What Does the Bible Really Teach About Homosexuality?   -     By: Kevin DeYoung
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What Does the Bible Really Teach About Homosexuality?

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In this timely book, award-winning author Kevin DeYoung challenges each of us - the skeptic, the seeker, the certain, and the confused - to take a humble look at God's Word regarding the issue of homosexuality.

After examining key biblical passages in both the Old and New Testaments and the Bible's overarching teaching regarding sexuality, DeYoung responds to popular objections raised by Christians and non-Christians alike, making this an indispensable resource for thinking through one of the most pressing issues of our day.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 128
Vendor: Crossway
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.25 (inches)
ISBN: 1433549379
ISBN-13: 9781433549373

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Offering readers a valuable resource for thinking through a contentious issue, this timely book by award-winning author Kevin DeYoung summarizes the Bible’s teaching on homosexuality and responds to popular objections raised by Christians and non-Christians.

Author Bio

Kevin DeYoung (MDiv, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) is the senior pastor at University Reformed Church (PCA) in East Lansing, Michigan. He serves as a council member at the Gospel Coalition and blogs at DeYoung, Restless, and Reformed. He serves as Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary and is a PhD candidate at the University of Leicester. He is the author of several books, including Just Do SomethingCrazy Busy, and The Biggest Story. Kevin and his wife, Trisha, have seven children.


This book provides a short, accessible, and pastoral toolbox for all Christians to navigate the shifting cultural landscape of sexuality and find confidence and hope in how the Bible directs our steps. DeYoung offers wise and readable apologetics here, providing his readers with both motive and model for how to think and talk about homosexuality and the Christian faith in a way that honors Christ and gives hope to a watching world.
-Rosaria Butterfield,
former tenured Professor of English at Syracuse University; author, The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert; mother, pastor’s wife, and speaker

DeYoung takes on the most pressing issue of our day: whether we will be conformed to the spirit of the age or whether we will follow Christ. Against the sexual revolution and its high priests, DeYoung presents an alternative vision, the ancient wisdom of a Christian sexual ethic. This is the best book on this subject that I have read. Every Christian confronted with these issues, which means every Christian, should read this book. You will finish this book better equipped to preach the gospel, to love the lost, to welcome the wounded, and to stand up for Jesus and his Word.
-Russell D. Moore,
President, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

What a gift this book is to the church! Kevin approaches the difficult question of sexuality with compassion and clarity, showing us what God's Word says about it and why it is important. Well researched, accessibly written, and gospel saturated - this, in my opinion, is now the book on this subject for our generation!
-J. D. Greear,
Lead Pastor, The Summit Church, Durham, North Carolina

A superb, accessible resource for lay people in every walk of life who need help making sense of one of the most critical, defining issues of our day. Kevin DeYoung approaches this highly controversial topic in a way that is biblically faithful, pastorally sensitive, historically in-formed, and culturally aware. The stakes are high. We cannot afford not to understand what Kevin has so helpfully laid out for us here.
-Nancy Leigh DeMoss,
author; radio host, Revive Our Hearts

Anyone looking for an accessible, reader-friendly, "one-stop" treatment of the biblical underpinnings of traditional Christian marriage and sexual ethics would do well to read this book. It is lucid but not simplistic, judicious but not obscure, and convicted but not shrill.
-Wesley Hill,
Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies, Trinity School for Ministry; author, Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality

Kevin DeYoung has written a good and faithful treatment on the Bible and homosexual practice for the average churchgoer. His work addresses most of the main issues and does so in a succinct and articulate manner. I commend it.
-Robert Gagnon,
Associate Professor of New Testament, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary; author, The Bible and Homosexual Practice

In the heated atmosphere that currently surrounds discussion of every aspect of homosexuality, the most important domain where we need careful thinking and constrained rhetoric is what the Bible does and does not say on the matter. With his customary directness and clarity, Kevin DeYoung has now met this need. For those interested in careful exegesis of the relevant passages and patient discussion of the issues that arise from it, packaged in brevity and simplicity, it would be difficult to better this book.
-D. A. Carson,
Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

DeYoung provides a much-needed resource that addresses the important biblical and theological issues related to homosexuality while maintaining accessibility to a broad readership. The Ten Commitments at the end of this book display DeYoung's pastoral heart and his understanding that regardless of our vices or virtues, we must preach the gospel, together strive for holiness, and exalt Christ above all things.
-Christopher Yuan,
Bible Teacher; speaker; author, Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son’s Journey to God

Written with the deftness, clarity, and tender grace we’ve come to expect from DeYoung, What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality? answers, point by point, the revisionist theology making inroads in even the most conservative theological circles. It is simply the very best resource any follower of Christ can have to answer the challenge of homosexuality in the church.
-Gregory Koukl,
President of Stand to Reason (str.org)

Solid exegesis and tight writing make this book stand out. Kevin DeYoung concisely explains the key biblical passages and clearly responds to the key objections.
-Marvin Olasky,
Editor in Chief, World News Group

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great resource
    November 5, 2015
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    My 15 yo daughter used this for a research paper. I have only read half the book at this time. It is very thorough, bible-based and loving in its presentation. I believe it is a wonderful resource for my child, so she can hear the Bible perspective in today's confusing world. I also like that its presentation is done without leading to harsh judgement of others, but from a matter of fact perspective. I feel the author speaks biblical truth. The consequences of sin are described. I feel that this book arms my daughter for her future endeavors and challenges.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    A well-written treatment of the subject
    October 30, 2015
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Really appreciated the depth and scope of Pr. DeYoung's book. It is well-researched and exegetically sound. He carefully handles the questions that are thrown out by opponents to traditional marriage in the main chapters of his book. The appendices, "What About Same-Sex Marriage?", "Same-Sex Attraction: Three Building Blocks" and "The Church and Homosexuality: Ten Commitments" are very helpful. The ramifications of redefining marriage through the SCOTUS decision are clearly and soberly dealt with through the first appendix. DeYoung gives the church sound advice in the last appendix. I strongly recommend this to give you a quick, but solid, look into one of the issue that is rocking our culture.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Good study resource
    September 1, 2015
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Excellent Biblical resource for this subject.
  4. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Defense of the traditional (historical) view of marriage and homosexuality
    April 6, 2015
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    DeYoung early on identifies his book as a Christian book, with a narrow focus, defending the traditional view of marriage.

    The first task we must do, he says, is to determine what the Bible says about homosexuality. Once we have determined that, many questions will be easy to answer. This book is not a 500 page tome (although he says those are needed). This is a book for lay leaders, college students, parents, high school teachers, etc.

    The first part of the book is a collection of five chapters, each on one of the most relevant and debated texts on the subject. The second part of the book focuses on the most common objections to the traditional view of sexual morality. He concludes with a chapter on what is at stake in this matter.

    DeYoung includes an Appendix on the political aspect of the discussion and the impact on the definition and concept of marriage. A second Appendix deals with meanings of terms and their use. A third Appendix gives suggestions on how Christians should speak about homosexuality. At the end is an Annotated Bibliography.

    DeYoung writes, ...that homosexual practice is a serious sin and a violation of God's created order. And, The biblical teaching is consistent and unambiguous: homosexual activity is not God's will for his people.

    I highly recommend this book for those looking for a concise yet well written investigation into and defense of the traditional (historical) views of marriage and homosexual behavior. He takes to task those who would revise what the Bible says. He answers those who use ancient nonbiblical writings, something I was very happy to read. DeYoung has written this book knowing how volatile this subject is. I really feel he has spoken the truth, yet with love.

    I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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