Homosexuality and the church book
The Church and the Homosexual by John J. McNeillFor the past ten years, I have been reading, writing and researching on the issue of Christians, the Bible and homosexuality. I have become convinced that the traditional Christian approach to the topic of homosexuality and to same sex marriage is incorrect, and needs to be adjusted. I believe the Bible has been misread for two millennia on this issue. Here is a short list to help you get started. These are books that deal with affirming homosexuality and same sex marriage, or engage in looking at the topic through multiple lenses. I am not including books that are opposed to same sex marriage — I am sure a Google search will give you plenty of those if you want to read all sides of the debate.
The Bible and Homosexuality
At this ten-day meeting, held once every four years, the United Methodist Church will set policy, priorities and denominational budgets for the ensuing four years. No issue will be more closely watched than the debate and decisions of the Conference regarding gay and lesbian people. Will it continue to prohibit pastors from officiating in same-gender weddings and United Methodist church property from being used for same-gender weddings?
The Bible, Homosexuality, and the UMC — Part One
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Hays Harperone. With compassion, sensitivity, and scholarly depth, Hays makes the strongest exegetical case I'm aware of that the weight of the biblical witness is against same-sex sexual partnerships. Selmys tells the story of breaking off a seven-year lesbian relationship and becoming Catholic. It was beauty—or, as she puts it, "Beauty"—that drew her to Christ. Nouwen Image. Say you're celibate.
"There are no homosexual members of the church" -David A Bednar, February 23, 2016
The relationship of homosexuality to Christianity is without doubt one of the main subjects of cultural conversation today. If you are a Christian in New York City, it is nearly impossible to talk about your faith without this subject being raised. Although it is not central to the gospel message at the heart of Christianity, right now the cultural moment requires that we be prepared to address this issue whenever we are publicly identified as Christians. A sign of this cultural moment is the wave of new books—from very divergent points of view—that have come out recently treating this topic. So over the next few months I will be reviewing several of these books. Hill, who is a New Testament scholar, sums up the biblical material nicely and briefly in his first chapter. There are two basic parts to it.