Making Things Right

An Invitation to Restoring LGBTQ+ Faith

Making Things Right

An Invitation to Restoring
LGBTQ+Faith

“All of us can be a part of healing and reconciliation, which I propose is what matters most.”

–BRIAN NIETZEL

Making Things Right • The White Paper

Making Things Right • The Podcast

While my white paper lays out the blueprint for healing and reconciliation, my podcast series brings it to life through real conversations. In this series, friends and thought-leaders representing varied perspectives gather with common purpose: to share and listen, to find empathy, and to serve the LGBTQ+ community. These conversations will provide insights and ideas to help you find your place at the table and your unique role in making things right.

Episode 1

What Matters Most

Making Things Right with the LGBTQ+ Community

The kick-off episode! BT Harman joins Brian to introduce and discuss the key concepts of “Making Things Right” and set the stage for this podcast series.

Guest: BT Harman

Episode 1

What Matters Most

Making Things Right with the LGBTQ+ Community

The kick-off episode! BT Harman joins Brian to introduce and discuss the key concepts of “Making Things Right” and set the stage for this podcast series.

Guest: BT Harman

Episode 2

Three Chapters

Brian's Story

A deeply personal episode where Brian’s 30-year friend Sara interviews him on the chapters of his life and the evolution of his faith, with Sara’s observations as she walked alongside.

Guest: Sara Renner

Episode 3

Knowing Our Stories

Letting LGBTQ+ Experiences Impact You

The first step in “making things right” is empathy. This episode features statistics and stories of LGBTQ+ experiences, including three brave friends sharing both hurts and healing with church and family.

Guests: Matt Nightingale, Jana Warner, Caleb Hudson

Episode 4

Crossroads

Navigating Turning Points in Life and Faith

This episode features two stories of Christian parents whose kids came out as LGBTQ+, and their journeys to reconciling their deep love for their kids with their faith.

Guests: Greg & Lynn McDonald,  Staci Frenes

Episode 5

The Quieter Middle

An Invitation To Re-examine

Author and theologian Dr. David Gushee joins Brian in a discussion for those wanting to examine what they believe. Dr. Gushee brings his personal and theological journey to help us dig in on what the Bible and Christian history are calling us to.

Guest: Dr. David Gushee

Episode 6

One Table, Part 1

Different Perspectives With a Common Cause

Thought-leaders representing both Christan & LGBTQ+ communities join Brian to solution together. This episode is about moving out of the conversation into action and practical application, and addresses real hesitations and hurdles to that.

Guests: Jennifer Knapp, Keith Malon Wilson, Debbie Causey, Ory Cook

Episode 7

One Table, Part 2

Different Perspectives With a Common Cause

Thought-leaders representing both Christan & LGBTQ+ communities join Brian to solution together. This episode is about moving out of the conversation into action and practical application, and addresses real hesitations and hurdles to that.

Guests: Alan Chambers, Sandi Harman Waldrop, Justin Lee

Making Things Right • The Podcast

While my white paper lays out the blueprint for healing and reconciliation, my podcast series brings it to life through real conversations. In this series, friends and thought-leaders representing varied perspectives gather with common purpose: to share and listen, to find empathy, and to serve the LGBTQ+ community. These conversations will provide insights and ideas to help you find your place at the table and your unique role in making things right.

Episode 1

What Matters Most

Making Things Right with the LGBTQ+ Community

Guest: BT Harman

Episode 2

Three Chapters

Brian’s Story

Guest: Sara Renner

Episode 3

Knowing Our Stories

Letting LGBTQ+ Experiences Impact You

Guests: Matt Nightingale, Jana Warner, Caleb Hudson

Episode 4

Crossroads

Navigating Turning Points in Life and Faith

Guests: Greg & Lynn McDonald,  Staci Frenes

Episode 5

The Quieter Middle

An Invitation To Re-examine

Guest: Dr. David Gushee

Episode 6

One Table, Part 1

Different Perspectives With a Common Cause

Guests: Jennifer Knapp, Keith Malon Wilson, Debbie Causey, Ory Cook

Episode 7

One Table, Part 2

Different Perspectives With a Common Cause

Guests: Alan Chambers, Sandi Harman Waldrop, Justin Lee

Get to know Brian

I’ve known two things about myself for about as long as I can remember:

Jesus is my hero.
And I’m gay.

For much of my life, my faith and sexuality were divided. But being torn between the two was not sustainable. Through a season of new conversations with God, I came out knowing my peace as a gay Christian man—undivided, finally. On the other side I’ve found a deeper faith and new conviction to heal wounds and restore faith within the LGBTQ+ community.

I co-founded Renovus in 2019, an organization that helps LGBTQ+ individuals rediscover Jesus. Apart from the hundreds of LGBTQ+ folks we serve, an inspiring byproduct has been the friends, families, and churches eagerly wanting to be a part of the restoration.

Here’s my mission I invite you to join: Creating new conversations and relationships between Christians and the LGBTQ+ community.

Are you weary of the division and debates?
Are you interested in more productive ways to engage?

Me too. Nice to meet you. Let’s do this… together.

Stay in The Know

Join the conversation and the cause of making things right. I’ll help keep us connected with updates, stories, podcasts, and even a book in the works.

(We’ll never sell your information—ever.)

Next Steps & Resources

Collaborative conversation is where we start, but let’s not stay there. The point of this conversation is to be compelled, to find “a-ha” moments and a personal conviction to help make things right. No matter where you’re at, I can connect you with trusted individuals and resources.

Such a wide and wonderful opportunity, and responsibility, await us.”

–BRIAN NIETZEL