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

Posted by on Jul 28, 2017 in Featured, God-Walk | 0 comments

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

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 explaining the theology of all I’ve learned ever since discovering GCN.  But it got me thinking back to the time I was in his place, thankfully being much farther from that now. I had to...

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Finally Home

Posted by on Jul 15, 2017 in Featured, Finding the Balance, God-Walk, Shepherd To Shepherd | 0 comments

Finally Home

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 United Church of Christ, a whole lot of redemption happened. I’m still working to find the words to describe just what happened, but I’d like to share some of my...

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Shower Thoughts: Inconvenient Grace

Posted by on Jul 5, 2017 in Featured, God-Walk | 0 comments

Shower Thoughts: Inconvenient Grace

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 overflow room. Sitting in front of that room was a woman wailing and crying, “OH JESUS, WHY… WHY DID YOU DIE???” I was flabbergasted. Part of me wanted to help her...

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Mama Bear God

Posted by on May 16, 2017 in Featured, God-Walk | 0 comments

Mama Bear God

For some families, Mother’s Day is fun and frivolous, with kids’ homemade attempts at breakfast or heartfelt crafts. It may be bitter and resentful, with more empty wishes or regrets than actual memories. It  may be the apex  of celebration – like for my friends who on Friday finalized adoption of their twin boys. But the holiday may also be gut wrenching, for moms or kids – even adult kids – who feel the deep pain of personal separation through simple distance, or estrangement, or even death. In most churches I have attended, we generally...

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Walking Away and Finding My Way Back: A Letter to Evangelicalism

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Church Chat, Featured | 0 comments

Walking Away and Finding My Way Back: A Letter to Evangelicalism

Dear Evangelicalism, First of all, I love you. I fell in love with you in third grade when my parents ventured out of my grandparents’ tiny but beloved Lutheran church that was filled mostly with people over the age of 60, the faint scent of flowery perfume and spicy shaving cream lingering long after the sanctuary emptied. I met you in the basement of a small, Methodist chapel nestled in the middle of the corn fields, listening to ancient stories read from thin pages. You gave me my best friends and Bible verses hidden in my heart and...

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Many are Called but Few are Chosen: Making it happen or waiting for God?

Posted by on Sep 30, 2016 in Featured, God-Walk | 0 comments

Many are Called but Few are Chosen: Making it happen or waiting for God?

In the world we live in today where so many of us are constantly goal setting, have you ever taken the time to wonder what kind of goals guys like Moses, David, and Joseph set? You hear it all over the place. I certainly did when I worked in the high end of professional sports. “You have to set your goals and go out there and make things happen for yourself,” they said. “Those who wait never get anywhere. You can’t stand still unless you want to become another statistic,” they added. While I see what many are trying to communicate through the...

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Intent versus Face Value: A Few (Shocking) Thoughts about the Bible

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in Church Chat, Featured | 2 comments

Intent versus Face Value: A Few (Shocking) Thoughts about the Bible

I am terrified of a church that applies the texts of Scripture at face value, without a serious and involved consideration of the original audience, the socio-religious context they lived within, and how that context differs from our own. “Take God at His word” sounds cute and all religiousy, but it’s actually quite reckless, extremely dangerous, and often oppressive/abusive. Here’s the problem at its core. The Bible is not … I repeat… The Bible is NOT the word of God! And this has caused so much...

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Not So Blessed: When disaster takes out your enemy

Posted by on Aug 18, 2016 in Cafe Inspirado, Church Chat | 0 comments

Not So Blessed: When disaster takes out your enemy

  I had to resist rubbing my hands together in a weak moment of delighted schadenfreude when I read that Tony Perkins — rabid right-wing, anti-gay leader of the Family Research Council — lost his house this past week in the floods of Louisiana. The same guy who preached that natural disasters were God’s vengeance on America for tolerating gays, abortion … and whatever in-vogue sin of the day is tolerated in our society. Maybe you’re not so blessed, so privileged as you think. “Karma,” some of my...

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Invisible: HIV+ in Church

Posted by on Aug 11, 2016 in Church Chat, Featured | 0 comments

Invisible: HIV+ in Church

Daniel was out with his boyfriend the night he learned that he had contracted HIV. They had been dating for eight months, and had been friends for a year and a half prior to dating. They were sexually active, and Daniel trusted him completely. They had agreed to be monogamous, and he had no reason to believe his boyfriend would cheat. That night, however, there was a group offering free HIV tests at a club, and Daniel felt something telling him to get one. I talked to Daniel about his experience. Recalling that night, he said: “I truly...

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From the Scars of Evangelical Church to New Hope…

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Church Chat, Gay Post-Evangelical | 2 comments

From the Scars of Evangelical Church to New Hope…

I grew up in the Evangelical Church. From moment I was a baby, I was in church every time the doors were open. We were taught about God’s love and grace ever since I could remember, but also that God was a God of holiness and wrath. You see, we could not talk about God’s love without also talking about his wrath. From a very young age, I sensed that there was something different about me; I didn’t feel like I quite fit in with the other boys. When I hit puberty, that’s when I knew that there was something horribly...

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