Review of Mark Yarhouse’s “Understanding Gender Dysphoria”

If I have learned anything from the flurry of Christian responses to Caitlyn Jenner’s “Vanity Fair” cover, it is the need for widespread transgender education in the church. The most fearful and hateful reactions betrayed a total ignorance of transgender experiences. And maybe we shouldn’t blame them. While Christian books on homosexuality abound, pastoral resources…

Speaking my Mind

Fifteen years ago, Tony Campolo’s 20 Hot Potatoes That Christians Are Afraid to Touch pushed, pulled, and prodded Christians into serious consideration of controversial but critical issues related to the Christian life. Campolo challenged his more than 150,000 readers to re-think their convictions (and prejudices) and to do something about them! Dubbed by Christianity Today…

Church In The Round: Feminist Interpretation Of The Church

Ideas of the Christian church are changing, and Letty Russell envisions its future as partnership and sharing for all memebers around a common table of hospitality. Dr. Russell draws on her interracial urban pastorate, her classes in theology, and many ecumenical conversations to help the newly emereging church face the challenges of liberation for all…

Omnigender: A Trans-Religious Approach

This book bridges traditional religious doctrine and secular postmodern theory regarding gender. Through an examination of the Hebrew and Christian scriptures and church history as well as the exploration of other religious traditions and cultures, Mollenkott honors the experience of people who do not fit within the traditional binary concept of gender: intersexual, trans-sexual, or…

Qu(e)erying Evangelism: Growing a Community from the Outside In

“The book chronicles Cheri DiNovo’s own attempts as a minister to expand the membership of a rapidly shrinking congregation in a poor, inner city Toronto neighborhood. As a result, DiNovo discovers that, in her congregation’s decision to evangelize among the marginalized and “queer” in their neighborhood, church members are radically changed by realizing how “queer”…