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There is no way to ignore the sea-changes in sexuality taking place today. Whether it is the recent cover of Vanity Fair featuring Bruce-now-Caitlyn Jenner, or the media buildup around the forthcoming decision from the Supreme Court on same-sex marriage, sexual ethics are looming large. For a church like Stone Hill, which is committed to the Scriptural and historical teachings of the faith, such turmoil can cause dismay, doubt, and a desire to retreat.
One of the leadership moves I’d like to make is to connect you with strategic resources. Here is a first set of materials to help ground you in gospel truth and love as you engage with the contemporary situation:
· Adam Barr and Ron Citlau, Compassion without Compromise: How the Gospel Frees Us to Love Our Gay Friends without Losing the Truth (Amazon price: $11.01). This is by far the best book I’ve read on the subject (despite my minor disagreements). The authors strike an excellent balance of grace and truth as they offer advice on difficult issues. Highlights include the distinction they draw between desire, orientation, sexual identity, and sexual behavior, which is one that every Christian should understand. Along similar lines is Sam Allberry’s Is God Anti-Gay (Amazon price: $7.99), although its brevity (~80 pages) is both a plus (quick to read) and a minus (limited in scope).
· Tim Keller, “The Bible and Same-Sex Relationships: A Review Article.” Have you ever been told that the Bible allows for same-sex marriage? Keller exposes the flaws in such a claim and does so in classic Keller style: wisely, knowledgeably, patiently. Go to http://www.redeemer.com/redeemer-report/article/the_bible_and_same_sex_relationships_a_review_article
· Kevin DeYoung, What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality (Amazon price: $9.80). Too many discussions about same-sex issues are marked by shrill rhetoric and a lack of understanding. Not so here. With clarity and generosity of spirit, DeYoung examines the biblical texts and then answers contemporary objections.
· www.thegospelcoalition.org: The Gospel Coalition’s website offers all sorts of resources on all sorts of issues, including sexual ethics. Check out Corey Widmer’s “Traditional Sexuality, Radical Community” and the anonymous “An Open Letter to the Church from a Lesbian.” Both are reminders of the gospel call to balance ageless truth with the relentless love and hope offered by our Savior.