growing up gay in church: a living contradiction

Stories have a remarkable ability to shape and transform our world. They are a vehicle for communicating meaning and truth in a way that impacts our lives and allows us to see a world, a truth, beyond our own.

The immense power that stories have is revealed in the fact that this is the method by which God has consistently chosen to reveal Himself to humanity. From the creation narrative in Genesis to Jesus’ parables of the Kingdom, God has revealed the truth of who He is and who we are made to be through telling a story. This story, this metanarrative of creation and redemption, draws up our own stories into itself, and weaves them into the fabric of God’s work throughout time.

I would like to share with you part of my story, and how I think it fits in the larger narrative being woven throughout history.

My uncle recently told me that it’s much easier to understand someone’s perspective when you know their story, so I share mine not to persuade you to agree with everything I believe and stand for, but simply to let you see the narrative that has made me who I am today, in the hope that it provides a foundation of understanding upon which further relationship and discussion can be built.

So, I invite you into my story, and pray God will use it to His glory. continue reading…

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Death of a Terrorist and a Christian Response

I haven’t been by here in a while, but I felt like this needed to be talked about (not that everyone else isn’t doing the exact same thing).

By now the entire world knows (aided in no small part by the power of social media) that Osama Bin Laden is dead at the hands of US troops by order of the US government.  This is an announcement that many have waited a decade for, to see the death of the man who has been marked as the force behind the 9/11 terrorist attack on US soil. As such, a nation is rejoicing tonight.

When I first heard the news, I have to admit I was pleased. It seemed right to me that this man would see some kind of justice, some kind of punishment for the pain and death he has caused. But, as Proverbs says, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death” (Pv. 14:12), and as I watched the cheering crowds, and listened to President Obama tell the nation and the world that justice has been done, there was disquiet in my spirit. Can this really be called justice? Is this a proper Christian response? Is it good and right for us as followers of Christ to rejoice in loss of life, no matter what that life was used for? Is that the love of God? Is this what Jesus was thinking about when he said “Blessed are the peacemakers?”

The more I thought on it, and the more I allowed God to speak to my heart, I realized this just isn’t the case. So, I began to think about coming on here and working out my thoughts in blog form, as writing helps me to solidify my thoughts. That’s when I came across this article. Why rewrite what has already been proclaimed so well? So, I link this article here, in the hopes that it will contribute to the continued growth in our lives, as we discover what it means to follow Christ, and truly love as he loves.

“let us invest in love…”

The Death of Osama Bin Laden and the Christian Reaction