Putting Skin on the Issue

When I go around to talk to youth groups I have learned over the years not to start with “Hi my name is Brian, and I’m gay!” The issue of homosexuality is one that Christians have learned to be defensive about and as soon as the hear “The G word” many of them put up…

The Kids are Alright

Working at New Direction Ministries, Wendy and I have an understanding. As Youth Specialist I will handle the speaking engagements to teens and youth, and as Executive Director she will handle most of the Sunday Morning preaching opportunities. This means that I will often find myself shifting around in a rock hard camp bed on…

One day till Synchroblog!

The Synchroblog is almost upon us! Tomorrow we will see over 60 different bloggers linking into this website to share their thoughts on how we can best reach across the divides that often separate Christians and LGBT individuals. Any time you bring that many thinkers together, from so many different places, beliefs and backgrounds there…

Am I Gay?

I encounter a lot of people who wonder why I serve with the ministry of New Direction. It is true, that historically many of the leaders in such ministries have been individuals that experience same-gender attraction. People ask, “What exactly is the connection for Wendy?” Recently, someone assumed I held a ‘side a’ gay affirming…

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…

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…