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…

My passionate 10-minute pitch for LGBT affirmation at a conservative Christian university. (VIDEO and TEXT)

Last October, a Christian university invited me to publicly explain, in ten minutes, why I disagree with their policy on LGBT students and same-sex relationships. Following that ten-minute block, I got to participate in a moderated discussion with a friend who disagrees with me (and no, it wasn’t Ron, my usual speaking partner). What resulted … 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…

The real difference between Phil Robertson and Pope Francis.

There’s been a lot of internet chatter this week about Phil Robertson, the Duck Dynasty star who made comments about his disdain for homosexuality and was suspended from the show. People have spent a lot of time protesting his remarks or protesting his suspension. But so far, the best analysis of the subject I’ve seen … Read more…

Questions from Christians #1: “Doesn’t the Bible say it’s a sin to be gay?”

This is by far the most common question I get about faith and sexuality. It’s a huge, complicated question, but people always want a short, simple answer. You want short? Okay, here goes. Question: Doesn’t the Bible say it’s a sin to be gay? Short Answer: No. That’s the most concise answer I can give. … Read more…

New series: Questions from Christians about Gay People.

A few weeks ago, I asked you for some of the questions you often hear from Christians about gay people. I’ve selected my favorites to answer right here on the blog—questions like “Doesn’t the Bible say it’s a sin to be gay?”, “Why do gay people feel the need to tell everyone they’re gay?”, and … Read more…

If Christians have a bad reputation, maybe it’s because we need more empathy.

Last week, CNN.com ran an article asking if Christians are a “hated minority.” In the piece, some evangelical Christians suggest that they are being demonized for expressing their religious view that homosexuality is a sin, and that this is proof that Christian views are no longer tolerated in American society. I had several initial responses to … Read more…