About Me

I was born and raised in the South. I've never moved, it's my home. Spending time outside is something I don't do enough but throughly enjoy. I love being around people, especially close friends.  Fortunately and unfortunately I am an enneagram type 2 and ESFJ. In plain English, it means I care deeply for people and can be a big people pleaser. I strive for deep intimacy and openness with people.

Currently I am a Junior in college pursuing a career in Occupational Therapy. I love traveling, especially overseas to help others find truth in the Gospel and give what I can. I look forward to helping (or maybe even inspiring) strugglers all over the world through my life and this blog. This bio probably will change as I am learning more about myself along the way. Join me along the journey!

When Brotherhood Was Impossible
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When Brotherhood Was Impossible

I’ve never really understood what brotherhood is . . . until now. I’ve grown up with many blood-related brothers. But those relationships were distant or extremely hard to engage. Two of my brothers have developmental disabilities. My oldest brother is 12 years older than me and moved out before I started second grade. I had male […]

YOBcast Episode 007: Attraction
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YOBcast Episode 007: Attraction

What is attraction? Are there variations among physical, emotional, and spiritual attraction — let alone for one gender over another? Join Tom, Elliott, Sam, John, and Will for a lively roundtable discussion on all things relating to attraction. It’s a broad topic, and we cover as much ground as we can within the hour — […]

Coming Out for the First Time
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Coming Out for the First Time

To be completely honest, I don’t really like to call this a “coming out” story because I didn’t come out as gay. I just opened up my fragile heart to someone close for the first time. I was around 15 or 16 and with my best friend in my bedroom. We had just come back […]

When a Rock Star Comes Out Gay Christian
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When a Rock Star Comes Out Gay Christian

Last week, the Internet (or at least Christianized corners of the Internet) went abuzz over the lead singer of a Christian rock band coming out as gay. Trey Pearson is his name, and he fronts Everyday Sunday, a successful group of the last two decades. You can read the full article of Trey Pearson’s coming out here, including chunks […]

Where Do I Belong?
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Where Do I Belong?

Hello readers! This is my first post on YOB and I hope all of you enjoy it. My name is John, and I want to belong. But wait. Doesn’t everyone? It seems that with the rise of social media “news groups” (i.e. BuzzFeed), there is a repetitive theme of aiming to relate to all people […]