This week, a New Jersey court fined a conversion therapy organization a penalty of up to 3.5 million dollars and ordered it to stop practicing conversion therapy. Its leaders were banned from leadership positions in non-profit organizations. The organization, once called “JONAH,” (Jews Offering Alternatives for Healing), was originally found guilty of “unconscionable commercial practices” in 2013 but renamed themselves and began offering the service again shortly after the judgement.
The court found JONAH’s advertised service, curing homosexuality through conversion therapy, wasn’t real.
A friend asked me to participate in his company’s Pride Month “Ask Me Anything: I’m Queer” event. The program was an open period for people to ask questions giving the LGBTQ+ members of the company to respond.
The question I was asked centered around straight people attending churches that speak out against gays; that being anything other than straight was a sin. The person asking the question wanted to know our take on that condition.
Here is my response, which was published to the company’s internal website:
It’s tough living among people with such a wide spectrum of beliefs, knowing…
“The word homosexual was added to the Bible in 1946. The Bible doesn’t condemn homosexuality.”
That sentiment is seen increasingly on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as an answer to Bible-beating critics of LGBT Christians. Excitement over this idea is being driven by an upcoming film.
1946: The Mistranslation That Shifted a Culture is about the mistake translators made putting the word “homosexual” in the New Testament. Can this be the final nail in the “you’re going to hell if you’re gay” coffin?
The film promises to explain how the Greek word “Arsenokoitai” used in 1 Timothy 1:10 and 1 Corinthians…
Understanding Pascal’s Wager Helps Us Respond to Gay Christians
I read an email from a father to his son about being gay. The father implored him to choose a life of celibacy and faith over what he was sure a life of sin and separation from God. Stan Mitchell, pastor at Everybody Church, shared this conversation with the son’s permission. Stan walked the young man through his father’s pleadings to deny his gay identity:
The young man’s father wrote, “What I am begging you to understand is this: the most you will risk with the path I’m calling you to…
“I wouldn’t have said this 20 years ago, but now I know a lot of people who are gay and lesbian and they seem to have as good a spiritual life as I do.”
It’s not every day you hear that from a conservative evangelical Christian author, scholar, or pastor. The man making that statement, Dr. Eugene Peterson, was all three.
Eugene Peterson was a beloved Christian author who passed away in 2018 at the age of 85. Dr. Peterson was best known for his work, “The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language.” …
Catholic Response to Pope Frances’ Statement on Gay Unions Shines a Light on How Protestants Treat Their Churches
LGBT+ people around the world struggling with integrating faith and sexuality can learn a lot from recent responses from Catholic leaders concerning the pope.
Pope Francis made news and history with his statements that were sympathetic to gay unions. It’s not the first time he’s made pro-gay statements, so I’m sure it’s less shocking than if other popes had made such a remark. …