Torn

Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate

Author: Justin Lee

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1455514322

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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As a teenager and young man, Justin Lee felt deeply torn. Nicknamed "God Boy" by his peers, he knew that he was called to a life in the evangelical Christian ministry. But Lee harbored a secret: He also knew that he was gay. In this groundbreaking book, Lee recalls the events--his coming out to his parents, his experiences with the "ex-gay" movement, and his in-depth study of the Bible--that led him, eventually, to self-acceptance. But more than just a memoir, TORN provides insightful, practical guidance for all committed Christians who wonder how to relate to gay friends or family members--or who struggle with their own sexuality. Convinced that "in a culture that sees gays and Christians as enemies, gay Christians are in a unique position to bring peace," Lee demonstrates that people of faith on both sides of the debate can respect, learn from, and love one another.
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Unconditional

Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-Vs-Christians Debate. by Justin Lee

Author: Justin Lee

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781444745412

Category: Church work with gays

Page: 240

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'Gay. The word seemed to hold the weight of eternity within its single syllable. As strange as it may seem, in all the years I had struggled with my sexuality, the idea that I could be 'gay' had simply never crossed my mind. I was a Christian! That was my whole life! And Christians weren't gay.' This could be the most important book you read this year. It's a memoir. An exploration of what is, and what could be. Most of all, it's a clarion call to the church - to rediscover the love that Jesus called us to. Unconditionally. 'So many gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people give up on Christianity because they cannot reconcile who they are with what they were brought up to believe that the Bible teaches about sexuality. Here is a wonderfully told story of a brave young homosexual man who has struggled to hold onto his faith while still affirming himself as gay. This is a must-read.' Tony Campolo
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Exploring Christian Ethics

An Introduction to Key Methods and Debates

Author: Craig Hovey

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1532641281

Category: Religion

Page: 300

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A fresh, engaging, and thoroughly biblical account of Christian ethics for the twenty-first century. Studying Christian ethics tends to involve talking about what we should or, more often, shouldn’t do. The aim of this book, however, is to explore Christian ethics within a wider, more positive framework—one that encourages a joyful way of living that flows naturally out of the abundant goodness of God’s life and character, as revealed in Christ.
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Rescuing Jesus

How People of Color, Women, and Queer Christians Are Reclaiming Evangelicalism

Author: Deborah Jian Lee

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 0807075078

Category: Social Science

Page: 296

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Journalist Deborah Jian Lee ventures into the world of progressive evangelicalism and tells the stories of the young women and men--LGBTQ and straight; white, black, Asian, Hispanic, and indigenous--at the forefront of a movement that could alter both the face and the substance of religion in the United States.--From publisher description.
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Same-Sex Marriage (Thoughtful Response)

A Thoughtful Approach to God's Design for Marriage

Author: Sean McDowell,John Stonestreet

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN: 1441226931

Category: Social Science

Page: 176

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Same-sex marriage is here, presenting unique challenges and opportunities. How do those who follow Christ faithfully answer the standard talking points for same-sex marriage? And how can they best articulate the case for one-man, one-woman marriage in everyday conversation? Sean McDowell and John Stonestreet believe a thoughtful approach to God's design for marriage is the answer to both questions. The key is not a contentious attitude towards those who believe in same-sex marriage, but a winsome perspective that is faithful to Christ, committed to truth, and shaped by a love for God and others. Christians need to know that because Christ has risen, there is no such thing as "all hope is lost." They are still called to engage culture even if they are viewed as wrong, illegal and intolerant.
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Unchanging Witness

The Consistent Christian Teaching on Homosexuality in Scripture and Tradition

Author: S. Donald Fortson,Rollin G. Grams

Publisher: B&H Publishing Group

ISBN: 1433687909

Category: Religion

Page: 448

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The church is going through a time of severe fracture over the issue of homosexuality. This book addresses the arguments from the gay Christian movement and revisionist theologians and exegetes on a single point: Can they withstand the evidence of the primary sources? In Unchanging Witness, Donald Fortson and Rollin Grams articulate the consistent orthodox view on homosexuality by presenting primary sources throughout Christian history and by interpreting the biblical texts in their cultural contexts. The first part of the book examines church history from the patristic period to the present day, and the second part engages biblical texts in light of Ancient Near Eastern, Jewish, Greek, and Roman primary sources. Throughout, the authors survey the conflicting and changing arguments of revisionist readings and contend that, in light of the overwhelming evidence of the relevant texts, the real issue is not one of interpretation but of biblical authority and Christian orthodoxy.
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Talking Across the Divide

How to Communicate with People You Disagree with and Maybe Even Change the World

Author: Justin Lee

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 052550463X

Category: Self-Help

Page: 272

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A guide to learning how to communicate with people who have diametrically opposed opinions from you, how to empathize with them, and how to (possibly) change their minds America is more polarized than ever. Whether the issue is Donald Trump, healthcare, abortion, gun control, breastfeeding, or even DC vs Marvel, it feels like you can't voice an opinion without ruffling someone's feathers. In today's digital age, it's easier than ever to build walls around yourself. You fill up your Twitter feed with voices that are angry about the same issues and believe as you believe. Before long, you're isolated in your own personalized echo chamber. And if you ever encounter someone outside of your bubble, you don't understand how the arguments that resonate so well with your peers can't get through to anyone else. In a time when every conversation quickly becomes a battlefield, it's up to us to learn how to talk to each other again. In Talking Across the Divide, social justice activist Justin Lee explains how to break through the five key barriers that make people resist differing opinions. With a combination of psychological research, pop-culture references, and anecdotes from Justin's many years of experience mediating contentious conversations, this book will help you understand people on the other side of the argument and give you the tools you need to change their minds--even if they've fallen for "fake news."
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