Changing Our Mind

Changing Our Mind : Definitive 3rd Edition of the Landmark Call for Inclusion of LGBTQ Christians with Response to Critics

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This book has helped thousands of families and congregations nationwide to rethink traditional evangelical Christian teachings about LGBTQ inclusion. Many Christian denominations, including the United Methodist Church, are calling on all congregations to discuss LGBTQ inclusion now. That's because millions of American families include loved ones who have felt the condemnation of traditional evangelical teachings, leading many of those families to avoid churches. Dr. Gushee offers hope and healing by helping Christians to return to Bible study, prayer and reflection in a way that leads to inclusion.

This is a powerful, inspiring message because it comes from America's leading Christian ethicist. Throughout his career, Dr. Gushee has written many helpful pastoral books for churches, discussion groups and individuals. He is the author of the "Evangelical Declaration Against Torture" and drafted the "Evangelical Climate Initiative." His "Kingdom Ethics" reference book is on pastors' bookshelves nationwide. Now--in what he describes as the most important book of his long career as a Christian teacher--Dr. Gushee gives us this encouraging book that is perfect for Sunday school or small-group discussion.

"For decades now, David Gushee has earned the reputation as America's leading evangelical ethicist. In this book, he admits that he has been wrong on the LGBT issue," writes Brian D. McLaren, author and theologian. Now, in what he describes as the most important book of his long career as a Christian teacher, he has written this book that is perfect for Sunday school or small-group discussion.

Dr. Gushee takes us along his own theological journey as Bible study, research and prayer changed his mind about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender inclusion. Then, in this definitive third edition of this book, Dr. Gushee issues a scholarly response to his critics.

Best-selling Christian author Brian D. McLaren says it best: "Not only is David Gushee's work deep, thoughtful and brilliant; and not only is David philosophically and theologically careful and astute; he is also refreshingly clear and understandable by 'common people' who know neither philosophical nor theological mumbo jumbo."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 14mm | 367g
  • English
  • 3rd Definitive 3rd of the Landmark Call for Inclusion of Lgbtq Christians with Response to Criti ed.
  • 2 Illustrations; Illustrations, black and white
  • 1942011849
  • 9781942011842
  • 139,389

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"The style is accessible, not academic as with many of his other works. It reads more like a journal than a scholarly tome, so you won't be wondering what in the heck he's talking about ... Gushee is a sage among straight, conservative Christians, so he can't be easily dismissed ... The whole book just feels balanced ... Gushee is humble. He repents, and when he does, you sense his grief."

--Matt Rogers,

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"This is how our minds can be changed--'transformative encounters with real human beings.' Such encounters, Gushee argues, are an experience of God's Spirit at work. And if that is what is going on--if God's Spirit is at work and on the move--then the tribal gatekeepers frightened by this book have very good cause to be frightened indeed."

--Fred Clark, Slacktivist Blog.

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"While I disagree with Gushee's conclusion, I actually agree with his pastoral heart and I resonate very much with his loving posture toward LGBT people. More than that, I too want to join the crusade in ending hateful, judgmental, dehumanizing and damning rhetoric that's been lobbed like grenades across the island, blowing up the 'others.' I concur with David when he says: 'I will henceforth oppose any form of discrimination against you. I will seek to stand in solidarity with you who have suffered the lash of countless Christian rejections. His words are scandalously close to Jesus's posture with the woman caught in adultery, who by law should have been stoned. Jesus, quite literally, stood in solidarity with the woman, fresh off her adulterous affair. Jesus didn't affirm her sin, but He affirmed her humanity. And that's where many on the evangelical right need to grow. We need to be more like Jesus. We need to repent from our unchristian rhetoric, our tone, our posture. We need to recognize that unloving speech spackled over with a thin veneer of truth is a religious


--Preston Sprinkle, Theology in the Raw.

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"David Gushee is arguably the preeminent Evangelical ethicist of our time. Until this book, that is, which is more than a book. It is an event and it is one that will propel Gushee outside the camp of approved Evangelical scholars. But this is where Jesus did his best work. It is the place where the gospel first happened for all people. Gushee's book will draw many Evangelicals to find Jesus outside the camp with his vulnerable gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender followers, those who have suffered in exile for a very long time. The thing you will notice in Changing Our Mind, beyond the faithful scholarship, is Gushee's voice. Words do matter and the thoughts they convey. But the good shepherd is known primarily by his voice. Gushee's voice is by turns warm, pastoral, prophetic, irenic, careful, authoritative, humble, sorrowful, repentant and even occasionally funny. Gushee's new book is a great read. But his mission is deadly serious. Gushee is out to save the lives of people living with the stigma of sexual minority status. And he is out to save the soul of the Evangelical church, so that it can be good news for all people again."

--Ken Wilson, author of A Letter to my Congregation.

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