Part 3: I Need Help

This is Part 1 of The Marin Foundation’s Back Story: You can read for free the Introduction to my book, Love is an Orientation, if you click on the About tab at the top of the page. This Intro gives you the ‘public’ story of how I came about The Marin Foundation. But what I [Read More…]


My wife lived and worked in Africa for three years right after college (in Niger as well as South Africa), and she is dying to see the new movie Invictus, about the South African Rugby team. I guess she looked up what ‘invictus’ meant because she just sent me this email. In this unique time [Read More…]

Part 2: I Need Help

What does The Marin Foundation do? Quick Overview of The Marin Foundation: The Marin Foundation (TMF) is officially recognized as a Federal Nonprofit Public Charity under the 501 (c)(3) Internal Revenue Service organizational code. TMF promotes the strength and growth of religious understanding towards leveling the disconnected culture war between the various religious denominations and [Read More…]

Part 1: I Need Help

The Overview This week’s posts are probably, no definitely, the most difficult and embarrassing I’ve ever done. These upcoming posts are my authentic and dead honest plea for help. I don’t know any other way to communicate what I’m about to say other than to be as blunt as I can. Man, I’m sweating just [Read More…]

Soul City Church

This post is officially letting everyone know that Soul City Church is going to be Brenda and I’s new church home come Spring 2010. First off, I have been going to First Evangelical Free Church for the past five years—and I’ve loved it. The senior pastor, Bill Shereos, has become not only a good friend [Read More…]

Step Up America

Finally! A government steps up on the Anti-Gay Uganda legislation by threatening to cut the $50 million in aid that is given to the Ugandan government per year if this Bill is not withdrawn. Unfortunately, that country is not America, the most powerful country in the world. It’s Sweden! Way to go Sweden. I’m very thankful [Read More…]

Dec 4: My One Sentence Bible

This is my new favorite song – it’s just so moving. What is My One Sentence Bible? 12-4-09: Prepare your heart for the Lord to answer you personally. Don’t always rely on others. Ezekiel 14:7 When the Lord blesses you with worldly successes, don’t start trusting in them and pimping yourself like you accomplished something. [Read More…]

Youth Worker Journal Interview

Last month while speaking in Cincy at the National Youth Worker Convention the Youth Worker Journal stopped me (coincidentally minutes before I had to be filmed teaching two classes for almost six consecutive hours!) for an interview to talk about what it means to have gay or lesbian kids in your youth group, and where the broader church can make [Read More…]

Live Chat and LITT Today

Don’t forget today’s Live Chat from 3-5pm CST. Also, tonight is The Marin Foundation’s next Living in the Tension Gathering at 5255 N. Ashland Ave Room 120 from 7-9pm in Chicago. Here’s how to participate in the Live Chat: -Click on the ‘Live Chat’ button on the top of the page -Type your question into [Read More…]


What you see below is a recent important development. A good friend of mine is a very influential person with connections to not only the Ugandan government, but The Church of Uganda as well (yes, I have been trying to work through them to arrange meetings to speak to the Ugandan leaders pushing this legislation [Read More…]

Radical Hospitality

A good friend of mine works for the William Penn House – a ‘Quaker Center on Capitol Hill’. Here is their definition of hospitality, and I love every word of it: “Our goal is to simply provide hospitality – a warm place where those gathered can share their hopes, dreams, visions. Among these are family and [Read More…]

Because I Said So

It is well documented that I LOVE Chicago. As I have said in other places, you will have to pry my cold dead body from this city to get me to live anywhere else; no matter how horrible the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago’s governments are run. I take the Chicago Transit [Read More…]

Dec 2: My One Sentence Bible

What is My One Sentence Bible? 12-2-09: ‘The measures you use to judge others will be used to judge you’ is a very serious statement—life and death literally depends on it. Ezekiel 9:3-10 What you fear, and thus, bring against others is the same medium that the Lord will bring to awake you of your [Read More…]

World AIDS Day

This morning I got to speak at Wheaton College for Mosaic Initiative’s World AIDS Day breakfast. Here are a few thoughts I brought up: Within broader culture there needs to be both micro and macro pushes by the Christian community to make a culturally relevant impact on individual people as well as larger people groups.  [Read More…]