Former Gay Activist Paves the Way to Peaceful Conversation
Homosexuality and gay marriage stand among perhaps the greatest defining cultural battles of our age. There's no escaping the inevitable conversations--so how does a Christian respond with love and biblical truth without adding fuel to the fire?
Drawing on nearly thirty years of counseling people struggling with homosexuality, former gay activist Joe Dallas takes readers through virtually every argument they are likely to hear in favor of normalizing homosexuality. He helps readers understand the views of LGBT people they may know and respond with clarity, confidence, and compassion. He shows the most effective ways to engage the subject on social media and in everyday encounters with guidelines for talking points, dialogue, approach, and tone, and even provides sample dialogue.
Anyone who has been searching for ways to have productive, loving conversations surrounding this critical topic will find this incredible resource a must-have.
"At one time or another every twenty-first-century Christian is likely to be confronted about his or her views on homosexuality. But how can we approach this challenging issue in a way that faithfully reflects Jesus's heart and mind? Joe Dallas answers that question in this clear and compelling guide for engaging others with both gentleness and biblical truth."--Jim Daly, president, Focus on the Family
"I've often said no one understands the subject of same-sex sexuality better than my friend Joe Dallas. This book, his best yet, only confirms my conviction. I'm not speaking merely of Joe's formidable knowledge of truth, but also the wisdom of its application through crystal-clear and concise communication. In the wake of the June 2015 US Supreme Court's redefinition of marriage, Speaking of Homosexuality will equip you to engage a topic that is foundational to human civilization."--Hank Hanegraaff, president, the Christian Research Institute; host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast
"Speaking of Homosexuality is one of the most clear and informative books on the subject. Dallas responds to the most common Revisionist arguments with clarity, but also genuine kindness. If you want one book to offer biblical and historical truth about homosexuality, but also how to lovingly put that truth into action, then you won't find a better book."--Sean McDowell, PhD, professor of Christian apologetics, Biola University; author, Same-Sex Marriage and Apologetics for a New Generation
"In answer to the urgency of our world's current situation, Joe Dallas has now crafted a resourceful tool filled with biblical truth and insightful strategies. Speaking of Homosexuality is essential for every person in need of answers for themselves, a family member, or a friend struggling with same-sex attraction."--Joni Lamb, cofounder, Daystar Television Network
"There is no question that one of the most difficult issues facing the church today is the subject of homosexuality. But God didn't leave us in the dark on the topic of human sexuality. He gave us clear directives for this part of our lives so that we might experience the abundant life He promises. But speaking those guidelines to a confused church and a hardening culture isn't easy. No one does it better than Joe Dallas. Like no other voice I hear, Joe both lives and ministers with that continual balance of truth and love on this most contentious topic. In a day where Christians are growing more silent, we need a book like this to teach us how to winsomely engage while never retreating from God's protective Truth. This is a must-read for the church today!"--Janet Parshall, nationally syndicated talk show host
Dallas (When Homosexuality Hits Home) offers conservative Christians a clear guide for defending their belief that homosexuality and Christianity are in opposition. The first three chapters urge wise consideration of context and conversation partners. These uniquely empathetic chapters encourage readers to admit past Christian errors and recognize the suffering of LGBTQ individuals. The bulk of the work marches through key pro-gay arguments in rapid but careful coverage. Dallas addresses the genetic theory of homosexuality, conversion therapy, same-sex marriage, accusations of Christian homophobia, and the biblical verses that condemn homosexuality. In each chapter, he states the anti-gay position concisely, provides brief responses to revisionist counter-arguments, and offers short summaries of key points. This approach provides direct, obvious talking points but removes any sense of nuance or complication to the arguments. In particular, it is not evident why Dallas trusts Christian scholars who support reparative therapy, which has been widely discredited by psychotherapists, but distrusts other scholars who question the accuracy of biblical translations, a topic that's considerably closer to the heart of their work. Despite this bias, Dallas's work helpfully moves the argument away from heated emotions and is an excellent guide for traditionalists just starting to engage in the debate.