Fully Known and Fully Loved
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Fully Known and Fully Loved

I was raised in a Christian home. A home where the Word of God was honored and the Gospel of Jesus Christ was proclaimed. From a very young age, I knew that I wanted to give my life to Christ and become a follower of Jesus. My childhood was happy and incredibly blessed, but around […]

Understanding the Male Butt Smack
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Understanding the Male Butt Smack

There we were, my friends and I, at our richest friend’s mini-mansion after church one afternoon. We were mostly college-age twenty-somethings filling up the big kitchen/living room, talking and laughing. The TV was on and snacks were on the table. It was then that I saw my chance. My friend, Bryan, stood by the island […]

My Straight Friend Was Emotionally Dependent on Me
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My Straight Friend Was Emotionally Dependent on Me

Emotional dependency. Such a fun topic. Many of us SSA (same-sex attracted) brothers know the terminology all too well. We long for human connection with our gender. We feel like no other man understands us. 

No one wants to be near us. No one wants to know us. No one wants to be our friend. […]

Coming Out to My Fraternity Brother
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Coming Out to My Fraternity Brother

The following is Part Two in this series of posts; click here for Part One. In an attempt to comfort myself as I prepared to share my story of same-sex attraction and addiction with my new friend and fraternity brother, I focused on one of my favorite verses from Isaiah: So don’t worry, because I am […]

Coming Out of the Shadows
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Coming Out of the Shadows

It was late, and I had no motivation to continue working on my homework assignment. After reading what seemed like an endless number of wide-lined academic verbiage, my eyes had begun to dehydrate and burn. As a classic undergraduate student, I knew exactly the type of study break I needed: a short car ride with […]

Banned from Youth Ministry
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Banned from Youth Ministry

Back before my whole church ordeal started, before being told I couldn’t lead in any ministry, I was already heavily involved in my church. I took part in the college-age ministry, I attended the main church campus for awesome Bible teaching, and I served the best way I could in whatever area needed. A few weeks before I applied for SOM and leadership for […]

How I Was Hurt By My Church
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How I Was Hurt By My Church

These next several posts will probably be the hardest ones I’ll ever write. Some of this still affects me and will continue to affect me long into the future. I am in no way disrespecting my church, my pastor, the elders, or the congregation. I love attending my church and uphold them to the highest regard. Unfortunately, I […]

YOBcast Episode 003: Digging Deeper with Tom & Elliott
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YOBcast Episode 003: Digging Deeper with Tom & Elliott

PODCAST WEEK continues on our blog with Episode 003! In this episode, Tom and Elliott interview each other about family and friendship, childhood and adulthood, and their respective faiths. It’s a chance for you to dive deeper into their stories beyond the blog. You can subscribe to our show on iTunes or Stitcher for notifications every time […]

The Season of Best Friends & Brotherhood
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The Season of Best Friends & Brotherhood

Elliott’s Story: Chapter Thirteen Read: Chapter 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Those next four years were some of the most formative years of my life — relationally, spiritually, and personally. I went from few friends to many friends; from no one knowing of my struggles to handfuls of people knowing all my secrets; from knowing no other same-sex attracted guys […]

Why I Like to Look Good
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Why I Like to Look Good

As you may have noticed, I like fashion! And if you ever meet me, you’ll know that I LOVE fashion by the way I look! Then again, we live in a millennial age where almost everyone dresses like a hipster — and I am guilty for dressing like one! But I don’t mind! I get […]