Chronic wanderer and melancholic delighter in the what-comes-next. I'm the cofounder and editor for YOB, and I also host our bimonthly podcast: the YOBcast. I've written a couple books and first started fleshing out my story of faith and same-sex attraction years ago under the Xanga username "Two Beckonings." I'm an INFJ, Enneagram Type 4, and my favorite place is the one where coffee and vulnerability meet. Feel free to reach out if we've yet to connect; maybe it was ever ago planned that we one day would?
I live for God. Every decision I make is done in seeking His Will. My beliefs are made through seeking the Truth of Scripture and meditating on the leading of the Holy Spirit. I am deeply in love with my wife, Lisa. I have the world's most amazing daughter who shall remain nameless and ageless in order to guard and protect her. I am obsessed with TV shows and movies. I enjoy reading. Eating is usually enjoyable. I am highly critical of everything around me and always have an opinion on every matter.
Same-sex attraction is something I've dealt with in some manner or another since I was a child, but it's by no means the only struggle I've had, nor is it separate and exclusive from other issues. I'm American, and I live in Nara prefecture, Japan. I'm married, I have three kids, and I teach English. I like or at least can appreciate almost everything -- dogs and cats, city and countryside, preps and goths, classical and modern, spicy and bland, hot and cold, staying home and going out. And tofu.
I am in my twenty-ninth year of life. A whimsical wanderer, though I feel homeless everywhere I go. A self-proclaimed "lost boy." A seeker of Truth. I am an artist, designer, creator, and maker. Graphic designer by trade though I enjoy creativity in all its forms. I am extremely sensitive and blessed with the curse of feeling all things deeply. Because of this I am prone to depression and crying but also outbursts of joy, laughter, and dancing. I am learning how to love myself. ENFP - Enneagram 4.
Hey y'all! Just an SSA, full-blooded Native American, ESTJ, Enneagram 8 here. I'm a very blunt person but know when people can't handle the whole truth. My job here is to tell you guys my story which is set up like a typical coffee shop, one-on-one talk. I'm here to challenge the way you think and encourage you spiritually. Hope you guys are ready!
When I'm not working, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, writing, singing, traveling, and visiting coffee shops. I am passionate about studying Scripture and learning more about what it looks like to walk in the Messiah's ways as He taught and demonstrated. I value authenticity, wisdom, resilience, and faith.
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I like to stare at the stars, and when I'm feeling adventurous into the sun. I'm a bit silly and somewhat scattered. Give me a time machine and I'd have dinner with Jesus and John Lennon. And when life gives me lemons, I run, because I hate fruit pies! But what is it that makes me extraordinary, wonderfully and fearfully made? I don't know, but I want to see the One who does. Will you come?
I’m a young twenty-something still trying to find my way in the world. Lover of all things creative, I am a drawer with an intuitive mind while also a deep thinker. I can be a person of extreme opposites: one moment a lone wolf, the next a social butterfly. One moment joyful and optimistic, yet sad and melancholic the next. As I came to terms with my SSA I met fellow SSA Christians and formed deep intimate bonds. I’ve always longed for brotherhood and, at last, I have found it after years of social isolation. I am glad to be apart of this community of bloggers and share my stories and struggles, joys and sorrows, dreams and longings.
I might be best described as Peter Pan. It’s respectable. The name, the letters, and the mythos. A re-written Icarus that doesn’t fall. I’m interested in innocence and all of our experiences falling from that innocence into sexual knowing. I live most of my life in a fantasy, trying to change the rules and make it a reality. I write about my past guilt, current shame, and anxiety for the future. Somehow, Jesus has woven himself into my life -- and I’m exploring it.
I'm passionate about truth, and I'm passionate about people! This basically means that in real life I talk a lot! I was born into a conservative Christian family but born again into the Family of God at the age of 21. I was also born with a relentless aspiration to learn how everything works. It can be a blessing and a curse! The blessing being that I've learned a lot through good old-fashioned research and not being satisfied with myself until I am certain of the answer. The down side being that even though I'm His child, I can't know all that God knows, so my obsession with knowing clashes with God's plan of just believing and trusting Him!
Born and raised in the Midwest, my heart is bent to nature and travel. Things that I love? Traveling, cooking, trying new food, hiking trails, exploring other cultures, the arts, stories – told and read – summer camp, and lists (seriously). Personality tests run the risk of putting people into boxes, so I'd rather let you get to know me before sharing what I "test" as. Sojourner is a term I am becoming more comfortable using to describe me (and my lifestyle). Random facts about me: I played the bassoon for 11 years and can speak French. Let's journey together.
I used to go by John on this site before using my real name. I've spent my entire life living in the Peach State. However, I love driving and traveling around the country and even the world. I'm pretty much a goofy extrovert who loves to laugh and make others laugh (cue the terrible jokes). On a more serious note, I strive for intimacy and openness with people. Late-night conversations are the best. Currently, I am a young twenty-something trying to get my life together after quitting college (yay associates degrees!). 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!
Greetings from the friendly country of Canada. As I write this, I am drinking a French press coffee and listening to Arcade Fire on vinyl with my prayer journal, a pile of books, a piano, and a typewriter next to me. Some may say I am a hipster, but I do not really like culturally constructed identities in an attempt to place my personality in a box. I read a lot of theology and philosophy, and I do much research in that area (it’s kind of my job). When I am feeling particularly adventurous and motivated, I will watch a hockey game and drink a beer with my friends -- like every good Canadian.
I’m a college student studying computer science in Southern California. One of my favorite things to do is heading to Starbucks with a good friend and talking for a few hours over coffee. I’m an ESFJ and an Enneagram 6. I really value community, both here on YOB and at school and church. A good song in my head is an essential part of a good day (never try to separate me from my Spotify Premium) and grocery shopping and cooking are my go-to stress relievers.
I am a twenty-something who longs to see the world, but Minnesota is the only place I've called home. I love to read but often find myself mindlessly scrolling Facebook. I love to learn, but I hate school. I care deeply for people but rarely tell them so. I desire to speak up and act out, but I'm crippled by fear. Life is tough and I constantly mess up, but I am deeply loved by a gracious God.
I'm a twenty-something computer engineer from the Midwest who feels just as comfortable debugging computer code as he does baking cheesecakes. Singing has always been my favorite extracurricular activity, and I've been doing it since I was two years old. I'm passionate about hospitality, and I strive to make my home into a place that absorbs chaos, gives back calm, and provides hope. I love Jesus, and I long for my life to show how wonderful he is.