Category Archives: Same-Sex Attraction

Wow! Look at the Traffic!

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Looks like today has been a busy day on this lil’ ol’ blog!  Maybe not quite like the photo accompanying this (probably more like Main Street in Kooskia, Idaho where I graduated from high school).  But thanks to all who have dropped by!

I hope that life will get to the point that I can post here more often, but that might just be wishful thinking.  Currently, I am in the middle of reading Rosaria Champlain Butterfield’s latest book Openness Unhindered:  Further Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert on Sexual Identity and Union with Christ.   Maybe I will have the time and work up the courage to write an actual review of the book, once I’ve read it.  Who knows?  It could happen.

If you are not familiar with Butterfield’s story, I recommend her first book, The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert. It’s an amazing story of Christ’s redemptive power in justification and sanctification!  I think you will find Butterfield’s writing easy to read–she is a masterful story teller!

So, check back here over the next few weeks.  You might just find something new.

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Book Recommendations on Christianity and SSA

Over the last few months, I have had several requests for a few book recommendations on this topic.  I thought this would be a good place to start putting together a list for anyone who might be interested.  As I read more, I will add more.  I hope you find them as helpful as I did. So, here they are in the order I have read them:

1.  The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert:  An English Professor’s Journey into the Christian Faith by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield.

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2.  The Gospel and Sexual Orientation by The Synod of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, Michael Lefebvre (Editor)

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3.  Is God Anti-Gay?:  And Other Questions about Homosexuality, the Bible and Same-Sex Attraction by Sam Allberry

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4.  Love Into Light:  The Gospel, The Homosexual and The Church by Peter Hubbard

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The following were added in a 6/23/15 revision to this post:

5.  Washed and Waiting:  Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality by Wesley Hill

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6.  Compassion without Compromise:  How the Gospel Frees Us to Love Our Gay Friends Without Losing the Truth by Adam T. Barr and Ron Citlau

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7.  The Bible and Homosexual Practice:  Texts and Hermeneutics by Robert A. J. Gagnon

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8.  The Plausibility Problem:  The Church and Same-Sex Attraction by Ed Shaw

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9.  What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality? by Kevin DeYoung

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And though not a book, a great website full of resources and articles is Living Out.  Their welcome page description:  “We’re a group of Christians who experience same-sex attraction, and we want to share our stories, answer your questions, and recommend resources about Christianity and same-sex attraction.”

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Welcome!

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For quite some time now, I have had the desire to start this blog, but for various and sundry reasons and commitments, I haven’t done it.  Well, I guess as of today, I am finally taking that plunge and posting something here.  And if you have found yourself reading this, for some odd reason, you have at least an inkling of a desire to read what I have to say.

I have several goals or purposes I would like to see for this blog.  The first would be to have a place where I can write about what I am learning about God.  Many people shy away from the word theology thinking that it is only for their pastor or elders or the “super-religious.”  And I have found that especially among women this tends to be the case.  But theology literally means the study of God.  I can’t imagine being a Christian who does not want to learn more about the God I serve.  I hope I can be a resource for others, but especially women, who want to learn more than just mere sentiments when it comes to God.

As a second goal or purpose, I want this blog to be a place where I can lovingly engage those in the LGBT community and especially help Christians who experience same-sex attraction (SSA).  This is a subject that is near and dear to me, because I am a Christian who has experienced and struggled with SSA.  I want this to be a safe place to discuss this issue, but under the framework of the traditional Biblical understanding of sex and marriage (i.e., marriage is between a man and a woman and sexual relations are meant for marriage).

Finally, I hope this blog can be a place where I can discuss the ordinary and every day things that happen as I live out my life and identity in Christ, endeavoring to walk in all good conscience before Him.  I might talk about some work of fiction I am reading, some new recipe I want to try, the new Hollywood blockbuster I saw last weekend, or some new beer I ordered.

So, feel welcome to drop by and read things as I post them.  I would welcome any comments, thoughts, and to dialog with any of you if you find that a topic I have written about piques your interest!