Homosexuality

Ravi Zacharias on Marriage

Questions and conversations continue to flow these days about the topic of marriage and sexuality. I wondered aloud to Meredith just the other day on how many times we’ll discuss this issue with others. We think lots, and this is a good thing. People are thinking deeply about the issue, and we need to.

Yesterday someone sent me this excellent except of a Q&A session with Ravi Zacharias.  Not only does he answer the question, he provides a framework for how we might answer similar questions when asked down the road. If someone hasn’t asked us our thoughts on the matter yet, it’s only a matter of time.  The video is about 11 minutes long.  Watch at least the first four minutes or so, and by that point, you’ll want to watch the rest. I especially appreciated his evaluation of theonomous, heteronomous, and autonomous cultures.

Sermon Crumbs – God and the Gay Christian?

On Sunday night I had prepared a list of resources to share that might help you wrestle any unanswered questions to the ground.  Since time ran out, in part due to excellent interaction, I’ll post them here, with brief descriptions, and in no particular order.  I’m certain there are more out there, and I’m open to recommendations, but I don’t like pointing to anything I haven’t looked at first.  Click the underlined text for more information.

What does the Bible really teach about homosexuality? – Kevin DeYoung  DeYoung manages to successfully engage the revisionist arguments in an accessible manner in the first section of his book.  In the second section of the book you would benefit from reading his response to common objections raised against those who do not affirm homosexual relationships.

Are Same-Sex Desire Sinful? – There continues to be ongoing conversation among evangelicals on this issue, with different opinions being offered.  I really appreciated Owen Strachan’s article in the Journal of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (an excellent resource all around).  You’ll probably want to carve out some time to thoughtfully engage with this one, it’s not a skimmer, but worth the time.

livingout.org – Sam Alberry (author of Is God Anti-Gay?), along with others, contribute to this website.  Here you’ll find resources for individuals, parents, and churches on issues related to homosexuality and same-sex attraction.  I especially enjoyed watching the videos of people’s stories.  Here’s the message you’re greeted with on the home page: “Can you be gay and Christian? Is it a sin to be gay? How do you live life without sex? How do I support my same-sex attracted Christian friend/family member?
We are a group of Christians who experience same-sex attraction bringing out into the open the questions and dilemmas that gay Christians can often face.”

God and the Gay Christian? – Evidently, and subconsciously, this is where I stole the title for the last two Sunday evening messages.  If you’re looking for a more in-depth response to Matthew Vines’ book, here it is.  Dr. Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Seminary, has edited this free e-book with contributions from different authors (the article is worth reading, book is at the bottom of the page).

Tim Keller Response to Matthew Vines – Someone from the church sent this to me last week.

 

How to Use the Bible to Support Idolatry

On Sunday night we spent some time together as a congregation exploring revisionist arguments that attempt to demonstrate the legitimacy of monogamous, committed, same-sex relationships.  This coming Sunday we’ll explore some of the emotional arguments that we encounter, arguments that place tremendous pressure on us to cave in to our cultural moment by embracing what Scripture condemns.

Between now and then you may want to read this extremely well written parody applying the same logic of the revisionist arguments to idolatry.  The writer does an excellent job of showing how the case just does not stand up. Remember, he’s not actually condoning idol worship, but exposing the true nature of the arguments used to affirm what the church has denied for millennia.  The intent of sharing this is not to ridicule or scorn (see this previous post for these excellent commitments) but to hopefully bring some much needed clarity to what is being put forward by professing evangelicals in our day.  Enjoy.

Ten Commitments

Last week I (Sean) ordered a copy of Kevin DeYoung’s book What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality? and it came on Monday.  I always flick through the contents, the bibliography, and appendices of a new book to get a bit of a snapshot of where the author is going.  I look forward to reading this one, especially if the following ten commitments in the appendix “The Church and Homosexuality” are anything to go by. read more

What’s the Worldview? – Same Love by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

While in a store the other day a song came over the air waves via 91.5 The Beat by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.  You may have heard it.  It’s called Same Love.  For obvious reasons it caught my attention.  Here are the lyrics, which I googled as soon as I was back at my computer: read more

An Open Letter to the Church from a Lesbian

You may have seen this letter on some different blog sites this week.  It’s been going around.  Seemed good to repost it here as well.

To the churches concerning homosexuals and lesbians:

Many of you believe that we do not exist within your walls, your schools, your neighborhoods. You believe that we are few and easily recognized. I tell you we are many. We are your teachers, doctors, accountants, high school athletes. We are all colors, shapes, sizes. We are single, married, mothers, fathers. We are your sons, your daughters, your nieces, your nephews, your grandchildren. We are in your Sunday School classes, pews, choirs, and pulpits. You choose not to see us out of ignorance or because it might upset your congregation. We ARE your congregation. We enter your doors weekly seeking guidance and some glimmer of hope that we can change. Like you, we have invited Jesus into our hearts. Like you, we want to be all that Christ wants us to be. Like you, we pray daily for guidance. Like you, we often fail. read more

Gay Marriage; Now What?

The following is a panel discussion from last year’s Together 4 the Gospel Conference.  It’s a conversation between Mark Dever and Al Mohler on gay marriage, and although intended for an audience of pastors, is beneficial for all.   read more