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Compassion without Compromise: How the Gospel Frees Us to Love Our Gay Friends Without Losing the Truth

Compassion without Compromise: How the Gospel Frees Us to Love Our Gay Friends Without Losing the Truth


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Loving, Biblical Answers on Homosexuality

In the next year at least one of these things will happen in your life:
• A family member will come out of the closet and expect you to be okay with it.
• Your elementary-age child's curriculum will discuss LGBT families.
• Your company will talk about building a tolerant workplace for LGBT co-workers.
• Your college-age child will tell you your view on homosexuality is bigoted.

Are you ready?

In their role as pastors, Adam Barr and Ron Citlau have seen how this issue can tear apart families, friendships, and even churches. In this book they combine biblical answers with practical, real-world advice on how to think about and discuss this issue with those you care about. They also tell the story of Ron's personal journey from same-sex attraction and sexual brokenness to healing.

Truth does not preclude kindness—and a good dose of humility is necessary to love our neighbors. With sensitivity and winsomeness, this book will offer an honest but inviting message to readers: We are all in need of the healing that can only come from the truth of the gospel.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764212406
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/21/2014
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 909,757
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Adam T. Barr (MDiv, Western Theological Seminary, ThM, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) serves as senior pastor at Peace Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is the president and founder of Borderlands, a worldview ministry, and serves on the board of RCA Integrity, a renewal movement in the Reformed Church in America. Adam lives with his wife, Jennifer, and four sons in Middleville, Michigan.

Ron Citlau
(MDiv, Western Theological Seminary) is the lead pastor of Calvary Church near Chicago. Ron helped produce curriculum on sexual healing now used by Desert Stream Ministries in hundreds of churches throughout the country. Ron lives with his wife, Amy, in Crown Point, Indiana.

Table of Contents

Foreword 9

Introduction: We Understand. … It Would Be Easy to Panic 11

1 Something Beautiful: Why did God make sex? 21

2 Two-Faced: How can a bunch of hypocrites cast the first stone? 33

3 Not the Same: Why is sexual sin different from any other? 43

4 Jesus Is My Homeboy: If he didn't care, why should we? 53

5 Ban All Shrimp: Shouldn't conservatives he consistent in their reading of Scripture? 67

6 Perception and Reality: How can homosexuals trust Christians when they act like a hunch of homophobes? 77

7 Here's the Church, Here's the Steeple: How should my church deal with this issue? 85

8 Spots on the Leopard: Can the gospel transform someone's sexual orientation? 99

9 When Push Comes to Shove: How can we navigate the soon-to-be-everyday issues of living in a gay world? 115

10 Don't Panic: Things might get hard, but we're not alone 135

Appendix: The Watershed 143

Acknowledgments 149

For Further Learning 151

Notes 153

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