Sunday, October 02, 2005

Insights From A Visionary

There are those who walk a journey and there are those who look three hills in the distance and see what lies on the road ahead. The latter are the navigators. The visionaries. The ones who walk the journey with their heads lifted up taking note of where we've been, where we are, and where we need to go. They don't determine the path of the journey we're walking, but rather they point us in the direction we ought to go.

Justin Lee is one such visionary. He is a navigator for over 2,500 gay Christians all around the world registered at GayChristian.Net (GCN). A humble leader with a team of people, Justin is the founder and executive director of GCN. They are "dedicated to enriching the spiritual lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered Christians of every denomination". I have found this organization to be an incredible resource of information as well as a bridge connecting people all around the world that are exploring or living out faith in the context of being gay.

Justin gives a keynote address at the 2005 Evangelicals Concerned ConnECtion Conference that was so awesome I had to listen to it twice. With both humor and insight, he discusses three important issues that need to be addressed regarding the Church and Gay Christians, and he presents four factors that should mark the next generation of distinctly gay Christian ministries. As a friend of mine, I find Justin to be encouraging. As an orator, I find him to be hilarious and entertaining. As a visionary, I find Justin to be one who's eyes are fixed on Jesus - the author and perfector of our faith.

Listen to his keynote address entitled, "GLBT Christian Ministry: The Next Generation".


JJ said...

I actually listened to Justin's talk twice too! And I'll probably listen to it again. And I desperately want some of my straight friends to listen to it too (especially the ones I suspect want me to go to an ex-gay organization), but I've given most of them stuff before and they never read it so... hmmm...

It's a great talk, though!

And hey! Great new look. :) Glad you got it working. Why blogger doesn't give us any 3 column templates, I have no idea.

existentialist said...

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