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...]

Living in the Tension 8/4 – Discussion: Biblical Interpretation & Same-sex Relationships

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For the past month The Marin Foundation has been addressing these questions through our three-part series on biblical interpretation and same-sex relationships. For the first two parts, Matthew Vines presented the progressive view of scripture as it relates to same-sex relationships and Julie Rodgers presented the traditional view.

On Monday, August 4th we will come together to discuss the speakers and information shared in the previous two gatherings and consider ways in which we can move past our differences, live in constructive tension and elevate this conversation. For more information see theFacebook event page. [Read more...]

Pass(ed)over.

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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 (2015, IVP). – The Passover was near… a time when God’s Spirit hovering [Read More...]

4 Things I’ve Learned from Matthew Vines and Julie Rodgers

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The following post is by Jason Bilbrey, our Director of Pastoral Care here at The Marin Foundation.  You can read more from Jason at his blog, www.jasonbilbrey.com or follow him on Twitter at @JasonBilbrey.  Does the Bible support or prohibit same-sex relationships? This question behind a three-part series, “The Bible and Homosexuality,” that we’ve put on as [Read More...]

Being a Listener

The following post is by Ian Brown, student at Moody Bible Institute, and a summer intern with The Marin Foundation.
Becoming a listener is a lot harder than it sounds for someone like me. I tried just shutting up for a while and that helped, but it certainly didn’t fix much. I needed a plan; a set of guidelines to go by when I was talking to people. So I came up with these four tangible practices: [Read more...]

Trusting in God when Others Doubt You

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Today’s post is from Phil Ross, a student at Indiana Wesleyan University, and a summer intern with The Marin Foundation: As I wrote about in my last blog post, high school was not the easiest experience for me. I was bullied for the perception that I was gay. I was ostracized by communities that claimed [Read More...]

Mixed-Orientation Marriages

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The following post is by Jason Bilbrey, our Director of Pastoral Care here at The Marin Foundation.  You can read more from Jason at his blog, www.jasonbilbrey.com or follow him on Twitter at @JasonBilbrey.  When my wife came out to me as bisexual two-and-a-half years ago, I was immediately overcome with a sinking feeling that this information [Read More...]

Living in the Tension 7/21 – Julie Rodgers

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July 21st Part 2 – Presentation by Julie Rodgers: Julie Rodgers writes and speaks about faith and sexuality as a celibate gay Christian. Julie will give an overview of the traditional interpretation of scripture as it relates to same-sex relationships. Read more on her blog: julierodgers.wordpress.com

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A Graduated Understanding.

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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 (2015, IVP). – There is a difference between things that are painful, [Read More...]

Why I Chose Grace as a Gay Christian

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To all those Christians who identify as LGBTQ, thank you for not giving up. Thank you for living out all facets of your identity despite the backlash you may get from polarized communities. Thank you for giving grace to those who don’t know what they do. [Read more...]

Going to the Chapel…But You Won’t Be There

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We don’t typically publish anonymous posts, but the writer for today’s post has requested anonymity, and we understand, and have made an exception to our normal policy.   The following post is by a friend of The Marin Foundation who identifies as a gay Christian:   I’m having a conversation with my two-year-old nephew at the [Read More...]

Phil’s story

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Today’s post is from Phil Ross, student at Indiana Wesleyan University, and a summer intern with The Marin Foundation:
It was a little over seven years ago when I first got a slur thrown at me I never expected. “You’re
a f*ggot” was poignantly spoken to me and even now I remember the smug face of the boy in
the gym locker room who stood in my face saying it. Smug, because he could see how totally it
disarmed me and how livid it made me. [Read more...]

Living in the Tension 7/7 – Matthew Vines

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What does the Bible really say about same-sex relationships? More than any current question the Christian church is facing, this one has the power to divide families, churches, and entire denominations. Do you know what you believe and why? Have you ever truly listened to both sides? Can you find common ground with those with whom [Read More...]

What I Learned at Gay Pride

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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 (2015, IVP). – Last year, I wrote a blog post about [Read More...]


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