Past the Fear of the Unknown

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Today’s post is by Melinda Guerra, our Administrative Assistant here at The Marin Foundation.

A few weeks ago, stuck in traffic, I noticed that the car to my left had a lanyard set on its bumper, with a car key and remote attached. Taking advantage of heavy traffic, I jumped out of my vehicle, grabbed the keys from the bumper, and knocked gently on the door, motioning for the passenger to lower his window.

Two people around my parents’ age stared back at me, wide-eyed and terrified, holding their hands in the air like… like this was a hold-up. [Read more...]

Share Your Story of Compelling Love

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“How can people connect with each other when their beliefs, values, and practices deeply differ, distress, and even offend each other?” This question is the premise behind a documentary currently being filmed called Compelling Love. The film is about sexuality, gender identity, Christianity, and how people can love one another despite their differences. The producers [Read More...]

Communion is About Equality

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What’s fascinating to me today is how interchangeable the body of Christ (the one that was whipped, crippled and hung on calvary) is with the Body of Christ (his church, the one where we are his hands and feet, where one member in no important than the other). It seems like a deliberate play on words. The great symbol of communion is not the metaphor in food form. It’s God’s children gathering around the table to share a meal. Christ seems to be most present not in the bread and the wine, but in the coming together hungry and leaving together satisfied. [Read more...]

What I Wish my Youth Pastor Had Said – Part 1

I come from a background in Christian youth ministry. I worked at Christian camps, with inner-city ministries, with wilderness therapy programs, and for Young Life [a Christian youth ministry organization]. I understand the unique pressures and stresses of working in Christian youth ministry and having a youth come out to me. I also identify as LGBTQ so I understand what it is like to come out to a Christian youth worker.

So what should you do as a Christian youth worker* when a youth comes out to you? How should you respond? What do I wish my Young Life leader had said to me when I came out? [Read more...]

Jonathan Merritt on being “Outed”

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  This post is written by Andrew Marin, President and Founder of The Marin Foundation. On Twitter this morning I saw a link to a story in Christianity Today where author and Religion News Service columnist Jonathan Merritt explained the backstory to Azariah Southworth’s very public outing of him as gay in 2012. The Christianity [Read More...]

One-On-One with Tim Schraeder

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This post is written by Michael Kimpan, our Associate Director at The Marin Foundation. You can read more from Michael at his blog here – and his book, Love Never Fails :: Building Bridges Between the Church and the Gay Community will be available for pre-order soon (Fall 2014, IVP). — As many readers are now aware, [Read More...]

Is World Vision’s New Stance on Married Gay Christians Neutral?

Somewhere in Federal Way, Washington, there’s a woman who loves God, adores her wife and kicks butt at feeding hungry kids.

She’s either a current or soon-to-be employee of World Vision, the large Christian charity devoted to economic development and disaster relief throughout the world, who just announced on Monday that they will extend the opportunity for employment to gay, lesbian and bisexual Christians in same-sex marriages. [Read more...]

Pope Hope.

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– This post is written by Michael Kimpan, our Associate Director at The Marin Foundation. You can read more from Michael at his blog here – and his book, Love Never Fails :: Building Bridges Between the Church and the Gay Community will be available for pre-order soon (Fall 2014, IVP). – Just one year ago today, white smoke [Read More...]

On Refusing Service.

This post is written by Michael Kimpan, our Associate Director at The Marin Foundation. You can read more from Michael at his blog here – and his book, Love Never Fails :: Building Bridges Between the Church and the Gay Community will be available for pre-order soon (Fall 2014, IVP). — It was almost time. Three years had passed [Read More...]

PYM.

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Many moons ago, even before he had written Postmodern Youth Ministry, I could tell Tony had a pulse on the philosophical shifts taking place in our culture and the ways in which they affected teens.

Perhaps even more than the folks who taught me at Moody.

Since then, Tony has become a tremendous theological influence on myself and many others, and has also become a dear friend – which is why I’m so excited about this :: in March, Tony and a few other friends are headed toward Chicago to put on a conference for youth pastors interested in engaging culture differently than how they learned to in their own evangelical bible college classrooms all those years ago. [Read more...]

Is Empathy Dangerous?

I remember sitting at lunch after church with Christine, who had married her wife around the same time I had married mine. We swapped wedding stories for a bit before she told me, with a shaky voice, how nervous she felt about the upcoming Prop. 8 vote and the possibility that her marriage might become legally invalidated.

It was the first time I had ever considered how that might feel.

With these discoveries came two distinct, paradoxical feelings in equal measure: empathy, and skepticism of that empathy. [Read more...]

Top 13 Books of 2013

For what has become my favorite annual competition, five years ago a group of friends and I created a book reading competition–victory trophy and all. In the calendar year, our competition tracks the total number of books completed and the total number of pages in those completed books. I didn’t start ranking the books I [Read More...]

13 Most Viewed Posts of 2013

Check out the 13 most viewed posts in 2013 on our Love Is an Orientation blog! Topics range from a man’s wife coming out, to the United Nations, to big news from pastors Louie Giglio and Steve Chalke, to the major LGBT news of 2013 with the rulings on DOMA and Prop 8, and Exodus International closing. [Read more...]

Go and Sin No More

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Jesus did say, “Go and sin no more.” The often forgotten fact is that it was only Jesus who said that, prefacing it with “Ye without sin, cast the first stone.” In a story that is all about not throwing stones because we are all sinners, we’ve identified with God. No wonder we are missing the point! It wasn’t until everyone else left that Jesus privately spoke with the woman and said, “Neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more.”

Our human tendencies make us want to be that seminarian student, standing up to condemn each other. But that is not the model Christ left for us. We must leave room for the Holy Spirit to do Its job. The model that was left for us is one of reconciliation, not condemnation. [Read more...]


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