Surviving the Holidays

In honor of the holiday season, Thanksgiving next week and the fast approaching Christmas I thought I’d post a previously written blog of mine.  May each of you who are spending this holiday season in the closet find comfort and hope in my words.

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My first kiss…

At the age of 21, I was the first gay person I knew. I’m sure I had talked with gay people before; in fact, I know now that there were other LGBTQ people in my extended family, but at the time I realized I had a same sex attraction, I did not know one other person that was also gay.

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Love the Sinner

“I can love you while still hating your sin” is what the email said. As you can imagine after my last blog, I’ve gotten lots of different kinds of responses from all kinds of people. I have to be honest; I’ve been super surprised to find that most of the messages I’ve received have been filled with encouraging messages of support.

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Previous Articles

There have been multiple requests to make all of my older articles available for new readers, so here are essays I wrote between 2013 – 2014. As always, let me know what resonates with you by commenting, and feel free to share your thoughts with other readers by reposting!

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Messy Process

There’s not much in my life that I regret. I don’t mean to say that I haven’t made mistakes, but most of the time I’ve been able to work towards peace and redemption in those “messed up” places.

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Sexual Abuse

“Purity is purity,” I’ve heard it said. But I wonder, is it that simple? How are we to view purity when it comes to situations of sexual abuse, rape and other kinds of sexual assault?

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Sex Before Marriage

We are not born with ideas of how sex works, when to have it, what its about, or how we can glorify God with it. We laugh with embarrassment when answering a young child’s question of where babies come from, even as those we ask that to as children are beginning to form our ideas about sex.

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Who Is An Ally?

On the way to my wedding shower, I received a text picture of a gift someone had dropped off at my parents house for the days event. Yay, our first gift! It had been neatly wrapped in a pattern covering every square inch of the box… in bride and grooms.

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Belovedness

When was the last time you heard a sermon focusing on your belovedness, with no “but” attached to it? I mean, an entire Sunday service all about taking in and feeling how much God loves you and delights in you?

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Your Pastor is Petrified

Most likely he, or she felt called to the ministry early in life and when it was time to choose a college,  they had already known for a long time that they wanted to shepherd people. They love the process of seeking God, discovering what they should preach on, the energy of standing before their congregation and preaching.

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