Monthly Archives: July 2012

Why we eat at Chick-fil -a .

As you know there have been so many people commenting on this topic and while we I find great value in  everyone using their voices and platforms to share what they think, I am pretty ready for this debate to be out of the news. I’ve been wanting to say something for a while but just couldn’t decide how. So here I am finally , just wanting to share Why I eat at chick-fil-a .  And that’s the same reason’s I might add that I get my coffee from Starbucks. The reason is they make a good product and I enjoy the atmosphere . Simple. I greatly respect the Cathy family and how they run their businesses (starbucks too ) . I don’t agree with all the words their spokesperson used when he talked about same sex marriage( I will share my thoughts on that in a later post) but I think he had the right to speak them. Anyway I wanted to take this time to share another blog’s opinion that I thought was really great. Matt Chambers shares his thoughts on this situation here .

I totally agree with him and hope that gets people thinking about what really matters and what we should make sure we are really fighting for and I believe that is . . . people.

 

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Never Let You Go!

This video is of some of the worship we had at the conference. Kyle and Lisa Cooper as well as Marianne Adams did an amazing job leading worship !!

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Fun times at the Exodus Freedom Conference !

Randy made this video with a few friends (Brenna Kate Simonds, Katie Brown, Kristin Graham, Jim Burroway, Brenna Kate’s friend) and you can read his blog post about it here . It was just fun and silly and a nice bit of down time with some good friends! See,Freedom conferences aren’t all workshops and serious conversations, there’s fun weird stuff too!

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Very thoughtful post regarding Exodus and Reparative Therapy.

Prodigal Paul | the long way home

Update III: I wrote some final thoughts on these posts.

Update II: The second part of this post is up.

Update: I wrote some brief thoughts on a frequent reply I’ve received to this post: “what about gays that are wilfully and persistently disobedient in their sin?” Check it out.

Why on earth am I writing such lose-lose posts as these? I have no idea. Well, here we go.

Last week, Exodus International, one of the biggest and most-well-known Evangelical ministries to homosexuals, came out against what’s called “Reparative Therapy” or “Conversion Therapy”. The New York Times had a big write-up on it (as well as NPR) and an interview with Alan Chambers, the President of Exodus International. And now the whole news cycle is all a-flutter over this. Right when I think the story is dead, I see another headline about “rifts” forming in the…

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Wholeness is brokenness owned and thereby healed. – Sister Barbara Fiand

Great Quote!

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Change or Transformation

I started journaling when I was ten years old. I remember distinctly that I was ten and that my mom

These are, in fact, a few of my real journals.

had purchased the “diary” from a garage sale at my request. It had never been used, the cover was a white shiny plastic with a gum ball machine on the front, but the most precious part to me was that it came with a lock and key. Even at age ten I had a disdain for the word ‘diary’ (because diary sounds silly, duh) and a passionate love for the privacy of my thoughts and keeping a record of them. What in the world a ten-year old has to keep locked up, you might ask? My answer would have to be, “You’d be surprised.” I might also be surprised as this is one of two of my journals not in my possession and I don’t remember what I wrote in it. I think it might have been lost during a move or something like that. My point in writing about it is that it was the start of something I’ve been doing now for twenty-one years (good Lord!).

This desire to preserve part of who I was and carry it with me into who I am is something that I had to suffer for.  I have to hand it to my Mom, she never pressed to know what was in these books, and I have complete confidence that she never cracked one open to look either. She was an advocate for my privacy when it came to nosey little sisters,  she respected my need to process life this way and allowed me to do it without fear of invasion… at least by her.  Sisters and friends on the other hand,  that’s a different story all together.

My sisters were a constant battle. I’ll be gracious enough to leave out the names of the two in particular who were the greatest detectives, but if you know that I only have three of them and you know us at all, it shouldn’t be much of a stretch to imagine who they are. Even with all of their curiosity, they at least had limits to the lengths they would go with the information they managed to procure. I had one “friend” who found my journal, read it, and then proceeded to quote passages from it in front of our entire youth group. If you have any experience with teenage girls then you can imagine just how mortifying that moment was… and yet, it wasn’t enough to stop me from journaling in the future.

My journals contain years of thought processes, beliefs, hopes, dreams, prayers, and experiences. They reflect the good, the bad, the ugly, and the deeply embarrassing parts of the person I am. I don’t go back and look at them often, and I don’t know if I have the intention of letting someone else read them (at least while I’m living, obviously they can do what they want and no doubt will once I’m gone), but it’s important to me to have the documentation of my life through my eyes and heart. As silly as it may seem, the give me a sense of who I am.

You might be wondering about now what all of this talk about journaling has to do with the title of this entry, and I’ll be happy to tell you. 😉

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the words ‘change’ and ‘transform’ and what they say to the world around us. I asked my Twitter and Facebook friends to give me their thoughts on the two words weighed against one another and I really liked their feedback. It seems the general sense is that change  is  either possibly a bad thing, less personal than transformation, or more devastating. I tend to agree.

Maybe when we talk about change, the reason the reaction can be hostile is because we’re basically telling people that we want to take the journals of their lives and burn them, making it as though a part of them never existed.  I’m still the Katie who wrote in those journals, I’m still the girl who felt and experienced those things, but my understanding of them has been transformed through the renewing of my mind and heart.

This might sound like just a bunch of jumbled thoughts, and I’m sure not everyone feels the same. So what do you think? Does change sound like a spiritual sort of Men in Black flashy memory eraser of sorts, or do you see it as a positive thing? Does transformation strike you as the evolution of the soul, or  is it only something that Autobots and Decepticons do?

Let me know what you think.

 

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Since when does silence equal shame?

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Anderson Cooper Publicly Admits He’s Gay

Two things immediately bother me about this article…

First…

“I’ve always believed that who a reporter votes for, what religion they are, who they love, should not be something they have to discuss publicly. As long as a journalist shows fairness and honesty in his or her work, their private life shouldn’t matter

It’s become clear to me that by remaining silent on certain aspects of my personal life for so long, I have given some the mistaken impression that I am trying to hide something — something that makes me uncomfortable, ashamed, or even afraid. This is distressing because it is simply not true.”

I appreciate and agree with Anderson Cooper’s first statement. People should have the right to keep their personal life personal and the public should be able to respect that. It is interesting though that if Mr.Cooper is so concerned about omitted information about his personal life causing people to assume he is uncomfortable or ashamed, why is his sexual orientation the only personal information subject to exposure? Isn’t it as easy to make the same assumptions about religion and politics (the other examples he mentioned)? And yet there seems to be no urgent need to relieve the public of their assumptions regarding those two issues.

The second thing is more annoying to me than bothersome, it just strikes me as odd that if this were a women we were talking about it, you would run the risk of being considered sexist for mentioning how hot she is as much as her actual ability/talent in her given field.

Frankly, if it were me I wouldn’t appreciate having my looks and sexual preference out-shine my abilities as a journalist.

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Instead of encouraging those with same-sex attractions to simply pursue heterosexuality, Exodus encourages people to pursue Christ

Exodus International Rejects Reparative Therapy for Gays

Really liked this article and I figured since there’s been so much buzz lately about what Exodus is up to, (as if there’s a moment when there isn’t some kind of buzz about that), I figured that it was a good time to link to it.

Chambers says the event will be helpful for those who struggle with SSA, their friends and their families, but it will also be beneficial to pastors and ministers who haven’t yet learned how to serve this group of people.

This bit, although not the main point of the article is of extreme importance to me. I would love to see more pastors attend Exodus Freedom conferences, and I would add to that list young Christian leaders. As young leaders in the Christian community we need to know what we believe, I think we have an opportunity to impact and educate our churches when we it comes to things like homosexuality and we must know how to love and minister to the Gay community!

This is something you’re going to be hearing from me a lot from now on. We had a large number of people who attended this years conference who were 22- 30 and the majority of those were people who struggled with SSA. I would love to see that number grow because young people from all different walks of life were motivated to come. This is an issue that is shaping our culture and impacting our generation in a significant way, young adult Christians need to be involved!

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Flying home

Right now Dad, Kristin, a friend and I are in flight back to Austin. This past week has been fun, exciting, emotional, and exhausting, it’s a little sad to be going home, but I’m also excited about the work to be done moving forward. What good are experiences like the Freedom Conference if they don’t inspire us to want to move forward? If they don’t propel us towards ministry to those in our smaller communities and the world?

I had a feeling that this would happen, so it doesn’t really surprise me that leaving this conference I feel a deeper sense of urgency, passion, and love for ministry to the gay community and to the church. This year I taught a workshop (with Kristin’s help of course) and I was a little overwhelmed going into it, but when the time came I found that my passion far out-weighed the fear and shockingly I’m walking away from the experience wanting to do it again. I say shocking because there was a time in my life that I would have rather died than stand up in front of a bunch of (mostly) strangers and talk. God does amazing things.

Another thing that was really huge for me this year was helping with the young adult Refuge group. I can’t even put into words how awesome it was to get to me and talk to so many peers who are reaching for the same goals, who share a passion for seeing Christ’s love living in His people, and going through similar things. I’m so glad that we finally have this group, I’m so thankful for the men and women who attended, who shared their stories and their hearts, and it was so cool to get to know them and then have them in my workshop to be a voice for their generation.

It was also awesome, for the first time, to get to serve with a couple of other people who has a parent who struggles.

It’s going to take me a few blog entries to really cover the last several says, but I’ll leave you with this for now. Whoever you are, consider attending one of these conferences. I can’t think of a single person for whom it would not be a benefit and a blessing.

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