Dear Friends,

I want to share with you some resources to help you understand what the Bible does and does not teach on same-sex sexual knowing, being gay and same-sex marriage. These are all resources on knowing the Bible, not on the many pastoral issues connected with living with same-sex sexual desires. However, for Christians, knowing what the Bible teaches is the first, the final and the continuing touchstone for discipleship, healing and wholeness. I know that for some of us, these are deeply personal matters – all the more reason to be able to hear what the Bible teaches with clarity.

There are two great, short books on this subject. I highly recommend both of them. The first is written by a same-sex attracted man. Sam Allberry has written, Is God Anti-Gay? The book not only handles the Bible well, but gives wise advice on many practical matters with following the Bible’s teaching.

The second great short book is by Kevin de Young, What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality? This book lives up to its title. It is simple but not simplistic. It is clear and he has mastered a lot of scholarship. His book also has a great short bibliography for further reading.

I highly recommend people buy and read these two books. In fact, buy an extra copy of each to lend or give to your inquiring friends. There’s a copy of deYoung’s book in the Messiah library. Contact the office if you’d like to borrow it.

The best academic/scholarly treatment on this subject is still Robert Gagnon’s, The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics.

I should mention two websites. The first is: robgagnon.net This is the website of Robert Gagnon. This website has many free resources. On it he also reviews books and speaks about more recent controversies. Very insightful and scholarly. On a more personal level I recommend: livingout.org This site has help for those struggling with same-sex attraction. It also has great insight for church leaders and/or members to understand and equip you to care for and walk with those in the church family who experience same-sex attraction.

Finally, on the topic of marriage in general, I recommend Tim Keller’s, The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God.

Friends, please pray that we will be a church which knows and loves God, knows and loves the Bible and knows and loves people. Pray that we will be disciples of Jesus gripped by the Gospel living for God’s glory.

George+