Three Zondervan Titles Chosen as Outreach’s Resources of the Year

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Grand Rapids, Mich., Mar. 2, 2017 — Today Zondervan announced it represented a total of three titles that were chosen as top resources of the year by Outreach magazine.

Almost 200 total submissions were divided into twelve categories, with expert panelists for each category. Each panelist chose one resource of the year, with some providing “also recommended” selections. Out of the “also recommended” titles, Zondervan had two.

The three Zondervan titles chosen for Resources of the Year are:

No God but One: Allah or Jesus?: A Former Muslim Investigates the Evidence for Islam and Christianity by Nabeel Qureshi – Apologetics • People to Be Loved: Why Homosexuality Is Not Just an Issue by Preston Sprinkle – Culture • Conversion & Discipleship: You Can’t Have One Without the Other by Bill Hull – Discipleship

The two…

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Can Someone Be Gay and Christian, and Faithfully Christian?

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9780310519652Should same-sex attracted Christians call themselves gay?

Let’s go further: Is same-sex attraction itself sinful?

And perhaps more pressing: Can gay Christians be faithfully Christian?

These questions sit at the heart of an ongoing discussion within the Church about the meaning of sexuality. They also form much of the pastoral thrust to a new book exploring why homosexuality isn’t just an issue.

In People to Be Loved Preston Sprinkle freshly engages the biblical passages and human faces behind the issue in a way that respects both. The engagement below reveals such a respect. It also reveals what it means to be gay and Christian, and to live faithfully unto Christ.

Gay and Christian?

First, should Christians who are same-sex attracted identify as gay? Sprinkle distinguishes between two senses…

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Have We Misunderstood Romans 1:26–27? 6 Interpretations Say ‘Yes’

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People to Be LovedPreston Sprinkle believes we need a new discussion around the most potent topic in the church these days: same-sex relations and marriage.

Eschewing recycled responses and easy answers, his new book People to Be Loved freshly engages the passages and people behind the issue in a way that respects both, while challenging Christians across the spectrum.

“Are we sure we’ve understood what the Bible really says about same-sex relations?” (15) Sprinkle asks. Especially the crucial Romans 1 passage? Have we misunderstood it?

Six views say, ‘Yes’!

We’ve briefly outlined and engaged them below to bring clarity and offer a way forward.

1) Heterosexuals Having Homosexual Sex

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How Should Nonaffirming Christians View Affirming Christians? – An Excerpt from People to Be Loved

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“This is, perhaps, one of the most pressing ethical questions facing the church today.” Referring to the issue of same-sex attraction, Preston Sprinkle says in People to Be Loved, it’s “not about what the Bible says but what the Bible means.” But one step beyond the issue of interpretation is how should we interact with others who hold differing views? As difficult as it is, Sprinkle encourages us to listen well and love well in this excerpt.

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This is by far one of the hardest questions I’ve had to think through as I wrestled with this topic. It’s one thing to weep with those who experience same-sex attraction but think it’s wrong to act on it. But what about those Christians who have studied the Bible and disagree with my interpretation? They love Jesus, believe in…

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If the Gospel Isn’t For Everyone… – An Excerpt from People to Be Loved

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9780310519652In an age of confusion, disillusionment, and bashing others, Preston Sprinkle speaks up with solid truth and radical love. Sprinkle exhorts us to stop thinking of homosexuality as an “issue” to fix. That does us no good, he says. If our truth or love dilemma is driving people away from the church at such a great rate, something is wrong. Sprinkle starts a better conversation in his recent release, People to Be Loved.

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Eric Borges was raised in a conservative Christian home. At a young age, Eric realized he was different, and other kids at school let him know it. He endured relentless and ongoing bullying throughout kindergarten, and the rest of his elementary school years were tarnished with horror. “I was…

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Top 10 Theology Books Your SBL, ETS Book Bag Will Crave

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Yes, it’s that time of year again: the gauntlet of AAR/SBL and ETS plenary sessions, lectures, meetings, and receptions.

We know it can be an overwhelming and stressful season. On top of adding that final polish and flair to your presentation, you’ve got to pack your suitcase “just so,” so that you have room for the bounty of books you know you won’t be able to resist. So we thought we’d lend a helping hand by charting a course for your book-buying adventure.

Below are the top theology resources your book bag will crave this season, and for which your carry-on will probably resent you.

They represent the latest, cutting edge research and scholarship in Reformation studies, biblical theology, dogmatic theology, and historical theology.

So print this list and take it with you. Your book…

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