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Guy's New Book "Messed Up" 

In his fourth book, Guy Hammond uses his usual comedic wit, combined with valuable practical advice on how anyone can untangle their messy lives, no matter what they’ve done, to go on and be used by God to accomplish incredible things.

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Thriving Beyond the Margins

So you have the opportunity to study the Scriptures with someone who is same-sex attracted, or who identifies as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. Congratulations. What an honor! In this companion volume to Caring Beyond the Margins, Guy Hammond provides additional studies for individuals with same-sex attractions who are studying the Bible. These studies are designed, not to replace the study series used by your local church, but to complement them and build on them. The workbook has six lessons with discussion questions included.

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New Documentary Coming Spring 2017.

The first trailer to the documentary "Finding Guy"
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Dec2016

Mi Primer Desfile de Orgullo Gay

La celebración, las carrozas, el ambiente festivo y mi corazón roto Por Guy Hammond Me encantan los desfiles; especialmente el...

16
Dec2016

Should a Christian Attend a Gay Wedding?

Should a Christian Attend a Gay Wedding?

Jon Sherwood is an Associate Minister with the Columbia Church of Christ in South Carolina. You can also find...

17
Jan2017

The Scariest Day of My Life

The Scariest Day of My Life

by Guy Hammond I would have rather doused myself in honey and sacrificed myself to a bear than talk...

29
Dec2016

My First Gay Pride Parade

My First Gay Pride Parade

The Celebration, Floats, Party Atmosphere and My Broken Heart by Guy Hammond I love parades; especially the Santa Claus parade. Always...

23
Feb2014

Why Christians Need to work on their Bedside Manner

 Why Christians Need to work on their Bedside Manner

There's nothing worse than an uncaring doctor when you are sick My father died in 1995 of cancer....

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Oct2015

Being Radical In Christ Vs. Being A Radical Nut Job

 Being Radical In Christ Vs. Being A Radical Nut Job

You have seen them. On the news; members of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church, the independent Baptist...

23
Feb2014

"Know What NOT To Say: Part 1

"Know What NOT To Say: Part 1

How to Have Relevant Conversations with Same Sex Attracted Christians. 1 Corinthians 10:13 tells us that basically, we...

23
Feb2014

What Causes Same-Sex Attractions? Part 1

What Causes Same-Sex Attractions? Part 1

The Role of Sensitivity. Is there any male out there who has struggled with unwanted same-sex attractions who...

04
Nov2016

A Transgender Person: Coming to YOUR Church Soon!

A Transgender Person: Coming to YOUR Church Soon!

A Transgender Person; Coming to YOUR Church Soon! By Guy Hammond If you would have told me only...

09
Aug2014

What Causes Same Sex Attractions? Part 5

What Causes Same Sex Attractions? Part 5

Assembling The Pieces. For the past four articles I have been reminding us that there is no conclusive explanation...

30
Nov2014

What Causes Same Sex Attractions? Part 6

What Causes Same Sex Attractions? Part 6

Does It Really Matter? Since there is no definitive explanation of how any male actually develops same-sex attractions...

23
Feb2014

What Causes Same Sex Attractions? Part 4

What Causes Same Sex Attractions? Part 4

The Role of Puberty. Here's an obvious fact for males: puberty dramatically changes us! If being born...

26
Apr2014

What Causes Same-Sex Attractions? Part 3

What Causes Same-Sex Attractions? Part 3

The Role of Abuse. "I did not ask for this ... I did not want this ... I suffered...

23
Feb2014

"How to Help a Friend Part 1: How to Deal with the Initial Shock"

 "How to Help a Friend Part 1: How to Deal with the Initial Shock"

When the bombshell hits If you are reading this, it is likely that you've had a friend tell you they...

28
Mar2014

What Causes Same-Sex Attractions? Part 2

What Causes Same-Sex Attractions? Part 2

The Roles of Mothers and Fathers. Nature? Nurture? The debate about what causes same-sex attractions in...

23
Feb2014

"How to Help a Friend Part 2: The First Thing You Need to Do"

"How to Help a Friend Part 2: The First Thing You Need to Do"

In our previous article we addressed the initial shock you would experience having a friend confess their same sex...

23
Feb2014

Know What TO Say: Part 2

Know What TO Say: Part 2

How to Have Relevant Conversations with Same Sex Attracted Christians It's hard to believe that...

23
Feb2014

"Rejection in the Church: Perception or Reality?"

"Rejection in the Church: Perception or Reality?"

Rejection in Jesus' Church: Perception or Reality? Hello everyone. I am a 40 year old single woman who has...

23
Feb2014

"Is Masturbation REALLY a Sin?"

"Is Masturbation REALLY a Sin?"

Let us begin with some real, gut level honesty Since the inception of Strength in Weakness Ministries, there are...

23
Feb2014

Christians Like the Rest of us: Four Myths of Homosexuality

Christians Like the Rest of us: Four Myths of Homosexuality

By Kris Boyer What does "Gay" mean to you? When you say the word "Gay" a lot of different thoughts...

23
Feb2014

"What is so Great about Homosexuality?"

"What is so Great about Homosexuality?"

By Guy Hammond Are you kidding me? For those of you who do not come from a homosexual...

23
Feb2014

"HELP! My Roommate is Gay!"

"HELP! My Roommate is Gay!"

Of all the things that could happen,...

23
Feb2014

Are YOU Same Sex Attracted and Need Help? START HERE

Are YOU Same Sex Attracted and Need Help? START HERE

Dear Brother or Sister, Did you live a homosexual life before you became a Christian? Do you still live...

23
Feb2014

"HELP! I've Been Invited to a Gay Wedding: Should I Go?"

 "HELP! I've Been Invited to a Gay Wedding: Should I Go?"

Of all the questions I am asked, this is one of the most frequent. A relative, a friend or...

23
Feb2014

"The Day I Stopped Being a Homosexual"

"The Day I Stopped Being a Homosexual"

By Guy Hammond What Is the Difference between Homosexuality and Same Gender Attraction? How my life changed in a 20...

11
Sep2015

Showing Christ's Love to Transgender People

Showing Christ's Love to Transgender People

By Brandon Redler Showing Christ's Love to Transgender People My name is Brandon Redler and it is an honor for me to...

17
Jun2016

Shooting in Orlando - What A Same Sex Attracted Christian Has to Say

Shooting in Orlando - What A Same Sex Attracted Christian Has to Say

By Guy Hammond The world has gone mad. When police stormed the Pulse Nightclub in the early hours of June...

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The Celebration, Floats, Party Atmosphere and My Broken Heart

by Guy Hammond

I love parades; especially the Santa Claus parade. Always have. It's about family fun and connection with my community. In Canada this means huddling out in the frigid cold in early December with my family and neighbors, drinking hot chocolate while the local high school marching bands and colorful floats work their way down the street, and those old guys on little motorcycles wearing those weird Shriners hats go zipping on by.

The Toronto Gay Pride parade that I went to a few months back wasdefinitely not any of that! 

A documentary film maker has been following me around the last year and a half making a movie about my life and ministry (Release date is April, 2017; Watch the trailer.) Seeing that I used to live a gay life 3 decades ago, before becoming a Christian, the director thought it would be good to get some footage of me at the Gay Pride parade all these years later. 

At this parade there were no high school marching bands, no Shriners, and certainly no Santa Claus. There were however, protestors including "Christians" holding signs announcing everyone’s eternal damnation, politicians looking for votes (including my Prime Minister) and plenty of scantily clad (to put it mildly) men and women on colorful floats who were eager to show off their stuff - and I don't mean their dance moves. No wonder they hold this thing in June and not December! It was a wild atmosphere as hundreds of thousands celebrated everything GLBTQ+. 

It was hot (temperature wise), loud, brash, entertaining, disturbing, eye popping, and even at moments, hilarious. But for this Christian boy, the whole affair was mostly heartbreaking. 

I am not proud of how I responded

As one who believes that all people need to be treated with dignity, kindness and respect, regardless of what they are attracted to, how they choose to live their lives or what their response to Jesus is, I was caught off guard at the response in my own heart to what I witnessed that day.  I confess that I struggled with thoughts of judgment and anger and at times feeling self-righteous, the very things I teach we cannot be guilty of as followers of Christ. I’m sorry for that.  I also suffered a general sense of being overwhelmed by the sheer volume of people lining the streets who thought that what we were witnessing was worthy of celebration.

At this level, I’m not talking about morality or Biblical sexual ethics. I’m simply referring to our shared need as human beings to be valued, accepted and loved. At that level I was saddened that these men and women felt the need to so shamelessly, lewdly and casually devalue themselves in such a manner in front of so many to find it.

The boy with angel wings

There is perhaps no one I saw that day who so completely encapsulated all of the mixed emotions I went through than the young man who came prancing down the street near the beginning of the procession. He was about the same age as my oldest son, in his early 20’s. He was mostly naked but for his tiny thong and the huge angel wings that he had tied to his back. He was covered in glitter.

As people cheered, whistled, hoot and hollered and laughed, my first thought as a dad was to run out and grab this kid and cover him up to protect him from the gawking crowds. My next thought was to slap him upside the back of his head (not literally, well, OK, maybe a little slap to wake him up) and talk some sense into him.

Didn’t he know that most people were laughing at him, more than supporting him? Didn’t he know how completely ridiculous he looked? Didn’t he know that he was doing something that one day, later in life (hopefully) he would consider to be a most regrettable moment?

I wanted to tell him to have some self-respect. I wanted to tell him that God had given him talents and gifts that made him unique and worthwhile and that he didn’t need to dance down the middle of the street in front of thousands to be appreciated and valued. I wanted to explain to him how incredibly devaluing it was for him to wrap his whole identity as a human being based on something as minimal as what he was sexually attracted to. I wanted to hug him and tell him he was loved and that there was a better way. I wanted to shake him by the shoulders and persuade him in the strongest possible terms to put some clothes on. I was angry at him, and I was heartbroken for him. Like I said, a lot of mixed emotions

The Religious Protesters

Then there were the religious protesters standing not too far from where my wife, Cathy, and I were located, holding their signs of doom and condemnation, yelling through their blow horns about how wicked and evil everyone was.  It’s not that we weren’t surrounded by sin; clearly we were.

In my estimation however, and I know many would disagree; strategically, it’s a terrible way of reaching the lost for Christ and certainly in this instance, onlookers only saw them as loud mouth, judgmental and self-righteous jerks to either be mocked or just ignored completely – not a great advertisement for Christianity. As I’ve said many times in my articles and speeches, we can’t tell people about how amazing Jesus is by focusing on what are against, by protesting or pulpit pounding. It’s always dangerous when we become more known as protestors than Christians because when that happens, people will no longer be willing to hear what we have to say when we do finally get around to talking about Christ.

In the midst of the chaos...prayer

In the midst of all that was occurring, I found myself pausing to pray throughout the afternoon. I prayed for the gay men and women in the parade and those who lined the streets, that someday they would discover that only Jesus is able to meet their emotional, relational and spiritual deficits, and that he meets them in a way that far surpasses anything that homosexuality or anything else ever could. I prayed that my heart would be more loving, less judgmental and more patient with those with whom I so strongly disagree. I prayed that those who saw the Christian protestors would not write Jesus off because of them. I prayed that I would humbly stay grateful to God for saving me from a life of homosexuality, not because I am better than any of the gay people I saw in that parade or because I deserve anything, but only because of His grace and mercy. I continue to pray that my life will give hope to others who believe their only option is to live a gay life, or flaunt their sexuality to feel valued.

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Who Are We

We are a Christian organization that bridges the gap between the Christian community and the LGBTQ community through awareness, education and support.

Strength in Weakness Ministries is currently assisting Christians from hundreds of Christian congregations in countries on every continent the world over. As well, we are teaching Evangelists, Pastors, Church Leaders, Pastoral Care Workers and all Christians how to effectively counsel Christian men and women who are same gender attracted; parents, spouses and siblings how to deal with this challenge in their family relationships, and all Christ followers how to reach out to our gay neighbours for Christ through our workshops.

 

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  Canada
Strength in Weakness Ministries
Attention: Cathy Hammond
PO Box 20041
Orillia, ON L3V 7X9
705-259-3331
 

  United States
Strength in Weakness Ministries
Attention: Cathy Hammond
2220 Meridian Blvd. Suite W6063
Minden, Nevada 89243
705-259-3331

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