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Christopher Doyle, Voice of the Voiceless

The War on Psychotherapy: When Sexual Politics, Gender Ideology, and Mental Health Collide by Christopher Doyle, a Book Review

Christopher Doyle’s book “The War on Psychotherapy: When Sexual Politics, Gender Identity, and Mental Health Collide” (Institute for Healthy Families, 2019) is the author’s reaction and response to the past forty-five years of increasing awareness of homosexuality and the desire of the LGBTQ to gain equal status and civil rights denied them. Some overall comments […]

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Tim Bayly, Grace for Shame

The Grace of Shame by Tim Bayly—A Book Review

Tim Bayly authored “The Grace of Shame” (Warhorn Media, 2017). To understand Bayly’s writing and worldview, it may be useful to know some of his background.  [READ FULL REVIEW ON AMAZON] Bayly was ordained in the John Knox Presbytery (the Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin portion) of the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA). In 1991 he transferred his […]

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Affirming God’s Image by J. Alan Branch|A Book Review

Affirming God’s Image: Addressing the Transgender Question with Science and Scripture (Lexham Press, June 2019) written by J. Alan Branch (professor of Christian ethics at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO, Southern Baptist, and staff member of the SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberties Council), is the sixth such book I have read in the […]

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enGendered by Sam A. Andreades—A Book Review

Gender binaries— a sacred weapon [Full review on Amazon] The information and ideas presented in “enGendered” by Sam A. Andreades are based upon the author’s view of gender differences as he interprets them from the Bible.  Collectively, Andreades calls his beliefs “theology of gender.” He hopes readers will gain wisdom about gender and gender roles […]

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Same-Sex Attraction and the Church by Ed Shaw—A Book Review

Plausibility or Entrapment? “Same-Sex Attraction and the Church—The Surprising Plausibility of the Celibate Life” (2015 IVP Books) by Ed Shaw is an honest account of a gay man’s struggle with his sexual orientation. [FULL review also on Amazon.] Shaw, a pastor in England, avoids the term “sexual orientation” and instead uses nuanced language like “same-sex […]

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How and When the Word Homosexual Was First Introduced into the Bible

Since releasing my book, Walking the Bridgeless Canyon, in 2014, every time I’ve spoke during extended presentations and referred to the translation and combining of two Greek words, arsenokoitai and malakos, as one word “homosexual” in the 1946 New Testament Revised Standard Version (RSV) of 1 Corinthians 6: 9-10, I would say that I believed this specific translation […]

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People to Be Loved by Preston Sprinkle—A Book Review

When I began “People to be Loved—Why Homosexuality is Not Just an Issue” by Preston Sprinkle (Zondervan, 2015), I was tentatively encouraged by the author’s gracious tone and seeming willingness to break away from the evangelical party line on exclusionary practices on LGBTQ people. After all, Sprinkle includes hopeful declarations throughout the book: “We are […]

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Freedom Realized by Stephen Black — A Book Review

Stephen H. Black wrote “Freedom Realized: Finding Freedom from Homosexuality & Living a Life Free From Labels” (Redemption Press, 2017) to offer “clear evidence for the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the transformation that is available for broken lives in this day of “hip-hop” gospel relativism.” Black asks “is freedom from homosexuality […]

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Transformed Documentary is Uninformed — A Review

“TranZformed: Finding Peace with Your God-Given Gender” (2017), produced by David Kyle Foster (founder and director of Mastering Life Ministries and the producer of “Pure Passion” TV, and member of the advisory board for the Restored Hope Network (RHN)) is the story of “15 former transgenders (who) join experts (to) bear witness to what Jesus […]

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God and the Transgender Debate by Andrew T. Walker — A Book Review

“God and the Transgender Debate–What Does the Bible Actually Say About Gender Identity?” authored by Andrew T. Walker, Director of Policy Studies with the Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), has been positioned as a book that will help readers “learn more, (and) love better” (p 16) as he […]

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The Heart of Female Same-Sex Attraction by Janelle Hallman — A Book Review

I decided to read Janelle Hallman’s book The Heart of Female Same-Sex Attraction — A Comprehensive Counseling Resource (InterVarsity, 2008) because it was cited several times in the Restored Hope Network (RHN). [Review posted on Amazon.] For those unfamiliar with RHN, the organization formed in 2012 in the wake of the collapse of Exodus International. […]

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