“HOMOSEXUALITY”

I posted a four-part series on “The Mennonite Failure to Find Common Ground on LGBTQ Inclusion” in August/September 2017.

  1. Reflections on a thirty-year journey (August 21, 2017)
  2. Learning from the journey (August 22, 2017)
  3. Appendix one: Romans 1:26-27 (August 28, 2017)
  4. Appendix two: 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (September 4, 2017)

In September 2016 I published the book Mennonites and “Homosexuality”: The Struggle to Become a Welcoming Church with Peace Theology Books. This is a collection of numerous essays, lectures, and blog posts, many adapted from the pieces linked to below. Here is the introduction to that book.

I have written a number of reviews on books related to these themes. Here’s a list, with the more recent reviews first:

I wrote a multi-part series critiquing Rod Dreher’s book, The Benedict Option. The third post was “Dreher’s Benedict Option: part 3—Same-Sex Marriage as the Paradigmatic Problem.” (May 8, 2017)

Recent ferment in the Mennonite Church USA triggered a number of blog posts (the older ones come first on this list):

In January, 2015, I had the chance to give my basic presentation on the churches and same-sex relationships. This time it was at Oak Grove Mennonite Church near Smithville, Ohio. Here are some reflections on the experience. This is the sermon I gave, “What Matters Most to Jesus.”And this is my lecture, “The Bible and Same-Sex Marriage.”

An earlier post, expanding a presentation given at First Mennonite Church, Canton, Ohio on March 24, 2013. This develops further some of the ideas from my May 2012 blog posts. The overall series is called: “A Biblical Theology of Welcome: Toward an Embrace of Gay Marriage.” Part one: Hospitality.  Part two: Marriage.  Part three: Biblical teaching.

Here is a three part posting from May 2012 that provides my perspective: “A basic Christian argument for affirming gay marriage” (Part I—May 20, 2012Part II—May 21, 2012Part III—May 22, 2012).

These are several other blog posts (older ones come first):

I am privileged to be able to host an excellent research article by recent Goshen College grad, Kelly Miller. She takes a close look at a recent case of a Mennonite conference disciplining a pastor for supporting welcoming gays.

My essay “The Logic of the Mennonite Church USA ‘Teaching Position’ on Homosexuality” has been published in Brethren Life and Thought (volume 55, numbers 1-2), 10-23. It is a slightly revised version of the article I posted on this website July 2010.

The weekend of February 5-7, 2010, I presented three lectures as part of a conversation on homosexuality at Portland (Oregon) Mennonite Church.  Here are the three lectures, plus a fourth article where I sketch several of the issues that came up over the weekend that I would address could I give the lectures over again.

(1) The Evolution of My Views

(2) The Biblical Message

(3) Contemporary Issues

(4) Epilogue

I have co-authored a book with Mark Thiessen Nation, Professor of Theology, Eastern Mennonite Seminary, where we debate the issue of homosexuality.  Here is a link to information about the book, called, Reasoning Together: A Conversation on Homosexuality.  A fine, online review of the book, by Chris Smith, may be found at the Englewood Review of Books.

Here is a link to my main chapter in this book, “A Theology of Welcome.”

Here is a link to an essay I wrote summarizing the views of both “restrictive” and “inclusive”writers.

Here is the text of my contribution to a “Conversation on Homosexuality” forum at Eastern Mennonite University, February 19, 2009.

This is a quite lengthy and quite critical review of Robert Gagnon’s influential bookThe Bible and Homosexual Practice.

Two responses to Willard Swartley’s book, Homosexuality: Biblical Interpretation and Moral Discernment. The first is a fairly lengthy book review; the second includes critical notes made as I was reading and preparing the more formal reveiw.

Here are links to several shorter articles on homosexuality that I published in the Welcome Series of Booklets.

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