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How, when and why Hillsong banned ‘ex-gay’ referrals

By |2019-10-22T17:20:40+11:00September 29th, 2019|Categories: A Life of Unlearning, Church, Conversion therapy|Tags: |

How, when and why Hillsong banned ‘ex-gay’ referrals Another controversy.  What is an anti-gay church?.  Brian Houston and AVB - the early days.  The ‘ex-gay’ story begins.  The undercover years 1999-2005.  Reaching out  Meeting with the Assemblies of God Executive.  The dialogue continues.  Mercy Ministries.  Lifting the lid on the underground.  Hillsong bans referrals to [...]

Hey Jesus

By |2019-08-22T15:04:41+11:00August 22nd, 2019|Categories: Church, Gay Christian, Video|

Hey Jesus, by Trey Pearson, captures, in a touching and moving way, the questions and moments that so many LGBTQ people from Pentecostal and Evangelical backgrounds know so intimately. To have a better understanding of what that is like read this resource we have HERE. Of course the answer to the question is are resounding [...]

Marty Sampson and the spiritual journey

By |2019-08-17T21:39:59+11:00August 17th, 2019|Categories: Church, General|Tags: |

Hillsong's Marty Sampson has shaken up the Pentecostal and Evangelical worlds by declaring on social media his faith is on shaky ground. This is familiar territory for many of us, especially if we are LGBTI from that background. Some years back, I came across an incredibly insightful article 'Stages of Faith - A Map for [...]

A willy in a bottom

By |2019-08-06T11:52:55+11:00August 5th, 2019|Categories: Church, General|

Anthony: Hi I’m Anthony and I’m gay. Church leader: Hi, I’m Joel. Why do you have to say you’re gay? I don’t feel the need to announce I’m heterosexual. Anthony: Well I was thinking of coming to your church and I know that churches like yours have been anti-gay. It’s my way of checking if [...]

ABBI’s Top 10 2018

By |2018-12-31T18:06:26+11:00December 30th, 2018|Categories: A Life of Unlearning, Church, Conversion therapy, General, LGBTI|

How would you describe the work of Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International (ABBI) in a sentence? If you had things like education, information, dispelling myths about sexual orientation and gender identity, overcoming ignorance or counteracting false religious beliefs about LGBTI people and our community you’d be right. (If you are not sure of our mission [...]

A Pentecostal preacher asks three questions

By |2018-09-19T11:16:40+11:00September 11th, 2018|Categories: A Life of Unlearning, Church, Conversion therapy, Mixed Orientation Marriage|Tags: |

Hi Anthony I’ve just finished reading A Life of Unlearning. I actually really enjoyed it in spite of the fact that it disturbed me greatly! You write so well. I would have liked to hear you preach. What a legacy you created in Youth Alive and in your ministry. That fruit remains in spite of [...]

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

By |2018-05-17T19:58:33+11:00May 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+11:00May 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+11:00April 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', [...]