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Love Into Light: The Gospel, The Homosexual and The Church Paperback – July 12, 2013
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We live in a day where we face challenges that require God's wisdom. These challenges are designed by God to cause us to look to Him as to how He might use them to revive His church and equip it to be humble enough to love a broken world. This book reflects the wisdom from above which is described as both gentle and full of mercy as well as pure, unwavering , and without hypocrisy (James 3:17). It is a labor of love and contains vital truths that all of us need to hear and heed. --Dr. Bill Thrasher, Moody Theological Seminary and Moody Bible Institute, Author and Professor
Love into Light is a big welcome mat at the church's front door for people who struggle with same-sex attraction and for those who wish to love them in Christ's name. --Dr. Mark S. Gignilliat, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University
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You should read this book if:
- You are a Christian who is uncomfortable with the false claim that homosexuals are "abnormal" or are unredeemable
- You struggle with same-sex attraction (SSA), you're lonely, and you feel hopeless
- You feel unsettled around homosexuals (or the thought of being around them makes you cringe)
Hubbard lays out three goals, which I've taken from the introduction:
- that ministry leaders would compassionately talk about and engage the SSA issue in a biblical way
- that lonely, silent SSA strugglers within our churches would feel loved
- and that the church, all believers, would shift from reacting to media and political stories, to proactively engage our homosexual neighbors with the same love and the same truth that Jesus is offering to us
Will ministry leaders engage? I certainly hope so. Because the church's silence on the issue is deafening. Will silent SSA strugglers feel loved? I believe they will, based on the grace-infused stories of hope given as examples in the book. Will believers shift from reaction to proactive engagement? After reading Love Into Light I feel so much better equipped to listen and engage someone with differing struggles than my own.
I hope my review encourages you to read Love Into Light. I found it thought-provoking, enlightening, and presumption-altering.
Love into Light challenges churches to begin thinking differently about people who struggle with same sex attraction, both in and outside of their assemblies. Having listened carefully to many homosexuals and to God's Word, Peter Hubbard's guidance is truthful, loving and practical. He generously illustrates his guidance with testimonies, many from the church where he is teaching pastor.
In his first chapter Hubbard lays the foundation by examining why Christians are silent. We think that: 1) homosexuals are abnormal and not welcome around "churchy" people; 2) homosexuality is uniquely insidious and unnatural; 3) homosexuals have an identity that prevents them from fitting in anywhere in church; and 4) homosexuals cannot have hope of ever really changing.
These reasons reveal not only a misunderstanding of homosexuality, Hubbard contends, but more importantly, a poor understanding of the Gospel. So he rewords each reason in light of how the Gospel can transform all of us.
He explains that 1) we are all image bearers of God marred by sin, so all sin is abnormal; 2) all sin is twisted, and although the Bible describes homosexuality as "contrary to nature," that is because it is "a physical illustration of our spiritual condition" as idolaters; 3) by receiving the righteousness of Christ by grace, we can all receive a new identity with Him, no longer defined by our sin; and 4) our "new identity `in Christ' is not simply individual, but communal.Read more ›
In the middle of all this is the Christian church which, since time immemorial, has held that the Bible forbids homosexuality. Is it time, as so many insist, for Christians to take a second look at the Bible, to get with the times, and to embrace homosexuality as a valid lifestyle, a valid expression of love and sexuality?
Many Christians feel threatened, like their backs are against the wall, and that this issue represents a major threat to their faith. But is it possible that Christians have been thinking about the issue all wrong? In his new book Love Into Light, Peter Hubbard asks, "What if homosexuality is not a threat but an opportunity? Could God use one of the most controversial moral issues in our nation to awaken His church rather than damage it?" Is it possible that if we continue on our current trajectory, the church will soon be defined by what we are against, whom we oppose, and all the while the gospel will be lost in the fray?
Hubbard writes as a pastor, as a counselor and as a man deeply marked by the gospel of divine grace extended toward human sin. He insists that the gospel makes all the difference, for before the cross we are all the same, we are all sinners, we are all in desperate need of grace.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you want a snapshot of a loving Christian response in ministry to those who deal with same sex attitudes, this is it. Read morePublished 27 days ago by LTC C D Honkanen
Wonderful book on how the church and the Christian should respond biblically to homosexuality in our society.Published 1 month ago by cclarkesmith
Broadens the understanding of how it is not "us" versus "them" when we consider the person with AS A. We are all sinners. Rather a hopeful book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by grandma
'Well-meaning, sincere and not hateful' are the positives of this first book by Peter Hubbard, a local pastor who is trying to help people. Read morePublished 3 months ago by writerJerome
One of the most balanced, Spirit-led, compassionate, and firmly Christian treatments of the issue of same-sex attractionPublished 3 months ago by Daddymonkey
In this book, Peter articulates so eloquently, biblically supported thoughts about how we, as Christians, true followers of Christ, should consider homosexuality and associated... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Blessed
Hubbard does a great job of breaking down some of the complex issues thst face the church in regards to its approach to LGBT culture.Published 6 months ago by Justin