Guest Speaker: Dr. Christopher YUAN
Dr. Yuan is the author of several books including:
Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son's Journey to God; A Broken Mother's Search for Hope and Holy Sexuality and the Gospel: Sex, Desire, and Relationships Shaped by God’s Grand Story.
Dr. Yuan has a message of redemption through Jesus and casts a vision of not embracing our sexuality, but embracing Christ, and shattering the social concepts of gay and straight by pointing toward Christ and what God says about holy sexuality.
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conference topic Content:
Personal Testimony - Dr. Christopher Yuan articulates a biblical view of sexuality through the narrative of his personal transformation from an agnostic gay man to a Bible professor.
Sexual Identity: False Identity - One of the most important things missed when engaging with our LGB friends is how sexuality has become the core of our being. “Being gay” means “This is who I am.” But if this is incorrect, how does the Bible communicate who we are? Dr. Yuan articulates the correct understanding of personhood through the lens of Scripture—particularly, the image of God and the doctrine of sin—and explains the consequences of an incorrect understanding of who we are.
Holy Sexuality: Breaking Bad Paradigms - We’ve pigeonholed ourselves into the purely secular paradigm of sexual orientation, that is, heterosexuality, bisexuality, and homosexuality. But is there any other framework? Dr. Yuan looks to the Bible for theological clarity and explains the correct biblical standard: holy sexuality which is chastity in singleness and faithfulness in biblical marriage.
A Christian Response to Homosexuality
- Sexual identity is one of the most relevant topics of our day. We all know someone who identifies as gay. How can Christians better engage with our loved ones and friends in the LGB community? How does the gospel (sin, repentance, and redemption) shape our understanding of sexuality? Without any compromise of truth or grace, Dr. Christopher Yuan combines his life experiences and his theological training in biblical languages to bring a fresh and unique perspective on this important topic.
Homosexuality: Texts and Hermeneutics - There are six passages in Scripture which touch on the issue of homosexuality and condemn same-sex relationships. And yet some claim they do not. So what does the Bible really say? With a deep understanding of Hebrew, Greek, contextual issues, and biblical exegesis, Dr. Christopher Yuan presents and analyzes the gay-affirming interpretations of these Old Testament and New Testament passages with clarity and compassion.
Homosexuality: Nature or Nurture? - Are there really “root causes” of homosexuality? Are people born gay? There are two camps: nature (biological) and nurture (environmental). Both claim to be right with science to back them up. With his background in the health sciences, Dr. Christopher Yuan reviews the scientific studies related to etiology of sexual orientation. But more importantly, he helps to show how causation and sexuality are better understood in light of biblical anthropology.