Author(s): Andrew T Walker
What is transgender and gender fluidity? What does God's Word actually say about these issues? How can the gospel be good news for someone experiencing gender dysphoria? How should churches respond?
This warm, faithful and careful book helps Christians understand what the Bible says about gender identity. It will help us to engage lovingly, thoughtfully and faithfully with one of the most explosive cultural discussions of our day.
If you want to learn more and love better, and are open to considering what God has to say about sex and gender, this hope-filled book is for you.
Includes a section looking at practical questions including:
- Can someone be transgender and Christian?
- Should I mind if people who are biologically the other sex are in my restroom?
- What should church leaders do if a congregation member asks for their child to be identified as the opposite gender?
- Is it true that Christian teaching is harmful and can lead to depression and higher suicide rates?
- What about people who are born intersex?
"The transgender debate is one that easily arouses passions – on both sides. With gospel clarity and Christ-like compassion, Andrew Walker skillfully navigates a path between the folly of affirming transgenderism and the cruelty of dismissing the distress of those who experience gender incongruence. In so doing, he helps us to see why the gospel of Jesus Christ is good news for the transgendered and how Scripture equips the church for the good work of loving the LGBTQ community. I highly commend this clear-headed and warm-hearted introduction to one of the most challenging issues of our time." – Rob Smith, Lecturer in theology, ethics and music ministry at Sydney Missionary & Bible College
"To many of us the transgender discussions are bewildering and unsettling. Andrew Walker's short book deals well with the emotional issues and is a kind and clear lesson in how to respond with godly love and wisdom. We must see the groaning of people today as a wonderful way to introduce the groaning for "the glorious freedom" (Romans 8:21). This book will help us all to care and counsel well." – Simon Manchester, Senior Minister, St Thomas North Sydney
"This book combines an extraordinary range of attributes. It tackles a contemporary issue; it is marked by humanity and compassion; it respects the Bible; it is open and honest; it is full of Christ-like love; it is usefully practical; and it places the discussion in the context of the big picture of the Bible. It is a model for the open and sensitive discussion of many contemporary issues." – Peter Adam, Retired Principal of Ridley College, Melbourne, Australia
"This book puts the hand of the suffering into the hands of the Savior, and therefore, this is the book that I will put into the hands of parents struggling to know how God’s word speaks into loving a child who struggles with gender-identity issues. In addition to its loving pastoral care and biblical family guidance, this book models how to discern the times, and to respond with Christian hope." – Rosaria Butterfield, Author of Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert
"This will not be the last word on this complex experience but the author’s tender application of God’s Word to our muddled lives today should make this book one of the first places to turn for Christ-like grace and truth as we seek to love all our neighbours as ourselves." – Ed Shaw, Pastor of Emmanuel City Centre, Bristol & Co-Founder of www.livingout.org
Andrew T Walker is the Director of Policy Studies for the Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Foreword by R. Albert Mohler Jr
1. He Had Compassion
2. How We Got to Where We Are
3. The Language
4. On Making a Decision
6. Beauty and Brokenness
7. A Better Future
8. Love Your Neighbor
9. No Easy Paths
10. Challenging the Church
11. Speaking to Children
12. Tough Questions
13. Open Hands