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When God called Abraham, he just said: “Just go, and I’ll show you as we go.”  Our life with God is just like that. A day to day walk. No rules. Just relationship.

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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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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Growing Beyond the Formulas

Posted by on Nov 16, 2015 in Cafe Inspirado, Featured, God-Walk | 0 comments

Growing Beyond the Formulas

I just saw a cute meme on Facebook. Sounds almost like the beginning of a joke, right? But I really liked it. It was tasteful, unlike so many of the religious-themed ones. It had a message I liked.  And it was simple. But … It was also simplistic. As far as memes go, this one was probably as true as any of them. General encouragement, general principle, general instruction. Generally helpful. But the problem is that it was just that: general and simplistic. It could not address my specific situation. It reduced a complex and free-flowing...

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Now is the Time of Your Breakthrough. Or Maybe Not.

Posted by on Oct 23, 2015 in Cafe Inspirado, Featured, God-Walk | 9 comments

Now is the Time of Your Breakthrough. Or Maybe Not.

  “God has a plan. God is working his plan. God’s plan includes you.”  Those were words printed in bold letters on a sign hung above the pulpit in a church I used to go to in Tulsa. The pastor wanted her people to know that their lives were not just stuck in the mud, that God was doing something in them and through them. God was working. We all need that hope. We all need that reassurance that we’re part of something bigger, that our lives have significance and purpose. Or at least, many of us do. I do. And every once in a while we need...

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The Heresy of Quiet Times

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in Church Chat, God-Walk | 0 comments

The Heresy of Quiet Times

“Jesus happens in quiet times.” Growing up, I remember a minister consistently using this line to guilt us into regular “quiet times.” We were told that these daily times of personal prayer and Bible study were what made us Christians. We were not alone. Throughout the Christian faith, there exists this strange idea that quiet times are the base line of Christian practice. This is heresy. When Jesus declared that he would be incarnate in the least of these, we were shown what the base line of Christianity is … speaking up. While I...

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The Seductive Lie of “God’s Favor”

Posted by on Aug 17, 2015 in Featured, God-Walk | 0 comments

The Seductive Lie of “God’s Favor”

He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. Matthew 5:45 Sometimes the lies we believe are so subtle and so seductive that it’s really not a fair fight. The sales pitch can be so enticing and the promises so grand, that we can’t be blamed at all for embracing them without greater scrutiny, because that might mean having to give-up what our hearts want so desperately to be true. Every day, I come across Christians who are quite certain that they have #godsfavor upon them, and they...

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Faith, Anticipation and Expectation – When you don’t know how to pray or what to believe

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Cafe Inspirado, Featured, God-Walk | 1 comment

Faith, Anticipation and Expectation – When you don’t know how to pray or what to believe

We are a “Faith” generation. Many of us who surfed the wave of “Word-Faith” teaching that swept explosively through the Church in the 1980s and ’90s have since found our balance point in life. As with any fresh movement of the Spirit, there were excesses, misunderstandings, and actions out of spiritual immaturity unchecked by the wisdom and experience of older saints. But millions of believers around the world found a new vitality with God that had been absent so long in their traditional church upbringing. I was...

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