Speaking Up for Justice

This past weekend a conference addressing homosexuality was held in Uganda. You can read more details and background here and here and here. There are some deeply troubling reports about this conference that I feel I need to speak out about. New Direction as a ministry has intentionally chosen to stay out of politics. However,…

A Message of God’s Love

I’ve just watched Dustin Lance Black win the Oscar for best screenplay for the movie Milk. Unfortunately, I haven’t yet been able to see the movie as I rarely have the chance to get to the theatre. In his acceptance speech, Lance spoke with overt emotion of the hope that the story of Harvey Milk…

Trust Issues

I would be the first to say that I have struggled with trust issues all my life. My mother died when I was 18 months old – and anyone who is at all familiar with Erik Erikson’s stages of development will know that this is the pivotal time when trust develops. My trust mechanisms were…

Staying True to Convictions

Below is a letter I wrote in response to an old friend who is committed to living a celibate life. I’m posting an edited version of it because it seems to be a query that I am hearing more and more often… “I have had conversations with a number of ‘side B’ same-gender attracted people…

Top 10 List

I gleaned a number of thoughts from our Bridging the Gap interviews and prepared a top 10 list for a recent speaking engagement. It isn’t THE top 10 list I’m sure – and I hope that others with wisdom and insight will offer additional suggestions in the comments …. but here was my attempt: Top…

Charting a Distinct Course Forward

It is with a mixture of emotion that I announce that New Direction Ministries of Canada is charting our own distinct course forward with our decision to not renew our membership with Exodus International. I came to my role with New Direction seven years ago, naive but willing. Exodus was the first learning environment that…