Creating a World That Is Safe for All

Creating a World That Is Safe for All

I am proud of a few things as I reflect on Pride season this year. First, I am approaching one year of serving as lead pastor of Life in Deep Ellum, a faith community and cultural center in urban Dallas. I remember the small but challenging minority of voices that...
All Human Sexuality Is a Gift From God

All Human Sexuality Is a Gift From God

Human sexuality is a gift from God. Not just heterosexuality; all sexuality. I wish this was something that I heard when I was a child. I grew up thinking that sexuality was just sex, and this topic should never be discussed unless we were talking about sex within the...
Why the Peters Must Repent

Why the Peters Must Repent

Target made the decision to pull some of their Pride merchandise from their stores toward the end of May. The company, which has only publicly supported the LGBTQ+ community for the past decade, indicated that this action is in response to the destruction of Pride...
The Benefits of Looking Through a New Lens

The Benefits of Looking Through a New Lens

An invocation at my church on July 4 weekend grabbed my attention and resonated with me in a new way. Stephen Reeves, executive director of Fellowship Southwest, and a member of First Austin, prayed: “Right now, it feels as though our freedoms are being rolled back,...
Why I Celebrate Pride Month

Why I Celebrate Pride Month

The month of June honors the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in New York City, which was a tipping point for the gay liberation movement in the United States. On June 28, 1969, the New York City Police Department raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club located in Greenwich...