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Theological Resources

John 1:14 says Christ was “full of grace and truth”.    It is our desire that this Biblical perspective will guide us in our looking at the various aspects of LGBT+ and the church to better understand how Christ would have each of us respond  - in Grace and Truth.

John 8: 1-11 is the story of the crowd, demanding the condemnation of the woman caught in adultery, being humbled by Jesus. "let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!" ..."When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest….and Jesus said, neither do I condemn you,  Go and sin no more."

We see here that transformation for the accusers begins with the dropping of their rocks.
That action opens the door for the woman to also experience transformation.  Jesus offered each one in attendance that day his gift of Truth and Grace.  Did they accept his gift?  We don’t know.  But we do know that he offers the same gifts to us today.   How will we respond?  May we each grow in humility and loving and living as Jesus does – in the fullness of grace and truth.

Christian & Missionary Alliance' Stance on Human Sexuality.

The official statement of The Christian and Missionary Alliance is found in Article 1 of its Statement of Faith.

What the Bible Says About Same-Gender Sexual Intimacy

The sole sexualized relationship that is upheld by the Bible is one man and one woman within marriage. 
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What the Bible Says About Grace

The grace of God is for any and all peoples, regardless of their fallen condition. 
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Grace Church' Position on LGBT+

In today's secular culture we feel it’s necessary to explain not only what we believe about LGBT+ matters but why we believe.
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Is Grace an "Affirming church"?

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Principles of Support

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"The group has been invaluable because we have begun to better understand how we are to love well those who are following a path for which we have little understanding. Sharing our grief with others, listening and finding some understanding of the struggle, helps us to love as Jesus loved."
DR, Attender of Faithful Journey Group

Links

Homosexuality: A Six Part Series
Six posts with observations on homosexuality, it's cultural acceptance, and the Bible's viewpoint.
White, J.E. ( 2011, July 25) Homosexuality Part 1: Repentance. Church & Culture Blog

Video series: Sam Allberry speaks about Jesus, Sexuality & The Good News 

Video series: Why: How the Bible Answers Life's Hardest Questions
This series at Grace Church explores biblical answers to some frequently asked questions that people wrestle with in regards to God's nature, and the existence of pain and hardship in our world.
Part 1: Why is There Evil and Suffering?
Part 2: Why Isn't God Answering My Prayers?
Part 3: Why Me, Why This, Why Now?
Part 4: Does God Send People to Hell?

Video: Francis Chan speaks on homosexuality

Video: Matt Chandler addresses homosexuality from the bible

Article: Is Your Church a Safe Place for Those Who Experience Same-Sex Attraction?

Video: Ravi Zacharias speaks on SSA issues in the church.

Article: The Gospel Coalition, How can the Gospel be good news?

Article: Frequently Asked Questions - Christopher Yuan

Video: People to Be Loved: Homosexuality and Grace - In this video, Preston Sprinkle challenges how we look at those living with SSA.

Video: Lenses - In this video, Dr. Mark Yarhouse discusses gender dysphoria, and how to respond with understanding and compassion.

Podcast: A Conversation with my LGBT Friends -  In this audio podcast, Greg Coles and Preston Sprinkle discuss how words can be helpful/hurtful.

Video: Space at the Table - In this video, Evangelical theologian Brad, and his gay son Drew tell their story.

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K&KS, Attender of Faithful Journey Group

Books 

 

In Gay Girl, Good God, author Jackie Hill Perry shares her own story, offering practical tools that helped her in the process of finding wholeness. Jackie grew up fatherless and experienced gender confusion. She embraced masculinity and homosexuality with every fiber of her being. She knew that Christians had a lot to say about all of the above. But was she supposed to change herself? How was she supposed to stop loving women, when homosexuality felt more natural to her than heterosexuality ever could?
 

Lead Them Home Ministries, Guiding Families of LGBT+ Loved Ones
“Guiding Families is, quite simply, the best resource I’ve ever read when it comes to navigating the often complex relationship between Christians and their LGBT+ loved one. This resource is short and accessible, and yet comes with years of experience from one of Christianity’s leading voices in the LGBT+ conversation. Whether you have an LGBT+ child, sibling, friend, neighbor, or co-worker, Guiding Families will help you love well without sacrificing your convictions.” – Preston Sprinkle, president of The Center for Faith, Sexuality & Gender

Allberry, Sam  Is God anti-gay? Questions Christians Ask
Sam is a British pastor/theologian who has struggled with same-sex attraction. This book is a quick and readable 85 page survey of scripture. This provides the kind of foundational knowledge that will be helpful.

Butterfield, Rosaria C. The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert: An English Professor's Journey into Christian Faith
Rosaria, by the standards of many, was living a very good life. She had a tenured position at a large university in a field for which she cared deeply. She owned two homes with her partner, in which they provided hospitality to students and activists that were looking to make a difference in the world. In the community, Rosaria was involved in volunteer work. At the university, she was a respected advisor of students and her department's curriculum.

Then, in her late 30's, Rosaria encountered something that turned her world upside down--the idea that Christianity, a religion she had regarded as problematic and sometimes downright damaging, might be right about who God was. That idea seemed to fly in the face of the people and causes that she most loved. What follows is a story of what she describes as a train wreck at the hand of the supernatural. These are her secret thoughts about those events, written as only a reflective English professor could.

Chu, Jeff  Does Jesus Really Love Me?: A Gay Christian's Pilgrimage in Search of God in America
Even though the almanac tells us that Christianity is one faith, I’m not sure it actually is. Spend time at people’s kitchen tables and in their pews as I did, and slowly, you begin to see that we have very different conceptions of Jesus and very different images of God. So, a few years ago, I finally tried to gather some answers, exploring, in particular, why it is that Christianity is allegedly one religion and yet its adherents differ so dramatically on sexuality. 

Melissa Fisher, John Burke  The Way of Hope: A Fresh Perspective on Sexual Identity, Same-Sex Marriage, and the Church
With deep understanding born from her own painful experiences, Melissa Fisher shows that somewhere between the extremes of condemning and condoning is compassion. In this book, she aims to equip the church to make a positive difference in the lives of those hurting from relational or sexual brokenness. Perfect for pastors, parents, siblings, and friends of the ten million people in America who identify as LGBTQ, who long to love them well.

Coles, Gregory  Single, Gay, Christian: A Personal Journey of Faith and Sexual Identity
Let's make a deal, you and me. Let's make promises to each other. I promise to tell you my story. The whole story. I'll tell you about a boy in love with Jesus who, at the fateful onset of puberty, realized his sexual attractions were persistently and exclusively for other guys. I'll tell you how I lay on my bed in the middle of the night and whispered to myself the words I've whispered a thousand times since: "I'm gay." I'll show you the world through my eyes. I'll tell you what it's like to belong nowhere. To know that much of my Christian family will forever consider me unnatural, dangerous, because of something that feels as involuntary as my eye color. And to know that much of the LGBTQ community that shares my experience as a sexual minority will disagree with the way I've chosen to interpret the call of Jesus, believing I've bought into a tragic, archaic ritual of self-hatred. But I promise my story won't all be sadness and loneliness and struggle. I'll tell you good things too, hopeful things, funny things, like the time I accidentally came out to my best friend during his bachelor party. I'll tell you what it felt like the first time someone looked me in the eyes and said, "You are not a mistake." I'll tell you that joy and sorrow are not opposites, that my life has never been more beautiful than when it was most brokenhearted. If you'll listen, I promise I'll tell you everything, and you can decide for yourself what you want to believe about me.

Gagnon, Via  Homosexuality and the Bible: Two Views 
In this brief book, two New Testament scholars discuss the relevant biblical texts on the subject of homosexual behavior and orientation. Discussing both Old Testament and New Testament texts, each author also raises important interpretive and moral questions and then offers a response to the other's main assertions. 

Geiger, Tim  What to Do When Your Child Says, “I’m Gay”
If your child said this, you are probably experiencing a combination of shock, denial, anger, confusion, and uncertainty. Despite your shock, you still want to respond well. What should you say? What questions should you ask? How do you move forward in your relationship? Geiger walks with readers through the ups and downs of dealing with your child’s revelation. With the wisdom and compassion of Scripture, he offers helpful advice for navigating the new complexities in our relationship with your child and hope for moving forward together.

Harper, Drew & Brad  Space at the Table: Conversations Between an Evangelical Theologian and His Gay Son
Writing to each other with compassion, grit, and humor, Brad and Drew take us on their journey as parent and child from the churches of middle America to the penthouses of New York's party scenes, through a pastor's–kid childhood and painful conversion therapy to the hard–won victories of their adult relationship. 

Heyer, Walt  A Transgender's Faith 
A Transgender’s Faith courageously challenges political correctness and the gender change activists who say “Transgenders are born that way” by daring to share the powerful testimony of one man’s faith and restoration to his birth gender

Hill, Wesley Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality
As a celibate gay Christian, Hill gives us a glimpse of what it looks like to wrestle firsthand with God's "No" to same-sex sexual intimacy. What does it mean for gay Christians to be faithful to God while struggling with the challenge of their homosexuality? What is God's will for believers who experience same-sex desires? Those who choose celibacy are often left to deal with loneliness and the hunger for relationships. How can gay Christians experience God's favor and blessing in the midst of a struggle that for many brings a crippling sense of shame and guilt? 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.

Jackson, Dave Risking Grace, Loving Our Gay Family and Friends Like Jesus
As someone who helped write a book advocating reparative therapy for gay people back in 1987, it was with gut-wrenching love that my wife and I did not let our daughter go when she came out 16 years ago [...] I've written with as much transparent vulnerability as I can, wrestling with the questions and presuppositions of the average straight dad (or mom) [...] who loves his daughter and his church but discovers that we have been driving gay people away from Jesus.

Jernigan, Dennis Sing Over Me
Since 1988 I've been publicly sharing the story of how I walked out of a perceived homosexual identity. Why? Because I remember being a boy wondering if freedom was possible. The church didn't have answers. The world didn't have answers. The gay community just tried to make me give up and accept this as my innate identity. Yet, something deep inside of me kept knocking at the door of my heart saying, 'There must be more. This cannot be your ultimate destiny and identity.' When God met me with the Truth of the transforming power of Jesus Christ, and I began what I call my incredible journey, I began to realize that I'd been lied to by the world and the philosophies of man. After seven years of freedom under my belt, the Lord asked me to begin publicly sharing my story because there were others out there who felt the same as I felt - that there must be more. 

Kaltenbach, Caleb Messy Grace: How a Pastor with Gay Parents Learned to Love Others Without Sacrificing Conviction
Caleb Kaltenbach was raised by LGBT parents, marched in gay pride parades as a youngster, and experienced firsthand the hatred and bitterness of some Christians toward his family. But then Caleb surprised everyone, including himself, by becoming a Christian…and a pastor. 

Mobley, Ann If I Tell You I'm Gay, Will You Still Love Me?: One Mother's Journey to Truth and Grace 
The shocking revelation that her son was gay threw Ann Mobley into a lonely, emotional tailspin and triggered a decision to hide the appalling discovery from family and friends. But as troubling questions continued to swirl in her mind, she launched a desperate search for personal and biblical answers. How did God see her son? Was homosexuality the worst of sins? How could her son be gay? And would his homosexual lifestyle tear them apart?

Roberts, Vaughan Talking Points: Transgender
Author and speaker, Vaughan Roberts surveys the Christian worldview and seeks to apply these principles to the many complex questions surrounding gender identity in Transgender, a volume from the Talking Points series. This short book gives an overview and a starting point for constructive discussion as we seek to live in a world with different values, and love, serve and relate to transgender people.

Sprinkle, Preston Living in a Gray World: A Christian Teen’s Guide to Understanding Homosexuality
As a Christian teen, there may seem to be few easy answers to the issues you regularly encounter. Can you be friends with someone who is gay? What if your sister is a lesbian, or you sometimes wonder if you might be as well? Does the Bible really say homosexuality is wrong? What does God want us to do and say? This book offers insight into these questions and more.

Sprinkle, Preston People to Be Loved: Why Homosexuality Is Not Just an Issue 
In a manner that appeals to a scholarly and lay-audience alike, Preston takes on difficult questions such as how should the church treat people struggling with same-sex attraction? Is same-sex attraction a product of biological or societal factors or both? How should the church think about larger cultural issues, such as gay marriage, gay pride, and whether intolerance over LGBT amounts to racism? How (or if) Christians should do business with LGBT persons and supportive companies?

Yuan, Christopher & Angela  Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son's Journey to God. A Broken Mother's Search for Hope.
Years of heartbreak, confusion, and prayer followed before the Yuans found a place of complete surrender, which is God’s desire for all families. Their amazing story, told from the perspectives of both mother and son, offers hope for anyone affected by homosexuality.

Yancy, Phillip What's So Amazing About Grace?
Yancey sets grace in the midst of life’s stark images, tests its mettle against horrific "ungrace." Can grace survive in the midst of such atrocities as the Nazi holocaust? Can it triumph over the brutality of the Ku Klux Klan? Should any grace at all be shown to the likes of Jeffrey Dahmer, who killed and cannibalized seventeen young men? Grace does not excuse sin, says Yancey, but it treasures the sinner. True grace is shocking, scandalous. It shakes our conventions with its insistence on getting close to sinners and touching them with mercy and hope. It forgives the unfaithful spouse, the racist, the child abuser. It loves today’s AIDS-ridden addict as much as the tax collector of Jesus’ day. In his most personal and provocative book ever, Yancey offers compelling, true portraits of grace’s life-changing power. He searches for its presence in his own life and in the church. He asks, How can Christians contend graciously with moral issues that threaten all they hold dear? 

 

 

 

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