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...]

Father’s Love Letter

Warren Perry is a teacher and coach, Southerner and Yankee, sinner and saint living in the tension in New York City. Follow him on Twitter @CoachPerry03 or contact him at  Ah, February. It’s the shortest month of the year. Christmas is far behind us and spring is still too far away. And of course there’s [Read More...]



  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). – Tonight, the Opening Ceremony for the 2014 [Read More...]

Fear of the Unknown

The following post is written by our friend Candice Czubernat. Candice has spent the last 13 years studying theology and psychology, grappling with how homosexuality and Christianity can co-exist. She now servers as a web-based therapist and is founder of the Christian Closet, offering counseling sessions over the web through Skype, G-video and over the phone. Candice is also an [Read More...]

No Time…

no time

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). – Last summer, I wrote something [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...]

The Five Stages of Grief for Parents of LGBT Children

In my time at The Marin Foundation, I’ve talked to many, many parents about the series of conversations that these words spark, like the pistol shot that signals the beginning of a grueling marathon. And the two phrases that I hear most often are these: “it felt like my world had been flipped upside-down” and “it felt like a death in the family.” I think these statements speak to the fact that it’s a grieving process. Parents often feel a very real sense of pain and loss when their children come out to them.
And that makes sense. [Read more...]

Go and Sin No More


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...]

A Robust, Biblically Rooted Understanding of Sexual Identity and How to Live It Out

Happy New Year and welcome to 2014!  We took a bit of a break over the Holidays and the freeze, but we’re back today with the final in the 3-part series by Jacob Heiss. Jacob Heiss is a Jewish follower of Jesus presently serving as the associate pastor for adult discipleship, outreach, and connections ministries [Read More...]

End of the Year Giving!

The following post comes in part from The Marin Foundation’s end-of-year letter to our generous donors. To participate in giving to The Marin Foundation, click here! – To our wonderful friends and family, Hello from Chicago! We hope this letter finds you well as you enjoy this holiday season. We are filled with joy and [Read More...]

Part 1: Read an Excerpt from My New Book #OurLastOption

Are you wondering what Our Last Option: How a New Approach to Civility can Save the Public Square (US, Canada, UK), is all about? Here are the Table of Contents, and the beginning portion to the Preface (A Common Language). Read a description of Our Last Option here. Table of Contents Preface: A Common Language Introduction [Read More...]

Mandela Fought to Work WITH His Oppressors

This post is written by Andrew Marin, President and Founder of The Marin Foundation In the wake of today’s announcement that Nelson Mandela has passed away at the age of 95, without a shadow of a doubt I believe the greatest legacy that Mandela left us, and something that we would do well to listen [Read More...]

Get My New Book FOR FREE!

Andrew with his new ebook, Our Last Option

In four easy steps, find out how you can get Andrew Marin’s new ebook, Our Last Option: How a New Approach to Civility can Save the Public Square, FOR FREE! Our Last Option is currently available worldwide on iBooks and Amazon, and next week on Nook and all other eReader formats. [Read more...]