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Politics in the Pulpit?

One of the most challenging aspects of being a pastor in the United States in the twenty-first century is the deep division of the nation along political lines. Based on research from a 2014 Pew Research poll, it is likely that every pastor and church leader throughout the Synod serves people who identify as Republicans, others who identify as Democrats, and still others who identify with neither party.

An Excerpt from Ethics of Sex: From Taboo to Delight

Edited by Dr. Gifford Grobien, Ethics of Sex is a compilation of ten essays written by various authors whose expertise spans the fields of pastoral ministry, teaching, science, and medicine. Covering a variety of standard subjects and hot-button issues, from homosexuality and transgenderism to the meaning of marriage and contraception, Ethics of Sex offers a timely and Christ-centered book on some of today’s most pressing issues.

The following excerpt from Chapter 4 offers a preview of Donna Harrison’s essay, titled “Contraception: An Embryo’s Point of View.”

What Does the Bible Say about Homosexuality?

As the Supreme Court continues deliberations regarding same-sex marriage, we offer this excursus from Gregory Lockwood's commentary on 1 Corinthians. Here Dr. Lockwood speaks about Scripture's view of homosexuality and how the Christian should respond in love.