The Sin Question

I enjoy being stretched by conversations with people from different backgrounds and perspectives. So I often try to think of questions to put in my facebook status in the hopes that people will weigh in with their insights and contributions. Yesterday’s question was, “How would you define sin? Why”. I kicked off the comments by…

Tapestry: Beauty & Chaos

I just happened to notice today while responding to some friend requests on Facebook that someone defriended me. I have no idea who – and it really doesn’t matter. I’m not hurt or offended – I have a pretty open policy about people joining or removing themselves from my friend list. But it did get…

Of Bus Ads and Bridge Building

I believe that God has uniquely positioned New Direction to be in a posture of facilitating, catalyzing and informing hospitable, gospel-centered conversations around the intersection of faith and sexuality. And I believe this is important because:1. It is consistent with the person, ministry and teaching of Jesus.2. It helps create space for those outside the…

Conversation with a Pastor

I thought it might be of interest to BTG readers to engage a recent email conversation I had with a pastor. This is a second letter from him that I then inserted my responses into. I’ve modified it a bit to conceal identifying details. Dear Wendy,Thanks for responding to my letter. Maybe we can continue…

Did God Really Say?

I’d been pondering a post on this topic for a while. Partly, it was percolating. Partly, I was probably procrastinating. I’d been thinking about this statement, “Did God really say?” I’m sure, if you have been in the Christian church for any length of time, you’ve heard this. It’s context comes out of the creation…

Repealing D.A.D.T

There is a regular flow of news stories and blog articles about efforts to repeal DADT as it relates to the U.S. military. For my fellow Canadians who might not follow such reports, DADT stands for “don’t ask, don’t tell”. It refers to a practice in the American armed forces that compels soldiers to keep…

Happy and Healthy?

Someone recently asked me about the outcomes of the various options in front of same-gender attracted people who are seeking to integrate their experience of faith with their sexual identity. Essentially, I see these potential options in front of people. (If you can think of additional options – by all means I’d be intrigued to…

Sexual Fluidity & Fidelity

Maybe I’m not the only one who has a tough time really getting my head around what the idea of sexual fluidity means in people’s day-to-day lives. On one hand, I’ve seen over-inflated estimates of orientation change give way to the awareness that such complete shifts are rare. But on the other hand, in the…