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You Belong

You Belong

Sep 23, 2015

    Introducing Susan Cottrell’s new book, True Colors – Celebrating the the Truth and Beauty of the Real You. “Every person deserves a place to belong, to be loved, to be whole. I long to offer you that place. And so here it is, just for you. ‘True Colors’ is for healing with others, healing with God, and healing with yourself.” –...

Dear Susan: How Can I Unconditionally Love My Gay Son?

Dear Susan: How Can I Unconditionally Love My Gay Son?

Oct 10, 2014

Why is it so hard for many Christian parents to unconditionally love their LGBTQ child? What is the source of the confusion and struggle? I look forward to answering a question I have heard from so many parents: How can I unconditionally love my gay child? I write Dear Susan posts every Friday. Sometimes they will be poignant, sometimes thought-provoking,...

We Need Each Other

We Need Each Other

Oct 7, 2014

Recently, I returned from a week at the beach with my youngest daughter – I arrived home just in time to start seminary classes. (Seminary – what?? Yeah!) Basking in the glow of my beautiful daughter and our outrageously fun time, I watched a Robin Williams movie on the flight home. I couldn’t help comparing the movie’s plot with his death, only...

“Us and Them” – Are We Radically Inclusive?

“Us and Them” – Are We Radically Inclusive?

Oct 3, 2014

Does it hurt to not be included?  If it’s “us vs them” what does it feel like to be a “them”? Does it really feel good to be an “us”?? I saw the group of people in the airport. It’s a religious sect, whose name you know. Nothing stands out about them – they dress in regular clothes. They could have been here for a...

How Can You Still Love The Church?

How Can You Still Love The Church?

Sep 30, 2014

  Vicky Beeching is in trouble. She is a popular Christian singer and, after living in the closet for more than 20 years, she has come out as gay. She is now under attack by many of those who used to adore her, and who still sing her songs every Sunday morning. She is hurt and scared, but she is living true to herself – and she is not going anywhere....

What Do Woodstock & LGBTQ Have in Common?

What Do Woodstock & LGBTQ Have in Common?

Sep 25, 2014

I came upon a child of God, He was walking along the road And I asked him where are you going, And this he told me… “Well maybe it’s just the time of year, Or maybe it’s the time of man I don’t know who I am, But you know life is for learning” – Woodstock, Joni Mitchell It’s been 45 years, but you may remember...

The Truth Will Set Us Free – From What?

The Truth Will Set Us Free – From What?

Sep 23, 2014

  There was that time when Jesus cleansed the temple – kicking over chairs, upturning tables, and driving out the money changers. You’re going to have to do this for yourself. Living inside your head are all those religious lies and deceptions that have enslaved you and are a power in your mind. They are constantly doing business in your head...

Dear Susan: Aren’t We Supposed to Want the Best for Each Other?

Dear Susan:  Aren’t We Supposed to Want the Best for Each Other?

Sep 19, 2014

“Jesus never added a asterisk to his commands to love God and love others. The religion of Christianity has added all the asterisks.” I love the question today as it represents so many people. They have mostly kind hearts and good intentions, but they are so inside their box, they just don’t see how far from Jesus’ truth they and much of...

Crazy Is As Crazy Does

Crazy Is As Crazy Does

Sep 17, 2014

I wonder if people sometimes think I’m crazy. Okay, a variety of reasons for that might pop to mind, but I am thinking of this one. When I am by myself — walking, driving, at the mall — I talk out loud. Sometimes working through my thoughts, getting them out. Often, I’m talking to God, praying, but unless you can hear me, you don’t...

Jesus Blog: Do You Know?

Jesus Blog: Do You Know?

Sep 7, 2014

 More today from Susan Cottrell’s weekly “Jesus Blog” – a word from Jesus to you… What a journey! Would you pause for just a moment? Breathe. I want to ask you something… Do you know how much I love you? Do you know how much I am for you? Do you know that the Bible says that God rejoices over you with singing? It’s true. And it’s not...