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?”
Kait and JD discuss boundaries, kissing, and why there's no "yes or no" answer to "Is making out a sin?"
Carlos discusses the fear of failure in a relationship and in life and discusses breaking down lies that hold you back.
Greg Coles is a single, gay Christian who joins the show to discuss his journey, his story, and how we can best love our LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters.
Hannah tells her story of meeting her husband on Hinge, an online dating app, and how to transform your expectations of HOW you meet someone.
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