Justin Khoe invited me onto his YouTube channel i’m Listening to talk about the challenges of navigating faith and sexuality. We talk about the many harmful mindsets that I myself used to have toward gay people and how that impacted my experience of faith and sexuality.
Watch part 2 of my interview with Justin Khoe on i’m Listening. See part 1 above.
I sat down with Mike Erre and Tyler Chernesky on the Vox Podcast for a conversation on Purity Culture, the Church, and being a Gay Christian. Tyler and I share our stories of growing up in purity culture. I talk about folk devils and how my studies in criminology link to my experience in Purity Culture.
Kyle J. Howard and I talk about navigating church hurt on Anthony Spark’s podcast. What is spiritual abuse? How do you know the difference between a healthy church and a toxic church? Is it okay to leave? We walk through each of these topics and more, sharing our own experiences with church hurt and what it looks like to find healing.
The language we use to define the queer experience matters, and “same-sex attraction” does not cut it. I go into the history of the words “homosexual” and “same sex attraction” and explain why we need the LGBTQ+ community to use its own words to define their experience.
We discuss each of these issues and what it would look like for Christians to navigate these questions in a way that honors their convictions while simultaneously protecting the rights and dignity of LGBTQ people.
I join Grant Hartley and Josh Proctor to discuss LGBTQ victimization in the church and the criticism we as Side B Christians face from both the conservative church and even some LGBTQ individuals. I discuss my book Heavy Burdens along with the importance of keeping our focus on the Gospel and the truth that Jesus alone saves.