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Wednesday, September 18, 2019
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LGBTQ Resources

This collection of resources is meant to help you begin to process different views about the church and LGBTQ Christians. These resources will not answer the questions that have arisen at Faith (can the building be rented for LGBTQ weddings and do the pastors have individual autonomy to perform LGBTQ weddings), but might help us begin to approach them thoughtfully. These resources also help us work toward the ultimate goal of grasping for a faith that can accommodate a variety of theological positions on this topic, acknowledging that Christians might disagree on these matters, but still be Christians and part of the same family. Therefore, this list of resources is not intended to present you with two camps to choose between. Rather, it is intended to acquaint you with a familial dialogue about LGBTQ folks and Christianity, as well as to offer you the opportunity to hear some stories about how people have navigated it. Below, you’ll find a sampling of books, blogs, podcasts, and videos.
 

Books

  • Homosexuality in the Church: Both Sides of the Debate with several contributors (Contains essays from several people with various perspectives)
  • Reasonable Doubt: A Case for LGBTQ Inclusion in the Institutions of Marriage and Church by Scott McQueen (Scott is a Baptist pastor who provides biblical and scholarly analysis in support of LGBTQ inclusion and same-sex marriage)
  • Washed and Waiting by Wesley Hill (Hill is a Christian who is gay and believes celibacy is the path in life by which he can be most faithful to God)
  • God and the Gay Christian by Matthew Vines (Vines is a Christian who is gay and believes God blesses monogamous same-sex marriages)
  • People to Be Loved by Preston Sprinkle (Sprinkle believes that celibacy is the call of Gay Christians. However, he also believes the Church has caused serious undue pain to LGBTQ folks and has a deep responsibility for coming alongside this difficult path.)
  • Changing Our Mind by David Gushee (Gushee, for much of his career, was celibacy affirming, but has experienced a shift in his thinking and is now affirming of monogamous same-sex marriages. This book chronicles his journey with the issue of same-sex marriage.)
  • Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate by Justin Lee (Lee is a Christian who is gay and lays out a path toward enduring fellowship amongst Christians who disagree about what the Bible is asking of Gay Christians)
  • This I know: A Simple Biblical Defense for LGBTQ Christians by Jim Dant (Dant is a Baptist pastor who provides a brief introduction to common arguments for same-sex marriage in the church).
  • A Letter To My Congregation by Ken Wilson (This book is primarily about trying to hold space for a diversity of opinion about these matters in church)
  • Respectful LGBT Conversations by Harold Heie (This book is a collection of conversations between people who disagree about a long list of LGBTQ issues, and who seek common ground amidst disagreement)
  • The Bible Tells Me So by Peter Enns (Theological conversations concerning the church and same-sex marriage generally revolve around how to interpret the Bible. Therefore, this book is on this list because it provides a helpful perspective on how to read and understand the Bible.) 

Blog Posts

It can be difficult to find the time to commit reading an entire book, so we want to offer you some blog resources as well.  
  • Bishop Richard Wilke’s (same-sex marriage affirming) is a United Methodist Bishop who uses this blog to quickly tell his story and examine the scriptures often associated with this conversation. 
  • Matthew Vines and Caleb Kaltenbach offer different interpretations of the Bible passages often associated with the same-sex marriage debate.
  • Andrew Lang (same-sex marriage affirming) presents a unique argument for the covenant of same-sex marriage in a blog he originally wrote in 1998 (before same-sex marriage was legal so he regularly refers to same-sex relationships). 
  • Preston Sprinkle’s (celibacy affirming) biblical argument
  • Justin Lee (same-sex marriage affirming) unfolds his Scriptural case in these two blogs (he has a link at the end of the first one to a book you can buy on the subject) - first blog - second blog
  • Lauren Hovis writes about the value of the radical center. While this blog does not specifically speak to LGBTQ concerns, it advocates for general diversity in community. 
  • Respectful Conversation Site (This collection of posts would eventually be processed into Respectful LGBT Conversations)
  • The Q Christian Fellowship is comprised of Side A (same-gender marriage affirming) and Side B (celibacy affirming) Christians, and have historically held space with one another despite these disagreements.  Their recent conference took up unity as its theme. Here is a devotional written by a Side A member (Isaac Archuleta) to prepare for this gathering, and a response from a Side B member (Anthony Trent).  These posts have found their way on this list because of the insights they offer us into our own attempts to grasp for unity amidst carrying differing convictions.

Podcasts

Videos

  • Sean McDowell and Matthew Vines have a conversation about the Bible and homosexuality. They discuss the teachings of Jesus in Matthew 7 and Matthew 19 as well as the creation account in Genesis. They each present for 20 minutes, interact for 40 minutes, take live Q&A, and then have 3 minute closing speeches.
  • Adam Hamilton offers the keynote at a conference seeking to keep the United Methodist Church united despite different views on same-sex marriage. In it he offers a look at how to have a high view of scripture and still affirm same-sex marriage.