Holy Love: Introduction

This past May my book, ‘Holy Love: A Biblical Theology for Human Sexuality,’ was published by Abingdon Press.  As with its predecessor, ‘For the Sake of the Bride’ (Abingdon Press, 2014), the book describes my journey into becoming an ally with LGBTQ+ people, an advocacy rooted in the revelation of Scripture and my accompanying interpretation of it.

‘Holy Love’ is not only being read by individuals, it is also being used in various group settings.  In light of this, I am beginning this new Oboedire  blog series to further explore the book and the larger subject of love in the Christian tradition. [1]  I hope it will enrich your personal and group reading of the book.

This new series begins with introductory posts related to my book, ‘Fresh Wind Blowing: Living in God’s New Pentecost.’ [2]  I have come to see that this larger work of God is the context within which a theology of human sexuality must exist.  So, I want to begin with ‘Fresh Wind Blowing.’  Following these opening posts, I will write weekly ones that follow the flow of ‘ Holy Love.’

I hope you will join me on this journey.  If you like, use the coming week to get ‘Fresh Wind Blowing’ and ‘Holy Love,’ so you can connect these posts to the books on which they’re based. And if you know others whom you think would be interested, invite them to follow this series as well.  The world in general and the LGBTQ+ community is longing to be loved.  I have written the book ‘Holy Love’ and this related series with the hope that it will be one thing God uses to help us say, “yes” to God’s call to be lovers to everyone and everything.  All means all.

[1]I wrote a similar series related to ‘For the Sake of the Bride.’ from September 5, 2014 through July 31, 2015. You can find them archived on the righthand sidebar of the Oboedire home page under the category named “For the Bride.”

[2] Steve Harper, ‘Fresh Wind Blowing’ Living in God’s New Pentecost’ (Cascade Books, 2013).  It is available in paperback and as an ebook.

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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