I stand on truth and I stand on love. Figuring out how to stand on both is hard work.
An old Baptist pastor recently told me, â€œPeople will always gravitate to where they are loved. And if they donâ€™t find love in the church, theyâ€™ll go elsewhere.
The debate is not about what the Bible says. That much is clear. The debate is over what the Bible means.
What would happen if Christians were known more by their radical, otherworldly love for gay people than their stance against gay sex?
Like Jonah, some people are more addicted to judgment than they are to grace.
The term homosexuality is a modern sociological construct invented in the nineteenth century, and gay and lesbian refer to people whose identity is based on their sexual attraction. But ancient people didnâ€™t think in terms of sexual identity; they thought in terms of gender identity. There is no ancient term or concept for homosexuality, gay, or lesbian.
Jesus desires obedience, but to get that obedience he fronts love.
If the world out-loves the church, then we have implicitly nudged our children away from the loving arms of Christ.
The gospel never promises happiness to married folk. It does promise joy for those who pick up their crosses and die with Jesus.
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