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Andrew T. Walker’s God and the Transgender Debate, offers an honest and clear representation of the Word of God, while lovingly exploring a real struggle that people face today. A struggle that does not have to end in despair and rejection, but a promise of hope and redemption that can be found in Christ and should be seen through the lives of his followers. In the various debates that are raging in our society and churches today, it is of utmost importance that God’s voice be heard, a God who is love even if it is expressed through the tough words that he speaks.
Walker explores how we as a society have gotten to where we are at today, as well as helps to define pertinent terms related to the transgender debate. He outlines what the Bible says regarding humanity and gender, focusing on the Creator/creature relationship and how God has defined His creation. This is expounded upon as Walker looks at what Jesus both said and did as he debated issues and interacted with people, and in all of it being love.
With this foundation established, a discussion of how this should play out in life is highlighted. Here questions like: what does loving your neighbor really look like? How should one who has this struggle respond? How should the church respond? What should parents say when discussing with their children?
In a culture that is changing quickly, the church should be leading the way and not playing catch-up when it comes to speaking the truth in love, expressing compassion, and seeking justice. The church should be the safest place to talk about our struggles. Truth and love can only be effectively communicated within the confines of relationship. God and the Transgender Debate may not answer every question in this debate, but it provides a great place to start.
Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: Good Book Company
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“a uniquely beautiful and very practical book. Absolutely ‘Must-Read’ material.”
Glenn T StantonFocus on the Family
"This book resonates with gospel clarity and gospel compassion. It will empower you to share the good news of Jesus with those who grapple with gender-identity issues. The book is smart, wise, persuasive, and practical.”
President, The Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission
“Loving and biblical, this book models how to discern the times and respond with hope.”
Rosaria ButterfieldAuthor of Openness Unhindered
Gender-identity questions are among the most radical of our time—and the church is not prepared. Andrew T. Walker has thought deeply about these things, and is an invaluable guide for faithful Christians walking through the heat and confusion of this debate.
Author of The Benedict Option
What is transgender and gender fluidity? What does God's Word actually say about these issues? How can the gospel be good news for someone experiencing gender dysphoria? How should churches respond?
This warm, faithful and careful book helps Christians understand what the Bible says about gender identity. It will help us to engage lovingly, thoughtfully and faithfully with one of the most explosive cultural discussions of our day.
If you want to learn more and love better, and are open to considering what God has to say about sex and gender, this hope-filled book is for you.
Includes a section looking at practical questions including:
- Can someone be transgender and Christian?
- Should I mind if people who are biologically the other sex are in my restroom?
- What should church leaders do if a congregation member asks for their child to be identified as the opposite gender?
- Is it true that Christian teaching is harmful and can lead to depression and higher suicide rates?
- What about people who are born intersex?