE TO GO THERE, THEY HAVE TO TAKE YOU IN ― ROBERT FROST Like many queer people, I’ve had a messy and often painful relationship with the institutional church. Yet in my 33 years of life, I’ve come to believe that even messy and painful does not mean irredeemable. Last week, while attending the General Synod of the...

Shower Thoughts: Inconvenient Grace

Shower Thoughts: Inconvenient Grace

Jul 5, 2017

Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. – Col. 3:13 NIV Whilst showering one day, something in the soap made me think of a Good Friday service at my church a few years ago. The main sanctuary was packed to the rafters and my reward for not coming an hour early was a seat in a small...