My Painful Confession

I wrote this prayer this morning after dumping my guts out to the Lord. I thought after-the-fact that I would share it with you all to let you into my head, heart and soul within this journey I’m on. The following is not a blame game, nor am I ever pretending that I am in any way the [Read More…]

America Gives!

Among a number of folks writing on their Facebook and Twitter accounts, here are a few folks that I know of who have written blog posts about trying to help The Marin Foundation, because they believe in our work so much: Adam McLane Tim Schraeder Matt Nightingale If you know of others, feel free to [Read More…]

Part 5: I Need Help

Even though The Marin Foundation has existed on well under $100,000 per year, the following is the best case scenario budget for 2010, where The Marin Foundation can run full steam. The key to this budget are the Trainings. Right now, it kills me that The Marin Foundation can only go train entities that are [Read More…]

Part 4: I Need Help

I am the most un-technologically advanced 28 year-old on the face of the earth. Here’s another example: I have the PDF’s of all of The Marin Foundation’s tax returns, but for the life of me I can’t figure out how to put them on my blog because for whatever reason they can’t be attached like [Read More…]

Part 3 Cont: I Need Help

This is the second part of The Marin Foundation’s Back Story; you can see the first part here. There are a few haters out there who LOVE to say that I’m only in this bridge building work for the money; that I pay myself everything that is donated to The Marin Foundation because I’m a [Read More…]

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…]