There are many resources today to guide Christians through a better pastoral approach to loving and including LGBTIQ+ people in churches. But to me it seems obvious and simple that we should be exemplifying grace and love to all. For me, the big question for our times is: “Can gay relationships reflect the commitment of Christ to the Church? Or are gay Christians called to lifelong celibacy?”
Below are a list of resources that explore reformed theological perspectives i.e. that God blesses same-sex marriages, made by people who believe it is clearer to scripture to take this view. For those who have landed here with a willingness to explore alternative perspectives, I am both thankful and prayerful for you.
“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.” – Psalm 19:4
Steff’s Top Picks
by David P. Gushee
This book is a really easy-to-read introduction to a Biblical framework that supports same-sex relationships. In Changing Our Mind, Gushee takes the reader along his personal and theological journey as he changes his mind about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender inclusion in the Church.
Using stories, this podcasts showcases differing perspectives on LGBTQ people and the Church. From pastors, gay pastors, scientists and more. Features Donald Miller and J.J. Peterson; Matthew Vines; Melissa Greene, Stan Mitchell, and Tabitha from GracePointe; Preston Sprinkle; and Ed Gungor join Science Mike and Michael Gungor
by James V. Brownson
This one is my favourite! It’s the most thorough, in-depth and positive theological framework for Biblical same-sex marriage (kinship) I have read or heard. Brownson, as an Old Testament Theologian, goes to the heart of Jewish cultures to uncover the moral logic behind the text. His exploration of Romans 1 is really eye-opening.
If you only look at one of these resources – this is it! It’s extremely useful for Christians who want to form a considered opinion on this important issue.
“When it comes to gay Christians, there’s one question that causes more debate than any other: Does God bless gay relationships? Or are gay Christians called to lifelong celibacy? Read the (opposing) views of two gay Christians from the Gay Christian Network.”