It feels like I have known Justin Lee since he was a toddler! Seriously, we "met" online in 1996 ('97?) via an old-school discussion forum type thing called Bridges Across the Divide (BA). It is no longer available on the Internet... but there is an archived copy of one of the BA pages. BA is the origin of the underlying premise of the various "sides" at the foundation of the Gay Christian Network (GCN) that Justin founded sixteen years ago. Last week a decision was announced that Justin would be leaving GCN to pursue his interests and passions. Also, GCN's board is going to take the organization in a new (and different?) direction. In … [Read more...] about A Couple of Observations Concerning Justin Lee’s Departure From GCN
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Last night, around midnight to 1 am #SBlackOKC tweeted... I asked if his "rebuke" tweet was about his hateful self-serving comments he left here and here on my blog. This is our exchange to my question: Even without explicit confirmation, it's clear Stephen (the Vice Chair of ex-gay/conversion ministry Restored Hope Network) is calling me a pitiful, deceived, turning my back on God rebellious apostate who is a perverter of The Way. Stephen also calls me more names like "scoffer" and "victim." This is in addition to all the other names and incredibly negative attributes he has assigned to me publicly, and privately, in … [Read more...] about Is This The Face Of A Scoffer?
A Facebook friend private messaged me some screen caps of their conversation with an ex-gay/conversion ministry leader. Their conversation was about a link that person shared attacking another person who left the ex-gay/conversion ministry world. My friend was defending the man it attacked. It was a vicious old article that keeps popping up every once in a while. My friend asked (paraphrased): Why do they do this!? Why are they SO mean? I responded with, "It's the only way they can numb their own conscience." That is where the conversation stopped on Facebook but it has been sticking with me, and I wanted to elaborate. Most people in the … [Read more...] about Why Are Ex-Gay/Conversion Ministries So Mean?
I have been quiet about this except with my friends on Facebook (not on public posts.) However, I just sent an email and wanted to share it. A person claiming to be in HR for Franklin Graham's organization Samaritan's Purse said they believed God "led" them to me in an effort to find someone to handle Franklin's social media accounts. It seems to be a legit person but there is always the possibility it is someone trying to troll me. Regardless, I chose to assume this was a real person (saved all the emails and the information they provide) and that this was a legit situation. This is my latest email, sent just a few minutes ago: Is … [Read more...] about Stop Bashing, Start Embracing – Responding to Franklin Graham’s Employee
On Monday, a dear friend of mine called. They are a high profile Christian leader who hasn't "come out" publicly yet (they will when the time is right for them and their family.) We talked for about an hour and many things will stick with me. It was a divinely timed phone conversation. The one thing I will share in this post is that they said (paraphrased), We did what we did in the past because of our temperaments and wanting to do something big, something important, powerful and good for other people. Wrong beliefs infused what we did, but our motivation to help others was honest. That doesn't go away now the we are being honest with … [Read more...] about A Pastor’s Heart Still Beats…