The Bible's Yes to Same-Sex Marriage: An Evangelical's Change of Heart

The Bible's Yes to Same-Sex Marriage: An Evangelical's Change of Heart

by Mark Achtemeier


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The Bible's Yes to Same-Sex Marriage: An Evangelical's Change of Heart by Mark Achtemeier

In the early 2000's, Mark Achtemeier embarked on a personal journey with the Bible that led him from being a conservative, evangelical opponent of gay rights to an outspoken activist for gay marriage and a fully inclusive church. In The Bible's Yes to Same-Sex Marriage, Achtemeier shares what led to his change of heart: the problems with excluding groups of people and the insights into the Bible's message that led him to recognize the fullness of God's love and support for LGBT persons. Readers will discover how reading snippets of Scripture out of context has led to false and misleading interpretations of the Bible's message for gay people. Achtemeier shows how a careful reading of the whole Scripture reveals God's good news about love, marriage, and sexuality for gay and straight people alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780664239909
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication date: 06/24/2014
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 562,769
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Mark Achtemeier, Ph.D. has served the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) since 1984 as a pastor, writer, and theologian. He taught theology and ethics for 15 years on the faculty of Dubuque Theological Seminary.

Read an Excerpt

"This book is the story of a change of heart. In the middle 1990s I was a conservative church activist working hard to defend the 'traditional' teaching of my own Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) condemning homosexual practice…The following pages chronicle the journey with the Bible that took me from a personal stance of judgment and exclusion to a changed heart that longs for the day when the church will fully celebrate and participate in God's blessing of same-gender relationships."

—from the introduction

Table of Contents

1. The Harvest of Despair: Why Traditional
Condemnations of Gay Relationships Can't Be Right

2. Jesus and the Law: How Biblical
Fragments Can Lead Us Astray

3. With All Your Mind: Reading the Bible
Faithfully and Responsibly

4. This Is My Body, Given for You: God's Plan for Love, Marriage, and Sexuality

5. Special Blessings: Why Gay People
Have an Honored Place in God's Heart

6. Reclaiming the Witnesses 1: Making Sense of the Old Testament Fragments

7. Reclaiming the Witnesses 2: Making Sense of the New Testament Fragments

8. Testing the Spirits: How Do We Know
We're on the Right Track?

9. The Word of Life: Biblical Teaching for the Real World

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The Bible's Yes to Same-Sex Marriage: An Evangelical's Change of Heart 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Thomas Blair More than 1 year ago
Compassionate, articulate, faithful and full of Christ's loving Spirit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In leviticus it states "thou shall not lie with a man as thou lie with a woman. It is an abonintion in the eyes of thy God. That sounds like a no to me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a crock!! Just more of satans twisted lies