Easter Greetings

My church has been in an interesting season. We have been fast-tracking the church year. What that means in practical terms is that we were celebrating Advent during Lent and now Christmas during Easter. I know – kind of odd. But it has been quite a refreshing experience. I was surprised to discover the deep…

Some Steps in Bridge Building

Someone has anonymously commented on my last post – and given that my response to them was getting longer and longer – I decided to just make it it’s own post. This commenter asked: “How do we get to the point of seeing this issue as an area of disagreement rather than a salvation issue?”…

To Study and Pray ……Pray and Study

This past weekend I had the opportunity to teach a couple of seminars at a conference called, “The Evolving Church: Amidst the Powers”. It was a pretty intense experience with some theological heavy-weights as keynote speakers. Stanley Hauerwas’ paper on “The Power of War” is something I’m still chewing on ….. and wish I could…

A 3 Strand Cord

I consider three different cords in living out the gospel with our gay neighbours. First there is mission: reaching our gay neighbours who do not experience relationship with Jesus Christ with the good news of His love. Second is justice: speaking out on issues of unjust treatment and the ways we fail to honour the…

Speaking Up for Justice

This past weekend a conference addressing homosexuality was held in Uganda. You can read more details and background here and here and here. There are some deeply troubling reports about this conference that I feel I need to speak out about. New Direction as a ministry has intentionally chosen to stay out of politics. However,…

A Message of God’s Love

I’ve just watched Dustin Lance Black win the Oscar for best screenplay for the movie Milk. Unfortunately, I haven’t yet been able to see the movie as I rarely have the chance to get to the theatre. In his acceptance speech, Lance spoke with overt emotion of the hope that the story of Harvey Milk…