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“A church that hides from cultural conflicts or chooses to do nothing will become culturally captive and will effectively abandon people to be victims of bad ideas. Love of God demands truth, and love of our neighbor demands action.”
– Sean McDowell, Same-Sex Marriage
A number of weeks ago, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision that fundamentally redefined the legal definition of marriage in our country. RLM’s leadership wants to make the church’s position clear on the matter of marriage, gender and sexuality. The following page was developed with recommended tools and resources from Real Life Ministries’ Leadership, with how we, as a church body, can respond to the current culture with love, grace, wisdom and confidence as we navigate today’s tough discussion topics.
Cultural Collision Videos
Cultural Collision Part 1
Cultural Collision Part 2
Cultural Collision Part 3
Recommended Resources: Books
Same-sex marriage is here, presenting unique challenges and opportunities. How do those who follow Christ faithfully answer the standard talking points for same-sex marriage? And how can they best articulate the case for one-man, one-woman marriage in everyday conversation?
Sean McDowell and John Stonestreet believe a thoughtful approach to God’s design for marriage is the answer to both questions. The key is not a contentious attitude towards those who believe in same-sex marriage, but a winsome perspective that is faithful to Christ, committed to truth, and shaped by a love for God and others. Christians need to know that because Christ has risen, there is no such thing as “all hope is lost.” They are still called to engage culture even if they are viewed as wrong, illegal and intolerant.
It’s the hot topic of the moment. Christians, the church and the Bible seem to be out of step with modern attitudes towards homosexuality. And there is growing hostility towards those who hold a different view. So is God homophobic? And what do we say, and how do we relate to to both Christians and non Christians who experience same-sex attraction.
In this short, simple book, Sam Allberry wants to help confused Christians understand what God has said about these questions in the scriptures, and offers a positive and liberating way forward through the debate.
In this timely book, award-winning author Kevin DeYoung challenges each of us—the skeptic and the seeker, the certain and the confused—to take a humble look at God’s Word regarding the issue of homosexuality.
After examining key biblical passages in both the Old and New Testaments and the Bible’s overarching teaching regarding sexuality, DeYoung responds to popular objections raised by Christians and non-Christians alike, making this an indispensable resource for thinking through one of the most pressing issues of our day.
Rosaria, by the standards of many, was living a very good life. She had a tenured position at a large university in a field for which she cared deeply. She owned two homes with her partner, in which they provided hospitality to students and activists that were looking to make a difference in the world. There, her partner rehabilitated abandoned and abused dogs. In the community, Rosaria was involved in volunteer work. At the university, she was a respected advisor of students and her department’s curriculum. And then, in her late 30s, Rosaria encountered something that turned her world upside down-the idea that Christianity, a religion that she had regarded as problematic and sometimes downright damaging, might be right about who God was, an idea that flew in the face of the people and causes that she most loved. What follows is a story of what she describes as a “train wreck” at the hand of the supernatural. These are her secret thoughts about those events, written as only a reflective English professor could.
Rosaria’s story was unknown until she was featured in a January 2013 Christianity Today article, which has been read by more than 1.7 million people. That same month she was interviewed by WORLD magazine’s Marvin Olasky, and the video went viral.
Until the last few decades, homosexuality was never celebrated as natural, moral, or healthy. But times have changed. Now Christians find themselves in a fight they did not choose–facing overwhelming odds and fierce opposition–with a culture demanding we abandon the Bible on homosexuality and instead “celebrate diversity.”
Unfortunately, as with most controversial issues, misunderstanding abounds on this topic. And as good ambassadors, we want to provide solid, reliable information. But we also want to give insight, too–an awareness of how to maneuver with tactical wisdom and with grace.
Homosexuality is among the most emotionally-charged and hotly debated topics you will encounter. The Ambassador’s Guide to Understanding Homosexuality will equip you to be both thoughtful and considerate as a Christian ambassador in the face of opposing views.
Coming Out, Then Coming Home
Christopher Yuan, the son of Chinese immigrants, discovered at an early age that he was different. He was attracted to other boys. As he grew into adulthood, his mother, Angela, hoped to control the situation. Instead, she found that her son and her life were spiraling out of control—and her own personal demons were determined to defeat her.
Years of heartbreak, confusion, and prayer followed before the Yuans found a place of complete surrender, which is God’s desire for all families. Their amazing story, told from the perspectives of both mother and son, offers hope for anyone affected by homosexuality.
God calls all who are lost to come home to him. Casting a compelling vision for holy sexuality, Out of a Far Country speaks to prodigals, parents of prodigals, and those wanting to minister to the gay community.
“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.” – Luke 15:20
Includes a discussion guide for personal reflection and group use.