Dear Friends,

Some reading this might not identify themselves as being male or female. Some reading this might be trying to sort out how they relate to their biological sex. Some reading this might be trying to sort out what is going on! Below are some resources that I have found helpful to think more biblically (Christianly) on these matters.

To my knowledge, the best, short readable book on the subject is by Vaughan Roberts. It is called Transgender. It is only 70-some pages long, but it is clear and concise. The author has a long ministry amongst students at Oxford University. He is the Rector (Lead Pastor) at St Ebbe’s, an evangelical Anglican church beside Oxford. By the way, he also has a very good short book on assisted suicide called Assisted Suicide.

To my knowledge, the principal Christian academic/therapist who has written on this subject is Mark A. Yarhouse. You can, of course, Google him to find a list of his publications, interviews and talks. His book, Understanding Gender Dysphoria is a useful place to start your reading. Gender Dysphoria is sustained distress, discomfort and pain at the difference between your biological sex and what you believe your sexual identity to be.

A useful non-Christian resource on the academic literature is by Paul B. McHugh and Lawrence S. Mayer called Sexuality and Gender: Findings from the biological, psychological and social sciences. It is in The New Atlantic (#50, Fall 2016)

Another useful resource for information and reflection can be found on The Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada’s website. They will help you to think through the issues and they will often reference serious academic research.

One final resource is more polemic, but some may find it thought-provoking and helpful. It is by Walt Heyer. His website is Walt, a man, underwent sex change therapy and lived as a woman for eight years. He then went through sex change therapy a second time, to return to being a man. You can read about his story and his thoughts about a range of trans issues on his website.

Friends, Christians in Canada are called to be a peculiar people as we bear witness to the Lord Jesus Christ, the living God’s provision to save all who put their faith in Him. Be willing to be so gripped by the Gospel as to be peculiar. This phrase comes from the old King James version of 1 Peter 2: 9-10: But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.