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"This book is the story of a change of heart. In the middle 1990s I was a conservative church activist working hard to defend the 'traditional' teaching of my own Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) condemning homosexual practice...The following pages chronicle the journey with the Bible that took me from a personal stance of judgment and exclusion to a changed heart that longs for the day when the church will fully celebrate and par--ticipate in God's blessing of same-gender relationships." --from the introduction
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Table of Contents

1. The Harvest of Despair: Why TraditionalCondemnations of Gay Relationships Can't Be Right 2. Jesus and the Law: How BiblicalFragments Can Lead Us Astray 3. With All Your Mind: Reading the BibleFaithfully and Responsibly 4. This Is My Body, Given for You: God's Planfor Love, Marriage, and Sexuality 5. Special Blessings: Why Gay PeopleHave an Honored Place in God's Heart 6. Reclaiming the Witnesses 1: Making Senseof the Old Testament Fragments 7. Reclaiming the Witnesses 2: Making Senseof the New Testament Fragments 8. Testing the Spirits: How Do We KnowWe're on the Right Track? 9. The Word of Life: Biblical Teachingfor the Real World

About the Author

Mark Achtemeier, Ph.D. has served the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) since 1984 as a pastor, writer, and theologian. He taught theology and ethics for 15 years on the faculty of Dubuque Theological Seminary.

Reviews

"With his skills as a distinguished biblical scholar, his pastor's heart, and his personal integrity, Mark Achtemeier carefully explores what scripture says, and does not say, about same-sex relationships and marriage. This is the book we have been waiting for, biblically based, carefully researched, unapologetically Christ centered, and compellingly argued. It moved me deeply and it will make an enormous contribution to the conversation in the church, and beyond, about one of the most important moral issues of our time." --John Buchanan, Editor and Publisher, The Christian Century and pastor emeritus, Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago "In lucid, accessible prose, Mark Achtemeier makes plain what remains obscure for many: God's purposes for marriage, love, and sexuality according to the Bible. His book helps to clear away many harmful confusions, and it leaves in their place a rigorous sexual ethic that is both faithful to Scripture and inclusive of committed gay couples. It is an excellent introduction for those open to changing their position, and his witness is a worthy model to follow." --Matthew Vines, founder of The Reformation Project; author of God and the Gay Christian "A calm, compassionate, and reasoned argument..." --Publisher's Weekly

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