Tim Keller on How the church should address homosexuality

Patheos: Owen Strachan
June 3, 2014

Every Christian needs to know the how to discuss the issue of homosexuality. If you haven’t been asked what you believe you will. Really love what Keller says. Be disarming, yet truthful. Below is an outtake of a full blog post by Owen Strachan blogging on Patheos.

Keller on how the church should speak to the issue of homosexuality:

You always want to speak in the most disarming way, but still be very truthful. Both disarming and truthful. I’m not sure most of us speak in that way—trying to be both. Ed Clowney, former President of Westminster Theological Seminary, said this many years ago: We tend to say we preach the Bible, but you tend to preach the answers to the questions you’ve posed to the Bible. Whether you know it or not, you read the Bible with certain questions. A Korean might have a question in mind when he reads that an African wouldn’t have. Right now our culture asks certain questions and we can’t help but respond to them. We do that in the most disarming way, but to some degree we can’t ignore the culture’s questions. We need to give biblical answers to the culture’s questions. You don’t give them the answers they want, you give them the answers they need. You can’t be a responsible pastor if you don’t.

If we are going to shepherd and teach, we must give the most disarming and truthful answers.

Free Bible Lesson John: Book of God’s Love

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Gospel of John– Book of God’s Love

Key Point – God loves you and Cares for you
Memory Verse – John 14:18 I will not leave you orphans. I will come to you.

Bible Story/Children’s Sermon – John 11 the story of Jesus and Lazarus. Explain to the kids that God will never leave us he is always with us no matter where we go. Jesus loves us. The Bible is all about how much he loves. It tells us in the Bible in Romans 3 that God loves us so much that he sent His one and only son to die for our sins so that we could be God’s friend again and that we go to heaven.
God’s Love for us
Never Ends
Is Shown by Him protecting us
He will never leave us.

The next revolution in family ministry

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The debate over family ministry has been alive and well over the past 10 years and for that I am grateful. One of the things I was not aware of is how Dad’s  were removed from being the primary spiritual leaders of their homes through the industrial revolution. Up to that point there was no separation of duties within the family. The husband and wife were partners in both the economics of their home as well as the more domestic duties of child rearing with in the home. What’s crazy is the church let it happen.

Baby Dedication Idea: Jesus Storybook Bible

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We are doing our baby dedication service next Saturday. It is always such a joy and privilege to share this special moment with the families of our church. At every Baby Dedication service we give each child a Jesus Storybook Bible it is the best gift you can give any young family. Kids and adults alike need to understand the gospel. I know of no other book that explains the totally of scripture and the purpose behind the bible in a such a simple and profound way as the Jesus Storybook Bible does. If you do baby dedications I beg you to give this to every family. They will be better for it.

Below is the letter I enclose for every parent.