I am thankful for healing. a paycheck. my roommate, Seth! my pets. new toothbrush heads. accomplishing tasks and checking them off my list. making really detailed lists. leftover Thai takeout. Big Brother (season 20!). ibuprofen. my water bottle. feeling understood. therapy appointments. Kevin Peña (aka @coldgamekelv aka Brother Nature) and his deer squad videos. heating… Continue reading gratitude
It has been about eight months since I have felt comfortable attending a church service. When I first made the decision to step back from attending church regularly, I felt very uncomfortable. Since childhood, I have found great comfort in community, and that community was primarily found in church settings. As I grew older, I… Continue reading Welcome to the Table.
After two+ years of weekly counseling, I am finally able to say that I am unapologetically queer. I am able to say confidently that LGBTQ+ can have a personal, intimate relationship with Jesus. Never have I been more sure that I am following the command to “come as you are” in my daily life (was… Continue reading Coming Out: Mental Health and Sexuality
As if the queer community needed another reminder that they are not welcome in the Church, the CMBA released The Nashville Statement this week; this document lays out very clearly just how unwelcome the LGBTQ folks are. Once again, the Evangelical Church has failed to consider the psychological distress and spiritual trauma they are causing… Continue reading Bad Theology: The Nashville Statement
What exactly does the New Testament say about homosexuality? Well, wouldn’t the “mystery” be solved if we knew?
The words that are always on my mind.
Dear Non-Affirming Christian,
I have reviewed your offer and the attached job description, and after careful consideration I regret to inform you that I will not be accepting the position of “Gay Friend.”
It was tempting at first, mostly because the alternatives seemed so lonely. And I’ll be honest, you almost won me over with the promise of paying for coffee when we sit down so you can “hear my story.” However, I have some concerns.
First of all, the job description states that you will be name-dropping me in all conversations pertaining to “the issue of homosexuality” from this point forward. I assume you’re referring to the conversations you have with your real friends, when you muse about the world and your faith and the ways the two interact. I’m sure these conversations sometimes turn into debates, especially since your non-affirming position is so quickly losing popularity. That’s where…
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It has been one year since I stepped into the light regarding my sexuality. It has been a year of heartbreak, challenges, joy, resistance, discovery, and more. In the year since I "came out" to the world, I have experienced growth. To celebrate my own boldness, I figured I would share some of the things… Continue reading One Year Later.