Bible and Dialogue
by Bob Buehler
Force Seminar on the Web
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Faith Communities and Homosexuality
edited by Heather Elizabeth Peterson
Tony & Peggy Campolo ("Is the Homosexual My Neighbor?") "We have very, very divergent views on this issue. I for instance believe that the Bible does not allow for same gender sexual marriage. I do not believe that same gender sexual intercourse is permissible if you read the Bible as I do. Peggy believes in monogamous relationships. In short, she would hold to a belief that within the framework of evangelical Christianity, gay marriages are permissible and she will try to make her point." (Mrs. Campolo gave B-A a copy of this video for transcription and upload )
Wink-Mauser Debate : "Homosexuality and the Bible" "Not since slavery, in my estimation, has there been an issue that has as much potential to divide the religious communities as this one." (off-site link)
Herzog-Brauch Debate; "The Bible and Homosexuality" "Although these two highly regarded academics have very different viewpoints on the subject, they are and will remain friends and brothers in Christ." (our transcription of an American Baptist video)
Consultants on Relious Tolerance: "The Bible and Homosexuality"
"We explain Biblical references to homosexuality from both a conservative
and liberal Christian perspective. Topics covered are: Summary & Caution,
Biblical References to Same-Sex Activity, People's beliefs about the Bible,
Verses in the book of Genesis, Verses in the rest of the Hebrew Scriptures
(Old Testament), Verses in the Christian Scriptures (New Testament), Same-sex
relationships in the Bible, Conclusions, Internet & published references."
Walter Wink: "Homosexuality and the Bible" "We in the church need to get our priorities straight. We have not reached a consensus about who is right on the issue of homosexuality. But what is clear, utterly clear, is that we are commanded to love one another." (onsite - available as a low-cost print publication)
Davies: What Does the Bible Say?"
"The latest findings of science and and individual's personal experiences
are treated as higher authorities than the Scriptures." (off-site
The Bible on Homosexuality: The Church must always ask, "What does the
Bible Say?" "Many Christians wonder what the fuss
is all about, why this issue is not settled quickly, since the Bible is
so clear on the subject. It's obvious homosexual behavior is wrong. Because,
simply, the Bible says it is! However, other Christians make a case that
the Bible does not condemn all homosexual practice. The passages which
mention same-sex relations are not as straightforward as they appear."
Jeramy Townsley: "Search for God's Heart and Truth" "First, let me say that I am an Evangelical Christian, committed to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, his death, burial and resurrection, and our absolute need for Him for the forgiveness of our sins. Along with this is a commitment to the integrity of Scripture--realizing the need to try to understand the original intent of the author as s/he was inspired by the Holy Spirit, rather than trying to dismiss passages that don't conform to what I happen to want to believe.
Joe Dallas: "Responding to Pro-Gay Theology" "When God is reputed to sanction what He has already clearly forbidden, then a religious travesty is being played out, and boldly. Confronting it is necessary because it (the pro-gay theology) asks us to confirm professing Christians in their sin, when we are Biblically commanded to do just the opposite." (offsite link)
L. Johns: "Homosexuality and the Bible: A Case Study in the Use of the
Bible for Ethics"
Royce Buehler: "A Defense Theory: An Analysis of Six Critical Texts Used to Condemn Homosexuality" "Then came a post that, as I thought, brought my whole pro-gay house of cards tumbling down. It was drawn from Joe Dallas, and it concerned the much-disputed word in 1 Corinthians 6:9, and in 1 Timothy 1:10.. " (first presented on the Bridges-Across email, and uploaded to Whosoever by bridger Candace Chellew)
Chase: Questions and Answers
Townsley: Paul, The Goddess, and Homosexuality
Rankin and LaFountaine Debate: " Does the Bible Object More to Homophobia than to Homosexuality?" LaFountaine: "The irony is the church wants to kick us out. We are already in the church. We have been in the church for centuries, serving the church faithfully." Rankin: "My interest in argument tonight is not to be negative against homosexuality or homosexuals, it is to be positive in favor of the image of God the way God ordained it." (onsite, audio transcription provided to B-A)
Lifter of My Head
By Randy Thomas 10/13/98
Bass undercurrent with white
My face is set still
Mercy I plead
The dimensions of man escapes
And they still rage. I love you Christ, my Yeshua. I trust your sovereignty.
Randy Thomas is the director of Living Hope
Ministries in Dallas, Texas. He is the host ofDiscuss!
@ the Waterline.