It may be a coincidence that two different groups of Christians are hosting online discussion series on the topic of homosexuality as it relates to Christian sexual ethics to begin the new year. It may be that one is a response to the other. I don’t know, but if you have been wrestling with whether or not homosexuality is compatible with Christian discipleship in any form then you may be interested in this news:
On the one hand, Dallas Theological Seminary’s ‘The Table Podcast’ has a series on ‘Homosexuality in the Context of Christian Sexual Ethics’ beginning today (January 2nd) with four more parts scheduled to end on the 23rd. Part 1, Discussing Homosexuality and Sexuality Together has been posted already. Stanton Jones, Michael Brown, and Darrell Bock are the participants and I presume this trio will be featured for the entire series.
One the other hand, Darkwood Brew is hosting a series titled ‘For the Love of God: A Conversation about the Bible and Homosexuality’ that began December 30th, 2012, and end on February 3rd. According to Brian McLaren, “They’re launching a major 6-week series on Dec 30th called ‘For the Love of God: Civil Conversation on the Bible and Homosexuality.’ Confirmed guests include Dr. James Forbes, Bishop Gene Robinson, Dr. Jacq Lapsely (OT Prof, Princeton Theological Seminary), and Dr. Jack Levison (NT Prof, Seattle Pacific U), Rev. Bruce Van Blair (UCC minister/author, Invitation to Reformation, etc).”
Obviously these two discussions will approach the subject from different angles. This is one of the most controversial topics for Christians in Europe and North America. It has political implications, social implications, and it forces us to rethink our bibliology and hermeneutics. I hope these resources assist you in thinking about this subject.
If you have the time to listen to one or both of these series, or parts of these series, let me know your thoughts in the comments.