My next book, due out in 2018 from Penguin Random House, is tentatively called Talking Across the Divide. It’s about addressing America’s polarized culture—and how to talk to the people in your family and circles of influence you just don’t understand. This book has been a real passion project for me, based on my two decades … Read more
Why do minority groups sometimes seem so loud and angry? Well, it’s all part of a cycle.
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
A Christian university invited me to publicly explain, in ten minutes, why I disagree with their policy on LGBT students and same-sex relationships. Here’s the video of that speech and the Q&A that followed. (I’ve also included a transcript of my speech itself.)
Last week, I was in a room full of villains. At least that’s what some would say. I was attending a Southern Baptist conference on “homosexuality.” (Longtime readers know I’m not a fan of that word, but we’ll ignore that for now.) The conference was filled with church leaders who oppose same-sex marriage and, in … Read more
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
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
I’ve just gotten back from speaking to a packed chapel at Malone University, and I had a blast! If you’re not familiar with Malone, it’s a Christian school in a more conservative denomination; their official view is that gay relationships are sinful. They’ve been sponsoring a series of “Worldview Forums” in which proponents of diverse … Read more
In Jesus’ famous story of the Good Samaritan, a Jewish man is beaten and left for dead on the side of the road, and it is a Samaritan—a man he wouldn’t normally associate with, someone from the other side of the tracks—who stops, cares for him, and pays for his recovery. “Who was this man’s … Read more
After basketball star Jason Collins came out as gay, a lot of Christians missed the mark with their responses. Here are four things you should never do—from a fellow Christian.