Same Sex and Christianity

To conclude our Longing For Love series, our intention was to have Tom Pugh speak to us about same sex attraction and Christianity. Tom has been resourcing Christian communities on the complexities for sexual minorities in the Church for several years.

Unfortunately, because of a personal tragedy in our church leadership team, we have made the decision to postpone this event for now.

Here are three talks given by Tom in 2019 as part of the Integrate Project. According to Tom, some of the material is outdated, but there is great value in hearing his personal reflections and wise advice.

Talk 1: Tom speaks from his own experience as a Christian ministry practitioner and as gay man who chooses to go without sex and marriage.

Talk 2: Tom provides a brief overview of the theological convictions shaping his lifestyle decisions.

Talk 3: Tom emphasises the need for producing better mental health outcomes for Christian LGB+ people, including what minority sexuality groups in the church can teach us about faithful living.

Understanding Transgender

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In 2015, Caitlyn Jenner was named Woman of the Year, paving the way for the transgender movement to become mainstream. Since then, gender non-conformity has become one of the defining issues of our age.

But what is transgender and how might we respond to this transgender moment as Christians, in love?

In this talk, Daniel Sih unpacks terms like gender dysphoria, transitioning, and gender nonconformity. He explains why we need to respond with love and kindness to transgender people. He also challenges trans affirming culture and its unexpected impact on children, explaining the need for tough love.

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What Is Gender?

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Men like cars and are good at reading maps. Women are domestic and enjoy cooking. Really? In our culture, there are competing visions for what it means to be a man and a woman. Some are helpful, but many are not.

In this talk, Daniel Sih outlines the biblical vision for male and female. He challenges gender stereotypes, as well as gender fluid ideologies, offering a way forward to become whole-heartedness as men and women in a deeply confused culture.

Note: this sermon was re-recorded because of technical errors when recording the original talk.

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The Standard Of Marriage

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According to scripture, marriage is a lifelong covenant between a man and woman, voluntarily entered into for life, to the exclusion of all else.

In this sermon, Michael Wood talks about the gold standard of marriage, what it means and how it connects with our faith. He also touches on singleness as a gift from God, representing another gold standard of oneness with God.

What Is Sex?

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Human sexuality is wonderful, complex and personal, but what is the purpose of sex?

Does God have an opinion about how we use our bodies? How is the physical act of having sex connected with our emotional and spiritual selves? What does the bible have to say about soul ties? And how might we resist sexual immorality?

In this talk, Daniel Sih outlines two false beliefs that have impacted church and culture, providing a positive vision for how we might embrace a biblical view of sex.

The presenter slides are available HERE.

What Is Freedom?

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Freedom is one of our most important values in Australia. But what is freedom and what does it look like to be truly free?

In this talk, Daniel Sih explains the challenges of defining freedom through popular culture. He examines the biblical imagination of personal freedom and demonstrates how freedom requires logical limits in the areas of health, money and sexuality.

You can watch the ‘Embracing Me’ music video on YouTube.

The presenter slides are available HERE.

Pigs, Pearls and People

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“Don’t throw your pearls to pigs. They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you.” What is that all about?

In this talk, Julia Verdouw continues our Longing for Love series by discussing what it means to love sacrificially with agape love.

How does the way we view people shape our ability to love like Jesus? Who are the pigs? And what might we need to do about it?

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What Is Love?

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The Beatles once suggested that “all you need is love” … but what IS love?

In this talk, Michael Wood explains the importance of defining love by something other than itself. He outlines four different Greek concepts for love, which are Storge (family affection), Philia (friendship), Eros (romantic) and Agape (divine love).

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Longing for Love

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All of us need love. Love is one of our highest emotions. We search for love in many places, even if there is confusion about how to live out our most intimate relationships.

This talk introduces a new series called ‘Longing for Love,’ exploring the bible’s perspectives on sex, sexuality and gender. We outline a framework for the series and explore the importance of starting with the revelation; ‘God IS love.’

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