Waiting ’til College

This afternoon I’ll be speaking at my alma mater, in the auditorium where I took my first Bible class, a course in the New Testament, for college credit. Our professor…

Please Keep Talking

Today sons and daughters will come out to their parents. For the very first time they’ll tell their moms and dad about feelings they’ve most likely had for a long…

Fridays With Fathers

  Our last post of the summer series with parents comes from my pastor, Pat Bills, from the Highland Oaks Church in Dallas. Pat truly cares for the LGBTQ community…

Mondays with Moms

Every parent who’s shared a portion of his or her journey in this summer series knows that it’s just that – a portion. A very small portion. So many feelings…

Fridays with Fathers

I remember where I was standing the first time I talked to the dad who wrote this week’s post. I loved his heart then, and I love it even more…

Mondays with Moms

Here’s another beautiful story of the humility of a parent, willing to listen and learn from God, and from her daughter.  I grew up in the church. My father was…

Fridays with Fathers

The next contribution to our parent series this summer comes from one of my church leaders at the Highland Oaks Church of Christ in Dallas, or as we call them,…

Mondays With Moms

I was unprepared for the emotional whiplash I experienced when my son first told us he was “gay.” I had no idea how scared he was and how much courage it took…

Mondays With Moms

Thankful for the heart of another mom who loves her children fiercely. All of them. Here’s a new post from my friend, Dawn Domasig. Questions swirled in my head. Where…

Fridays With Family

Thank you to my friend, Keith Brenton, for the wonderful idea of “Fridays with Family” as a way of allowing family members to share their experiences with LGBTQ siblings, grandchildren,…

Mondays With Moms

Another beautiful account of the power of a mother’s love, from my friend, Darla. As you read, which thoughts or feelings expressed by this mom stand out to you? Junior…

Mondays with Moms

When we began this summer series with parents, I asked some of the moms and dad who have attended a CenterPeace PeacePrint Retreat for their help. It takes a lot…

Fridays with Fathers

WHY? Why did this happen? How did this happen? Why God? Why us? These were some of the many questions I anguished with when I found out in 2012 that…

Mondays With Moms

Start your week off right, with a reminder of God’s unconditional, unchanging love for us, through this mom’s fierce love for her son. Here’s a word from my friend, Gail…

Fridays with Fathers

The families I’ve encountered over the last eleven years of ministry who have navigated these waters most healthily are the ones who have opened themselves up to learn about something…

Mondays with Moms

Welcome to our summer series on the CenterPeace blog, featuring stories from moms of LGBTQ sons and daughters! Our first contribution from a mom comes from my friend, Liz Moore.…

Fridays With Fathers

Continuing with our guest series from fathers of LGBTQ daughters and sons on Fridays, here’s a post from my friend, Paul Mathis. Sometimes, I say the dumbest things. (According to…

Fridays With Fathers

For the rest of the summer we’ll be posting stories from parents of LGBTQ daughters and sons. On Mondays we’ll hear from moms and on Fridays, from fathers. Perhaps the…

Remembering Orlando

Today marks a year since the massacre at Pulse, a nightclub in Orlando. The first anniversary of the death of someone you love is a milestone. One of those markers…

Loving Parents

I’m having a hard time balancing the need to tell the hard stories – stories of pain still being experienced by my LGBTQ brothers and sisters who are turned away…

A Picture’s Worth…

Here’s another inspiring post from Tyler Sparks, CenterPeace intern for the fall.  Tyler is a graduate student in ministry from Abilene Christian University. “How do you picture God?” I can’t…

Welcoming…

This semester we’re privileged to have Tyler Sparks, a graduate ministry student from Abilene Christian University, serving as our CenterPeace intern.  Tyler moved to Dallas in August and has been…

“The Danger and the Glory”

  A guest post from Jonathan Storment, preaching minister for the Highland Church of Christ in Abilene, TX…..       “A person once asked me…if I approved of homosexuality,…

Morning in Thailand

This morning I woke up in a resort just outside of Chaing Mai, Thailand. The last couple of days have been a blur as we traveled from Texas to San…

Planting Seeds of Peace

Seems like we hear too much in the news about how some group of people professing to be Christian has said something hateful about people who are gay. Most recently…

All the Lonely People

Wesley Hill’s depiction of loneliness in the second part of Washed and Waiting is, to me, the most powerful part of the book. And his call to the church to…

“A Story-Shaped Life”

Thoughts from Part One of Wesley Hill’s Washed & Waiting:  Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality Like all of us who have wrestled with how to resolve questions about homosexuality…

Visiting Graceland

Have you finished reading Wesley Hill’s Washed and Waiting?  Haven’t started yet?  Uh, don’t even have the book?!  Well, there’s still time – our first post reviewing the book will…

“That’s So Gay”

Finding someone who’s safe to open up with usually begins long before you actually need to talk.  I’ve made decisions about who to share the most intimate details of my…

The Power of Story

For the past several months, posts on the CenterPeace blog have been sparse.  There’s a reason for that…. Besides the fact that sometimes I just don’t do the things I…

The Sound of Belonging

Last week I heard one of the sweetest sounds I’ve heard in a long time. During their daily chapel assembly at a small Christian university in Tennessee, I shared my…

Withered Hands….and Souls

Ever have one of those moments where you read something you’ve read hundreds of times before, and all of a sudden you see something different? That’s how I felt this…

Hearing Voices

March 26, 2003.  A day I won’t ever forget.  The day my deepest darkest secrets came to light in a very public way.  The day I shared that my family…

Quick to Listen

I’m a talker.  They say I said my first words at nine months, saying “Hi!” to strangers in the grocery store.  I gave my first speech at the age of…