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Beyond Chikin’ and Kissin’ People Are in Pain

By Thom Hunter, published on Aug 14, 2012

Chicken sandwich wrappers headed to the landfill in record numbers. Digestive juices didtheir duty. Thousands upon thousands of waffle fries worked their way into the calorie count.

And now we're hungry again.

Thousands of men and women who struggle with sexual identity, poised between the pain of the pull, paused to watch the lines grow and the commentators commentate and the pundits pundit and beneath the wash of explanations and declarations, they pondered the rationales and motivations and tried to uncover what it all means for the gnawing inside them of a pain that feels... (more)

Tags: religion, gay, relationships, homosexuality, addiction, lgbt, bisexual, same-sex marriage, chik-fil-a, ex-gay. christianity, lesbian. sex

Ex-Gay Controversy: You Don't Need Permission to Change

By Thom Hunter, published on Jul 24, 2012

It was in a summer in the '60s in the steamy hot apartment-laden suburb of Houston that I first became aware that change was actually sometimes in you and of you, and not just something others did to you. Up to that point, change had been dependent upon a parent's whim or job, or the ebb and flow of family income. We might live in a house with a nice big yard and a barking dog . . . or an apartment that opened on a cigarette-butt-laden parking lot with a stray cat peering from the stairs.Change was constant, but it was something to which I adapted, redrawing personal boundaries, accepting gains... (more)

Tags: religion, christianity, gay, parenting, love, relationships, culture, homosexuality, lust, lgbt, ex-gay, pornography addiction, exodus international

Lead Us Not Into Confusion

By Thom Hunter, published on May 28, 2012

If we had it to do all over again

We'd make so much better decisions.

Only opening doors we should enter in

Building lives without all the pretensions.

With character above reproaching,

And no reason to second-guess,

With this sin no longer encroaching

Doing nothing we need to confess.

And, if they had the chance to redo it,

Might forgiveness be not so held back?

And peace found by those who pursue it?

Would grace not be calling us back?

The "we's" and the "they's" can begin again

When both set aside... (more)

Tags: religion, gay, parenting, marriage, love, adultery, children, homosexuality, pornography, faith, freedom, christian, grace, lgbt, same-sex marriage, ssa

The Line Between Almost and Always

By Thom Hunter, published on Apr 7, 2012

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 28:18-21

While I don’t comprehend fully why some things happen, and some don’t, I do believe God is always with me, even in those moments when the grey claims the day, and the bleak overwhelms the week, just as much as on the days where... (more)

Tags: gay, love, relationships, god, homosexuality, Forgiveness, faith, salvation, christian, grace, lgbt, ex-gay, jesus christ, resurrection, easter, scripture

Dear Christian: You're Scaring Them To Death

By Thom Hunter, published on Mar 23, 2012

Sometimes the distances between what people know of you . . . and what they think of you . . . and what you know of yourself . . . and what you think of yourself . . . and what is true of all of this knowledge and all of these thoughts when sifted out seems as vast as the entire universe. I wonder if God didn't just create all the stars and solar systems for a practice run, knowing that the humans-to-come would be much more difficult to put into motion and save from colliding.

We don't orbit well.

We want to be the center of our own universe; we choose carefully who gets into... (more)

Tags: religion, gay, lesbian, sex, marriage, love, relationships, pornography, abuse, faith, christian, addiction, lgbt, ex-gay, church discipline

What Do the Gay People in Your Church Look Like?

By Thom Hunter, published on Mar 17, 2012

What do the gay people in your church look like? Do you spot them by their flamboyant clothing . . . their mannerisms . . . their declarations?

When a brother or sister in your church came to you to ask you for your help and support in their personal struggle against homosexuality . . . what did you do to walk with them? How did you respond the last time this happened to you?

“Oh . . . we don’t have that problem in our church,” you say?

If you are a typical church, you do.

Statistics show that one out of every five church members has a family member or close friend... (more)

Tags: religion, gay, lesbian, parenting, marriage, love, relationships, homosexuality, abuse, faith, grace, addiction, lgbt, ex-gay, bisexual, church discipline, exodus international

Who Told You You Were Naked?

By Thom Hunter, published on Oct 31, 2011

One of the most discouraging aspects of battling a deeply-internalized sexual issue is that, even after you face it, fight it, and deprive it, something in that deep-internal goes right back to work to revive it. You choke it, pound it, bury it, surrender it and then, before you know it, you're back under it. You toss it out the window on your journey to freedom and about the time you peek in the rear-view mirror, it's splatting on the windshield.

I've heard of . . . and would like to shake the hand of -- some people who faced-down the addictive nature of sexual brokenness and, in that... (more)

Tags: gay, marriage, love, relationships, adultery, healing, leadership, homosexuality, pornography, books, church, grace, sexuality, lgbt, mercy, rela, ex-gay, brokenness

The Bogeyman Myth of the Hateful Bigot

By Thom Hunter, published on Oct 27, 2011

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. Luke 23:34

I have been told the church was mostly silent on that day. Evidence of my ongoing struggle with homosexuality was presented, a vote was taken and I was declared unfit to be a member and removed for the destruction of my soul. I was not there that night, but instead was angry and alone in the darkening end of a long and frightening day, as they proclaimed me unworthy of them. Oh . . . my soul. And all that is within me.

I have not seen, in the... (more)

Tags: christianity, jesus, gay, family, love, adultery, homosexuality, hate, faith, grace, prayer, bigotry, sexuality, lgbt, sexual addiction, ex-gay, ministry, pornography addiction

The Lesbian Housewife

By Lumiere, published on Jun 20, 2011

...progressive than the United States in terms of Human Rights, now they just need better labor laws. Israel does not recognize same-sex marriages performed on its territory, but recognizes same-sex marriages performed in foreign jurisdictions.

While we see a shift in same-sex marriage and LGBT rights occuring, the Obama administration continues to push for gay rights both domestically and internationally.To my amazement, according to the Los Angeles Times on Friday, the United Nations endorsed the rights of gay, lesbian and transgender people for the first time ever, passing a... (more)

Tags: human rights, lex lumiere, civil unions, lgbt, gay marriage, un gay rights, hrc, human rights campaign, charity buzz

From Stonewall to Same Sex Marriages

By Barkha Dhar, published on Jun 18, 2011

...became the keystone for gay liberation and marked the dawn of ‘gay power.’ This year in June, the Stonewall revolution shall celebrate its 42nd anniversary and would once again remind us of the unconstitutional harassment and discrimination against the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) community. Over four score years later, achieving equality for and full social acceptance of LGBT still remains an unforgettable dream. Many LGBTs, in the recent past, have been open and assertive about their sexual orientation through the support of advocacy and human rights groups. In the... (more)

Tags: new york, discrimination, civil rights, human rights, change, social issue, civil unions, gay marriages, lgbt, same-sex marriages, stonewall riots

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