October 17, 2008

The second event that The Coalition held was an inclusive pastor’s roundtable that took place in Long Beach. What does inclusive pastor mean? In layman’s terms, it’s a pastor who is gay or lesbian or a pastor of a gay (or gay affirming) church. The broader scope of The Marin Foundation’s bridge building framework for systemic change between the GLBT and conservative religious communities is the following:Host a conservative pastor’s roundtable to lay out our bridge building workHost an inclusive… Read more

October 17, 2008

In some of the original meetings with my publisher they asked me: “We want this book published like yesterday, so when, as soon as you can, do you think you can get the manuscript to us?” How was I supposed to answer that question?! I had never written anything like a book before and I had no idea how long it would take. I figured if I stopped absolutely everything I was doing in life and just concentrated on writing,… Read more

October 16, 2008

The second event that The Coalition held was an inclusive pastor’s roundtable that took place in Long Beach. What does inclusive pastor mean? In layman’s terms, it’s a pastor who is gay or lesbian or a pastor of a gay (or gay affirming) church. The broader scope of The Marin Foundation’s bridge building framework for systemic change between the GLBT and conservative religious communities is the following:Host a conservative pastor’s roundtable to lay out our bridge building workHost an inclusive… Read more

October 6, 2008

I believe that I can communicate directly with my Heavenly Father. We have conversations. Crazy or not, I know what is true and I know the Lord of the universe loves to be in close relationship with his children who are made in his image. I’m not special … this communication is not just an Andy thing, it’s an all people thing. We’re all God’s children and because of that fact I know with everything I am that God’s intent… Read more

October 5, 2008

Starting this Tuesday, October 7th, I begin my 2 ½ months of ‘round the country speaking about The Marin Foundation and our bridge building work! Here is my upcoming schedule (thus far), and I ask that you please pray for me – my mind, safety and productivity as I move from one place to the next trying to make a significant impact for the Kingdom within the gay and conservative communities.Throughout this time of speaking I also have to completely… Read more

October 4, 2008

Writing a book is nothing like I ever expected. Many people believe it’s a mysterious process, and I was no different. I didn’t know the first thing about the publishing world or how a book goes from a brain to a bookstore. So I asked! Even as I sat with my editor, my publishing team, my PR team and my sales/marketing team from InterVarsity Press and listened to them tell me the ins-and-outs of how a publishing timeline works, I… Read more

September 27, 2008

I just got schooled tonight. I got schooled in how to live authentically as a follower of the Way. I am completely broken right now as to how humbled I am to have witnessed what went down tonight with a bunch of folks who don’t care about book sales – don’t care about organizations – don’t care about branding, fundraising, networking, media or anything else other than being real and raw in living life as a precedent to not a… Read more

September 24, 2008

Here is my book cover! I know I have already posted it on my Facebook page, but I just put up the picture and I actually have quite an interesting story about how this cover design came about:I’m not one that has ever been known to be creative in designing things. Well, anything for that matter. Cindy, who is the head of the creative department at InterVarsity Press, called me and asked if I could take a trip out to… Read more

September 23, 2008

Yes, after my traumatic last post I wrote this one on Word, saved it a few times, copied it into my blog and did the links right before I made it public. Thanks for the outcry of love after my hard lesson learned in blogging!After finally creating this blog I have also learned a few things that have taken me by surprise. One: I actually love it! I totally thought I was going to hate it and it was just… Read more

September 17, 2008

I just spent the last hour pouring my heart out on a post about The Coalition’s Southern California Conservative Pastors Roundtable event today … and when I went to publish it a big red box appeared on my blog screen saying that there was an error and everything dissapeared!!! Yeah, I know, what the heck!So I talked to one of my main bloggosphere men Eric, and he said it has happened to him more than a few times. So now… Read more

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