Well, here you are! You're gay or bi or lesbian or transgender or intersex or queer in some way or other. You may be or agender or pansexual. Or you may not yet be sure what the heck is going on! I understand. I really do. You may even be in a straight marriage and … Continue reading LGBTQI: You Deserve to Love & be Loved! You Deserve to be Free!
“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
More today from my Saturday “Jesus Blog” – a word from Jesus to you… My beloved, did you forget that I came to set you free? Galatians 5:1-26. Free from condemnation. Romans 8:1. Free from fear. John 8:32. Free from slavery. Galatians 4:6-7. Free from corruption. Romans 8:21. Free from the law. Free from others' … Continue reading Jesus Blog: Freedom!
"This one is for the girl who says those voices in her head, never leave her alone. Don't listen to your teacher, you're not crazy, just smarter than the rest of them." At a conference last week, I had the pleasure of meeting the Troubadours of Divine Bliss. Two beautiful, talented women with tender, creative, … Continue reading Life is Sweet, Bittersweet
Are you getting a little tired of people pulling out scripture to entrap you, tell you how wrong you are, and tell you to change? I am! I'm tired of people doing it to me, and I'm tired of them doing it to you. Jesus is tired of it too, and I'll tell you why. Only … Continue reading Beware of Flying Scripture
The church has a serious image problem. A while back, a pastor we knew proposed to the local fire chief that his neighborhood church team up with the fire department on a particular community event. The fire chief responded: "No... you see, people trust the fire department." Ouch. What image comes to your mind at the word "church"? You may remember it fondly … Continue reading Do You Trust The Church?
More today from my Saturday “Jesus Blog” – a word from Jesus to you… So much is going on in your life. You're afraid. I know. It's full to the brim of activity, and thoughts. So much to keep up with. It's so easy to get pulled down by fears of the unknown, the worst-case scenario … Continue reading Jesus Blog: Don’t Be Afraid
Bring out the heterosexual in you? What?!? Watch this entertaining but terribly unnerving clip from John Stewart about Texas’ renewed commitment to the miserably failed, dangerous and harmful “reparative therapy." Just click on the photo above to watch. When the clinical psychologist was asked about "trying to get the gay out of people," he said, "I would rather … Continue reading Bring Out The Heterosexual In You
Hannah, my beautiful youngest daughter, once told me she felt much more comfortable with her theater friends than with her Christian friends. She felt welcomed, included, and free - but not in her Christian group. Why? Because she could be who she is. She was safe to be Hannah without people watching for some kind … Continue reading How Beautiful Are You?
Is it scandalous to say that LGBTQ are just as valuable as everyone else? Is it scandalous to open the church doors wide, to say they have a place in church and in the body of Christ? Is it scandalous to say you can be gay and Christian? In some circles it certainly is. Almost as radical … Continue reading Reject Gay People from Church?? You’ve GOT to be Kidding Me!
After he came out, his mother burned his birth certificate and all his childhood photos in the front yard. She sent him a black funeral wreath that said, "In Memory of My Son." She never talked to him again. Ever. A son's honesty with his parents failed to yield the love, compassion and forgiveness they … Continue reading Family Relationships: The Fine Line Between Hope & Denial
"Let me begin by begging your forgiveness for the way you have been mistreated..." Wonderful readers, I share this pastor's letter which resonates with my heart, echoing my ongoing blogs, showing us Jesus' love. Please enjoy and take great courage from pastors like this -- and there are plenty of them! - Susan An open … Continue reading An Affirming Pastor’s Letter to GLBT Christians
More today from my Saturday “Jesus Blog” – a word from Jesus to you… Nothing is wrong with you. I'll say it again. Nothing is wrong with you. You were perfectly planned, perfectly designed, perfectly made. Don't let anybody tell you different. Of course you mature -- who doesn't mature? But that's up to me … Continue reading Jesus Blog: Hey There, Beautiful
Vulnerability encloses me. I do not know how it happened, nor how I got here. Yet, here I stand in front of you all, laid bare. A secret I never meant to tell you all, has nearly wormed itself out of my mouth, exposing who I am, who I really am to you all. Ninety-nine … Continue reading A Coming Out Story
At a dinner party Winston Churchill says to his dinner companion, "Madam, would you sleep with me for five million pounds?" The woman responds, "My goodness, Mr. Churchill. I suppose I would." Churchill replies, "Would you sleep with me for five pounds?" She answers, "Mr. Churchill, what kind of woman do you think I am?" … Continue reading Legalism is Just Haggling Over Price
This post is part of the June Synchroblog which asks the question “What would you tell your younger self if you could travel back in time?” So, here we go... Sitting in the gentle breeze out on the balcony, I am overjoyed at how much I love my life. Now, I do. But I spent … Continue reading Be Kind to Yourself
Why was the shoe stopped by the hall monitor? Because it was being knotty. : ) What is the church’s voice in the marriage equality issue, and how helpful is it? As I consider this question from Glad Alliance Church, I look at the church’s role overall. The church has produced immeasurable good in the … Continue reading We Are NOT God’s Hall Monitor
Shun your gay child? Don't even have a meal with them? This is not the heart of God - but it is the heart of people like John MacArthur - or maybe the lack of heart. People just don't know how hateful they are. It was easy to look at Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church … Continue reading John MacArthur: the new Fred Phelps?
More today from my Saturday “Jesus Blog” – a word from Jesus to you… I love you. I love YOU. I LOVE you. No asterisks. No exceptions. No exclusions. No expiration. Always.
Eleven years ago, I joined the ranks of honorees for Father’s Day. The previous July, my son Jason was born and put into my arms. The first Father’s Day for me was quiet with plenty of attention from friends and family, and it affirmed wonderful celebrations in the years to come. Today, for Father's … Continue reading Saying Goodbye to My Dad & Father’s Day as I Have Known It