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Christians who are confused by the homosexuality debate raging in the US are looking for resources that are based solidly on a deep study of what Scripture says about the issue. In People to Be Loved, Preston Sprinkle challenges those on all sides of the debate to consider what the Bible says and how we should approach the topic of homosexuality in light of it.

In a manner that appeals to a scholarly and lay-audience alike, Preston takes on difficult questions such as how should the church treat people struggling with same-sex attraction? Is same-sex attraction a product of biological or societal factors or both? How should the church think about larger cultural issues, such as gay marriage and gay pride? How (or if) Christians should do business with LGBT persons and supportive companies?

Simply saying that the Bible condemns homosexuality is not accurate, nor is it enough to end the debate. Those holding a traditional view still struggle to reconcile the Bible's prohibition of same-sex attraction with the message of radical, unconditional grace. This book meets that need.

©2015 Preston M. Sprinkle (P)2019 Tantor

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Shallow Empathy

Very not okay with this book. I came to it looking for hope as a gay Christian, but it looks like there simply is no hope for me and my desire for a loving, monogamous, covenantial relationship with my partner. It looked like he might be sympathetic when he opened with a statement about challenging the conservative interpretation, chapter by chapter he dismisses every argument as either unfounded or misdirected, while giving no alternatives to those who live with this identity.

I do not recommend this book to anyone looking for hope in the gay Christian lifestyle.

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Humble & Thorough

Solid job methodically walking through relevant Scripture passages in order to unpack his view. He also takes the time to thoughtfully & respectfully engage with well-known scholars with whom he disagrees. Yet he does all this with a posture of humility unlike what I have seen elsewhere. The title sums up Preston’s approach pretty well.

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My mind was exercised!:)

This is for someone who has an open heart and loves God. It was amazingly written and well researched.

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read in 24 hours

started as an audio book on a long drive, finished as a.paperback. Couldn't get enough of it! A great storyline.

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Don't scroll past this...

A must listen for everyone who says they love Jesus and want to live and love as He does.

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A thoughtful read on the subject. More pastoral than theological but the author does consider all aspects and isn’t willing dismiss thoughtful arguments from diverse opinions.

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Best discussion I've heard on this topic.

Rigorous enough for the academic and plain enough for the layman. Often when. this topic is examined there is a heavy reliance on "gotcha statements" and biblical literalism, without the careful examination of scripture and history. Preston is careful to avoid this and presents the strongest argument for each side. Most importantly, Preston is intentional about maintaining the humanity of the people at the center of the discussion. This is a must read for all Christians in my opinion.

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Worth the read

If I were to read this again, I would definitely benefit from the hard copy. Overall, a thoughtful and compassionate approach to this touchy topic. Well done.

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wonderful!

It truly was an amazing book! A scholar take on the whole debate! Worth buying!

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A MUST read for EVERY Christian

Preston Sprinkle has a wonderful heart, a desire for the Truth, and a great intelligence for study. His in-depth look at homosexuality in the Bible is DEEP and he carefully looks at all sides. He also looks at the person—the image-bearer of God. We are ALL created in the image of God; we are ALL sinners in need of the saving grace of Jesus! We as the Church have fallen short and have not followed Jesus in this matter. I am so grateful that Preston wrote this book. The narrator was great, but would have loved to hear Preston himself read it.

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  • 07-06-21

Thought provoking

Though his logic/reason has inconsistent application, this book takes quite a thorough look at the controversies around scriptures which allude to or directly address same-sex acts and homosexuality. The author presents ideas from multiple viewpoints and explores their values. He comes across as mostly humble and interested in changing the way Christians approach people, to be, well, people-based.

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  • Jon Hierophant
  • 02-19-21

Great Book, Questionable Logic, Worth Reading

Overall, a very good book; Sprinkle presents a balanced discussion of a variety of views held by both affirming as well as non-affirming Christians on what the bible says about sexuality and being gay, comparing and contrasting views, covering some of the various implications of these views and how they could be outworked by people and the church. I believe this book could be a good starting point for someone who finds the "homosexuality issue" a difficult discussion; just to open the door to understand this topic a bit more and realise there is more to it than often first appears to people. The issue I have is that Sprinkle contradicts his own logic in places when he begins to draw a conclusion. For example, in one situation in scripture he arrgues that the Bible doesn't say explicitly that it is addressing what we understand today as same sex attraction expressed in a healthy mutual monogamous relationship, therefore we cannot with certainty condem gay people, only later to use another scriptural situation to argue that even with the uncertainty we have about an interpretation it is safer for us to assume that the Bible is speaking about what we understand today as same sex attraction expressed in a healthy mutual monogamous relationship. Obviously, I am over simplifying the point as Sprinkpe takes about a whole chapter to express each of these points, however, the lack of continuety in his logical argument is worrying for such a complex discussion and cast dispersions on his ultimate conclusion. Nonetheless, this is a very helpful work that approaches the topic in a heartfelt genuine way. It is worth reading, however, I would advise to keep your mind switched in gear to follow his points thoroughly, as they do not all land securely in my opinion, that doesn't make them "wrong", but it also does not make them unquestionably correct either.

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  • 09-13-20

helpful exegesis and pastoral application

i would recommend it to anyone who wants to wrestle with what the Bible says about same sex relationships. It goes through each passage, highlighting the discussion from both sides. I appreciate this a lot.
there are helpful pastoral applications towards the end of the book. I just wish he provided with more specific concrete suggestions.

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