Biblical Interpretation

How we understand scripture is foundational to our abundant inclusion of LGBTQ people in the life of our congregations and in our culture. These resources offer approachable and accessible entry points to decipher Biblical perspectives on LGBTQ inclusion, as well as opportunities to dive deeper into a theological imagination with queer people firmly in the heart of God’s love. If you have a resource to share or don’t see one that would be helpful for you please contact us here.

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God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships (Matthew Vines)

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Matthew Vine’s book has become an instant classic. Approaching the scripture from his background as a self-described conservative Christian, Vines affirms both an orthodox faith and sexual diversity.

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Hearts Unbound: Engaging Biblical Texts of God’s Radical Love through Reader’s Theater (David Weiss)

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Hearts Unbound is designed to be used as a small-group Bible study. It explores 10 inspiring Biblical stories of radical love and welcome. Entertaining, thought-provoking and participatory, each session looks in-depth at the story, the historical context out of which it came and some of the insights to be gained. All 10 sessions are available for a free download here.

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Radical Love: An Introduction to Queer Theology (Patrick S. Cheng)

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Patrick Cheng’s Radical Love is an excellent introduction to queer theology. This book is for those who are ready to dig deeper into theology from an LGBTQ perspective.

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UnClobber: Re-Thinking our Misuse of the Bible on Homosexuality (Colby Martin)

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Armed with only six passages in the Bible-often known as the “clobber passages”-the conservative Christian position has been one that stands against the full inclusion of our LGBTQ brothers and sisters. UnClobber reexamines each of those frequently quoted passages of Scripture, alternating with author Colby Martin’s own story of being fired from an evangelical megachurch when they discovered his stance on sexuality.

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Bible, Gender, and Sexuality: Reframing the Church’s Debate on Same-Sex Relationships (James Brownson)

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This thought-provoking book by James Brownson develops a broad, cross-cultural sexual ethic from Scripture, locates current debates over homosexuality in that wider context, and explores why the Bible speaks the way it does about same-sex relationships.

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Jesus, The Bible, and Homosexuality: Explode the Myths and Heal the Church (Jack Rogers)

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Jack Rogers book is a classic. This version is revised and expanded to include a guide for group study and personal reflection.

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