Tag: Homosexuality

This week’s class was amazing! As I’ve told my students throughout this course, I want us to blend rigorous study with personal stories; the word of God and the flesh of people. Homosexuality is not just an issue to be studied, but a people to love. This is why I...
Since I didn’t have time to blog about our 4th class, I’ll sum it up here along with our 5th class. Two weeks ago, we were blessed to have my friend Lesli Skype in and share her testimony with our class. Lesli has a powerful story, which left some of...
Last Tuesday was our third class for “Homosexuality, the Bible, and the Church,” and we continued to study what the Old Testament says about homosexuality. First, we briefly looked at Genesis 1-2 to identify its relevance for the debate. Put simply: Does Genesis 1-2 show that a valid marriage is...
This week’s class was devoted to a bit of house-cleaning—sweeping aside biblical arguments from both sides of the debate that seem to clutter, rather than help, the discussion. First, we talked about God’s wrath poured out on Sodom from Genesis 19. Was Sodom condemned because of homosexuality? According to R....
As some of you know, Eternity Bible College is offering a class titled “Homosexuality, the Bible, and the Church,” which I’ll be teaching. I’ve got to admit: I was very nervous about teaching this course. Who knows what sort of people will show up? And who am I to...
As most of you probably know, Phil Robertson of the uber popular reality TV program “Duck Dynasty” made some news-stirring comments yesterday about homosexuality. To quote the most cited comment, Robertson said: “It seems to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man's anus. That's just me....
The last argument against the traditional view is the best. I’ll never forget first coming across it as I was studying Romans 1 in my office and wondering, “If this argument is correct, then the conservative church has a lot of rethinking to do.” The argument goes like this. Paul...
I’ve been on a short hiatus from blogging about homosexuality and the Bible (producing joy in some readers, and protest in others). Thanksgiving, finals’ week, and setting up the Christmas tree prevented me from finishing our discussion. Since the tree is up and I’ve almost digested all that turkey,...
As we continue to look rather thoroughly at Romans 1, I can’t emphasize enough how important this passage is for the debate about Christians and homosexuality. In fact, without Romans 1, there would be much more ambiguity about what the Bible says about same sex relations. As we said many...
The second argument against a traditional view of Romans 1 states that the same sex activity in 1:25-27 violates Jewish purity laws but isn’t inherently sinful. According to Paul’s Jewish upbringing, same-sex activity was a taboo, a violation of ritual purity (e.g. Lev 18:22). And Paul cites his own tradition...
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