Tuesday Oct 4 Living in the Tension – Guest Speaker, UK Author & Professor Keith Sharpe

On Tuesday, October 4th at 7pm at 5255 N. Ashland Ave Room 120, British author and professor Keith Sharpe is going to be speaking about his new book The Gay Gospels. He is currently on a book tour throughout the United States and has decided to make a stop in Chicago with us! You can check [Read More…]

No More False Promises from England…

Ok, so I’m finally admitting to myself (albeit at the end of the trip) that I’m not going to get to updating you with all of the fun stories and moving experiences until I get back home and am on my blogging routine again. I’m sorry I’ve lied to myself and you all for the [Read More…]

Hilarious Video!

This is too funny, for real. Looks like British humor can actually be funny Much love. www.themarinfoundation.org [Read more…]

England Update … More to Come!

Hello everyone! Wow, what a last 2 weeks…and I still have one more to go. I am sooo sorry for not blogging everyday, every other day, or even once a week. Ouch. The original schedule I had been given for my first two weeks was the following: Spring Harvest Tour (Dates, Locations and Event): April [Read More…]

England Tour: Days 1-2

When I got to the airport everything went smooth. The gate was C21, and that’s sweet for me because Concourse C is where my favorite Chinese food is located. Excited as I was, I got to sprint towards my Chinese place and down a bunch of my favorite Orange Chicken with white rice! There is [Read More…]

England Here I Come…

After spending the last two days celebrating Brenda’s 30th(!) birthday, I leave this afternoon for my Bridge Building England Tour until April 26th. Here is the schedule for public speaking engagements: Spring Harvest Tour (Dates, Locations and Event): April 5 (Minehead) – afternoon lecture April 6 (Minehead) – afternoon church service, evening panel participant April 8 [Read More…]

England, Please Help Me!

This post is for all of my homies in England. As you know I will be speaking in your beautiful country from April 3rd-26th (see Speaking Schedule above). With all of the new laws going on and a variety of reactions, I would LOVE to hear from you all about your thoughts about bridge building in the UK so [Read More…]

Part 8: United Kingdom

You’ve obviously gained a lot of experience working in this area, in what ways have you found that Christians and Christian churches need to change in order to reach the GLBT community? Three things immediately come to mind. First, one of the questions I frequently get asked is, ‘How do I live out the truth [Read More…]

Part 7: United Kingdom

This weekend I am speaking at a Salvation Army conference on my theological and missiological understanding of Scripture in regards to bridge building. Here is a small intro to what I will talk about. And thanks to this United Kingdom series I coincidentally was asked the exact question: Are there particular biblical principles of mission and evangelism [Read More…]

Part 6: United Kingdom

You’ve already mentioned some conservative concerns about your approach and your response to them but, given the debates in the Church of England, the wider Anglican Communion and other denominations, what do you say to those who are concerned you are undermining a traditional conservative stance on this topic? I do not hide the fact [Read More…]

Part 5: United Kingdom

What differences do you see between the UK and the US regarding the topic of homosexuality and the response of the churches? I will be very clear on this. Right now the UK has a unique opportunity to potentially model for the rest of the world how to properly address and work within the tensions [Read More…]

Part 4: United Kingdom

Over the next couple of days I will be posting a Q & A I did with Dr. Andrew Goddard, Professor of Christian Ethics at Trinity College, and editor of the UK’s Anvil Theological Journal. He asked me 14 questions, some of which you all have heard me answer before. So instead of posting any repeated [Read More…]

Part 3: United Kingdom

One of the days I was in London I had the privilege of speaking at the Salvation Army International Headquarters to a wide variety of British clergy, pastors, denominational heads, theologians, authors and some overall movers and shakers. Beyond such a great opportunity, the unique part to that day was immediately after I had the [Read More…]

Part 2: United Kingdom

The very first thing out of their mouths: “The world would be a better place without religion.” Ouch. One of the next things they said after I asked what have their experiences been with Christians: “I haven’t really had any experiences with Christians.” Ouch again. Here in the States we constantly hear that England is [Read More…]