Recommended Reading for August
The Bible and LGBTQ Adventists
by Alicia Johnston
Many are dissatisfied with the pastoral care and theological depth of the church’s response to the LGBTQ community, most of whom struggle and leave our churches. Increasingly, their friends and family also walk out the doors of our churches forever. They don’t see the love of God in our theology or behavior. If the Bible is our rule of faith and practice, is there something there to help us?
The Bible and LGBTQ Adventists answers this question with a resounding, “Yes!” And in a surprising way. The big claim is this: Full affirmation of same-sex marriage and transgender identity is the most biblical approach.
Despite this audacious claim, don’t expect a controversial style. It’s written as a theological conversation, not an argument. Those who are unconvinced of the book’s thesis will still have gained knowledge, understanding, and tools to navigate this conversation.
Your can order your copy at https://aliciajohnston.com/
Last Week’s Social Jesus Posts
Articles posted each week at https://www.patheos.com/blogs/socialjesus/
Envisioning a World of Care (Part 1 of 3)
The first portion of this week’s reading centers on the ethics of resource-sharing and wealth redistribution as a universal expectation.
Envisioning a World of Care (Part 2 of 3)
“Instead, we see him teaching a more socialized way of living here on earth that could lift up the marginalized and downtrodden from the harms their society was committing against them.”
Envisioning a World of Care (Part 3 of 3)
This topic can lead us to heated discussions about things like taxes, wealth limits, redistribution, universal health care and child care, universal basic income, and more. And when I look around at today’s disparities and the harm being produced, these are discussions worth having.
Weekly Zoom HeartGroup on Wednesday Nights
“I’ve experienced paradigm shifts in my thinking that are transforming my spiritual journey.”
That’s what one participant recently wrote. Each Wednesday evening, Glendale City Church will be hosting a Zoom-HeartGroup led by Herb Montgomery. Our discussion each week will focus on the content in Renewed Heart Ministries’ weekly eSight articles and the Jesus For Everyone podcast published each Friday. The time of each Zoom session will be on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. Pacific/10:00 p.m. Eastern.
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