I recently spoke on how our local churches should engage the discussion of homosexuality and the definition of marriage. Below are a selection of my sources.
This is not an exhaustive list. It includes those sources I have come across in my studies. By listing a source here, I do not mean to imply that I am in complete agreement. Far from it! “But test everything; hold fast what is good (1 Thessalonians 5:21).”
*Indicates those resources that are either most helpful or most relevant to the discussion. Again, I reiterate that my intent is not to say that I agree with them completely.
*“A Church Statement on Human Sexuality: Homosexuality and Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ A Resource for EFCA Churches.” The Evangelical Church of America, May 1, 2013. http://go.efca.org/sites/default/files/resources/docs/2013/05/a_church_statement_on_human_sexuality_3.pdf.
*Allberry, Sam. “A Review: God and the Gay Christian – A Review.” The Gospel Coalition, May 21, 2014. http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/god-and-the-gay-christian.
*———. Is God Anti-Gay? And Other Questions About Homosexuality, the Bible and Same-Sex Attraction. The Good Book Company Ltd, 2013.
Andersen, Kirsten. “Adult Children of Gay Parents Unite in Court to Testify Against Same-Sex Marriage.” Breaking Christian News, January 16, 2015. http://www.breakingchristiannews.com/articles/display_art.html?ID=15290.
“Attracted To Men, Pastor Feels Called To Marriage With A Woman.” National Public Radio: The Sunday Conversation, January 4, 2015. http://www.npr.org/2015/01/04/374857829/a-pastor-moves-past-his-attraction-to-men-and-so-does-his-wife.
Barwick, Heather. “Dear Gay Community: Your Kids Are Hurting.” The Federalist, March 17, 2015. http://thefederalist.com/2015/03/17/dear-gay-community-your-kids-are-hurting/ – .VQhB_1qpgM9.facebook.
Bauckham, Richard. The Bible and Mission: Christian Witness in a Postmodern World. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2003.
Boorstein, Michelle. “Gay Christians Choosing Celibacy Emerge from the Shadows.” The Washington Post, December 13, 2014. http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/gay-christians-choosing-celibacy-emerge-from-the-shadows/2014/12/13/51c73aea-6ab2-11e4-9fb4-a622dae742a2_story.html.
Brauns, Chris. “Christian Smith Helps Us Understand Our Teens and Young Adults.” A Brick in the Valley: The Web Site of Pastor and Author Chris Brauns, June 3, 2010. http://chrisbrauns.com/2010/06/christian-smith-helps-us-understand-our-teens-and-young-adults/.
———. “C.S. Lewis and His Last Hurdle to Belief.” A Brick in the Valley: The Web Site of Pastor and Author Chris Brauns, April 21, 2013. http://chrisbrauns.com/2013/04/c-s-lewis-and-one-of-his-last-hurdles-to-belief/.
———. “John Frame: The Great Question Confronting Modern Humanity.” A Brick in the Valley: The Web Site of Pastor and Author Chris Brauns, November 13, 2014. http://chrisbrauns.com/2014/11/john-frame-great-question-confronting-modern-humanity/.
———. “On the Rise of Individualism and the Decline of Morality.” A Brick in the Valley: The Web Site of Pastor and Author Chris Brauns, May 29, 2013. http://chrisbrauns.com/2013/05/individualism-and-the-decline-of-morality/.
*Brooks, David. “The Cost of Relativism.” The New York Times, March 10, 2015. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/10/opinion/david-brooks-the-cost-of-relativism.html.
Burk, Denny. “10 Ways to Love Your Transgender Neighbor.” Denny Burk: A Commentary on Theology, Politics, and Culture, June 12, 2014. http://www.dennyburk.com/10-ways-to-love-your-transgender-neighbor/.
———. “An Exercise Club Allows Men into Women’s Locker Rooms, and Vice Versa | Denny Burk.” Denny Burk: A Commentary on Theology, Politics, and Culture, March 12, 2015. http://www.dennyburk.com/an-exercise-club-allows-men-into-womens-locker-rooms-and-vice-versa-planetfitness/.
———. “How to Think and Pray about the Suicide of a Transgender Teen | Denny Burk.” Denny Burk: A Commentary on Theology, Politics, and Culture, January 2, 2015. http://www.dennyburk.com/how-to-think-and-pray-about-the-suicide-of-a-transgender-teen/.
———. “Mozilla CEO Pressured to Resign for Supporting Traditional Marriage | Denny Burk.” Denny Burk: A Commentary on Theology, Politics, and Culture, April 3, 2014. http://www.dennyburk.com/mozilla-ceo-pressured-to-resign-for-supporting-gay-marriage/.
———. “My Husband’s Not Gay.” Denny Burk: A Commentary on Theology, Politics, and Culture, January 6, 2015. http://www.dennyburk.com/my-husbands-not-gay/.
———. “The Firing of Atlanta Fire Chief Is an Intolerable Precedent.” Denny Burk: A Commentary on Theology, Politics, and Culture, January 9, 2015. http://www.dennyburk.com/the-firing-of-atlanta-fire-chief-is-an-intolerable-precedent/.
———. “Will Christians Be Allowed to Serve as Judges in California?” Denny Burk: A Commentary on Theology, Politics, and Culture, January 24, 2015. http://www.dennyburk.com/will-christians-be-allowed-to-serve-as-judges-in-california/.
*Butterfield, Rosaria. The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert. Crown & Covenant Publications, 2012.
*Carson, D.A. The Gagging of God: Christianity Confronts Pluralism. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996.
*Chandler, Matt. “A Beautiful Design: In His Image.” presented at the The Village Church, Dallas, September 14, 2014. http://www.thevillagechurch.net/resources/sermons/detail/in-his-image/.
*DeYoung, Kevin. “Not That Kind of Homosexuality?” The Gospel Coalition, November 13, 2014. http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevindeyoung/2014/11/13/not-that-kind-of-homosexuality/.
*———. What Does the Bible Really Teach About Homosexuality. Wheaton: Crossway, 2015.
Dias, Elizabeth. “Inside the Evangelical Fight Over Gay Marriage.” Time Magazine, January 15, 1916. http://time.com/3668781/inside-the-evangelical-fight-over-gay-marriage/?loginfailure=true.
Dreher, Rod. “Christian and Countercultural.” First Things, February 1, 2015. http://www.firstthings.com/article/2015/02/christian-and-countercultural.
*Eberstadt, Mary. How the West Really Lost God. Conschohocken, PA: Templeton Press, 2013.
*———. “Is Food the New Sex? A Curious Reversal in Moralizing.” Hoover Institution: Policy Review, March 2009. http://www.hoover.org/research/food-new-sex.
———. “Is Pornography the New Tobacco: Another Curious Reversal in Moralizing.” Hoover Institution: Public Policy, April 1, 2009. http://www.hoover.org/research/pornography-new-tobacco.
*———. “The New Intolerance by Mary Eberstadt.” First Things, March 2015. http://www.firstthings.com/article/2015/03/the-new-intolerance.
———. “What Does Woman Want? The War Between the Sexless.” First Things, October 1, 2009. http://www.firstthings.com/article/2009/10/what-does-woman-want.
Epstein, Brian. “What Alabama’s Roy Moore Got Right.” The New York Times, February 16, 2015. http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/02/16/what-alabamas-roy-moore-gets-right/.
Flores, Carlos D. “The Absurdity of Transgenderism: A Stern but Necessary Critique | Public Discourse.” The Witherspoon Institute: Public Discourse, February 6, 2015. http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2015/02/14305/.
*Frame, John M. Apologetics to the Glory of God. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R, 1994.
French, David. “Where God Loves Abortion and Hates Israel.” National Review, March 20, 2015. http://www.nationalreview.com/article/415694/where-god-loves-abortion-and-hates-israel-david-french?utm_content=buffera8278&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer.
Gagnon, Robert. “A Response to Walter Wink’s Christian Century Review of The Bible and Homosexual Practice,” July 2002. http://www.robgagnon.net/articles/gagnon3.pdf.
———. The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics. Nashville: Abingdon, 2001.
*Gagnon, Robert A.J. “Why San Francisco’s Biggest Megachurch Is Wrong About Sex.” First Things, March 7, 2015. http://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2015/03/why-san-franciscos-biggest-megachurch-is-wrong-about-sex.
Girgis, Sherif, Ryan T. Anderson, and Robert T. George. What Is Marriage?: Man and Woman: A Defense. Encounter Books, 2012.
*Gushee, David P., Matthew Vines, and Brian D. McLaren. Changing Our Mind. Canton, MI: David Crumm Media, LLC, 2014. The author argues that same sex marriage can be biblical.
*Guthrie, George. “A Review: Changing Our Mind.” The Gospel Coalition, January 9, 2015. http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/changing-our-mind.
Hannon, Michael W. “Against Heterosexuality by Michael W. Hannon | Articles | First Things.” First Things, March 1, 2014. http://www.firstthings.com/article/2014/03/against-heterosexuality.
Hansen, Collin. “My Top 10 Theology Stories of 2014.” The Gospel Coalition, December 22, 2014. http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/my-top-10-theology-stories-of-2014.
Higgins, Will. “Owners Who Refused Cake for Gay Couple Close Shop.” The Indianapolis Star, February 27, 2015. http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2015/02/27/anti-gay-marriage-bakery-gone/24133651/?AID=10709313&PID=4003003&SID=i7p9kmk0hu00ou4y00dth.
*Hill-Perry, Jackie. “From Lesbianism to Complementarianism.” 9 Marks, March 11, 2015. http://9marks.org/article/from-lesbianism-to-complementarianism/.
Hubbard, Peter. Love into Light: The Gospel, the Homosexual, and the Church. Greenville, SC: Ambassador International, 2013.
Johnson, Luke Timothy. “Homosexuality & The Church.” Commonweal, June 11, 2007. https://www.commonwealmagazine.org/homosexuality-church-1. Johnson flatly rejects the authority of Scripture.
Kellaway, Mitch. “WATCH: First of ‘Seven Sisters’ Schools to Admit Trans Women | Advocate.com.” The Advocate, September 3, 2015. http://www.advocate.com/politics/transgender/2014/09/03/watch-first-seven-sisters-schools-admit-trans-women.
*Keller, Tim. “Deconstructing Defeater Beliefs: Leading the Secular to Christ,” http://www.case.edu.au/images/uploads/03_pdfs/keller-deconstructing-defeater.pdf
Keller, Timothy, and Kathy Keller. The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God. New York: Dutton, 2011.
Kreeft, Peter “The Pillars of Unbelief—Kant by Peter Kreeft.” Peter Kreeft, 1988. http://www.peterkreeft.com/topics-more/pillars_kant.htm.
*Lambert, Heath. Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2013.
*Lewis, C.S. “God in the Dock.” In God in the Dock: Essays on Theology and Ethics, edited by Walter Hooper, 240–44. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1970.
Lloyd, Jean. “Seven Things I Wish My Pastor Knew About My Homosexuality.” The Witherspoon Institute: Public Discourse, December 10, 2014. http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2014/12/14149/.
———. “The Girl in the Tuxedo: Two Variations on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity | Public Discourse.” The Witherspoon Institute: Public Discourse, February 5, 2015. http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2015/02/14388/.
London, Herbert. America’s Secular Challenge: The Rise of a New National Religion. New York: Encounter Books, 2008.
Mai-Duc, Christine. “California Judges Barred from Participating in Boy Scouts over Discrimination against Gays – LA Times.” LA Times, January 24, 2015. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-california-judges-banned-boy-scouts-20150123-story.html.
McDowell, Sean, and John Stonestreet. Same-Sex Marriage: A Thoughtful Approach to God’s Design for Marriage. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2014.
McHugh, Paul. “Transgender Surgery Isn’t the Solution.” The Wall Street Journal, June 12, 2014. http://www.wsj.com/articles/paul-mchugh-transgender-surgery-isnt-the-solution-1402615120.
Merritt, Jonathan. “If the Supreme Court Legalizes Gay Marriage in 2015, How Will Evangelicals Respond?” On Faith and Culture, January 5, 2015. http://jonathanmerritt.religionnews.com/2015/01/05/supreme-court-legalizes-gay-marriage-2015-will-evangelicals-respond/.
———. “Leading Evangelical Ethicist David Gushee Is Now pro-LGBT. Here’s Why It Matters.,” October 24, 2014. http://jonathanmerritt.religionnews.com/2014/10/24/david-gushee-lgbt-homosexuality-matters/.
Metaxas, Eric. “Wanting a Mom and a Dad.” Breakpoint Commentaries, June 3, 2010. http://www.breakpoint.org/bpcommentaries/entry/13/22386?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BpCommentaries+%28BreakPoint+Commentaries%29&utm_content=Google+Reader.
Mohler, Albert, J., ed. God and the Gay Christian: A Response to Matthew Vines. Louisville: SBTS Press, 2014.
Mohler, Albert J. “Religious Liberty vs. Erotic Liberty — Religious Liberty Is Losing,” January 12, 2015. http://www.albertmohler.com/2015/01/12/religious-liberty-vs-erotic-liberty-religious-liberty-is-losing/.
Moore, Elizabeth Armstrong. “Woman Turns 40, Marries Herself.” USA Today, January 29, 2015. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/01/29/woman-marries-herself-houston/22519099/.
Moore, Russell. “Arousing Ourselves to Death.” Moore to the Point, April 27, 2011. http://www.russellmoore.com/2011/04/27/arousing-ourselves-to-death/.
———. “How Should Same-Sex Marriage Change the Church’s Witness? | Moore to the Point.” Moore to the Point, June 26, 2013. http://www.russellmoore.com/2013/06/26/how-should-same-sex-marriage-change-the-churchs-witness/ – more-10868.
———. “Man, Woman, and the Mystery of Christ: An Evangelical Protestant Perspective.” The Gospel Coalition, November 18, 2014. http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/man-woman-and-the-mystery-of-christ-an-evangelical-protestant-perspective.
———. Same-Sex Marriage and the Future. Nashville: The Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, 2014.
———. “The Supreme Court and Same-Sex Marriage: Why This Matters for the Church.” Moore to the Point, January 16, 2015. http://www.russellmoore.com/2015/01/16/the-supreme-court-and-same-sex-marriage-why-this-matters-for-the-church/.
———. “Why I’m Going to the Vatican.” Moore to the Point, November 3, 2014. http://www.russellmoore.com/2014/11/03/why-im-going-to-the-vatican/.
*———. “Women, Stop Submitting to Men.” Moore to the Point, December 5, 2011. http://www.russellmoore.com/2011/12/05/women-stop-submitting-to-men/.
Naselli, Andy. “Interview with John Frame on the Problem of Evil.” The Gospel Coalition, August 20, 2014. http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2008/08/20/interview-with-john-frame-on-problem-of/.
Olasky, Marvin. “Cultural Hardball.” World Magazine, March 20, 2015. http://www.worldmag.com/2015/03/cultural_hardball.
“On Transgender Identity.” The Southern Baptist Convention, 2014. http://www.sbc.net/resolutions/2250/on-transgender-identity.
*Plump, Wendy. “A Roomful of Yearning and Regret.” The New York Times, December 9, 2010. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/12/fashion/12Modern.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0.
Pritchard, Ray. “When Gay Activists Came to Calvary | Leadership Journal.” Accessed February 14, 2015. http://www.christianitytoday.com/le/2005/winter/7.64.html?start=1.
RFRA Opponents Urge Boycott of Legislator’s Ice Business.” Accessed April 1, 2015. http://www.indystar.com/story/money/2015/03/31/rfra-opponents-urge-boycott-legislators-ice-business/70740676/.
Roth, Sara. “Bakery Risks Large Fine for Anti-Gay Discrimination.” USA Today, February 3, 2015. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/02/02/bakery-same-sex-oregon-fined-wedding-cake/22771685/.
Saletan, William. “Brendan Eich Quits Mozilla: Let’s Purge All the Anti-Gay Donors to Prop 8.” Slate. Accessed March 25, 2015. http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/frame_game/2014/04/brendan_eich_quits_mozilla_let_s_purge_all_the_antigay_donors_to_prop_8.html.
Schmitz, Matthew. “N. T. Wright on Gay Marriage: Nature and Narrative Point to Complementarity.” First Things, June 11, 2014. http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2014/06/n-t-wrights-argument-against-same-sex-marriage.
Sider, Ronald J. “Tragedy, Tradition, and Opportunity in the Homosexuality Debate.” Christianity Today, November 18, 2014. http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2014/november-web-only/ron-sider-tragedy-tradition-and-opportunity-in-homosexualit.html?share=OqU4+OeFKmzpYZ0jb%2fX%2fPanyWZNIaofp.
Smethhurst, Matt. “What Sex Trafficking and Gay Marriage Have in Common: An Interview with David Platt.” The Gospel Coalition, February 3, 2015. http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/what-sex-trafficking-gay-marriage-common – When:06:03:00Z.
*Smith, Christian, and Melinda Lundquist Denton. Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.
Sontag, Deborah. “Transgender Woman Cites Attacks and Abuse in Men’s Prison.” The New York Times, April 5, 2015. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/06/us/ashley-diamond-transgender-inmate-cites-attacks-and-abuse-in-mens-prison.html.
Stetzer, Ed. “YEAR IN REVIEW: 4 Trends in Christianity That Could Scare You, According to Ed Stetzer.” Charisma News, June 4, 2014. http://www.charismanews.com/culture/44114-4-trends-in-christianity-that-could-scare-you-according-to-ed-stetzer.
Stonestreet, John. “The ‘Gay Marriage’ Tsunami.” Breakpoint: Changing Lives, Minds and Communities Through Jesus Christ, December 30, 2014. http://www.breakpoint.org/bpcommentaries/entry/13/26552.
Strachan, Owen. “Another Pastor Self-Congratulates for Endorsing ‘Gay Christianity.’” Patheos, January 30, 2015. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thoughtlife/2015/01/another-pastor-self-congratulates-for-endorsing-gay-christianity/.
———. “David and Jonathan’s Love Was Pure, Not Erotic.” Patheos, December 12, 2014. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thoughtlife/2014/12/david-and-jonathans-love-was-pure-not-erotic/.
———. “Dear Rob Bell: The Church Isn’t Giving an Inch on Gay Marriage.” Thought Life. Accessed March 7, 2015. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thoughtlife/2015/03/dear-rob-bell-the-church-isnt-giving-an-inch-on-gay-marriage/.
———. “Gay Christianity: Toward a Theological and Pastoral Response.” Patheos, December 13, 2014. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thoughtlife/2014/12/gay-christianity-toward-a-theological-and-pastoral-response/.
Taylor, Charles. A Secular Age. 1st edition. Cambridge, Mass: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2007.
*Taylor, Justin. “A Crash Course on Influencers of Unbelief: Immanuel Kant.” The Gospel Coalition. Between Two Worlds, February 26, 2015. http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2015/02/26/a-crash-course-on-influencers-of-unbelief-immanuel-kant/.
———. “How Can Churches Engage Believers and Unbelievers Who Experience Same-Sex Attraction?” The Gospel Coalition, February 10, 2015. http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2015/02/10/how-can-churches-engage-believers-and-unbelievers-who-experience-same-sex-attraction/.
———. “How the West Really Lost God: An Interview with Mary Eberstadt.” The Gospel Coalition, July 10, 2013. http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2013/07/10/how-the-west-really-lost-god-an-interview-with-mary-eberstadt/.
*———. “Watch This If You Want to See What Grace Looks Like: A Conversation Between Russell Moore and Rosaria Butterfield.” The Gospel Coalition, January 5, 2015. http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2015/01/05/watch-this-if-you-want-to-see-what-grace-looks-like/.
Tripp, Paul. “A Bitter Harvest? | Desiring God.” Desiring God, December 15, 2010. http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/a-bitter-harvest.
Tushnet, Eve, Lisa Severine Nolland, Sherif Girgis, and Peter Ould. “Should I Attend the Wedding of a Gay Friend or Family Member?” Christianity Today, February 23, 2015. http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2015/march/gay-wedding-attend-christian-marriage-family.html?share=tADUNGDbNrc8h0GosIrZxlIklWs0Mawe.
*Vines, Matthew. God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships. New York, New York: Convergent Books, 2014. Vines unsuccessfully argues for same sex marriage.
Volokh, Eugene. “Marquette Suspends Prof’s Teaching, Orders Him off Campus.” The Washington Post, December 17, 2014. http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2014/12/17/marquette-suspends-profs-teaching-orders-him-off-campus/.
Walker, Andrew. “A Church In Exile: Hillsong Shifts on Homosexuality.” First Things, October 17, 2014. http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2014/10/a-church-in-exile.
Wetzstein, Cheryl. “Gay Couples’ Children Oppose Same-Sex Marriage, Tell of Unpleasant Upbringings.” The Washington Times, January 8, 2015. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jan/8/gay-couples-children-oppose-same-sex-marriage-tell/.
Woman Plans to Marry Her Father after Two Years of Dating.” Fox News. Accessed January 27, 2015. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/01/17/woman-plans-to-marry-her-father-after-two-years-dating/.
*Yarhouse, Mark A. Homosexuality and the Christian. Minneapolis: Bethany, 2010.
*Yuan, Christopher, and Angela Yuan. Out of a Far Country. Colorado Springs: Waterbook Press, 2011.
Zuckerman, Phil. “How Secular Family Values Stack up.” LA Times, January 14, 2015. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-0115-zuckerman-secular-parenting-20150115-story.html.