June 29, 2016

A Gay-Affirming Christian, Part 2: The Biblical Case for Marriage

A Gay-Affirming Christian, Part 2: The Biblical Case for Marriage

This is the second post in a series arguing for the legitimacy of LGBTQ relationships from a Christian perspective. The previous post lays the foundation for having this conversation. If you have not read it yet, please do so before reading this one.


In the second chapter of Genesis, God observes the first problem in his creation, “It is not good for the man to be alone;” and he provides a solution, “I shall make a partner suited to him” (Genesis 2:18, REB).

June 27, 2016

A Gay-Affirming Christian, Part 1: Entering the Conversation

A Gay-Affirming Christian, Part 1: Entering the Conversation

My wife and I recently celebrated our fourth anniversary. These past four and a half years (including our time together before the wedding) have been the most incredible of my existence. She and I have enriched each other’s lives in ways we never knew possible. And it only gets better every day.

I can’t imagine denying anyone the right to pursue such a relationship.


But let me back up. I’m about to venture into a topic about which I am not qualified to speak. Specifically, I’m going defend—from a Christian perspective—the legitimacy of LGBTQ relationships with whatever genders they are oriented toward.

June 12, 2016

It’s Time to Speak Out as a Gay-Affirming Christian

It’s Time to Speak Out as a Gay-Affirming Christian

For several years now, I’ve been straddling the fence in response to you, my LGBTQ sisters and brothers.

I’ve tried my best to love you. To treat you with dignity and respect. To support you in opposition to those who would seek your harm.

But I’ve not yet gotten around to actually affirming you.

I have dozens of excuses, but it mostly boils down to fear. For some reason, I’m still afraid about what some of my friends and followers will think when I cross that line.

I’m so sorry. Please forgive me.

June 10, 2016

Rewilding the Way by Todd Wynward (Book Review)

Rewilding the Way by Todd Wynward (Book Review)

We all recognize that there is supposed to be more to this Christianity thing than singing songs, saying prayers, and talking about God. We see in the Gospels a Jesus who calls his disciples to radically changed lives.

Yet our teachers, preachers, and spiritual guides tend to fall into one of two extremes. They either downplay the wild side of Jesus—merely adding Christian theology to our comfortable lives—or they embrace the wild Jesus so wholeheartedly that few there be who can follow their examples.

At this point, I need to admit two things. One, I gravitate toward those radical heroes of the Christian faith. I would far rather fail in attempting to follow their examples than succeed at apathy. Two, I’m not always able to live up to my radical aspirations, and it can at times be discouraging.