Homosexuality and Doing Good

Over two years ago, I met the love of my life. Gentle, intelligent, and incredibly present, I knew from the first phone conversation that we would be together. I had only been fully out of the closet for about two or three years – not nearly long enough to reverse a lifetime of training that […]

My Christian Give-a-Damn is Broken

I used to care so deeply. I used to care so deeply about right belief, about Orthodoxy, about the church’s teachings and how to best live them out. I used to care so much about being part of the inside, part of the Right Crowd. I used to care so deeply about not being cast […]

Was I In a Cult? My Experience in Youth With a Mission

I’ve been occupying an odd head space lately: reading a great deal about cults, and pondering my general resistance to going to church. I didn’t think they were connected, but it recently occurred to me that perhaps they are. Enter Youth With a Mission (Or YWAM, pronounced “Why-wham.”)

Gay and Christian: When it Hurts Too Much

Gay and Christian: When it Hurts Too Much

The tide started to turn, perhaps, when my editor was reading a piece for my previous blog, “Sacred Tension”, about being gay and Christian. She looked up at me and said, “Stephen, I can’t let you publish this.” “Why?” I asked. “Because people would feel attacked, belittled, dehumanized,” she said, “I won’t let you publish […]