Life is Sweet, Bittersweet

"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

Do You Trust The Church?

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?

Bring Out The Heterosexual In You

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

How Beautiful Are 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?

Reject Gay People from Church?? You’ve GOT to be Kidding Me!

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!

Family Relationships: The Fine Line Between Hope & Denial

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