Video of My Best 20 Minutes

Lumen 1.31 – Andrew Marin from mariners church on Vimeo.

As I mentioned in the post yesterday, my most recent trip started in January and ended in the second week of February! I figured I would recount this adventure from Orange County to the White House in chronological order. Thus, the video above was my first stop, speaking at Mariners Church in Irvine, CA the last weekend on January. They asked me,

“Andrew, we want you to give your 20 best minutes to us. So pick one ‘big idea’ and let it loose.”

The video above is what they got… (and why I open up with “I’m the gay guy” is because there were four of us speaking on different controversial topics, and guess who they saved for last? :) )

Here is a link to pictures from that day. I tried to post 9 of them that were pretty cool that I was in, but I couldn’t figure out how to crunch the size down enough. Drat! Sorry.

What are your thoughts to what I said – specifically, what do you think is a compromise of the Church?

Much love.

About Andrew Marin

Andrew Marin is President and Founder of The Marin Foundation ( He is the award winning author of two books and a DVD curriculum, and his new book Us Versus Us: The Untold Story of Religion & the LGBT Community, will release June 2016. Since 2010 Andrew has been asked by the United Nations to advise their various agencies on issues of bridging opposing worldviews, civic engagement, and Christian involvement in reconciliation. He is currently based St. Andrews, Scotland where he is researching and teaching at the University of St. Andrews, earning his PhD in Divinity. His research focuses on the theology and praxis of social reconciliation between victims and their perpetrators. Andrew is married to Brenda, and you can find him elsewhere on Twitter (@Andrew_Marin), Facebook (AndrewMarin01), and Instagram (@andrewmarin1).

  • Danny Bixby

    Andrew, that is an AMAZING video. Thank you so much for posting it.

    I’m stealing it 😉

  • Josh

    Andrew this video is FANTASTIC…wow.

    I’m passing it along!

  • Pam Williams

    that was really good man! thanks for posting that.

  • Angela

    I really needed a good word at this time. Thanks for sharing.

  • Andrew Marin

    Thanks everyone! It was quite hard for me to try and limit myself to ‘one’ big idea (you know how us Assembly of God folks do), but the Lord flowed this one together beautifully. I couldn’t have been more humbled how it turned out. And from my vantage point, the audience was really tracking (and some were quite pushed as I quickly found out in the Q&A afterward.) It still amazes me how I have these opportunities to communicate what the Lord has continued to give to me experientially and spiritually. Thank you all for being such a big part of this!

    Danny and Josh – Feel free to post that thing anywhere you can! :)

    And you’re welcome Angela. Much love (to you too Pam)!

  • Jason

    Excellent Andrew! This is so encouraging to me, as have the others been. So, it’s alright to post it on my blog if I wanted?

  • Andrew Marin

    Jason – Please feel free to do that.

  • Renee Johnson


    It was such a pleasure to meet you at Lumen! You did an amazing job speaking and opening up my eyes to what’s going on in the church and homosexuality. Thanks for sharing the love!

    Renee Johnson

  • Kaye

    Andrew–Found this video through Danny’s blog. I will be posting it as part of my weekend round up of great posts from the week in tomorrow’s blog post. It is truly incredible. It really spoke to (and convicted) me. I don’t feel like I have to be torn now between my faith and my friends who have different lifestyles than I do.

  • Andrew Marin

    So very humbliing Kaye. Thank you so much for saying what you did. Your words meant the world to me. Much love…

  • Jason

    Thanks, Andrew…it’s done! :)

  • Bart Wang

    The Wang has posted this at least a dozen different places on Facebook and shared it in e-mail with those not on FB. Thanks, Andrew.

  • Andrew Marin

    The Wang – 2 thoughts:

    1. I love that you always refer to yourself in the 3rd person…I smile every time I read one of your comments.

    2. Thanks for continuing to spread the message! You’re making a huge impact and I really appriciate you. Much love!

  • Luke

    Thank you Andrew. Fantastic. This truth is SO clear, it makes me wonder how on earth the church got to the place where it needs to be taught this stuff! It’s just Jesus. Thank you for all you’re doing, both for the active gay community and those of us in the church who are silent.