"I’ve been told by fans that God gave me the strength to overcome my childhood so I can help others, He gave me the gift of writing so I could put my life on paper and share it with the world to help those that needed it the most… If you are a believer and feel lost, trust me, He’s there. He just doesn’t show up in the ways we always expect." [Read Article]
"Savin-Williams explains that teens who come out to their Christian parents are generally treated just as well, if not better, than kids who come out to other types of parents. In fact, he finds that it is often parents’ Christian theology that contributes to a caring—though often difficult and awkward—interaction and navigation through this news... [T]here is typically a promise of unconditional love and comfort for the child, even while the parents themselves wobble through coming to terms with this startling news." [Read Article]
"As followers of Christ, we must have a distinct voice, one that does not cry out only in anger, but also with hope and forgiveness... At the same time that the Gospel calls unethical exploiters to justice, it also offers forgiveness and redemption to these same people who have committed such atrocities against humanity. Judging the world with self-righteousness is an empty endeavor; we must confront such evils with the full power of the Gospel." [Read Article]
"There are things to worry about. There are reasons to fear, reasons to dread. These things are true ... But it is not the only truth. It is not the final truth. The final truth is that ... there will be darkness for a time, and then there will be a sun that rises and never sets, never stops warming us, never stops bringing us light, and light, and more and more light." [Read Article]
Forgiving yourself for your failings is a constant struggle. It can be hard to know what forgiving yourself means much less how to do it. This Lent, if you would like to experience more peace in your heart, I would encourage you to give up beating up on yourself.