Change happens to all of us. Relational change. Spiritual change. Seasons of life that take us to the redemptive mountaintops and valleys of shadows.
Tom welcomes Ryan and Dean for our first episode back after a monthlong hiatus. It’s an episode of literal change with new sounds, new segments, and new features as we dive into a discussion on the most pivotal changes in our lives.
We discuss our authors’ retreat weekend, the inaugural Revoice conference, our first 1-star iTunes review, Tom’s initial discovery of this Your Other Brothers community, Ryan’s journey with body image, Dean’s friendship with Tom’s younger brother, and more.
You can listen to our newest episode on CHANGE below. We hope you enjoy it! Don’t forget to comment with your change-stories. We’d love to hear from you.
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Enjoy the episode below! And don’t forget to comment: what’s been the biggest change of your life? What are some pivotal relational and spiritual changes you’ve experienced — for better and worse? Tell us a story!
LINKS FROM THE SHOW
- Dean’s first podcast at last year’s authors’ retreat podcast: 1-Year Podcast Anniversary!
- Dean’s first post about “John”-slash-Andy: “My Best Friend for Never”
- Our Revoice conference conversation post: “Revoice: Taking the Church Wherever ‘Here’ Leads”
- Will’s Queer Eye post: “Why I Like Queer Eye”
- Eugene’s cuddling post: “Let’s Talk About Bro Cuddling”
- Ryan’s relational change post: “The Male Imprints Left On Us”
- Our first post on Your Other Brothers: “Christians Struggling With Homosexuality”
- Tom’s baptism blog: “A Birthday Baptism by Buccaneer Bay”
- Donald Miller’s book: Through Painted Deserts
- Tom’s posts
- Dean’s posts
- Ryan’s posts
It was encouraging and motivating for me to hear your stories of change!
Here is a story of change in my own life.
I am in the middle of a series of posts about some big changes I have gone through.
I firmly believe that God uses these changes to help us move forward in our relationship to Him and in accomplishing what matters.
Sometimes the only way for things to be born and grow is for other things to die. Honored to journey alongside you, Marshall.
Well first off I’ll just say that while I’ve blogged about nudity and cuddling I certainly didn’t blog about doing those two things at once! lol Strangely enough that’s not the first time I’ve heard someone make a comment like that about YOB. Such a good thing they didn’t generalize.
Anyways, great podcast guys. I relate to it a lot. I feel like the last two or three years has been one long slow painful stretch of change. On one hand its been great being apart of YOB, traveling everywhere to meet brothers, and finding a purpose for myself here. However career wise has been one massive confusing maze. Unsure where to go or what to do. That’s been hard. Lots of anxieties about it. But hope it works its self out in the future.
Yeah, we know you definitely have put the cuddling and the nudity in separate blogs. 😉
Job changes are hard — especially when careers are a maze. I pray you find direction in that, Eugene!
But what are your thoughts on Nude Twister?
DISCLAIMER: WE DID NOT PLAY NUDE TWISTER AT THE RETREAT.
Thomas Mark Zuniga!
Haha this was the one retreat I had to miss because of work, and you guys had a twister competition. As you could guess, I would have tried to stop it. Listen to my voicemail on the new podcast phone number. 🙂
Oh if you had been there, you’d have certainly participated. #positivepeerpressure
Also, looking forward to featuring your voicemail on our premiere YOBALOGUE episode! It was great.
Oh the nude twister was my favorite part!
Damn! And I was all set on going next year…
After listening to this episode, I’m finding myself filled with quite mixed emotions. All of your stories of change that each of you have experienced are very encouraging, motivating, and provide a great sense of hope. At the same time, however, listening to this episode made me feel quite anxious as it made me painfully aware of the fact that I have not experienced the level of change that I thought I had, and that I still have quite a ways to go. On a personal note of change, over the past year and a half I have changed jobs three times (not all by choice) and I came out to my parents about my SSA struggles, experiences, and how that related to my faith at the present time. I thought this was helping me to grow and change to become better for God, but I feel now more than ever that I am stuck in a rut and have no idea as to where God is leading me and what changes I need to continue to make. I guess my overarching question is this; when you all were going through periods of great change in your life, how were you able to trust that you were making the changes and decisions you were making were the right ones? You all seem so confident in retrospect that the changes you made were for the best and helped you grow in your faith. I aspire to reach that point, just need some advice with trusting in myself and the direction God is leading me.
As always, thank you Tom for everything that you do with this podcast. I found this podcast during one of the darkest parts of my sexuality struggles and it continues to be a fantastic source of light and comfort in periods of darkness. I cannot express enough how grateful I am that God has called you to lead this community.
Much love Brother.
Thanks for your perspective, James. You’re not alone there. There have been times I’ve definitely felt confident of changes that needed to come. Even in the confidence, though, I’ve felt great tremblings. Just because you know you need to take a leap doesn’t change the fact that jumping is scary. Jumping and journeying take work. Lots and lots of work and stress and repetition. Making a decision is only the beginning; carrying one out is where the growth really happens.