Heart of Dating is honored to continue our series on sexuality as we steward conversations on nuanced topics, listen to people’s stories, and approach topics with love, compassion, and empathy.
Today, we are so excited to welcome the epic Gregory Coles to the show. He is the author of Single, Gay, Christian: A Personal Journey of Faith and Sexual Identity and No Longer Strangers: Finding Belonging in a World of Alienation. He holds a PhD in English from Penn State and lives in central Pennsylvania, where he works as a writer, speaker, and worship leader. Greg is a frequent contributor with organizations like Revoice and The Center for Faith, Sexuality & Gender, and curates most of his creative activities at gregorycoles.com.
Today, Kait and Greg have an open dialogue on what it really means to be a single, gay Christian and how the church can best approach this topic.
What led you to use and identify yourself as a gay Christian?
Where did the terminology of Same Sex Attraction (aka SSA) come from and why can it potentially come across as dismissive?
How have stereotypes of being gay play into your journey?
Have you ever tried to "pray the gay away"? Could you tell us about that journey?
How do you think as Christians, our inability to step into the grey has kept us further from compassion, love, and connectedness?
Can you share with us the first time that you came out to a pastor and how healing that moment was for your journey?
What is your final nugget of dating advice for the listeners?
“How can I speak about my experience in a way that’s maximally likely to be well-understood to people I’m most concerned about communicating well with?”
Serena and Ryan discuss how to prepare for marriage as a Christian single both in practical and spiritual ways.
Becca Stevens founder of Thistle Farms discusses facing sexual abuse and how she found healing.
Bianca talks about "acceptable stalking" how to date well without pressure, evaluation in dating and in yourself, how to prep for marriage, and more.
Matt talks all things first date and how you should act, plan... and everything else that has to do with the practicality of meeting someone for the first time.
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