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Turning Controversy into Church Ministry: A Christlike Response to Homosexuality Paperback – September 26, 2010
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Campbell approaches the issues surrounding homosexuality in the church with compassion, scripture, science and a gentle, humble spirit. He spends a great deal of time talking about the balance between grace and truth and it is clear that he has spent much time trying to find the balance between the two. He shares testimonies from folks who have struggled with homosexuality and have been mistreated by the church, as well as scripture, explanation of those scriptures and even science (I believe that science and religion don't contradict each other and am refreshed when I read an author who believes the same.)
Campbell firmly argues his conviction that God's design for marriage is one man and one woman, yet handles the issue intelligently and with love. Campbell says in the introduction:
One would hope that a whole generation of focus on the topic would cause church leaders to become experts in healing people's wounds. Just the opposite is true. It has resulted in a polarization between parties, and people on both sides of the fence have become experts at contention but have overlooked opportunities for ministry.Read more ›
The most important concept of this book is the balance of truth and grace. Out of balance, truth can be used in a harmful and negative way to reject the homosexual and squelch any chance of healing and reconciliation within a church. Likewise, grace out of balance can lead to an acceptance of the sin, and an affirmation of bad theology. Yet it is so much more complex than this simple comparison.
Mr. Campbell speaks as a pastor within the embattled Presbyterian Church (USA), but his voice reaches across all the entrenched denominations. With this book he arrives on the front lines not with ammunition, but information. As a pastor he appeals to the authority and truth of Scripture, yet he also examines the history of the homosexual culture and engages the latest scientific and psychological studies. Each chapter it seems is the perfect combination of the three and the summary ties it together.Read more ›
I asked—What brings you to the hospital today? His answer caught me off guard—rectal bleeding. The shock on my face must have been obvious. Also obvious was the fear of death on the patient’s face. I should have probed into his demeanor—Was he perhaps concerned about HIV infection? Instead, I mumbled through a few pleasantries, offered prayer, and left. My lack of preparation for that hospital visit was clearly a lost ministry opportunity.
How do we properly minister to people caught up in gender confusion?
Bill Campbell’s book, Turning Controversy into Church Ministry, focuses on confronting our fears and offering Christ’s presence to broken people. Campbell writes:
“This book is written to equip Christians and their churches to prove a Christlike response to homosexuality and to people who struggle with unwanted, same-sex attractions.” (7)
How does a pastor respond to someone seeking care for unwanted same-sex attractions? Campbell (11-12) starts with the story of the woman caught in adultery. Jesus asked:
"Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you? She said, No one, Lord. And Jesus said, Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more." (John 8:10-11 ESV)
Campbell notes two principles in Jesus response: grace and truth .Read more ›
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Compassionate, practical, Biblically-sound pastoral guidance for Christians.Published 10 months ago by Sandy Brenneman
Author provides a balanced discussion of the topic without sacrificing Biblical truths. Looking at the issues from different viewpoints is useful.Published 19 months ago by rafterdgs
This book is a very balanced and loving look at an extremely touchy subject. It explains how ministry works and the importance of loving the people enough to not leave them where... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Martha
Many Christians are concerned about government pressure, political activism and social changes in our society. Read morePublished on May 31, 2014 by Darrell Martin
Just finished reading this book and it was very balanced, informative and compassionate. I would recommend that pastors and church leaders in every church read Campbells'book. Read morePublished on March 27, 2014 by PAT
WP Campbell deals with what can be an explosive issue in a way that transforms the conversation and perspective of those seeking the heart of God.Published on March 31, 2013 by Greg Gearhart
A tremendous book that brings a balanced and loving approach to a very real and controversial issue in the church today. Read morePublished on November 3, 2012 by David S
Not too long ago, my 5 year-old son started drawing with my BIC Cristal For Her Ball Pen, 1.0mm, Black, 16ct (MSLP16-Blk) He started drawing, princesses, unicorns and rainbows,... Read morePublished on September 8, 2012 by esparkhu
Turning Controversy into Church Ministry: A Christlike Response to Homosexuality by W. P. Campbell is a well needed book for the church today. Read morePublished on July 1, 2011 by Kindle Customer