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IDAHOT 2018 – Homophobia and Transphobia – what’s to fear

By | 2018-05-17T19:58:33+00:00 May 17th, 2018|Categories: Church, General, LGBTI|

Today is International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) Have you ever wondered what people actually have to fear from sexuality and gender diverse individuals?  And how is fear translated into hatred and violence? Here are some relevant articles for you to read and share. Homophobia just doesn’t exist in others, it exists in LGBTI [...]

My Bill Hybels story

By | 2018-05-05T19:51:43+00:00 May 5th, 2018|Categories: Church|

Bill Hybels. If you’ve never heard of him then there probably is little point reading on. If you are from an Evangelical, Pentecostal or Charismatic background then you’ve probably already heard the allegations. ‘Willow Creek elders to renew Hybels investigation after more women come forward’ [Christian Today] ‘Megachurch pastor Bill Hybels resigns from Willow Creek [...]

‘Here I am’ – a documentary about LGBT families from Christian backgrounds

By | 2018-04-28T20:08:56+00:00 April 27th, 2018|Categories: Church, Gay Christian, Video|

HERE I AM A documentary about LGBT people and families from Christian backgrounds Coming out can be a difficult time for Christian families, individuals and those close to them. They often feel completely alone in the world. There can be internal conflicts, conflicts in relationships and conflicts with faith and beliefs. In 'Here I am', [...]

KILLING US, DRIVING US CRAZY

By | 2018-04-21T22:04:29+00:00 April 17th, 2018|Categories: Church, Conversion therapy, Gay Christian, LGBTI|

KILLING US, DRIVING US CRAZY The experience of LGBTI people from faith backgrounds  Presented at The National LGBTI Health in Difference Conference 11-13 April 2018, Sydney, Australia     Summary: Over the last 18 years, Anthony Venn-Brown has been collating the stories of LGBTI people from Christian backgrounds. The sources have been 400 [...]

Time for Love – Documentary

By | 2018-03-22T15:41:32+00:00 March 22nd, 2018|Categories: Church, Video|

Time for Love - The Bible and Same-Sex Attraction A documentary featuring interviews with New Zealand theologians, scholars, ministers who talk about how and why then changed their understanding about homosexuality, the scriptures and the response of the church. Documentary maker David Dennis said: "In Time for Love – The Bible and Same Sex Attraction’, [...]

The LGBTI community and the Christian Church – dispelling the myths and bridging the gap

By | 2018-01-24T14:32:12+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|Categories: Church, Speech|

Melbourne Town Hall, 12-13 January 2018 Presentation by Anthony Venn-Brown Founder and CEO Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International The LGBTI community and the Christian Church – dispelling the myths and bridging the gap Challenging conversations As a preacher in Australia’s megachurches I always had captive audiences. People were highly motivated to be there. I was [...]

Did God give the No Campaign a gift? (welcome to our world)

By | 2017-12-13T20:57:33+00:00 December 11th, 2017|Categories: A Life of Unlearning, Church, Marriage Equality|

I know from personal experience that sometimes in life, gifts come in unexpected ways and unattractive packages. I wrote about this in my autobiography A Life of Unlearning concerning my first gay relationship. It was an unhealthy, co-dependent, physically and emotionally abusive relationship. But I had an experience which changed my perspective. I shared it [...]

Additional thoughts on religious freedom and exemptions

By | 2017-12-06T17:28:58+00:00 December 6th, 2017|Categories: Church, General|Tags: |

You might like to also read my main article here Religious freedom? What did Jesus say? Are gay people being too precious? “What’s the fuss” some say. “Surely you’d just go to another baker. If you know some business will discriminate against you why would you go there.” The problem with this is that in [...]

Religious freedom? What did Jesus say?

By | 2017-11-15T22:58:18+00:00 November 14th, 2017|Categories: Church|Tags: |

I know my Bible pretty well. I used to read it for personal devotions from Genesis to Revelation at least once a year for twenty-two years. In addition there’s all the additional study I did as a preacher. So when I hear Christian individuals and organisations refusing service to LGBT people because of their Christian [...]