Books & DVD’s
Here are some of our favorite books and DVD’s affirming LGBT Christians.
Wondering where to start? For books we recommend What God Has Joined Together? A Christian Case for Gay Marriage (easy to read) or A Time to Embrace: Same-Gender Relationships in Religion, Law, and Politics (a little more challenging to read).
For DVD’s we recommend Seven Passages as our first choice.
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A Time to Embrace: Same-Gender Relationships in Religion, Law, and Politics
By William Stacy Johnson
The author is a Presbyterian minister, theology professor, and attorney. He carefully and respectfully analyzes seven theological viewpoints regarding same-gender relationships. He also explores legal and political dimensions of gay marriage and civil unions. This is one of the most thorough, careful, scholarly books on the issue. Highly recommended.
Bulletproof Faith: A Spiritual Survival Guide for Gay and Lesbian Christians
By Candace Chellew-Hodge
The author, a gay Christian who runs the online magazine Whosoever.org, addresses the struggles that many gay Christians face, especially those from conservative or fundamentalist backgrounds. She offers practical and inspiring insights to help gay Christians face messages of rejection.
Crossing Over: Liberating the Transgendered Christian
By Vanessa Sheridan
Many Christians do not even know what it means to be transgender. This book is a good place to start. It provides education on the experience of those who are transgender, examines relevant biblical teaching, and provides guidance for Christians on how to accept and welcome transgender people in the Christian community.
Homosexuality and Christian Faith
Edited by Walter Wink
This book is a collection of essays by several Christian scholars and leaders. The essays approach a number of aspects of the issue from an affirming perspective.
Is the Homosexual My Neighbor?
By Virginia Mollenkott and Letha Scanzoni
Together the authors wrote a book that gives an affirming overview of various aspects of the issue of gay and lesbian sexuality. In its second edition, it’s still one of the best books to read on the subject—easy to read, comprehensive, and inspiring.
Omnigender: A Trans-Religious Approach
By Virginia Mollenkott
Through an examination of the Hebrew and Christian scriptures and church history as well as the exploration of other religious traditions and cultures, the author honors the experience of people who do not fit within the traditional binary concept of gender: intersexual, trans-sexual, or otherwise-gendered individuals.
The Church and the Homosexual
By John McNeill
This book, written by a former Catholic priest, addresses various social and theological issues related to gay and lesbian sexuality. He shows that the Scriptures can be understood in an affirming way. Although a bit scholarly, the book is interesting and powerful.
The God Box
A Novel by Alex Sanchez
Paul, a religious teen living in a small conservative town, finds his world turned upside down when he meets Manuel— a young man who says he’s both Christian and gay, two things that Paul didn’t think could coexist in one person. As Paul struggles with Manuel’s interpretation of the Bible, thoughts that Paul has long tried to bury begin to surface, and he finds himself re-examining his whole life. This novel addresses many of common questions related to being gay and Christian—and does so in a way that is genuine and compelling.
The Good Book
By Peter Gomes
The late Peter Gomes, a gay African-American Christian, was the preacher to Harvard University. This excellent book on reading the Bible “with heart and mind” addresses the Bible’s teaching on various issues. Read the chapter on homosexuality.
The New Testament and Homosexuality
By Robin Scroggs
In this landmark book, the late New Testament scholar Robin Scroggs looks at the Bible passages that people typically use to condemn gay people. Scroggs concludes that the Bible does not speak about gay and lesbian people as we know them and so should not be used to condemn them. For example, based on careful historical and linguistic scholarship, Scroggs shows that the Greek words sometimes translated as “homosexuals” in I Corinthians 6 and I Timothy 1 actually referred to the practice of pederasty—older men taking boys as sex partners in situations of prostitution or slavery.
What God Has Joined Together? A Christian Case for Gay Marriage
By David G. Myers and Letha Scanzoni
The lead author, David Myers, is a professor of psychology at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. Both David and Letha have written a number of books. The book debunks myths about sexual orientation, assesses claims of reorientation, explores what the Bible says and does not say about same-sex relationships, and ends with a persuasive case for gay marriage that will benefit all of society. Well written and easy to read. Highly recommended.
What the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality
By Daniel A. Helminiak, Ph.D.
Helminiak, a Roman Catholic priest, has done careful reading in current biblical scholarship about homosexuality. While cautioning against viewing biblical teaching as “the last word on sexual ethics,” he stresses the need for accurate understanding of what the biblical “facts” are and concludes that “the Bible supplies no real basis for the condemnation of homosexuality.” Helminiak provides cogent, accessible precis of these revisionist findings on the Bible’s six major passages and few minor references that seem to denounce homosexuality.
Fish Out of Water
This 60-minute documentary uses animation and academic interviews to examine seven passages traditionally used to condemn gay people and gay marriages. The director, Ky Dickens, tells her story of coming out to her sorority sisters at Vanderbilt University, their reactions, and her travels around the country to research what Christian pastors and teachers believe about gay people in the Christian community. Order the DVD at the film’s website (view a trailer) www.fishoutofwaterfilm.com or at www.amazon.com.
For the Bible Tells Me So
Through the experiences of five very normal, very Christian, very American families—including those of former House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt and Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson—we discover how insightful people of faith handle the realization of having a gay child. Informed by such respected voices as Bishop Desmond Tutu and Harvard’s Peter Gomes, this 99-minute documentary offers healing, clarity and understanding related to Scripture and sexual identity. Order the DVD at the film’s website (view a trailer) at www.forthebibletellsmeso.org or at www.amazon.com.
Seven Passages: The Stories of Gay Christians
Based on 127 interviews with gay Christians in West Michigan, this professionally (and beautifully) produced film weaves together the moving life stories and thoughtful biblical reflections of 25 of the interviewees. The film is based on the play by the same name and directed by Calvin College theater professor Stephanie Sandberg. The DVD includes educational materials for use in church education classes and other groups. DVD’s are available at www.actorstheatregrandrapids.org (view a trailer) or at www.amazon.com. Highly recommended—our #1 choice.
There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
A Video featuring Dr. Lewis Smedes (introductions by Dr. Nicholas Wolterstorff and Dr. Mel White). In this 33-minute video the late Lew Smedes, a renowned pastor-professor-author, recounts his journey toward a new understanding of gay and lesbian people in the Christian community. He tells about his friendships with gay and lesbian people and his study of Scripture and church history—and how these led him to take a new approach that affirms gay and lesbian people. This video (which includes a group study guide) is a valuable resource for personal affirmation of gay and lesbian Christians as well as for education in churches and schools. The video is available for $15 (including postage and handling) from GIFT, 207 East Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. For more information contact GIFT or visit the website for the video at www.SmedesVideo.org.
Through My Eyes
This 46-minute documentary provides an unflinchingly honest look at the role of today’s young Christians in the gay debate: what they really think, how they perceive the church, and what they wish other Christians knew. Over two dozen young Christians agreed to share their private feelings, struggles, and experiences on camera. Created for Christians by Christians, “Through My Eyes” tackles one of the most controversial topics today with compassion and sensitivity, shining new light on the debate for people on both sides. Order at the film’s website (view a trailer) www.throughmyeyesdvd.com or at www.amazon.com.
Faith & Sexuality Series: Engaging our Sacred Texts
Join us for a Faith & Sexuality Series during our GRITS adult meetings on Wednesday evenings during the month of February. This series will be lead by Gregory Eran Gronbacher, a gay Jewish man with a passion for theological study and discourse.
We will be encouraged to engage the Scriptures in new ways and glean from the perspectives of one another. This series is sponsored by the Gay Christian? Yes! campaign and GIFT. It is free and open to the public!
Dates: 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, and 2/26
Location: 207 E. Fulton, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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