Rustlings (February 5, 2018)

It is not the longest book I’ve written. It is not the deepest or most personal book I’ve written. It may be, however, the most important piece I’ve taken the time to pen.

Nurturing Faith Publishing Company has released my new book titled This I Know: A Simple Biblical Defense for LGBTQ Christians. I have been encouraged to write this book by numerous people for numerous months. I decided it was time. If you are an LGBTQ Christian and struggle to combat the biblical attacks hurled at you by our non-welcoming brothers and sisters in the faith, this book is for you. If you are a church member still struggling to understand how LGBTQ Christians can be welcomed in light of particular biblical verses that ‘seem’ to exclude them from faith, this book is for you. If you innately sense that God requires you to love and welcome all people but can’t explain it biblically, this book is for you. If you have family members, friends, neighbors,  co-workers, parents, children or other individuals who do not understand how you or your church can welcome and include LGBTQ Christians in the practice of faith, this book is for you…and them.

In a very simple pocket-guide format, I take each biblical challenge posed against LGBTQ Christians and provide: 1) a simple response, 2) a brief, understandable biblical explanation for the response and
3) an entertaining anecdote/verbatim of a tense personal conversation I’ve had concerning the specific challenge. The book is short, entertaining and to the point.

We are not a ‘one issue’ church. However, this one issue has differentiated us and distinguished us to some degree from many other churches. I hope this book provides the insight you need to personally understand and explain to others why we have chosen to be welcoming and non-discriminatory. I am praying this book will bring some measure of solace and strength to those LGBTQ Christians seeking to validate their faith.

The book is available in e-book form and paperback. Speaking engagements and signings have been scheduled and those dates are inside this issue of The Branch.

— Jim