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Why I Stay


Greg Johnson on Being Gay and On Trial EPISODE 9

Greg Johnson is the lead pastor at Memorial Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, Missouri and is the only senior pastor in his entire denomination who is publicly celibate and same-sex attracted. Though Greg grew up in an atheist family, that didn't spare him from the shame and embarrassment that so many LGBTQ+ people experience, especially in their youth. Dr. Johnson always had a close community of friends who knew of his wrestling and experiences with his sexual orientation, but it was not public information until he published an article with Christianity Today in 2019. Although the members of his church welcomed and accepted him after he started telling his story, part of the fallout of that public coming-out is that Pastor Greg has been on trial for his sexuality within his denomination (Presbyterian Church of America ). Dr. Johnson has recently released a book about the conversion therapy movement and some of the lessons we can draw from its failure. The book is "Still Time to Care " and you can pick up anywhere books are sold. You can follow Greg Johnson on Twitter. If you're enjoying this series, consider rating and reviewing Why I Stay on your podcast app of choice. Also, consider checking out the other podcast offerings from Patheos here. You can subscribe to the Patheos YouTube channel by clicking here or Like and Follow us on Facebook. Curious about religion? Learn more at https://www.patheos.com/

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Jennifer Knapp on Kindness, Empathy, and Humility
Jennifer Knapp is a singer/songwriter, activist, author, and speaker. Learn more Jennifer on her website. Most people say Jennifer grew up in a non-religious home, but she disagrees. While she didn't consider herself an Evangelical until she was in college, she had a lot of exposure to religion, both its good and bad. It wasn't long after Jennifer found faith that fame found her. Her first album, " Kansas ," was a huge success and put her on a path of constant touring, writing, and promoting. Jennifer kept it all together until 2004 when she went on sabbatical to Australia to take some earned rest. She never really considered her sexuality and how it interacted with her faith until her mom outed her to herself in her late twenties. Jen didn't have a lot of the baggage about LGBTQ+ issues many other Christians did, but it still led to a lot of wrestling and learning. Eventually, Jennifer made her relationship with another woman public, and she was faced with the backlash she expected. But that didn't push her away from faith. She dug in, spoke out about compassion, graduated from divinity school, and kept playing music and speaking up for LGBTQ+ communities. If you play music, you can Jam with Jen on her website. If you're enjoying this series, consider rating and reviewing Why I Stay on your podcast app of choice. Also, consider checking out the other podcast offerings from Patheos here. You can subscribe to the Patheos YouTube channel by clicking here or Like and Follow us on Facebook. Curious about religion? Learn more at https://www.patheos.com/
Episode 5
Dan Stringer on Struggling with Evangelicalism
Dan Stringer is a pastor, author, and campus minister in Honolulu, Hawaii. You can get your own copy of " Struggling with Evangelicalism: Why I Want to Leave and What it Takes to Stay " anywhere books are sold. Dan is a missionary kid who never lived in the continental US until he went to Wheaton College. He realized quickly that, while he had picked up a lot of American culture in his MK schools, he still had a lot to learn about American Evangelicalism. Dan has spent his years since then serving the Church, usually bi-vocationally, but that doesn't mean he's comfortable with it all. There really are days when he wants it all to go away and start with a new seed. His unique experiences of growing up in multiple cultures and being bi-racial has given him a wise and patient perspective on the good and bad parts of Evangelicalism. Rather than throwing the baby out with the bath water, he has sought to use his voice and position to call for some changes that will make Evangelicalism a better home for people of all stripes. Learn more about Dan and his book on his website, DanStringer.net Find him on Twitter , Instagram , Facebook , and LinkedIn. If you're enjoying this series, consider rating and reviewing Why I Stay on your podcast app of choice. Also, consider checking out the other podcast offerings from Patheos here. You can subscribe to the Patheos YouTube channel by clicking here or Like and Follow us on Facebook. Curious about religion? Learn more at https://www.patheos.com/
Episode 8
Brian Zahnd on Discovering a Rich, Substantive Faith
Brain Zahnd is the founding pastor of Word of Life Church in Saint Joseph, Missouri and an author of multiple books. In this interview, Brian talked with us about his Christian journey so far, from finding faith in the Jesus Movement to his involvement in the Charismatic movement to the founding of Word of Life Church and then eventually to the radical and very public renovation of his faith in his 40s (before it was cool). In that process, he was accused of heresy and lost many members of his church. But he continues to press on, now a leading voice for people who cannot find a home in conservative evangelicalism or within liberal mainline communities. He's written several books including Water to Wine and Sinners in the Hand of a Loving God. His latest release is When Everything's on Fire: Faith Forged from the Ashes. If you or someone you know is struggling with their faith, then consider this book. It focuses on renovating faith in light of its historical and intellectual richness. You can learn more about Brian, his books, and find his blog on his website. You can also Follow Brian on Twitter , Instagram , and Facebook to find consistent encouragement in your life. If you're enjoying this series, consider rating and reviewing Why I Stay on your podcast app of choice. Also, consider checking out the other podcast offerings from Patheos here. You can subscribe to the Patheos YouTube channel by clicking here or Like and Follow us on Facebook. Curious about religion? Learn more at https://www.patheos.com/
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