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Product Details

  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Ambassador International; Reprint edition (July 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620202220
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620202227
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This comes at just the right time. . . . Those who live under Scripture are increasingly eager to put on humility, speak with and learn from those who experience same-sex attraction, and consider what all this means for life in Christ's Kingdom. --Dr. Ed Welch, counselor and faculty member at CCEF

Powerfully insightful book. . . . I am not aware of a more valuable first resource to help shape our thinking on this very contemporary issue. --Dr. Fred G. Zaspel, Calvary Baptist Seminary

Peter Hubbard is a gifted teacher, and he wisely navigates what are uncharted waters for many Christians: How should churches relate to others with same-sex attractions? --Dr. Andy Naselli, Bethlehem College and Seminary

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

About the Author

Peter Hubbard is Teaching Pastor at North Hills Community Church in Taylors, SC, where he has communicated the truth of the scriptures since the church began in 1992. Peter appreciates the never- ending opportunities to engage with hurting people and to apply the hope of the gospel to the messy places of ourlives. He has earned two masters degrees and is currently completing a doctor of ministry degree in pastoral counseling at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. Peter and his wife Karen have been married for twenty-five years and have four children.

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Instead, without condoning our sin, He loved us and saved us.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Joel Mangin on July 2, 2013
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In Love Into Light Peter Hubbard delves into one of the most defining issues of our day. Homosexuality. While opposing sides hunker down in their trenches to wage a cultural war, I found it refreshing to drink deeply from a gospel-saturated perspective.

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.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Enjaian on August 12, 2013
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Most Christians agree that we should "hate the sin but love the sinner" when it comes to our belief about homosexuals. But when it comes to our actions, we end up hating the sin but leaving the loving part to someone else. We are not sure what the loving part should look like and are afraid to try.

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.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R. R. Gilbert on August 18, 2013
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A Review of "Love Into Light"
Authored by Peter Hubbard

Love Into Light, The Gospel, The Homosexual, and The Church is a refreshing look at a highly volatile subject, a subject long avoided address by the Church militant in its scope regarding sane-sex attraction (SSA), sexuality, and Gospel focus.
The author states his object plainly: Hubbard hopes to draw homosexuals and those who live with SSA out of the shadows of shame and alienation into the light of the community of Christ, the Church.
From the start we are challenged to fire our personal marketing departments and peel off our masks, getting to the husk of Christianity--that Jesus is the healer who opens the eyes of the blind. Our eyes must be opened, too.
Hubbard rightly contends that it is traumatic and unfair to tell homosexuals and SSA's that their struggles are unlike any other sin(s). But, we must not allow ourselves to get caught up in arguments that do not actually lend themselves to reconciliation. While we recognize that there is a complexity regarding the relationship between our biology and responsibility, and although Hubbard admits that much of the "science" involved is uncertain, we may make progress only by moving the conversation away from uncertainty to the biblical categories that are certain.
Change is possible, not just for homosexuals and SSA's, but for us all (Colossians 2:23).
For change to occur, we must give attention to who God says we are, by nature and by grace. Therefore, Hubbard strongly urges "we do not know our names--who we really are--until God tells us. (87)
As Christians who are also sinners, we can love all, but we cannot be "fine" with people who are "fine" with their sins, regardless of what those sins may be.
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