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Love Into Light: The Gospel, the Homosexual and the Church by [Hubbard, Peter]
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Homosexuality is one of the most controversial moral issues of our day. Headlines teem with stories of athletes’“coming out,” politicians changing positions and courts handing down same-sex marriage rulings. Sadly the church has often been afraid to talk about homosexuality. Many Christians feel confused and divided between the call to love and the call for truth. And many who struggle with unwanted same-sex attraction feel alone and alienated by the church. The time is ripe for God’s people to think and speak about same-sex attraction in a way that is both biblical and beneficial. We must reject our fears and misunderstandings and see ourselves together in need of the grace of Jesus. Love Into Light is designed to move the church toward that end. Written from the heart of a pastor with a love for people and a sensitivity to our culture, Love Into Light is your next step toward becoming more faithfully and helpfully engaged with people in your families, in your church and in your neighborhood.

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You won't find ammunition opposing homosexuality but you will get exactly what we all need: 1. Awareness of sin ... Mine, yours, and everyone else; 2. A greater understanding of the needs of those struggling with SSA; 3. Inspiration and insight to truly love into light.
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Exceptionally well-articulated thoughts on a topic that so often is presented as part of an agenda that is totally void of grace, and lacking in humility. Worth reading and highly recommended.
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Good Biblical teaching and practical advice as to how to really love the LGBT community. I've read a few books on this topic and so far this has been my favorite.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, Biblical, and Compassionate Aug. 30 2013
By Tim Challies - Published on
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It is becoming increasingly clear that homosexuality will be a defining issue for the twenty-first century church, at least here in North America. It seems inevitable that same-sex marriage will soon be legalized across America; it has been the law in Canada for several years now. Meanwhile the acceptance and celebration of homosexuality is becoming a cultural shibboleth, a means of determining who has a voice worth hearing and who does not.

In the middle of all this is the Christian church which, since time immemorial, has held that the Bible forbids homosexuality. Is it time, as so many insist, for Christians to take a second look at the Bible, to get with the times, and to embrace homosexuality as a valid lifestyle, a valid expression of love and sexuality?

Many Christians feel threatened, like their backs are against the wall, and that this issue represents a major threat to their faith. But is it possible that Christians have been thinking about the issue all wrong? In his new book Love Into Light, Peter Hubbard asks, "What if homosexuality is not a threat but an opportunity? Could God use one of the most controversial moral issues in our nation to awaken His church rather than damage it?" Is it possible that if we continue on our current trajectory, the church will soon be defined by what we are against, whom we oppose, and all the while the gospel will be lost in the fray?

Hubbard writes as a pastor, as a counselor and as a man deeply marked by the gospel of divine grace extended toward human sin. He insists that the gospel makes all the difference, for before the cross we are all the same, we are all sinners, we are all in desperate need of grace. He says, "We need Spirit-empowered love to move toward those struggling with [same sex attraction] without despising or excusing their sin, because their sin is our sin--our hearts are no different! ... My sin always seems reasonable to me, and your sin inexcusable. Left to myself, I can find a way to justify anything I really want, and the choices I make can hurt the people I most love."

The gospel makes all the difference and the gospel is exactly what Fred Phelps and so many others have thrown away in their misguided, hate-filled attempts to address homosexuality. "If our attitude toward a gay or lesbian person is disgust, we have forgotten the gospel. We need to remember the goodness and lovingkindness that God poured out on us. God should have looked at us and been disgusted. Instead, without condoning our sin, He loved us and saved us. And I want everyone to know that kind of love!"

"The gospel penetrates to the root of the heterosexual and homosexual dilemma: Who am I? Whose am I?" It assures us that we are all sinners who are utterly and wholly dependent upon God's grace if we are to be saved from the eternal consequences of our rebellion. Rather than focusing so much attention on a particular category of sin, we ought to concentrate on the joy of being undeserving, forgiven sinners, for "a church characterized by a small experience of forgiveness will be characterized by a small expression of love."

The book has several notable strengths that make it a valuable and important contribution to this discussion. One strength is in Hubbard's approach to homosexuality through a biblical lens. He attempts to diagnosis it accurately using biblical categories and as he does so, he helps show what it is and, perhaps especially helpfully, shows what it is not. He eschews easy labels and easy solutions. Another strength is Hubbard's pastoral tone and his love for the people he writes for and writes to. It is always clear when a writer knows and loves people who find themselves struggling with same sex attraction and people who are unapologetically homosexual; it is equally clear when a person is writing about a caricature, about people has never met and never loved. A third strength is that the book is anchored in the gospel; from beginning to end, the gospel pervades it all.

Love Into Light is a powerful, biblical, compassionate look at a moral issue that represents a great opportunity for the church. This is a book that will benefit anyone who chooses to read it. It is one leaders would do well to read; it is one pastors will want to read, especially if they are counseling someone who is struggling in this area, searching for identity, wondering what the Bible says. It will shape the Christian's thinking, it will apply the gospel, it will be a blessing. It is kind, it is biblical, it is pastoral, and it receives my highest recommendation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous, Brimming with Truth July 2 2013
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In Love Into Light Peter Hubbard delves into one of the most defining issues of our day. Homosexuality. While opposing sides hunker down in their trenches to wage a cultural war, I found it refreshing to drink deeply from a gospel-saturated perspective.

You should read this book if:

- You are a Christian who is uncomfortable with the false claim that homosexuals are "abnormal" or are unredeemable
- You struggle with same-sex attraction (SSA), you're lonely, and you feel hopeless
- You feel unsettled around homosexuals (or the thought of being around them makes you cringe)

Hubbard lays out three goals, which I've taken from the introduction:

- that ministry leaders would compassionately talk about and engage the SSA issue in a biblical way
- that lonely, silent SSA strugglers within our churches would feel loved
- and that the church, all believers, would shift from reacting to media and political stories, to proactively engage our homosexual neighbors with the same love and the same truth that Jesus is offering to us

Will ministry leaders engage? I certainly hope so. Because the church's silence on the issue is deafening. Will silent SSA strugglers feel loved? I believe they will, based on the grace-infused stories of hope given as examples in the book. Will believers shift from reaction to proactive engagement? After reading Love Into Light I feel so much better equipped to listen and engage someone with differing struggles than my own.

I hope my review encourages you to read Love Into Light. I found it thought-provoking, enlightening, and presumption-altering.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome book with a message we Christians need to hear Jan. 4 2016
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In this book, Peter articulates so eloquently, biblically supported thoughts about how we, as Christians, true followers of Christ, should consider homosexuality and associated issues in light of the Gospel that Christ teaches. His thoughts on loving those with same sex attractions (SSA) and loving people in general, who don't believe as we do, are considerate, compassionate and humble. That humility, with which Christ calls us, is not conveyed at the expense of truth. But, as Peter expresses, selfless love can open doors to someone listening to what we believe is truth leading to peace and salvation. His attention to "being a good listener", not asserting judgementalism, puts us all on a level playing field as sinners saved by grace, no matter what our particular sin may be. This book calls us to be honest with ourselves, our own sin, and our own motives in calling attention to the sins of others. I highly recommend it for the believer in Christ, who welcomes a challenge to his or her current paradigm as it relates to homosexuality. I also recommend it to unbelievers who may be encouraged to know that all Christians don't view their faith as an "us versus them" proposition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars We need the Gospel Jan. 21 2015
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Point: The answer to SSA (same-sex attraction) is the Gospel - shared, taught, and lived out.

Path: Peter Hubbard does an excellent job at explaining the real issues behind those who have SSA and those who interact with those individuals. Both sides need the Gospel at the center of our focus.

Sources: Hubbard shares from the depths of his understanding of Christ’s work, his love for others, and his counseling experience. He interacts as well with a variety of writers on both sides of the issue.

Agreement: This is the best treatment I have read on the issues of homosexuality and the church’s response to it. I will be referencing this work again.

Personal App: Through what lenses am I viewing those who have SSA? Through what lenses am I viewing my own sin?

Favorite Quote: “Our specific battles and sins may vary, but our hearts are the same. And our daily need for the grace of Jesus is the same.”
“The remedy is not complicated. In Jesus we are loved, so we can be honest about our own sin. And we can love other sinners. We can listen, asking good questions even when we don’t understand or agree. And we can speak. God will give us helpful words, for we live in and for His kingdom, not our own.”

It would be worth another read and I would recommend it to someone who:
Struggles with SSA
Has a friend or relative who struggles with SSA
Goes to church and wants to truly love others
Wants to know more about the big issues behind Same Sex Marriages
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable Insights for Missions to the LGBT Community in the 21st Century Dec 19 2016
By David R. Bess - Published on
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This title is the best resource I've read for doing missions to the LGBT community in the 21st century. There is not an in-depth treatment here of the Biblical passages that define godly sexuality as within a marriage of one man and one woman. What the author does provide is a wealth of insights on how to bridge the gap between a Biblical mindset and a LGBT mindset and build a relationship through which conversion and transformation can occur. If you're looking for a thorough resource on Biblical apologetics for sexuality and marriage, this book isn't it. Try instead "The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics" by Robert A. J. Gagnon. If you're seeking something however, to help you relate to others with the strong Biblical convictions you hold, then this title is definitely for you. It's been very helpful for me. I recommend it highly.