John you are giving me courage today.
“I’ve been a Christian my entire life, and I’ve never been able to ask these questions, because I feared how I’d be treated in my church. Reading your writing today gave me permission to push back, to start conversations, and to ask for better answers than I’d been given.” – A reader
I can’t tell you how many times over the past few months that I’ve read a variation of these same exhausted, religion-weary words from people all over the world, from every denomination, every theological tradition, and every church setting.
And though the language and the story and the circumstances may change slightly from person to person, one idea has surfaced over and over and over again; a familiar melody reprised nearly every single day: permission.
Straight Christians, many of whom have spent the entirety of their faith lives unable to address the nagging, persistent, terrifying questions about the way the Church and her theology has laid waste to the LGBT…
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This year I decided to be a part of oneword365.com and choose a word for the year. I was invited my girlfriends, Ana and Jamie, to be a part of this and so we are sharing things on our private Facebook group.
2014 was the year I got sober, and so far it has been a journey of deep self discovery. I cherish each moment of my life like I have never ever done. I thought my walk with God was deep, but recovery had deepened it even further.
My word for 2015 is #renew.
Psalm 51:10 is my scripture of the year. “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
I am excited about renewal. It has so much potential. God is so beautiful and I am thrilled to be following Him into this new period of my life.
The picture is a quote from a book called “The Gifts of Imperfection,” by Brene Brown. This book rocked my world in September of 2013 and was the beginning of my admitting that my problem with my addiction needed to be handled. April 19, 2014 is my sobriety birthday. Each day is a new day for renewal.
Right on the money for me!
Sometimes I wonder if I’ll have gay children.
I’m not sure if other parents think about this, but I do; quite often.
Maybe it’s because I have many gay people in my family and circle of friends. It’s in my genes and in my tribe.
Maybe it’s because, as a pastor of students, I’ve seen and heard the horror stories of gay Christian kids, from both inside and outside of the closet, trying to be part of the Church.
Maybe it’s because, as a Christian, I interact with so many people who find homosexuality to be the most repulsive thing imaginable, and who make that abundantly clear at every conceivable opportunity.
For whatever reason, it’s something that I ponder frequently. As a pastor and a parent, I wanted to make some promises to you, and to my two kids right now…
1) If I have gay children, you’ll all know it.
My children won’t…
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Love what my church is up to this week in Costa Rica!
I woke up early on Sunday, July 13th, all excited for the events about to transpire. The mission team, and others from the congregation, met at Cypress UMC for prayer and quick send off. We then made our way to the airport. We finally got on the plane and when we departed, Costa Rica became a little closer.
When we arrived in Costa Rica, we met up with another group at the airport as well as an intern. When we were all together, we made our way through the streets of San Jose toward our hotel. The sights of San Jose were amazing! Riding through the small town, we saw, up close and personal, the beautiful mountains in the distance, as well as the people on the bustling streets.
We finally reached our destination at Hotel Horcones, Carillos Bajo de Poas, ate lunch, and had our orientation. After lunch, our…
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