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.

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…

Did I mention the awesome conference happening next month?

Every year, the Gay Christian Network puts together a big conference of Christians who care about LGBT people. This year’s theme is “Live It Out,” and guess who’s going to be there! Author/blogger Rachel Held Evans will be keynoting. So will Rev. Dr. Christine Wiley, pastor at the first black Baptist congregation in DC to call an … Read more…

My “debate” (dialogue) with Christopher Yuan at Malone University

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…

By the way…

People keep asking me when I’m going to be traveling to their area to speak, sign books, etc. My answer is, “Whenever you make it happen!” I unfortunately don’t have a budget for a book tour, so my speaking engagements happen whenever people go to their church, school, LGBT organization, Bible study group, student group, … Read more…

Coming soon to a college/city near you!

Hey guys! Here’s my speaking schedule for the next few weeks; come by and see me if you’re in the area! Mar 14-15 Newberg, Oregon (with Jennifer Knapp)Mar 26-27 Lynchburg College (Lynchburg, Virginia)Mar 28-29 Canton, Ohio (at New Vision UCC)Apr 10       Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, California)Apr 11-12 Pepperdine University (Malibu, California)Apr 17-18 Purdue … Read more…