I am working with some friends to launch a nine-month book club here in Silverton. The theme is “The Church, the Bible, and the LGBTQ Community.”
The book club has three primary goals.
The first is to expose all the participants – including me – to a wide range of books on our theme. The books are all written by people who are passionate about following Jesus and who take Scripture seriously, though they often arrive at different conclusions.
The second goal is to conduct a kind of “social experiment.” I want to see if a group of Christians can find a way to talk to each other well, and to listen to each other well, across our differences, in unity and love.
The third goal is that, as a result of our time together, we will be better able to live into Jesus’s great commands: to love God and love our neighbors.
I’ve already received requests to participate in the book club from friends in Portland and Salem. These are people of wisdom and learning. They would have much to contribute. But I think I want this to be a conversation among neighbors. There is a kind of accountability to civility that comes from knowing we might run into each other at the grocery store.… Read the rest