My church’s “two dirty words”: A talk about race, LGBTs, Christians, and marginalization. This was my closing keynote for the Gay Christian Network annual conference last weekend, and I decided to push some buttons. How do you think it went? Let me know, and let’s revisit some of these themes on the blog.

This is what respectful disagreement looks like.

I spend a lot of time in spaces with people who disagree with me. I’m gay and an evangelical Christian, so you can imagine how that goes. Some people don’t like the “gay” part; some people don’t like the “Christian” part; some people don’t mind the “Christian” part but object to the “evangelical” part; and some people are okay … Read more…

Rachel Held Evans’ new book is launching today!

Thought I’d mention that my dear friend Rachel Held Evans has a brand new book out today called Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church. If you’re new to Rachel’s work, you’re in for a treat. She’s a New York Times bestselling author and incredibly popular blogger who writes about faith and life. She … Read more…

Thought for the day.

Christians disagree on many things: How should we interpret Paul’s comments on gender roles? Is the Adam & Eve account history or metaphor? What is the “unforgivable sin”? Which biblical rules apply to us today, and which ones are cultural? But with all the places we may disagree, one thing in the Bible is indisputable: Jesus … Read more…

VIDEO: You’ve never heard me make this argument about same-sex marriage.

On this blog, I write a lot about how both sides can have more gracious dialogue in the debates about homosexuality and Christianity, but I don’t often spend time making arguments for my own personal view. (Anyone can argue for a position; showing grace to your opponents is harder.) So for those of you who … Read more…