Contentious subject treated with grace

Monday, August 7, 2017

Title: Two Views on Homosexuality, the Bible, and the Church
By Preston Sprinkle (Editor), Stanley N. Gundry (Editor), William Loader (Contributor), Megan K. DeFranza (Contributor), Wesley Hill (Contributor), Stephen R. Holmes (Contributor)
Zondervan

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Too much space in compassionate account

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Generous Spaciousness: Responding to Gay Christians in the Church
Author: Wendy VanderWal-Gritter
The October 2013 MB study conference on human sexuality highlighted our church’s need for serious engagement on the topic of homosexuality.

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You don’t know them!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

As someone who holds a confessional MB perspective on homosexuality, I cling to this quote. It gives me hope for the future of my beliefs – and for my witness.

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“Will you officiate our wedding?”

Sunday, September 1, 2013

It was my fifth week as lead pastor at The Meeting Place, Winnipeg. Every face was a new face, every story a new story. A young man named Paul* approached me after the Sunday service, beaming, “Pastor John, I got engaged yesterday evening! Would you officiate our wedding?”

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Letters

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Life in the valley of shadows, re: June; Life beyond the valley of shadows, re: June; Editorial promotes unhealthy perspective, re: June; Following culture or following Scripture?, re: June; Articles on homosexuality lack clarity, re: June; Why not bless homosexuals?, re: June; Judging without understanding, re: June; Need to think clearly about homosexuality, re: June

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Desperation and Healing

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

I grew up in the church, well aware of the tension that surrounded the topic of homosexuality. So when I began to feel the pull of same-gender attraction as a preteen, I didn’t feel there was anyone I could turn to. That was 20 years ago, but I’m afraid not much has changed for those in the church who struggle with same-gender attraction.

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Homosexuality: Blending understanding, compassion, and conviction

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

A few years ago, I listened to the testimonies of two men who had been involved in homosexual relationships. Toni had grown up with an inordinate need for male affirmation. At age 20, he found that affirmation in the gay community.

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Who are the people in our neighbourhood?

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Fred Rogers became a legend in children’s broadcasting prior to his death in 2003. He was ordained as a Presbyterian minister in 1962, and soon became host of the popular TV show, Mister Rogers’ Neighbourhood. At the beginning of each episode, Mr. Rogers would put on a cardigan sweater and sneakers, and sing the show’s theme song, “Won’t You Be My Neighbour?”

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Assessing our stance on same-sex practice

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

A decade ago, I wrote an article for the Herald on homosexuality, Welcoming and yet not affirming (Nov. 5, 1999), which attempted to assess the impact of this issue in the life of the church and culture, and, if possible, provide some direction to the church as we sought to live faithfully as followers of Christ.

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Dear Dad

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Dear Dad, Do you remember potato planting time in Spring?

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Mennonites dialogue on same-sex

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Stumbling Toward a Genuine Conversation of Homosexuality
Book Author: Michael A. King
I’m not sure my late mother’s arsenal of clichés included, “You can’t judge a book by its cover” but when I first picked up this compilation of articles from editor Michael A. King, it certainly didn’t say, “Please pick me up and read.”…

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