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People to Be Loved: Why Homosexuality Is Not Just an Issue Paperback – December 8, 2015
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With the poignant accuracy of a scholar and the passionate heart of a pastor, Preston challenges Christians to look at the LGBT community from a deeper level. Specifically, he drives home the point that LGBT people in our lives aren’t nameless faces, but real individuals that God loves. Each person has a voice, deserves to be listened to, and needs to be valued. I’m thankful Preston has pushed us further into the tension of grace and truth. -- Caleb Kaltenbach, , lead pastor, Discovery Church; author, Messy Grace
In his new book, People to Be Loved, Preston Sprinkle serves as a trustworthy guide through the debated passages of Scripture that relate to homosexuality. His thoughtful, balanced reflection on the arguments on both sides, as well as his willingness to share with the reader what he has concluded, reflect the kind of “convicted civility” that is often lacking in any discussion of the topic. Sprinkle’s approach also models for the Christian a commitment to respectful engagement with others with whom you may disagree. -- Mark A. Yarhouse, , PsyD, Professor of Psychology and Rosemarie S. Hughes Endowed Chair, Regent University
In a conversation polarized by hate, fear, and misunderstanding, Preston Sprinkle steps into the fray with a thoughtful, articulate, nuanced, humble, and courageous take on the current debate over sexuality and the Bible. His particular cocktail of professor, pastor, and down-to- earth regular Joe is an intoxicating blend that makes for good reading and even better learning. I’m thankful for Preston and this book. -- John Mark Comer, , pastor for teaching and vision, Bridgetown: A Jesus Church in Portland
Preston Sprinkle has a deep reverence for Scripture and a great love for people, meaning this book is not just accessible and lively, but rewarding and compassionate. It deserves to be widely read. -- Sam Allberry, , associate pastor, St. Mary’s Church, Maidenhead, UK
Preston Sprinkle does conservative Christians a needed service by guiding them into the complexity of biblical interpretation, sexual ethics, and compassionate listening. His meticulous research is applied with an even hand as he affirms and critiques arguments coming from both affirming and nonaffirming Christians, all the while offering wise pastoral counsel to straight and gay alike. Affirming scholars will disagree with various points in his interpretation but there is no question that Sprinkle is going as far as he can go within a nonaffirming viewpoint to move this debate away from the rhetoric of the culture war toward a more productive, respectful, loving conversation. -- Megan K. DeFranza, , author, Sex Difference in Christian Theology: Male, Female and Intersex in the Image of God
Powerful and accessible, People to Be Loved engages top scholarship from all sides of this conversation in a way that’s easy to read and down-to- earth, respectfully avoiding straw men while exploring Scripture with conviction and grace. Moreover, Preston models a posture for straight Christians to allow the abuse and mistreatment gay people have experienced to break and reshape us, to let their beauty and dignity draw our eyes to Jesus, and to “front love” as we seek to embody the sacrificial love of our King for his world. -- Joshua Ryan Butler, , pastor, Imago Dei Community (Portland)
Amidst the arguing at fever-pitchcomes Preston Sprinkle and People to Be Loved. I am grateful for his thoughtful perspective and great desire to love at the risk of being both criticized and marginalized. I pray more people will opt into relationship and conversation with one another in the way Preston has and find deeper friendship and understanding. -- Alan Chambers, , author, My Exodus: From FEAR to Grace; www.AlanChambers.org
With honesty, empathy and all-too- uncommon grace, Preston Sprinkle contributes brilliantly to the ongoing conversation our culture is having regarding Christianity and sexuality. Preston has done a rare thing: addressing controversial issues and dealing with perplexing questions in a way that is fair and gracious to all participants. This is a refreshing and immensely helpful book in navigating the deep waters of sexual ethics. I highly recommend it! -- Mike Erre, , pastor, First Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton
About the Author
Dr. Preston Sprinkle (PhD, University of Aberdeen) serves as the director of the extension classes for Eternity Bible College in Boise, ID. He previously taught at Cedarville University (Ohio) and Nottingham University (UK). Preston is author of Paul and Judaism Revisited (IVP Academic, 2012), co-author of Erasing Hell: What God Said About Eternity, and the Things We Made Up (David C. Cook, 2011) with Francis Chan, and co-editor of The Faith of Jesus Christ: Exegetical, Biblical, and Theological Studies (Paternoster, 2009) with Michael Bird.
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I love Preston Sprinkle’s compassion and desire to listen to LGBT folk. He tends to “get it” more than other conservative writers. For example, I can tell Sprinkle has heard the hearts of those who are gay affirming in way that say, Kevin DeYoung, has not. Sprinkle also demonstrates humility, even acknowledging that it's always possible his views could shift in the future if additional study warrants that. So, even though Sprinkle has a non-affirming position on same-sex relationships, those who disagree with him will appreciate his efforts to befriend and listen.
Surprisingly few books exist from the traditionalist perspective providing a solid discussion of the biblical texts; the ones that do tend to be written by ultra-conservatives who don’t typically grasp important nuance to the discussion or can be antagonistic toward LGBT people. Sprinkle’s book is a breath of fresh air in its sensitive approach to the topic. His book generally provides a decent overview of the key biblical passages.
I didn’t love this book as much as I had hoped. Having read Sprinkle’s blog I had high expectations. I was surprised to see that it took the tired “Let’s discuss the six passages on homosexuality” approach. The six passages have been debated ad nauseam.Read more ›
I love the way the discussion starts with the words we use, framing it is a time to listen. If we listen to others, we cannot dehumanize them. Then, it addresses specific Bible verses and his interpretation, which he did with care. Woven throughout is how our posture should be in these discussions.
I've read 4 or 5 books on homosexuality and the church, and NONE have been better than this!
The book is well written by a New Testament scholar. People who want a careful consideration of the texts of Scripture that refer to homosexuality (and the author rightly points out that there are really only 6 in the entire Bible -- he even knocks that number down to 5) should read this book. The author is fair in his interpretation (even in areas where I disagree with his conclusion) I cannot say that the author has not thought through this issue and presented a compelling case.
The author carefully considers each passage, gives the relevant background, and dives deep into the context and history of each passage. While I would find areas of disagreement with the end interpretation of some of the passages, Sprinkle has given a clear, concise interpretation of each passage that is based in love and adheres to the non-affirming position of homosexuality.
At the end of the day Sprinkle believes homosexuality to be at odds with God's plan for human sexuality. Whether or not you agree with his final position, this is a book that Christians should read. We need to hear the voices on both sides of the aisle, and this book is an excellent example of someone who gives a clear, fair, and well-balanced argument for the non-affirming position.Read more ›
If you follow Preston Sprinkle, you know how he operates. He tackles the uncomfortable, elephant-in-the-room topics head-on with a grace and posture that is practically unheard of in today's world of tweets and soundbites. This book is no different.
Full of good exegesis and application, Preston hits hardest, in my opinion, in the constant references back to how Jesus interacts with people. Jesus' love is a "love without footnotes," and as his followers, we are to love in the same way. That phrase stuck with me, and has been haunting me in the weeks since I read this. Jesus does not tell anyone to clean themselves up and earn his love. He just loves.
Even if you don't agree with all of Preston's conclusions (I do), I think you'd benefit from his wise and humble posture of grace. It's a lesson we all need to learn.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loving, sincere, scholarly, biblical, and hope-filled. This book reveals God's heart toward all of us, as we struggle to find Him in the midst of life's complexities.Published 14 days ago by Gregwm6
Though I stand on the "affirming" side of the argument, I really respect Sprinkle's approach to this emotionally charged topic. Read morePublished 14 days ago by aread
No matter what side of the debate you are on, I wish you would read this. Mr. Sprinkle tears apart every argument, scriptural or otherwise on the subject of same-sex relationships. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Rachel Dawn
Preston Sprinkle has written a unique book on homosexuality where he says it's not just an issue and frankly raises up a point that we often lose sight of. People are people. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Nick Peters
This is yet another conservative Christian look at LGBTQ people. It says absolutely nothing that people haven't already heard from that camp. Read morePublished 1 month ago by The Strife of Love in a Dream
This is a very well written book dealing with a difficult subject in homosexuality. If one is reading this book to find Sprinkle "hating" on homosexuals, you'll be greatly... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Seeking Disciple
This book deals with a very sensitive subject: Christianity and homosexuality. I wasn't sure how this author would approach this subject, because that's his first book I read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cris Ferreira
Over the last three years I have read lots and lots of books and articles about homosexuality from an affirming perspective. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Katie W.
Phenomenal book on this topic! I love how Preston writes. He shows both sides and the evidence for both and concludes with what he feels is stronger. Read morePublished 2 months ago by andyroo