God Believes in Love

Straight Talk About Gay Marriage

God Believes in Love

From the Bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire in the Episcopal Church, the first openly gay person elected (in 2003) to the historic episcopate and the world's leading religious spokesperson for gay rights and gay marriage—a groundbreaking book that lovingly and persuasively makes the case for same-sex marriage using a commonsense, reasoned, religious argument, made by someone who holds the religious text of the Bible to be holy and sacred and the ensuing two millennia of church history to be relevant to the discussion, equally familiar with the secular and political debate going on in America today, and for whom same-sex marriage is a personal issue; Robinson was married to a woman for two decades and is a father of two children and has been married to a man for the last four years of a twenty-three-year relationship.

Can You Be Gay and Christian?

Responding with Love and Truth to Questions about Homosexuality

Can You Be Gay and Christian?

Offers practical guidance for Christians who have gay friends, family members, or who struggle with their own sexuality.

Confronting Religious Denial of Gay Marriage

Christian Humanism and the Moral Imagination

Confronting Religious Denial of Gay Marriage

Writing in part for secular humanists, non-Christians, and ex-Christians, Wallace locates the beginning of religious vilification of LBGTQ Americans: these attacks recycle earlier, equally reactionary political opposition to racial desegregation and equal rights for women. Then, step by step, she lays out three major flaws in the religious argument against gay marriage. First, it derives from Plato and Greco-Roman sexual anxieties, not from Jesus. Second, opposition to gay marriage takes Bible verses out of context, ignoring their roots in Iron Age biology, sexual politics in the classic era, and pagan ritual practices. Third and most importantly, this opposition reflects an inadequate moral theology based on a denial of contemporary science and social science. Then and only then does she offer her own concept of marriage as a morally rooted, creative process, laying out common ground easily shared by Christian humanists and secular humanists alike. Her nimble, accessible account, richly leavened by personal stories, will facilitate new conversations and alliances among all those, believers and nonbelievers alike, who affirm the moral dignity of gay marriage. .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }

Brothers, Stand Firm

Seven Things Every Man Should Know, Practice, and Invest in the Next Generation

Brothers, Stand Firm

There are pivotal moments in history when the trajectory of marriages, families, businesses, movements, and nations could go one way or another, producing very different outcomes. This is such a moment for the church in America. The need of our generation is the same as every other: a disciplined army of credible men who know, practice, and invest seven things in the next generation. This book is designed to help men get started in this most important adventure of their lives.

Moral Combat

How Sex Divided American Christians and Fractured American Politics

Moral Combat

From an esteemed scholar of American religion and sexuality, a sweeping account of the century of religious conflict that produced our culture wars Gay marriage, transgender rights, birth control--sex is at the heart of many of the most divisive political issues of our age. The origins of these conflicts, historian R. Marie Griffith argues, lie in sharp disagreements that emerged among American Christians a century ago. From the 1920s onward, a once-solid Christian consensus regarding gender roles and sexual morality began to crumble, as liberal Protestants sparred with fundamentalists and Catholics over questions of obscenity, sex education, and abortion. Both those who advocated for greater openness in sexual matters and those who resisted new sexual norms turned to politics to pursue their moral visions for the nation. Moral Combat is a history of how the Christian consensus on sex unraveled, and how this unraveling has made our political battles over sex so ferocious and so intractable.

Loving My (LGBT) Neighbor

Being Friends in Grace and Truth

Loving My (LGBT) Neighbor

Ever feel like we’re just fumbling through the LGBT conversation, always asking but never really finding answers to questions like: What does it look like to be friends with my lesbian neighbors? How should I love my gay child and his partner? What if I’m invited to a same-sex wedding? What did Jesus say—and not say—about homosexuality? What is the role of the church in the same-sex debate? We don’t have to fumble. While the questions are hard, answers can be had. Just ask Glenn Stanton. Stanton, of Focus on the Family, travels widely meeting with and debating LGBT advocates across the country. In doing so he has had the privilege of becoming friends with a number of them. He says, "We disagree on certain convictions, but we still admire and esteem one another . . . Since when was it decided that people who see the world in polar opposite ways can't be friends?" He shares his personal journey building bridges with the LGBT community and offers candid insights on hard questions. In Loving My (LGBT) Neighbor, Glenn Stanton shows us how to speak the truth in love on this difficult but important issue.

Counseling Across Cultures

Counseling Across Cultures

Offering a primary focus on North American cultural and ethnic diversity while addressing global questions and issues, Counseling Across Cultures, Seventh Edition, edited by Paul B. Pederson, Walter J. Lonner, Juris G. Draguns, Joseph E. Trimble, and María R. Scharrón-del Río, draws on the expertise of 48 invited contributors to examine the cultural context of accurate assessment and appropriate interventions in counseling diverse clients. The book’s chapters highlight work with African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos/as, American Indians, refugees, individuals in marginalized situations, international students, those with widely varying religious beliefs, and many others. Edited by pioneers in multicultural counseling, this volume articulates the positive contributions that can be achieved when multicultural awareness is incorporated into the training of counselors.

Marriage and Sexuality by Design

Straight Talk about Marriage, Sexuality, and Same-Sex Marriage

Marriage and Sexuality by Design

Marriage and Sexuality by Design is a powerful teaching tool aimed at equipping every believer with solid biblical truth while exposing and correcting the erroneous teachings of LGBT advocates. The Christian community must possess a sound irrefutable working knowledge of the Scriptures or face being misled into error. It is not enough to say "I believe same-sex marriages are wrong," we must clearly understand exactly what the Bible teaches and be capable of sharing the light of God's word with our children, friends, family, and others. We must not allow the unenlightened advocates of same-sex relationships to tell our children "your parents are homophobic ignorant religious freaks." We must lovingly teach God's design for marriage and sexuality. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)Same-sex proponents argue the Bible has always supported homosexuality and same-sex relationships. They insist that King David and Saul's son Jonathan were homosexual lovers, and the book of Ruth illustrates a lesbian relationship between Naomi and her daughter-in-law Ruth. They falsely claim that Jesus taught some people are born homosexuals. In fact, the LGBT affirming church movement openly teaches, practices and condones all same-sex marriages as approved of God. The LGBT agenda to normalize homosexuality is finding acceptance among several denominations as Godly behavior. Believers and pastors must not continue down the path of silence. We must know God's mind on this subject and loving and courageously teach the truth. Marriage and Sexuality by Design offers powerful biblical expositions and detailed analysis of God's immutable and absolute design for marriage and sexuality. You can view a sample reading of the book's contents here or click on the book pic above. During the writing of this book, the debate over God's design for marriage vs. same-sex marriage was trending across America. The LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual) community was gaining sympathy, support, and acceptance for same-sex marriages. The inevitability of the Supreme Court taking up the matter and redefining marriage to include same-sex couples was imminent. On June 26, 2015, the Court's ruling was published in favor of same-sex marriages by a narrow margin of 5-4. Same-sex marriages became legal in all fifty states. The Court's ruling was celebrated by same-sex advocates as a victory, but there is nothing victorious about a man-made law that diametrically opposes God's exclusive design for marriage. The Court's ruling is a departure from the historical evidence and judicial precedent that defines marriage as being exclusively between a man and a woman. The ruling is an ignominious failure, void of wisdom and morality. The toxicity of such a ruling flows from the forbidden behavior it sanctions. The historical teaching of the Holy Scriptures and thousands of years of moral understanding testify against this disgraceful decision. Throughout this book, I will contrast God's design for marriage and sexuality against a growing body of misleading information, corrupted scriptural interpretations, and phantom doctrines based on fabricated stories. The LGBT agenda to normalize same-sex relationships and same-sex unions as an equivalent alternative to heterosexual marriages is completely alien to all biblical and secular history. Moreover, the insistence of some same-sex proponents alleging homosexual relationships was always acceptable and approved by God is without foundation and blatantly wrong.

Straight from Your Gay Best Friend

The Straight-Up Truth About Relationships, Work, and Having a Fabulous Life

Straight from Your Gay Best Friend

In today’s society, from the inner-city to suburban America, nearly every woman has a gay best friend - the one who gives it to them straight about life, clothes, sex, and relationships. For example, on the number-one cable show on the Bravo Network, The Real Housewives of Atlanta The break-out star of the show, NeNe, has introduced the world to her gay best friend, Dwight Eubanks. Just like most must-haves for women: Manolo Blahnik shoes, a Louis Vuitton handbag, and La Perla lingerie - Having a gay best friend has become the new accessory for women. And, no woman wants to be without one. Straight, From Your Gay Best Friend gives women direct, and poignant, though often tongue in cheek, advice from Terrance Dean, their new gay best friend, on some of life’s most challenging issues--family, friends, career, love, sex, and intimate relationships with men. Dean offers direct and to-the-point insights, mixed with a little sass, wit, humor, forwardness, and spirituality, as only a gay man can do. He speaks candidly to women on healing their souls of past hurts in order to tap into their fabulousness. Also included are meaningful and powerful inspirational stories from women who were seeking to live fabulous and fierce lives filled with abundant love and joy, as well as have intimate relationships with men. These women learned to reclaim, rediscover, and heal themselves. Dean also dedicates a chapter to the most controversial topic in the black community--down low gay men. I am often asked by women, “How can I tell if my man is on the down low?” Or, “What are some signs I need to look out for so I do not end up in a relationship with a down low man?” This chapter will help women identify if the man they are in a relationship with or considering dating may be on the down low. Dean gives gives straight answers on when to leave a relationship, how to make it last, how to open up, how to get into the dating game, when to stop being a doormat, and how often times the woman may just not be into the man. When many women experience a tumultuous break-up or suffer through a challenging relationship, they turn to their gay best friends. Sure, they seek advice from their girlfriends, but it’s always the gay best friend who's unique perspective helps them through the rough spots, encouraging her, inspiring her, and giving her the straight truth about relationships, and herself. His book will help women discover the power they need for a life of abundant success, prosperity, and happiness with loving relationships. It dispense practical advice and tips on creating healthy and loving relationships with themselves and any man they desire. And, it’s all done from a place of love, from their gay best friend.

Living in a Gray World

A Christian Teen’s Guide to Understanding Homosexuality

Living in a Gray World

In today’s world, the topic of homosexuality seems to be part of everyday conversation in the media, in politics, and even inside churches, with pressure to accept one view or the other. And if you’re a Christian teen, there seems to be few easy answers to the issues you regularly encounter, such as: Can you be friends with someone who is gay? What if your sister is a lesbian, or you sometimes wonder if you might be as well? Does the Bible really say homosexuality is wrong? What does God want us to do and say? Preston Sprinkle has encountered these same questions, and as a theologian and a college professor he has dealt with these issues firsthand. Through honest conversation, real-life examples, and biblical research, Sprinkle unpacks what we can know to be true, and how Scripture’s overall message to us today allows us to move forward and find answers that align with God’s intent.