Southern Baptist pastor on why he changed his mind about homosexuality


by Rachel Held Evans Read Distraction Free

No Pentecost reflection this week, I'm afraid. I'm in something of a panic mode trying to finish the next book. Please forgive my sporadic posting. 

In the meantime, I hope you will take the time this weekend to watch this sermon from Pastor Danny Cortez of New Heart Community Church in La Mirada, California. I had the pleasure of meeting Pastor Danny at the Gay Christian Network conference earlier this year, and as you will see from the video, his compassion and care makes quite an impression.  

The sermon was delivered in February, but has garnered attention this week as Al Mohler of the Southern Baptist Convention condemned Pastor Danny and his gay son in a post entitled "There Is No Third Way." (We'll be discussing the question of  "third way" churches next week.) 

I wanted to share the video because I think it reveals the reality that people do not change their minds on this issue lightly. It is often accompanied by much wrestling, prayer, study, and conversation. 

Let's be sure to be in prayer for Pastor Danny, his son, and New Heart Community Church this week. I'm sure they could use it.  

Finally, please do not comment unless you have actually watched the video. I'll be monitoring the comment section today to ensure the conversation stays on track. Disagreements are, as always, welcome. Hateful or off-topic rants are not. 

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