Tag: hope

I’ve Never Tried to Pray the Gay Away

I’ve long heard a common refrain among fellow gay or SSA folks in the church, and it’s something I’ve honestly never been able to relate with. That’s not to put myself “above” others; it’s just my reality. Many have tried to “pray the gay away,” and I can’t recall ever doing so. From a young age I felt a certain draw to the other boys, and while I felt shame for the lingering looks and daydreams, I never blamed God or even asked Him to take it away, add a splash of heterosexuality, or what have you.

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How Waiting With Hope is Teaching Me Patience

I desire so greatly to be in heaven in the presence of my God and Savior. Yet I still wait. And wait. Every day with a reminder of my imperfections through a fallen world, broken relationships, and a scarred gender identity. Every day I long for Christ’s return. Is this how I live out patience as a queer man?

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Isolation Amid Covid-19 and Hope for the Future

The Covid-19 pandemic has become something of an “isolation equalizer.” People everywhere are living in tension and isolation with businesses closed, services restricted, and life as we’ve known it ground to a halt. We are, all of us, isolated. And yet there is tremendous opportunity to unite in our shared isolation.

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Corona ConvoCast 13: Tom and Marshall Acquire Furniture as Adults!

Tom welcomes back Marshall to toss the idea of his house of 15 people becoming the next TikTok “Hype House,” Marshall’s father’s declining health in a nursing home during this coronavirus pandemic, and the process of acquiring furniture as adults. Tom also closes the episode with a little tribute to pastor and dynamic speaker, Sy Rogers, who passed away recently.

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Corona ConvoCast 04: Tom and Dean Remember How They Met!

Tom finishes out this first week of our new ConvoCast by welcoming back another OG YOB author, Dean, who recounts his flights around the country during this pandemic. The guys also talk about the church’s role during these hard times and how something beautiful could be carried over into the “new normal” to come. In the episode’s remaining minutes, Tom and Dean also recount how they first met and if Dean ever replaced Tom as a member of Tom’s family?

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We Have a Brand New Logo! (And Website.)

For the last year, our website has been in a state of transition. We’re still tinkering with various pages and features, but the bulk of our third redesign in five years just happened with a brand new header, logo, and color scheme! A huge shout-out to Wesley Ayers for his hard work in designing our new look. As to the brand new header, here’s what it all means…

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