There are few issues where Christianity is more in tension with our culture than in issues related to human sexuality. We live in a climate that is sexually permissive, generally self-indulgent, and usually confused. It seems the only thing which is immoral is declaring someone else’s sexual practice to be immoral. At the same time, many Christians seem to affirm their moral commitments in a way that is offensive not only to our culture at large, but to many Christians as well. Other Christians find it hard to speak at all because they feel like they are at odds with the findings of modern science and they fear being ignorant or ill-informed.
In the spring of 2013, we are going to be engaging this controversial topic at our Table Talk luncheons. These luncheons are designed to help us think through important issues in a way that integrates the best of faith and learning. Though we will pay particular attention to homosexuality, we will also be addressing broader issues of marriage and human sexuality, as well as discussing ways to engage these issues with civility and respect. It should be an exciting time!
Here’s the schedule, we will be posting videos of the luncheons as we go along:
Shouting Doesn’t Help Me Hear You–Tim Muehlhoff
One of the projects Tim worked on in graduate school was facilitating a discourse between students from an evangelical campus ministry and self-identified gay students. Tim will share about this experience as well as sharing some wisdom on “abnormal discourse” and strategies for effective communication in an adversarial environment.
To view Tim’s powerpoint, click here: The Argument Culture
To view Tim’s Presentation, click here: February 2013 Table Talk
The Origins of Sexual Orientation–Tammy Anderson
Tammy has been actively involved with the GLBT community in various settings within academic psychology. She will provide an overview of current research regarding the origins of sexual orientation as well as some very practical experience in working with the GLBT community.
To view Tammy’s powerpoint, click here: Origins of Homosexuality
To view Tammy’s Presentation, click here: March 2013 Table Talk
Biblical Perspectives on Homosexuality–Matt Jenson and Darian Lockett
Matt and Darian will discuss important biblical passages concerning homosexuality, as well as some of the hermeneutical issues that sit behind contemporary discussions of homosexuality and the bible. They will also consider some of the challenges of pastoral ministry to the gay community.
To view Matt and Darian’s powerpoint, click here: Homosexuality and Scripture
To view Matt and Darian’s Presentation, click here: April 2013 Table Talk
Thursday, May 16: Marriage: Straight and Gay–Rick Langer and Panel Discussion
Rick will discuss biblical perspectives of marriage and how those translate into modern social policy–especially as related to same-sex marriage. We will conclude our time with a panel discussion including all of the presenters from this Spring’s series.
To view Rick’s presentation and the panel discussion, click here: May 2013 Table Talk