Love Means Love
Same-sex Relationships and the Bible
by David Runcorn
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Pub Date 18 Jun 2020 | Archive Date 17 Jun 2020
Does the Bible really condemn same-sex relationships?
Many Christians wrestle with this question. Here, in his compassionate, cogent book, David Runcorn outlines how someone can support same-sex relationships on the basis of the Bible, not in spite of it.
The Church, in every time and place, finds itself working out the shock and surprise of God’s unfolding ways – often scandalized by where holiness, goodness and the life of God are to be found.
Runcorn’s insightful and moving reflections show how speaking in gospel friendship will help to dispel the anxiety and division that have tended to mark the Church’s response to homosexuality. Covering sexual abstinence and celibacy, sexuality and the sacred, he leads us to one powerful conclusion: love means love.
‘Brim-full of gentle and clear wisdom. Highly recommended!’
PAUL BAYES, Bishop of Liverpool
‘Joyful, truthful, scandalously inclusive . . . This book will literally save lives. It opens the door of grace and beckons you in.’
NICK BUNDOCK, Rector of St James and Emmanuel, Didsbury
‘Liberates us to read our beloved Bible with faithfulness, both to the text and to the fruit of Christ we often see in LGBT+ lives. For a good number of us, it will be met with a cry of “at last!”’.
JODY STOWELL, Vicar of St Michael’s Harrow and Chair of London Clergy
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An insightful and clear unpicking of the 'issue' of same-sex marriage that has caused (and continues to cause) friction in the church. It's a divisive issue and one that is probably not talked about enough because of the potential for upset. This book unpicks the common objections for same sex relationships and gay marriage and thoroughly and overwhelmingly shows you why these objections are not biblical in origin. > "Evangelicals often use the phrase 'authority of scripture' when they mean the authority of the Evangelical, or Protestant theology, since the assumption is made that we (Evangelicals, or Protestants) are the ones who know and believe that the Bible is saying." Unpicking the real meaning behind commonly cited Bible passages and trying to explain where some of the confusion has come from, I found this book so insightful. It's written without judgement but with love and with the intention of opening eyes to a more inclusive world. > "I remember the reaction of someone the first time they saw a woman wearing a clerical collar. 'It's not natural', they muttered, with some anger. What they actually meant was 'I have never seen this before. It is not part of my world and I am very uncomfortable with it'." This book challenges us to move past things that might make us uncomfortable and challenge what we may think we know. I found it enlightening and I am personally so glad I read it.