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On Sept 22, 2010, after being cyber-bullied
by his roommate, gay Rutgers student
Tyler Clementi leaped to his death from
t...
Text
Why wasn’t anyone standing between Tyler and that bridge?
If you had known, would you have stood in that gap?
What wo...
“Jesus
loves you,
Tyler, he
just hates
that you’ve
chosen to
be gay.”
“Jesus
loves you,
Tyler, so
you’re free
to do
whatev...
“We’re both imperfect and
wired for struggle, Tyler, but
Jesus loves us unconditionally.
Let’s wrestle honestly with what
...
Not whether we will endorse a secular gay
agenda, perform* same-sex weddings, or
ordain* non-celibate gay persons.
It’s le...
“The church doesn’t lead with the thought and
attitude that Christians who struggle with
homosexuality are our people. But...
“You are worth less.”
Most gays today hate Christians because they
believe that Christians hate them.
Some do. Most don’t.
• Authority of the Bible and literal
reading of certain passages
• Alarm over increasing encroachment
of gay-affirming valu...
13 “Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings
out the God-flavors of this earth. If yo...
theology
ministry
NO! YES!
theology
ministry
theology
ministry
reconciled in
ChristNO BUT YES BUT
God
spoke
to me
in a
dream
in
January
2007...
NO BUT YES BUT
Wake Up the Middle!
Dear Pastor Fong:
Thank you for accepting my friend request.
You are doing some amazing work for the API
community and bri...
Text
We are all straining our ears now to
hear how Jesus wants us to do that.
I believe Jesus wants us to do more than jus...
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  1. 1. On Sept 22, 2010, after being cyber-bullied by his roommate, gay Rutgers student Tyler Clementi leaped to his death from the George Washington Bridge. 1 9 9 1 - 2 0 1 0
  2. 2. Text Why wasn’t anyone standing between Tyler and that bridge? If you had known, would you have stood in that gap? What would you have said to him?
  3. 3. “Jesus loves you, Tyler, he just hates that you’ve chosen to be gay.” “Jesus loves you, Tyler, so you’re free to do whatever you want.” ?
  4. 4. “We’re both imperfect and wired for struggle, Tyler, but Jesus loves us unconditionally. Let’s wrestle honestly with what it means for us to follow Christ because he said we’re still worth loving and belonging.”
  5. 5. Not whether we will endorse a secular gay agenda, perform* same-sex weddings, or ordain* non-celibate gay persons. It’s learning how Jesus wants us to live in authentic reconciled relationships with those who sincerely believe they didn’t choose to be gay but have made a clear choice to follow Christ. *not currently allowed by our denomination’s regional policy
  6. 6. “The church doesn’t lead with the thought and attitude that Christians who struggle with homosexuality are our people. But it should.” Dr. Mark Yarhouse, Christian Clinical Psychologist Homosexuality and the Christian: A Guide for Parents, Pastors, and Friends Bethany House 2010 (156)
  7. 7. “You are worth less.” Most gays today hate Christians because they believe that Christians hate them.
  8. 8. Some do. Most don’t.
  9. 9. • Authority of the Bible and literal reading of certain passages • Alarm over increasing encroachment of gay-affirming values that are inconsistent with Christian values • Absence of close relationships with openly gay people. Especially unquestionably Christian ones. • Assumption that no one is born gay; it’s always a willful, sinful choice. Most don’t.
  10. 10. 13 “Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage. Weʼre to enhance Godʼs reputation among those who donʼt believe! 14-16 “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God- colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, youʼll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven. MATTHEW 5 (MSG)
  11. 11. theology ministry NO! YES! theology ministry theology ministry reconciled in ChristNO BUT YES BUT
  12. 12. God spoke to me in a dream in January 2007...
  13. 13. NO BUT YES BUT Wake Up the Middle!
  14. 14. Dear Pastor Fong: Thank you for accepting my friend request. You are doing some amazing work for the API community and bridging the gap between the LGBT and faith community. Many in the LGBT community have turned their back on God and the church because of the non-acceptance from many in the faith community. My son and I are ones who have disconnected from the church, because he was asked to leave the church when they found out that he was not hetereosexual. I was angry at God and the church, because at a time when we needed both, I felt like they abandoned us. Today, I see that the faith community is also on their path of acceptance and love, and so my heart is looking for a church that I can call my home. I have not found one that I connect with yet. With all that said, I want you to know how much I appreciate the film you are doing and the way you are helping the faith community to stand on the side of love. As a mother who wants the world to be safer for her son and all LGBT individuals, I want you to know that your work means so much to me. Marsha
  15. 15. Text We are all straining our ears now to hear how Jesus wants us to do that. I believe Jesus wants us to do more than just stand in the gap. Six years ago God called me to spend whatever reputation I have to build a bridge between straight and gay believers.
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