Tag: Romans

For the last fifteen years, I've pretty much had only one answer to the question, "How are you doing?" It's always: "Tired." Or maybe, "Busy, tired. But good!" As far as I can tell, this is the standard answer to the question. How are Americans doing? They're tired. When I started...
After two weeks of listening to testimonies and putting flesh on the “issue,” we dove back into the text last Tuesday night in week 8 of our Homosexuality class. As I warned my students, this week was going to involve some nitty gritty, in-depth, bust-out-your-lexicon interpretive questions. After finding our...
Oh. My. Goodness. Bill Henson rocks! Last week’s class was divided into two parts. First, a testimony and challenge from Bill Henson, who Skyped in from Massachusetts. And second, an introduction to what Romans 1 has to say about Homosexuality. Clearly, the first half was the best. Bill Henson is the...
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...
In my previous post in this series, I summed up five arguments against the so-called traditional reading of Romans 1, which prohibits homosexual relations. I’m going to spend 5 blogs addressing these arguments beginning with the first one, which reads: Romans 1 does not consider homosexual acts to be inherently sinful....
We now come to the most important passage in our study of homosexuality. It’s the only passage that describes homosexual activity in any detail, and unlike every other passage that mentions same sex intercourse, Romans 1 talks about both gay and lesbian sex. After describing humanity’s fall into idolatry...
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