Tag Archives: homosexuality

Browse Worthy: The Hatmaker Controversy

Recently Jen Hatmaker, a professing Christian author and star of a hit television show “My Big Family Renovation,” created a firestorm over comments she made in an interview regarding homosexuality. Her expressions, along with her husband’s, reflect the muddled reasoning of many Christians. As several have responded to the Hatmakers with helpful clarity, here are some links to sharpen your mind and strengthen your heart regarding this important social matter.

The politics of Jen Hatmaker: Trump, Black Lives Matter, gay marriage and more | Jonathan Merritt

Here you can read the original interview of Hatmaker. Notice that she states that gay relationships can be holy.

The high cost of popular evangelical Jen Hatmaker’s gay marriage comments | Katelyn Beaty

This Washington Post article describes some of the fallout following her interview.

Love Your Neighbor Enough to Speak Truth | Rosaria Butterfield

The author of The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert responds to Hatmaker and explains why her viewpoint is a spiritually dangerous one.

Where I stand on LGBTQ | Brandon Hatmaker

Jen Hatmaker’s husband Brandon explains the process for their change in views.

A Few Brief Thoughts on the Hatmaker Hermeneutic | Kevin DeYoung

Kevin DeYoung, pastor and author of  What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality?, reveals the nature of his response in the URL […]

Us and Them

No one likes Genesis 19. It’s never contained anyone’s “life verse.” Sexual violence and widespread judgment don’t make for good greeting cards or bedtime stories. But God knows what he’s doing and included these gut-wrenching stories on purpose. By reading carefully, we come to see the story of Lot’s rescue from Sodom as an introduction into intercessory prayer on behalf of the church, following the example of Abraham. We come to see the justice of God and should delight to see how his justice magnifies the grace shown to Lot and his family in answer to Abraham’s prayer.

But Genesis 19 doesn’t end with Lot’s rescue. It doesn’t end with a “happily ever after.” It stumbles and trips over itself and leaves us feeling disgusted, questioning the point of telling stories that only make us uncomfortable. Was it really necessary to tell us of Lot’s drunkenness and his daughters’ desperate plunge into incest? 

Homosexuality: A Losing Battle?

Guest Blogger: Michael LeFebvre 

Dr. LeFebvre is the pastor of Christ Church on the west side on Indianapolis, IN, and editor of The Gospel and Sexual Orientation. This post was originally given as a talk in January of 2014 and has an audio link at the bottom of this article.

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The title for this morning’s workshop points our thoughts in two directions. The title is, “Homosexuality: A Losing Battle?” This question confronts us on two levels.

First, and in my view most importantly, it confronts us on the personal level. For those who personally experience this battle, it can often feel hopeless. The phrase that we hear so often today, and that captures this feeling of hopelessness, is the phrase, “You cannot pray the gay away.” That popular phrase communicates hopelessness to those who experience same-sex temptations. Furthermore, by citing prayer as the cure that fails (“you cannot pray the gay away”), that popular phrase is a direct challenge to the church—indeed, to Christ as the one who has let us down. In the face of such a message, how is a Christian caught in this battle to feel? Is this battle, faced on the personal level, a losing battle?

Secondly, this question […]

Browse Worthy: Homosexuality

I agreed with David Murray a few months ago when he asked for a moratorium on speaking and posting about homosexuality.  I worked at actually practicing my own moratorium, seeking deliberately not to mention it automatically in writing or speaking as any easy target.  I did refer to it once recently, but that was to highlight a book that deals with a person’s story regarding it.  However, even then I sought to be more careful in how I spoke about this subject.  No one probably noticed, since silence on a subject rarely is noticed and our culture’s cacophony regarding it continues.

Today I wanted to lift this moratorium because of three articles worthy of your attention regarding it.  May they help us be both more loving and wise as this issue just doesn’t go away.

Albert Mohler – This post gives insight into the recent policy change of the Boy Scouts.  In his typical lucid fashion, Dr. Mohler explains that the national Boy Scout Board’s ruling to allow each local troop to decide whether to accommodate openly gay participants will not work.  “This capitulation and the abandonment of the B.S.A.’s longstanding policy will, in the end, please no one. The new policy is […]

Good Reading

After our President’s public affirmation of homosexual marriage and our recent posts about the general subject, here’s a helpful reminder from Kevin DeYoung about why Christian should continue to oppose gay marriage. Also, it may be helpful to read Andrew Sullivan’s post of support for the President’s announcement, if only to hear the hearts and feelings of those on the other side of this debate.

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David Murray has been doing a lot of thinking and writing about the importance of our bodies (a good reminder that gnosticism is still stupid). Professor, if you’re reading this, be assured that I’m paying attention and wrestling with what you’re thinking. And I’ve been trying to walk the dog more. In no particular order, here are some of those posts:

–6 Ways to Avoid Burnout–an infographic
–Learning from the Wrecker’s Yard (…down here in Indiana we call it a junkyard)–a video of the author’s concerns, especially about those in ministry
–A Massage or a Message?–a response to this post from Scott Thomas, who may be over-prescribing spiritual solutions to physical problems

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“Returning to church, despite my doubts” by Andrew Palpant Dilley–articles like this short memoir can be helpful to those who love the church, love people and can’t always […]

Follow-up

In addition to Barry’s post about the forthcoming The Gospel and Sexual Orientation and my post about Dan Savage, here are a few more related and helpful things that have come across my desk lately:

“Is the Megachurch the New Liberalism?” Al Mohler addresses both the general question of megachurches’ theological pragmatis and a very disturbing sermon from North Point’s Andy Stanley, which strongly intimated the legitimacy of homosexual lifestyles.

A Christian Psychology of and Response to Homsexuality–I listened to this address from Sam Williams to the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary just before I heard Dan Savage’s memoir. With a slightly different approach than I’m used to, I found it extremely helpful and plan on returning to it soon. He especially does a good job applying the gospel: “The gospel changes the most important things initially, and it changes everything eventually.”

“Do you think homosexuality is disgusting?” Ed Welch’s answer to this question may or may not surprise you, but it will challenge you. “I deeply desire to imitate Jesus in tone and content. I want to approximate his way of inviting others, especially his way of inviting those who couldn’t imagine being invited by the Lord. “

Jesus’ Bride and Mr. Savage

Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation. (1 Peter 1:12)

Dan Savage is a leading sex-advice columnist and homosexual activist. In a recent lecture/memoir, he describes his Roman Catholic upbringing, his identity as a homosexual and the tragic death of his loving mother. He wrestles with the Roman church as an organization that drove him to atheism through its hypocrisy and stand on homosexuality. Yet his mother’s legacy continues to gnaw at him, drawing him into cathedrals as he longs to be able to believe as his mother did. He even compares this desire to believe with a virus that lay dormant until his mother’s death. His memoir is heartfelt and moving, yet also deeply disturbing to those who believe the Bible and trust its God.