One year ago this week Leslie and I walked into the dark, unremarkable basement of Hollywood Presbyterian Church and sat down in a circle made up of people whom some in the mainstream Church would rather forget. There was a time when I believed they should be forgotten or at least ignored. I was the […]
From the article “The Man Behind The Historic Implosion Of The Ex-Gay Movement” by David Peisner: … Chambers not only closed Exodus in sudden and dramatic fashion, but acknowledged the ineffectiveness of gay-to-straight reparative therapy and offered a remarkable mea culpa that apologized for his organization’s many missteps. He’s now founding a new organization focused […]
Originally announced June 19th, 2013. — Exodus International to Shut Down Thirty-seven-year-old ministry for those with same-sex attraction marks its last national conference Irvine, Calif. (June 19, 2013) — Exodus International, the oldest and largest Christian ministry dealing with faith and homosexuality announced tonight that it’s closing its doors after three-plus decades of ministry. The […]
Cross-posted from the Exodus Blog: Exodus Int’l President to the Gay Community: “We’re Sorry” Leader of 37-year old ministry admits grave errors Irvine, Calif. (June 19, 2013) — Exodus International, the oldest and largest Christian ministry dealing with faith and homosexuality, issued an apology to the gay community for years of undue suffering and judgment […]
In 2009 I spent ten days in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Prior to going, I spent time researching the country, its people, and the state religion of Malaysia—Islam. Months before my trip I called one of my Malaysian friends and asked her a number of questions about how the Christian Church is treated in her country. Her answer both surprised and comforted me. She said, “We are guests of Islam and Islam is a gracious host. We are guaranteed freedom of religion, worship and practice as long as we do not proselytize (seek to convert others).”
For those of you who know Jesus, I encourage you to come out of the proverbial closet with your messy stories. Share them as you would a beautiful mosaic that makes you you and God, well, God. Point to the events where you have been shattered. Reveal your human scars. Showcase your new heart. Celebrate God’s grace.
If you don’t know Jesus Christ, consider this: He takes anyone in. The more broken you are, the more amazing His gift of a new heart is. He’s not looking for perfection, He knows it’s unattainable—hence the need for His birth, death and resurrection.
Wondering if you’re disqualified? Impossible this side of death. Trust Him; it will change everything.
Brilliantly simple Op-Ed in Christianity Today by Alan. Here is a quote from the introduction of the two page article: Everyone is clamoring for the No. 1 spot in the great gay Christian debate. For some, it isn’t enough that people hold to a traditional, conservative, and biblical sexual ethic; they also want to emphasize […]