BOOKS, BLOGS, & MORE
by Rachel Murr
"My belief that God's laws are for our benefit did not line up with my experience of following what I thought to be God's law about same-gender relationships. I was miserable. In seeking health, I began to question what I'd been taught about homosexuality. I wondered if God had good news for gay people."
by Justin Lee
"In a culture that sees gays and Christians as enemies, gay Christians are in a unique position to bring peace and change minds. We're Christians who know firsthand what it's like to feel outcast and to be hurt by the church, and that gives us an important perspective that the church needs."
by Ken Wilson
"This, more than anything else, is my concern: the underlying assumption behind any exclusionary policy has to do with belonging. It's a little too brazen—ugly, actually—to say out loud, but the assumption is, 'They (the excluded people) don't belong here.' If it's not the assumption, it is the effect.
The question of belonging is the question addressed by the gospel. I am not willing to simply leave this question in the realm of unexamined assumptions. Because it has to do with the very heart of the gospel: Who belongs? And how do they belong?"
by Gregory Boyle
"Soon we imagine, with God, this circle of compassion. Then we imagine no one standing outside of that circle, moving ourselves closer to the margins so that the margins themselves will be erased."
by James V. Brownson
"What is required is a canonical exploration of biblical discussions of sexuality in order to develop a cross-cultural sexual ethic that may have relevance for gay and lesbian relationships today. That kind of exploration is the goal of this book."
by Jack Rogers
"Each passage of the Bible was viewed through the lens of Jesus' redemptive life and ministry. From that starting point, and stimulated by changes in American society, church leaders began to rethink controversial social issues."
by Martti Nissinen
"The purpose of this book is to read the sparse biblical texts that address or pertain to same-sex eroticism, to examine them in their historical contexts, and to determine precisely what they are arguing about, their interpretation of sex and gender, and how they understand erotic same-sex interaction. The scarcity of biblical material has made it necessary to expand the scope of inquiry to the cultural environment of the biblical writings—to Mesopotamia, Judaism, and classical antiquity."
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