Christians are often faced with the question: Should I attend the same-sex wedding of my friend or loved one? While the Bible doesn't give an explicit yes or no, it does provide us with principles that should shape our response. In this paper, Dr. Preston Sprinkle presents a framework for how to think through this question and describes several different responses that are faithful to a traditional Christian view of marriage.
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Jesus never explicitly mentioned homosexuality in the four gospels of the New Testament. He talked about fornication, adultery, lust, marriage, divorce, and other aspects of sexuality. But he never mentioned same-sex sexual relations.
Is being gay a sin? We argue that the answerto this questionis "no." Simply being gay in sexual orientation is no more or less sinful thanbeing straight. Our attractions and orientations don't make us sinful or holy—it's what we do with our attractions and orientations, the way we steward our sexuality, that counts in the eyes of God.
Many Christians assume that the sin of Sodom (Gen. 19:1-10) was homosexuality. This assumption has given us everything from the word "sodomy" to bumper stickers declaring that "gay pride is why Sodom fried." But was "sodomy" really the sin of Sodom? Is gay pride the reason why God fried the city?
Does the Bible really say that same-sex sexual relations are sin? Is marriage only between a man and a woman, or can a Christian view of marriage be extended to include same-sex couples? There are many reasons why some Christians believe that monogamous, consensual, same-sex relations are not prohibited by Scripture. In this paper, Dr. Preston Sprinkle summarizes and responds to 15 of those reasons.
One of the most difficult relationships people try to manage is the one between Christian parents and gay kids. In this practical and thoughtful paper, Brad Harper talks authentically and pastorally about his relationship with his gay son, Drew. In the end, the two have not only maintained a relationship—their relationship has flourished.
The biblical prohibitions against same-sex relations were given against a cultural backdrop that including many different kinds of same-sex relations. Some scholars have recently argued that adult, consensual same-sex relations didn't exist in biblical times. This paper examines many different references to adult, consensual realtions in Ancient Near Eastern, Greco-Roman, and Jewish texts, in order to show that the biblical prohibitions shouldn't be limited to nonconsensual relations.
LGBT youth are silently struggling in churches and youth groups all around the world. In many cases, they long to share their stories, which means that leaders need to be prepared to listen and graciously point these students to the fullness of the gospel. In this paper, Laurie Krieg draws upon her years of experience counseling LGBT youth, as well as her own personal struggle with her sexuality in high school, to offer a practical and pastoral way forward for church leaders.
Grace/Truth 1.0 is a five-week small group learning experience that introduces Christians to LGBT+ people, the language to use and avoid, a theologically faithful view of marriage and sexuality, and practical guidance on how to embody the love of Christ toward sexual and gender minorities. This learning experience is designed for Bible studies, discussion groups, elder teams, pastoral staff, or any other small group of Christians who desire to engage questions of faith, sexuality and gender with both grace and truth.
Grace/Truth 1.0 contains many questions designed to facilitate small group discussions where Christians can engage the material in thoughtful ways. It's also accompanied with a documentary about Christians who have wrestled with their faith, sexuality or gender identity, along with several short teaching videos for each chapter that help the group to engage the topics discussed in this book (The Grace/Truth 1.0 videos/DVD's must be purchased separatley.) Those who want to go deeper can listen to podcasts and read pastoral papers that go deeper into the subjects discussed in Grace/Truth 1.0.
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Grace/Truth 1.0 is a five-week small group learning experienced that introduces Christians to LGBT+ people, the language to use and avoid, a theologically faithful view of marriage and sexuality, and practical guidance on how to embody the love of Christ toward sexual and gender minorities.
This DVD contains all five videos to be shown at the beginning of each week of the Grace/Truth 1.0 small group experience, including the short film: Dear Church: I’m Gay (watch now).
- Introduction to Conversation 1: Dear Church: I’m Gay 19:24
- Conversation 2: Grace/Truth–The Jesus Way 8:36
- Conversation 3: What is Marriage? 5:57
- Conversation 4: What Does the Bible Say About Same-Sex Relations? 7:20
- Conversation 5: Six Relational Dos and Don’ts 16:33
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Every Christian person leading a Grace/Truth small group discussion will want to read this short, but incredibly helpful guide. There are ideas for:
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- Preparing yourself to lead
- Dealing with questions that will inevitably arise
This topic often evokes strong feelings and our guide offers many valuable ideas how to navigate those waters so that every person participating feels listened to and honored.
This small group leader’s guide works for both Grace/Truth 1.0 and 2.0 discussions.
Grace/Truth 2.0 is an additional five-week learning experience that dives deeper into LGBT+ questions. It discusses why some Christians are changing their view toward affirming same-sex relations, addresses some of the strongest affirming arguments, explores a biblical and theological view of transgender and intersex persons, and offers practical advice on how to embody the grace/truth way of Jesus in the context of ministry.
Grace/Truth 2.0 contains many questions designed to facilitate small group discussions where Christians can engage the material in thoughtful ways. It's also accompanied with a documentary about Christians who have wrestled with their faith, sexuality or gender identity, along with several short teaching videos for each chapter that help the group to engage the topics discussed in this book (The videos/DVD's must be purchased separatley.) Those who want to go deeper can listen to podcasts and read pastoral papers that go deeper into the subjects discussed in Grace/Truth 2.0.
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Each week of the small group, Dr. Sprinkle will teach through the conversation in a short, engaging video. Included in the DVD is a documentary on LGBT people who grew up in the church, which will be viewed the first week of the study. (One DVD is required for every group study.)
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Grace/Truth 2.0 is also available as an audiobook and is read by Preston Sprinkle.
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Named by Outreach Magazine as the culture resource of the year, People to Be Loved explores what the Bible says about homosexuality in a thorough yet down to earth way. It also addresses many of the practical and pastoral questions about the church and LGBTQ people.
A biblical and practical guide through the LGBT conversation, written for teens but not exclusively for teens. Living in the Gray World discusses what the Bible says about sexuality and gender, and helps younger Christians navigate the LGBTQ conversation with clarity and grace.
Grace. We want to domesticate it, calm it down, and stuff it into a blue blazer and a pair of khakis. But biblical grace—or charis—doesn't like to settle down. Grace is a dangerous topic because the Bible is a dangerous book. Take a journey into Charis—where harlots are hugged, enemies are enjoyed, and really bad people receive really good things from a Creator who stubbornly delights in undelightful people ... like us.
While Christian debates about homosexuality are most often dominated by biblical exegesis, this book seeks to give much-needed attention to the rich history of received Christian tradition, bringing the Bible into conversation with historical and systematic theology. To that end, both theologians and biblical scholars—well accomplished in their fields and conversant in issues of sexuality and gender—articulate and defend each of the two views.
Guiding Families of LGBT+ Loved Ones is powerfully transforming parent and pastor engagement of LGBT+ loved ones in as little as 30 minutes. Our 30-page, magazine-style guide flows from Lead Them Home's internationally recognized Posture Shift seminar principles. It is being called "the single best resource" for families and pastors.
In Understanding Gender Dysphoria, Yarhouse offers a Christian perspective on transgender issues that eschews simplistic answers and appreciates the psychological and theological complexity. The result is a book that engages the latest research while remaining pastorally sensitive to the experiences of each person. In the midst of a tense political climate, Yarhouse calls Christians to come alongside those on the margins and stand with them as they resolve their questions and concerns about gender identity. Understanding Gender Dysphoria is the book we need to navigate these stormy cultural waters.
Today's youth struggle with difficult questions of sexual identity. How can a youth worker offer wise care and counsel on such a controversial and confusing subject? Mark Yarhouse, director of the Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity, equips youth ministers so they can faithfully navigate the topic of sexual identity in a way that is honest, compassionate, and accessible.
Mark Yarhouse gives honest and accurate answers to parents and pastors who have questions about homosexuality. Throughout the book, the author uses a new framework for understanding the issue, carefully separating the concept of "same sex attraction" from a "gay identity." In a clear and compassionate style, he explains the research regarding what causes same-sex attraction and whether or not it can be overcome. He also discusses what Christians can do when someone they know opens up to them about their homosexual attractions.
In an age where neither society nor the church knows what to do with gay Christians, Greg Coles tells his own story. This book is both accessible and thoughtful. Greg's engaging prose and insightful observations about faith and sexuality will challenge what you thought you knew about the LGBTQ conversation.
Beginning with how the Bible describes the Church, author Nate Collins outlines a vision for community life that challenges Christians to examine obstacles that inhibit spiritual unity. This new vision calls straight and non-straight believers alike to patterns of Christian obedience that respect and honor their similarities and differences. In addition, Collins provides a theological framework for understanding how Genesis 1-2 describes both gender and sexuality. He then unpacks biblical concepts like desire, lust, and temptation, and applies them to modern constructs like sexual attraction and orientation. Collins explores the theme of identity, focusing on facets of personal identity that are central to the experience of Christian gender minorities. He looks at what Scripture says about the formation and function of Christian identity, highlighting several theological and sociological tensions. Collins writes for believers who have a traditional sexual ethic and provides a compelling vision of gospel flourishing for gay, lesbian, and other same-sex attracted individuals.
Weaving together reflections from his own life and the lives of other Christians, such as Henri Nouwen and Gerard Manley Hopkins, Hill offers a fresh perspective on these questions. He advocates neither unqualified "healing" for those who struggle nor accommodation to temptation, but rather faithfulness in the midst of brokenness.
It's the hot topic of the moment. Christians, the church and the Bible seem to be out of step with modern attitudes towards homosexuality. And there is growing hostility towards those who hold a different view. So is God homophobic? And what do we say, and how do we relate to to both Christians and non Christians who experience same-sex attraction.
In this short, simple book, Sam Allberry wants to help confused Christians understand what God has said about these questions in the scriptures, and offers a positive and liberating way forward through the debate.
When Christians have same-sex attraction, how should the church respond? Pastor Ed Shaw experiences same-sex attraction, and yet he is committed to Scripture and the church's traditional position of fidelity in heterosexual marriage and celibacy in singleness. In this honest book, he shares his pain in dealing with these issues, but at the same time shows us that obedience to Jesus is ultimately the only way to experience life to the full. He shows that the Bible's teaching seems unreasonable not because of its difficulties, but because of missteps that the church has often taken in its understanding of the Christian life. We have been shaped by the world around us and urgently need to re-examine the values that drive our discipleship. Only by doing this in the light of the Bible can we make sense of its call on the lives of those who are attracted to their own sex.