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VOICES is the section for featured columnists who have a heart specifically for the LGBT community of faith … That’s you!

Moms & Dads… What the Heck are We Doing?!?

Posted by on May 23, 2014 in ENGAGE, Family Life, FreedHearts | 0 comments

Moms & Dads…  What the Heck are We Doing?!?

  Well, my heart is broken. Yet another mom has emailed me that their daughter came out to them as gay, and her husband, the girl’s father, kicked her out. Dad said, “I don’t agree with her lifestyle; she will have to leave.” (Bear in mind there was no “acting on this” yet, no “lifestyle” – it was simply the daughter revealing her heart.) Mom disagrees with Dad – she is wondering how she can continue to live with a husband who would do that to his own daughter. Unfortunately, this is way too common. With high drugs use and...

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Learning to Enjoy the Ride

Posted by on Nov 12, 2012 in GOD-TALK, God-Walk, Testify! | 3 comments

Learning to Enjoy the Ride

Ihave always had a heart for God. However, it wasn’t until my freshman year of high school that I began to understand the need to have a personal experience with Him. I was into every activity the Church of God had to offer. VBS, youth retreats and church camp. Oh, church camp! That is where I really “Got it”. The altar services were deep and life changing. This is where I began to feel His presence in my life. Later on in my spiritual journey, I felt there was something more that I needed, I just couldn’t put my finger on it. I saw religious...

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Birthgay Decisions

Posted by on Nov 8, 2012 in Get Real, REAL LIFE, Testify! | 2 comments

Birthgay Decisions

30years. The big Three-Zero.  One score and ten.  Some of you may be some distance from reaching this milestone. Some of you may be higher up on that proverbial hill. Or over it. Heh heh. What do you think your life would be like when you reach 30? Or did you have life figured out when you were 30? I see my friends getting married, having their first kids, even their second ones. They are buying houses, moving on up in life and living the Malaysian dream, which really isn’t too different from the American dream, I guess. But ours usually...

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Opening My Mind, Opening My Heart

Posted by on Nov 5, 2012 in Get Real, REAL LIFE, Testify! | 3 comments

My Christian friend posted a note on her Facebook page about homosexuality, challenging the assumption that homosexuality is a sin and is condemned in the Bible. I was livid. How dare she support something so wrong—something the Bible clearly does condemn as a sin? Loving the LGBT community was one thing, but outrightly supporting their actions was unacceptable. Love the sinner, hate the sin. Isn’t that what Jesus taught? I typed an angry response into the comment box where I argued, as calmly and carefully as I could, that being gay was a...

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You’re Trying Too Hard

Posted by on Nov 1, 2012 in Cafe Inspirado, God-Walk | 4 comments

You’re Trying Too Hard

Why do we always try to make things so complicated? Life. Love. Faith. Our walk with God. Churchy terms like salvation and righteousness sometimes give us the impression that our day to day life requires special activity to achieve a harmonious existence: one where we’re living in reality in the here and now, at peace with our fellow human beings, and in touch with our God. But it’s really all very simple. And that’s how it’s supposed to be. Effortless. If you’re struggling with it, here’s a little message...

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Resetting Your Most Important Relationship

Posted by on Oct 22, 2012 in Cafe Inspirado, GOD-TALK, God-Walk | 5 comments

Resetting Your Most Important Relationship

Relationships are probably the single most important thing in life. And they’re impossible unless the people in them know themselves and each other. Kinda basic, right? Okay, now without getting all churchy and religious, the single most important relationship you’ll ever have in your life is between you and God — because it affects everything: the way you see the world, how you view yourself, what gets you through difficulty and hard times, influences how we treat each, even how we live on this planet. How you see yourself...

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Politics in the Pulpit?

Posted by on Oct 4, 2012 in Cafe Inspirado, Church Chat, Shepherd To Shepherd | 4 comments

Politics in the Pulpit?

More crazy preachers on T.V. Why does that thought occur more and more frequently in my head?  Maybe the American election season has something to do with it.  And with Election Day looming closer every day, the impulse for preachers to push their people in one direction or another will likely only increase. I was kind of disheartened—shocked, actually—the other day when I read a Facebook comment by a ministry “personality” I really respected. He’d earned his name as a heavy-weight by talking about miracles and the Kingdom...

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Tapes of My Life

Posted by on Sep 24, 2012 in Get Real, REAL LIFE, Testify! | 2 comments

Tapes of My Life

This is the first of a series of live blog-posts by a young, lay church leader, coming to terms with what it means to be not only gay and Christian, but to serve God’s people in a Pentecostal/Charismatic setting in Asia.  Hi there.  I’m a 29 year old Christian guy from the Far East who also happens to be gay. I decided to start writing after being inspired by another gay Christian guy’s blog. Kudos to him! This originally started as an anonymous blog post but has somehow made its way here to IMPACTmagazine. I hope to let other gay Christians...

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Jesus Loves You. Have a Condom.

Posted by on Sep 16, 2012 in Cafe Inspirado, Church Chat, GOD-TALK, Shepherd To Shepherd | 1 comment

Jesus Loves You. Have a Condom.

A group of us were sitting around talking, waiting for the weekly men’s group to begin. I was new to the church, still getting a feel for the place, but the pastor’s approach to living out the faith intrigued me. It was an odd place, a challenging place, but there was something powerfully different here: all that old “churchiness” I’d become accustomed to was strangely missing – and when talking about the church to friends, I was already beginning to think in terms of “we.” As a few of us chatted there in the lobby, I noticed sitting on...

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Racism at Eleven o’Clock Sunday Morning

Posted by on Sep 16, 2012 in CULTURE SAVVY, Hot Topics, Testify! | 0 comments

Country and small churches were important to my family – as they were to me – on into manhood. But when I finished my undergraduate work at Ouachita and moved to Houston I found myself withdrawing at least intellectually from that which I was seeing and feeling in my native region. I was well aware of what existed in my home state. My last spanking from my father was for saying “yes Sir” to an African-American man. While I was preaching at the Landmark Baptist Church in Bradley County, one man (whose name I still remember) stood...

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