For the Bride: Video & Outline

Here is the link to my presentation last evening at First UMC in Orlando, Florida on.the subject, “All Means All: The Bible’s Affirmation of LGBTQ+ Persons”…
Here is the handout/outline given to those who were present…

“All Means All: The Bible’s Affirmation of LGBTQ+ People” Dr. Steve Harper


 –context before texts

 –a “panoramic view”

I. Creator

 –God is love (1 John 4:8)

 –love for the sake of others (hesed/agape)

 –love for all (Jeremiah 32:24; John 3:16)

II. Creation

 –nonbinary (parings are not “twos”)

 –variety (“kind” and plural words)

 –goodness (Hebrew: tob)

 –godliness (imago dei)

III. Covenant

 –inclusiveness (Genesis 9:10; Genesis 12:3)

 –goodness (how the goodness of creation is expressed in everyday living)

 –life (Deuteronomy 4:1; Deuteronomy 30:19)

IV. Christ

 –says nothing explicitly about homosexuality

 –models key elements of inclusion: 

 –invitation to all (Matthew 11:28)

 –valuing of eunuchs (Matthew 19:12)

 –prayer in John 17

V. Church

 –witness to universaity (Colossians 3:11)

 –inclusion of all (Galatians 3:28)

 –eunuch was first convert after the church scattered (Acts 8:27)

VI. Consummation

 –trajectory of God’s eternal plan (Ephesians 1:9-10)

 –vision of God’s accomplished plan (Revelation 7:9)

 –taking all six vantage points into consideration:  all means ALL (Psalm 150:6)

 –everything boils down to this: you are God’s beloved child!

For Further Reading

 David Gushee, Changing Our Minds (3rd edition)

 Steve Harper, For the Sake of the Bride

 Jennifer Knust, Unprotected Texts

About Steve Harper

Dr. Steve Harper is retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 45 books. He is also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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