As a gay member of the United Methodist Church, after learning of the predictable but nonetheless frustrating outcome of Rev. Karen Oliveto’s church court trial, I’m finding it difficult to contain my temper and have any semblance of a filter on the angry words that I’m aching to speak. Rev. Oliveto’s status as a bishop … Continue reading The Outcome of Rev. Karen Oliveto’s Church Trial
Loneliness is always a struggle, no matter who you are, but for gay Christians who desire to be in same-sex relationships, the issue can be easily compounded.
Because of my status as a white male, it’s taken me far too long to remove the rose-colored lenses of my privilege and see just how tainted, corrupted and twisted much of this country still is. When Dylann Roof set out to attack the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina in the … Continue reading The Rise of Islamophobia in Trump’s America
Marian apparitions are a curious matter to me, especially as a Methodist who was never taught about these mysterious incidents. Recently, the one apparition that I’ve focused on is the one in Medjugorge, Croatia, where Our Lady appeared to six different children, and revealed visions of heaven, hell and purgatory. Among the six children, not … Continue reading Medjugorge and the Tyranny of Memories
Manly Homophobes As I’ve mentioned in a few posts thus far, I’m a young gay man who has dealt with more than his fair share of homophobic harassers, all of them verbal, and many of them “manly” men. This has been a recurring issue in the last two years or so, and it’s taken a … Continue reading The Importance of Praying for Closeted Homophobes
Because I’m not a Catholic, approaching major Catholic icons such as the Blessed Mother Mary can feel odd at first. When I first began bonding with her, I really felt like I didn’t know what I was doing. But talking with the Mother of God, at least in my prayers, was truly soothing, and still … Continue reading The Blessed Mother Mary and Catharsis
As somebody who was raised Methodist, I am woefully ignorant on most angelic matters. In all sincerity, the only angel I even remotely heard of was Gabriel the Archangel, during the Christmas season. That changed when I was a junior in college. My fall semester of that year was a rough one, because in just … Continue reading Dreams of Michael the Archangel
This past October, God gave me an experience that helped me understand why suicide can't exclude anybody from His mercy.
With June officially being declared by president Obama as LGBT Pride Month, it’s important to acknowledge the progress made thus far in the journey to obtain full rights for the LGBTQIA community, while also addressing the issues still being faced. Gay and lesbian couples in America, since June 26, 2015, now have the legal right … Continue reading We Are Not Free
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” (Matthew 5:9) For every person who reads this verse, it is vital that they don’t misread the word “peacemaker” as “peacekeeper” instead, because the two words have very different meanings. I made this error when I first read through this part of the … Continue reading Peacekeepers vs Peacemakers