Born to a Jewish family in New York City, I came to faith in Christ in 1982 after trying to disprove the Bible. I found so much evidence in support of the claims of Jesus and the Bible that it required more faith to reject it than to believe it. I hold a Master’s degree from Westminster Theological Seminary and, among other things, am a lecturer, teacher and blogger.
I came out as gay as a teenager but was taught when I came to faith that I could not be both Christian and gay. A former leader of a New York City based ex-gay ministry, I shifted my views after recognizing that when the few passages of Scripture generally appealed to in this debate are examined closely and in context, the traditional anti-gay position becomes exegetically unsupportable. I learned that the ex-gay route is a scripturally unsound mirage, a specious illusion that deceitfully draws people not to a life-giving oasis but to a deeper and deeper spiritual desert. Seeing the immense need for education in this area, I began to speak and write about my experience and new-found convictions. I retain a deep respect for the Bible and seek to interpret it in a responsible and scholarly manner.
My passions include helping the Church better understand her rich Jewish roots; helping other Jewish people understand Jesus as their Jewish Messiah; and helping other gay people integrate a theologically sound, committed Christian faith with their sexuality. It is my hope that the reflections in this blog will prompt you to explore the paths they suggest, leading to your own more eloquent thinking, exploration and action. If you like, feel free to visit the “Contact” page and let me know what you think.