The Nashville Statement, Pt 4

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In this final installment of the Nashville Statement series, Matt and I deliriously wrap up our discussion. We go on some pretty serious tangents, including: why I hate the phrase “speaking the truth in love,” the crazy things customers say to me at work, and how we’ve learned to live with doubt.

The Nashville Statement, Pt3

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Matt Langston (of Eleventyseven fame) and I continue our read-through of the Nashville Statement. We discuss gender, transgenderism, gay celibacy, and the dangers of gender complementarianism. I also got a bit drunk

The Nashville Statement, Pt. 1

The Nashville Statement, Pt. 1
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In this episode of Sacred Tension, Eleventyseven frontman Matt Langston reads the anti-gay Nasheville Statement to me to get a blow by blow response from a real-life gay person. In the process we discuss a wide range of topics including sex, the Bible, and growing up gay in the south. Link to the Nasheville Statement.

Gay Celibacy and Sublimated Desire

For the past year or so, I’ve been lurking on a Christian website called Your Other Brothers, which features the daily struggles of men pursuing gay celibacy, or marriages with women. I’m somewhat infatuated with YOB, because it is such a startling window into the gay celibate world I inhabited in high school and college. […]

I Will Make Him a Helper: Homosexuality and Erotic Union

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As I’ve told my story of failure and wounding within a commitment to lifelong celibacy – and how I have eventually walked away from it – the most common response from conservative Christians has been withering. The vast majority of them who have responded on social media and the blogosphere have been singing variations of, […]

On Not Being Held Captive By the Beliefs of Others

Once upon a time, there was a fast talking, chain-smoking bisexual Texan pastor named Robert who sat me down and gave me a stern talking to. “Listen Stephen,” he said. “The world is full of assholes. And if you lose your sanity over them – if you lose your happiness because some asshole out there […]

On Not Taking the Bait

I was traumatized by my time in church. The years of sitting in pews, Bible studies, and coffee shops with Christian leaders, listening to variation upon variation of how wrong homosexuality is, slowly eroded me. Words might not seem that powerful, but if they are a steady trickle, coursing over your young mind which is […]