The Bible doesn’t condemn homosexuality, DOES NOT, DOES NOT, DOES NOT. The bible actually preaches, start with love, and live each day from the point of love and all will be well with the world. However, for whatever reasons, religions, not all, but many have chosen to use the bible as a weapon to clobber the LGBTQ+ community. But one former Evangelical Pastor has said, there’s another way.
Author, Colby Martin, in his book Unclobber, literally unclobbers the Bible passages that have created pain and disillusionment LGBTQ+, all at the cost of his own space in the evangelical world. And he couldn’t be happier as an amazing supporter of the LGBTQ+ community. Dive in and learn how you too can unclobber these Bible passages and know you are good in the eyes of God.
Having experienced his fair share of pain and rejection from mainstream Christianity, Colby is awake to the flaws, tragic missteps, and misplaced earnestness that too often define the direction of the church. But God’s vision for creation as revealed in Jesus still compels him – a window into a way of being human that fosters wholeness, and can move communities away from shame into vulnerable, flourishing connection.
As author of “UnClobber: Rethinking our Misuse of the Bible on Homosexuality” and the soon to be released, “The Shift: Surviving and Thriving after Moving from Conservative to Progressive Christianity,” Colby has emerged as one of the leading voices of the Progressive Christian movement.
Colby is passionate about carving out a space within Christianity that includes:
a whole-heartedly affirming posture toward LGBTQ individuals,
a broader acceptance of other spiritual practices and religious perspectives,
an agreeableness toward science,
and a commitment to always growing, transforming, and trusting that the best days are yet to come.
Colby is currently partnering with other progressive Christian churches as a co-director for Launchpad Partners Inc, an organization committed to planting and resourcing similar faith communities all across the country.
It is Colby’s deeply held belief that when people are reminded they are loved children of God, wholly and exactly as they are, they begin to live from a place of freedom. His work as author and pastor aims to point us toward that freedom, stubbornly, hopefully, until we believe in it. Until we can live in it, that the church – fully loved, liberated, and empowered – may continue the long work of changing the world.
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