Voltage

6 years ago with 15 comments
I’m eleven, standing in front of a broad painting of a broad woman lying down with no clothes on. My father wants me to look closer — forget what the painting is about, don’t be embarrassed, but see the brushstrokes, look how many colors in the flesh! — but I don’t want to look closer. He puts his hand on my shoulder, nudges me towards the canvas. I’m not ...

Exodus Part 3: Journey Into Manhood

7 years ago with 4 comments
This is Part 3 of a four-part post. The final part will be posted tomorrow. ★ What does all this mean for Exodus, and the “ex-gay” movement in general? My own experience with the movement indicates that, like any movement,1 it contains some good and some bad. The Journey Into Manhood weekend is a perfect example. Some things about it were useless or hokey, and some things ...

My Father’s Arms

8 years ago with 17 comments
“‘Supposing the Pope looked up and saw a cloud and said ‘It’s going to rain’, would that be bound to happen?’ ‘Oh, yes, Father.’ ‘But supposing it didn’t?’ He thought a moment and said, “I suppose it would be sort of raining spiritually, only we were too sinful to see it.'”1 How many times have you prayed and ...