Podcasts & Video
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.
Part 2: is Christianity toxic for gay people?
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.
I joined a panel of experts with Christians for Social Action to discuss policy issues impacting LGBTQ people.
- Are you a faith leader who cares about LGBTQ people but also wants to be able to hire according to your convictions?
- Are you a health provider who worries you’ll be required to administer medical care that you believe goes against God’s design?
- Are you a Christian who fears that increased protections for some translate to fewer freedoms for you?
- Do you identify as LGBTQ and wonder how these laws will affect you?
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.
Two Broads Talking Politics invited me onto their podcast to discuss LGBTQ discrimination in Christianity, the causes for it, and how to change.
Kyle J. Howard recently joined me for a live webinar discussing spiritual abuse and how to recover. We talked about everything from trauma to bitterness to whether or not Christians really must forgive their abuser no matter the context. It was an incredible conversation! Read selected excerpts or listen to the complete audio.
I joined Steve Wiens on This Good Word podcast to discuss sexual ethics in the church and what it looks like to be faithful to Christ as we navigate difficult questions related to faith and sexuality.
Digital Leaders Forum with Preston Sprinkle
The Digital Leaders Forum is a resource created by Preston Sprinkle over at the Center for Faith, Sexuality, and Gender. I participated as a panelist and found the entire experience to be characterized by a true desire to build bridges between LGBTQ people and the church.
What is a queer Christian? For Evangelicals, the word “queer” can seem dangerous. But it doesn’t have to be. To help Christians understand how this word is used today, Dr. Jonathan G. Smith invited me onto his podcast, Grace on Fire, for an interview. In this podcast, I describe my faith journey and reframe our understanding of the phrase queer Christian.
Loneliness. We all experience it, but not many of us want to talk about it. Let’s start the conversation here (and connect it to the necessity of friendship). Hole in My Heart Ministries invited me onto their podcast to discuss my experience navigating faith, sexuality, and friendship.
Too often, gay people in churches feel invisible, unwanted, even marginalized. This is particularly true in more traditional churches. The message seems to be “shut up and go away.” Mortally Speaking invited me onto their podcast to discuss my perspective to this problem. How can churches help facilitate gay persons feeling more fully a part of their communities? Should gay Christians “come out?”