We have been betrayed by those closest to us. We have written about being shamed, shunned and judged, and how our faith has been questioned. We have talked about people who tell us we are leading people into hell. All "in God's name.” Usually from those in the nonaffirming, conservative evangelical church. Why? Because of … Continue reading What is the Biggest Threat to Christianity? Jesus!
The Nashville Statement is not new. These same evangelical people have been conveying this same message for decades. The results have been absolutely tragic in individuals, in families, and in our churches. Instead of making an honest evaluation—as so many Christians have done and then became fully affirming—this group decided to double down. This does … Continue reading Christians, Does the Nashville Statement Reflect Your Heart?
I am fully affirming because of my faith, not in spite of it. I came to believe what I believe after extensive theological study, my own life experience, examining the lived experience of others, research, prayer, and following the leading of the Holy Spirit. It was a journey. All I did was stay on it, … Continue reading You may think I’m wrong about LGBTQI. So, now what?
It was a big day nonetheless. Graduating from seminary, I enjoyed family and friends here to celebrate, and so many more cheering me on from afar. I felt loved, valued, appreciated, seen, and heard! Gifts and well wishes rained down from Mamas in FreedHearts Moms, my secret online support group. I received many more wishes … Continue reading Flowers for the Living
At a time when a parent weeps uncontrollably, mourning the death of their precious child, what would possibly drive a father to refuse to claim the dead body of his son? Oh wait, he told us: the son was gay. Where is the love? Is the middle of the unspeakable pain of losing your child … Continue reading An Unclaimed Body – the Last Victim of Pulse. Where is the Love?
What would Jesus do on Easter Sunday? As I stood under the bridge in downtown Austin, a man balancing his hamburger, chips, and a drink walked straight to me. “Will you hold my cigarette?” For a nanosecond I processed the request, then I carefully took his lighted cigarette which freed him to reshuffle his food … Continue reading My Easter Sunday with Jen Hatmaker and Her Downtown Friends
“You’re a Christian! How can you support LGBTQ people and gay marriage? Don’t you realize you are condoning sin? You are leading people into hell!” This is Rob Cottrell, Susan’s husband, and I have heard it all! Multiple times a day from strangers. Frequently from people who claim to be friends. And more than I … Continue reading As a Person of Faith, I Fully Accept and Affirm LGBTQ
In our post yesterday, we reminded you of our new FreedHearts website. I sure hope you visit us. I wanted to write a personal letter here on our WordPress blog - just to share my heart, my vision and my hope. If you are in the evangelical church, or if you are in the LGBTQ … Continue reading A Letter from Susan
We wanted to let you know that all the information about FreedHearts, details of Susan Cottrell's books, other key programs, and all of our resources are now located at our new website! Visit the main Susan Cottrell FreedHearts website at: http://freedhearts.org Email us at email@example.com Our mailing address is: P.O. Box 8161, Austin, TX 78713-8161
This is a special Jesus Blog post for National Coming Out Day! Please grasp the heart of this message, but please keep yourself safe. You know your situation. Do not do anything rash that could put you (or your situation) in danger. If you are in that kind of circumstance, but feel like it is … Continue reading Jesus Blog: Let Your True Colors Come Out
More today from my Saturday “Jesus Blog” – a word from Jesus to you… There is nothing you can do to disappoint God, and there is nothing you can do to make God love you more. God loves you. Regardless of how well you think you are behaving. Regardless of how well others think you … Continue reading Jesus Blog: God Has No Expectations of You
Do people make you feel like you're different because you're LGBTQ? Maybe you're the parent of a child who has been called 'different' because they are gay. I want to share a story you might relate to. 🙂 I’m a single man, going on thirty-three Folks are probably wondering if there’s something wrong with me … Continue reading Do They Call You ‘Different’?
Rob and I were having dinner with friends, a couple who are parents of a gay child. The Dad said, "I grew up where life was sort of gray, meaning I could see everyone's point of view. Then we began to go to bible studies, and church and my world became very black and white. … Continue reading Back to Square One – The Perfect Place
More today from my Saturday “Jesus Blog” – a word from Jesus to you… I never told anyone to write down the things I said when I was here. I never told anyone to start a religion in my name. I told people to love God and love others. And I told people to follow … Continue reading Jesus Blog: The Time is Now
I write Dear Susan posts every Friday. Sometimes they will be poignant, sometimes thought-provoking, sometimes tender, sometimes funny… but hopefully always worth the read. 🙂 Dear Susan, Christianity is all about being selfless. (Or is it?) The thing that they market the most is how life will be better after you ‘choose Jesus.’ “How much … Continue reading Dear Susan: Is Christianity Selfish?
More today from my Saturday “Jesus Blog” – a word from Jesus to you… Some of you have lost your way. You think you need to defend me, and defend God’s word -- draw lines around it, debate people about it. You don't. Just follow me, trust me, rest in me. I didn't ask you to … Continue reading Jesus Blog: All of Them
Did you hear the one about Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson going camping? After sharing a good meal and a bottle of wine, they retire to their tent for the night. Some hours later, Holmes awoke and nudged his faithful friend. "Watson, look up into the sky and tell me what you see?" Watson said, "I see millions … Continue reading Core Truth To Set Our Hearts Free
"In a world where it’s often said that things are going down the tube because of rampant sin, could it be that the one sin actually getting in the way of our mission is the sin of religious judgmentalism?" I love this post by Benjamin L. Corey at Formerly Fundie, and I am honored to share … Continue reading The Uniqueness of the Sin of Religious Judgmentalism
Danielle is gay. She is a Christian. She doesn't hide either. That means that she is the focus of attack, condemnation and "well-meaning" Christians trying to save her soul. But Danielle does a great job at dealing with those people and answered her friend about how to deal with Christians they don't agree with. Here … Continue reading How to Deal With Christians When You’re Gay
Does it hurt to not be included? If it's "us vs them" what does it feel like to be a "them"? Does it really feel good to be an "us"?? I saw the group of people in the airport. It’s a religious sect, whose name you know. Nothing stands out about them – they dress … Continue reading “Us and Them” – Are We Radically Inclusive?