Betrayal

I remember in my early days with New Direction how easy it was for me to feel threatened and defensive when I encountered people who appeared to have moved from a traditional understanding of Scripture’s boundaries for same-gender sexual behaviour towards a more inclusive and affirming stance. I remember feeling quite justified in my judgments…

Happy Anniversary BTG

Okay – so I’m not very good with dates or directions (seriously, what is it with me getting lost for every party Mark throws?)….. anyway….Apparently, last week was the one year anniversary of this blog and I totally missed it. I have thoroughly enjoyed having such diverse readers engage this forum. I value the conversations…

Refusing to be a Christianized Bully

I’ve been pondering lately the amount of bullying I see go on in the name of Christ. Wikipedia suggests: “Bullying is an act of repeated aggressive behavior in order to intentionally hurt another person, physically or mentally. Bullying is characterized by an individual behaving in a certain way to gain power over another person.” This…

The Writing on the Wall

I came home from yet another speaking engagement Sunday night feeling pretty good. The talk had gone well, and the youth staff had invited me out to a pub afterwards to talk more. I was very tired since I had taught Sunday School that day, and then spent the afternoon at a picnic with the…

Tony Campolo on Demonstrating Love

We hear it all the time, don’t we?

“I love homosexuals ….. but…..”
“I love gay people ….. but ….”

How is it that Christians truly demonstrate this love?

Tony Campolo challenges that “but” in unequivocal terms. Check out this clip:

What questions does this raise for you?

-WG

Milk

Well I finally got to see the movie, “Milk” last night. It was with an eclectic group of straight and gay, Christian and not. And after the movie we had some good conversation together. For those of you not familiar with the movie, the basic story is that of Harvey Milk the first openly gay…

Outrageous Grace

I have a little daily calendar that displays a passage from the Message. (Have I told you that I am completely addicted to the Message? I’m even using it this year for my “read through the Bible in a year” readings.) Almost without fail, this little calendar, that I seriously got at a yard sale…

Like a Weaned Child

You know those days when you just feel stressed…. Overwhelmed….? Today was one of those days. I follow a lot of conversations on a daily basis. I read a lot and think a lot and pray a lot – in the midst of trying to get all my New Direction work done and keeping my…

Dealing with Conflict

Addressing and resolving conflict is rarely listed as someone’s favourite activity. Most people would put it up there with say, dentist appointments, tax time, or spring cleaning. According to my personality assessments, I am the kind of person that longs for harmony. Picture it: a campfire on the beach, someone strumming their guitar, and the…