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Coming Out Christian

Welcome to my blog. I am in the process of rebuilding five years of work that I contributed to another blogging platform with which I no longer wish to be associated. Stay tuned as I curate the best, some of the dregs and figure out if I still have anything left to say.

What does "openly gay" mean to you?

Earlier this week I had a conversation with a cis-gender, straight woman whose opinion I respect, about my ruminations regarding the phrase “openly gay.” The moment that sparked this chat was the sharing of an article about one of the football coaches who will be leading a team in the upcoming Super Bowl. While trying […]

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The longest night welcomes the light

When I opened my eyes, I was sure it was no later than 5 or 5:30 a.m. The room was still enveloped in a deep darkness and because it was Sunday morning, in late December, the stillness outside was thick and complete. I peered at the nightstand clock and was only mildly surprised that was […]

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The False Narrative of Gay vs. Christian

I am still reeling from the fact that there are so-called Christians here in my new homeland who are preaching the false gospel that if you are Christian, you cannot be gay and if you are gay, you are not a Christian. In fact, I was sick to my stomach, outraged on so many levels […]

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An unremarkable life of love

So I’ve been mulling over something about this here queer life for quite some time, as I’m wont to do, and now I feel like sharing my stewing thus far to see what y’all think. All day long, all over the world lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and all manner of non binary people are confronted […]

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All Our Hungers

We are in the thick of holiday preparations and parties, many overflowing with savory and sweet meals to fill our hungry bellies. Tonight, after a long but delightful day of work, I came home tired and hungry to find my wife working on an amazing pasta meal. And as I set my heavy bags down, […]

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Hospitality for the Least of These: Worship Outline

Progressive Christian Community of Leiden Outline of Worship for July 1, 2018   Empathy has no script. There is no right way or wrong way to do it. It’s simply listening, holding space, withholding judgement, emotionally connecting, and communicating that incredibly healing message of ‘You’re not alone”. – Brene Brown   Gathering Music – Be […]

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Evangelicalism and Trumpism vs. the Gospel of Jesus

For some time now, moderate and progressive Christians have been wondering aloud how evangelical Christians came to support Donald Trump in all his obvious clash with Christian values – xenophobic, materialistic, fear-mongering bloviating. What’s the question again caller? It recently occurred to me that NO greater clue exists for this apparent disconnect than a linchpin […]

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Love is Greater than Fear

All the energy and time spent by some “conservative Christians” focusing on “homosexual practice” is antithetical to the life, death and resurrection of the One we call Christ. There are many things Jesus asks of us as Kingdom builders, but sexual policing is not one.  I sincerely hope everyone who is called to the life of […]

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