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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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Evangelicalism, You Have Traumatized Me

Posted by on Oct 20, 2015 in Church Chat, Featured, Gay Post-Evangelical | 0 comments

Evangelicalism, You Have Traumatized Me

The past couple of weeks, I’ve been having many difficult emotions coming to the surface. They have been repressed for years, only surfacing at times. I did not know where they were coming from and in the past, the only way I would deal with them was through drinking so that I could temporarily escape them. I have been angry. I have been having a hard time sleeping. I have indigestion. I have a lot on my mind. I have much to say, but I don’t know quite how to say it, but I will try anyway. Please listen to me, even if it is hard...

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The Deadly Ivory Towers

Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in Church Chat, Gay Post-Evangelical | 0 comments

The Deadly Ivory Towers

It’s very heartbreaking to realize the trauma caused by the teachings of the Church and its application of the Scriptures. It’s sad how so many have nonchalantly prescribed a lifetime of singleness to a whole group of people, yet they refuse to see the adverse reactions, over and over again, against this prescription. There is so much shame and despair in those who are told that they are broken and can’t fully experience their humanity and have someone to journey with through life. So many constantly wonder where they stand...

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Celebration and Sadness: Mixed Feelings over Marriage Equality

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in Gay Post-Evangelical, Hot Topics | 1 comment

Celebration and Sadness: Mixed Feelings over Marriage Equality

I believe that celebration is the appropriate response for what has just happened in our nation with the passing of gay marriage for the entire country. 6/26/15 was a monumental day that will go down in history for being a day of justice and equality for the LGBTQ community. We are in exuberant celibration because of the many obstacles that we have overcome as a people to see the arrival of this day. We are also overwhelmed by the love and support of the family, friends, and members of our churches who have celebrated this victory with us....

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A Hand to Hold. Thoughts after a Lesbian Wedding.

Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Featured, Gay Post-Evangelical, Get Real | 0 comments

A Hand to Hold. Thoughts after a Lesbian Wedding.

Last weekend I had the privilege and honor of attending the wedding of my friends, Cara and Leah. They are such a beautiful and loving couple, and they are both very active members of our church community at New Heart. The love that they have shared over the years has been able to challenge the beliefs held by even our pastor, Danny Cortez. How special it must have been for both Cara and Leah for him to officiate their wedding ceremony in his backyard! It was a very surreal experience for me as well, since this was the first gay wedding that...

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On the Other Side

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Featured, Gay Post-Evangelical, Get Real | 4 comments

On the Other Side

I suppose you can say that I have always felt like I was on the other side…second class…a bit unworthy. My journey has been difficult as a gay Christian. I have not always felt like I belonged- both inside and outside of my conservative Christian faith tradition. My story is not unique. Many LGBT Christians face these feelings on a regular basis. We feel like nomads with no place to rest. Sometimes we get pushed out the doors, spiritually…and sometimes, literally. We are told that we cannot serve unless we...

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Moving Forward

Posted by on Jan 9, 2015 in Gay Post-Evangelical | 0 comments

Moving Forward

Westboro Baptist Church is going to picket our GCN conference and I am sad…sad for them…sad that they have not moved on. I feel the majority of those from our conference are at a good place in life, and their picketing will not really get to them. We are a resilient people and our community is full of love and forgiveness. Many have come from homes and sat in churches where they were repeatedly told that they were abominations before God and that there was some kind of evil agenda that the LGBT community had…yet, through our...

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On Why Being Gay is a Gift

Posted by on Nov 4, 2014 in Gay Post-Evangelical, Hot Topics | 0 comments

On Why Being Gay is a Gift

My sexual orientation is a gift. I haven’t always seen it that way, due to the wrong and detrimental beliefs and teachings found within the Church and society. The reason that I now consider that being gay has been a gift from God is because it’s not all about me. Being gay has helped me empathize, relate with, and walk with the minority, the marginalized and the oppressed. I believe this is our highest calling and it’s what Kingdom People ought to be all about. It has also allowed me to open my mind and question things that...

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Why I Despise Fundamentalism

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014 in Church Chat, Gay Post-Evangelical | 1 comment

Why I Despise Fundamentalism

Why I despise fundamentalism: • It sets ideas and beliefs above people. • It reduces people, the world, and our universe to black and white. There is no room for anything or anyone that does not fit the mold and there is no desire to learn and explore because all of the answers have already been found. • Beliefs must be defended at all cost, while love and mercy can be neglected. • It is tiring and draining of your energy because you are always trying to hold puzzle pieces together that do not seem to fit…they are forced to fit. • It...

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Frustrated Gay Christian

Posted by on Aug 17, 2014 in Gay Post-Evangelical | 0 comments

Frustrated Gay Christian

It’s frustrating when I talk with fellow Christians who think that being gay is a sin and then proceed to copy and paste about 6 or so verses from the Bible. Do you think I’ve never cracked open a Bible before? Do you know that I have a BA from a conservative Evangelical college? Do you think that I haven’t wrestled through these same verses for years…the very ones that you are cutting and pasting, out of context? Have you ever tried to listen and understand my view…or are you just formulating the next argument...

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