Beyond the Clobber Texts

This past weekend, we had our second annual Generous Spaciousness Retreat.  We had several people offer sessions on engaging scripture.  Shane Bauman, a member of New Direction’s board of directors gave this session talking about his journey with scripture beyond the 6-7 texts that are typically raised in conversations about homosexuality. While Shane comes from…

World Vision – A Drama in 5 Acts

In stark public detail where social media blurs geographical boundaries and the world congregates, we have had a drama played out with disappointing, frustrating, and far-reaching consequences. Act 1:  On Monday, World Vision US made public their decision to honour churches who affirm marriage equality by indicating that committed gay Christians who were married would…

Level Ground Film Festival

It’s funny sometimes how connections happen.  With the world of social media, a friend of a friend of a friend can become a new contact and sometimes the sense of resonance is powerful and exciting.  This is a gift to celebrate in what has often become a fragmented and individualized reality.  But let me back…

Serving Two Communities

Navigating tension is a normal every day aspect of trying to serve well through the ministry of New Direction.  It shows up in all sorts of ways, but I think one of the most significant underlying factors is that we seek to respond to two primary audiences.  In speaking about money, Jesus said you can’t…

NALT and working for Justice

A new initiative launched yesterday called, “Not All Like That Christian Project”.  Modeled after the “It Gets Better” campaign, which I participated in years ago, NALT is intended to provide a platform for Christians to express their love and affirmation for LGBTQ people.   I shared it on my facebook page and will create and submit…

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the questions we get asked by church people: Do you believe homosexuality is a sin? Do you support gay marriage? Do you think gay people need to repent? Do you think gay people should be leaders in the church? How can we love gay people even though we believe gay relationships…

Exchanging Anxiety for Rest

Reading Luke 10:38-42 Reflection Many who hear this story of Mary and Martha feel confused.  It can feel like a no-win story. Martha is not only busy, but she is anxious about ensuring there is practical hospitality to offer to Jesus.  Someone has to clean the house.  Someone has to butcher the goat.  Someone has…

The Call to Radical Inclusion

Reading Luke 10:25-37 Reflection The story of the Good Samaritan is one of the most well-known and loved Bible stories.  Many children learn it in Sunday school as a wonderful example of how to be kind and caring to others.  And indeed, in the story we see the priest and temple helper fail to show…

Geez Article

Check out an article in geez about New Direction here. Here’s a bit about geez:  We’ve set up camp in the outback of the spiritual commons. A bustling spot for the over-churched, out-churched, un-churched and maybe even the un-churchable. A location just beyond boring bitterness. A place for wannabe contemplatives, front-line world-changers and restless cranks. A place where…

The Power of Powerlessness

Reading Luke 10:17-24 Reflection When the 72 disciples return they are ecstatic.  As they walked in freedom, giving and receiving peace, and investing in relationships, they saw the Kingdom of God break in.  In simple trust, they obeyed Jesus and discovered that they were used to heal people and to cast out demons. Jesus is…