Sexuality Resources

Links and Resources

Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality by Wesley Hill
An amazing testimony of a New Testament PhD who struggles with same sex attraction and Christian community

The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy and Kathy Keller
A comprehensive and wise look at marriage from a Christian perspective

“Understanding the Transgender Phenomenon” by Mark Yarhouse
An introduction and Christian approach to issues of transgenderism

www.covenanteyes.com
An internet-use accountability program

www.celebraterecovery.com
A Christ-centered recovery program for all kinds of “hurts, habits, and hang-ups”

www.regenerationministries.org
A ministry that helps those seeking wholeness in the areas of intimacy, identity, and desire by inviting them into community marked by the truth and grace of Jesus.

http://theparentcue.org/sex-conversations-through-the-phases-podcast/
A podcast conversation about how to talk about sexuality issues in age-appropriate ways

https://www.centralpc.org/human-sexuality-seeking-a-gracious-orthodoxy/
A position paper approved by Central’s leadership in 2012.

Group Questions

John 8:2-11

  1. What do you think are the most significant areas of tension surrounding the topic of sexuality?  Why is that?
  2. When you read about this encounter with Jesus, what stands out to you about how Jesus approaches the woman as opposed to the approach of the Pharisees?  
  3. Given what we see in Jesus here, what message is there for us in our own lives, and perhaps also a message for the church as we navigate these issues?

Family Questions

  1. Read the passage with your child.
  2. What would this scene look like at your school or with kids your age?
  3. If being a Christian is trying to be like Jesus, how could you respond?
  4. Why might that be hard?

Race Resources

Links and Resources

Beyond Racial Gridlock: Embracing Mutual Responsibility by George Yancey
An excellent survey of various approaches to race from a distinctly Christian perspective

http://www.vergenetwork.org/racial-justice-series/
A provocative series of video interviews on race with Christian leaders

Skin in the Game video
A conversation about race at North Point Church in Atlanta.

“We Need to Talk about An Injustice”
A perceptive TED talk by author Bryan Stevenson

“When There Are No Words”
An article by Central’s own Kathie Phillips about race and childhood.

Group Questions

Text: Ephesians 2:11-22

  1. What is the most difficult or most uncomfortable aspect of a discussion about race and racism?  Why do you think this is difficult for you?
  2. What in Ephesians 2:11-22 stands out to you as especially significant was we consider God’s approach to the reality of racial and ethnic difference?
  3. Given what we see in this passage, what message is there for us in our own lives, and perhaps also a message for the church as we navigate these issues?

Family Questions

  1. Read the passage with your child.
  2. Where do you see a lack of peace between two groups?
  3. If being a Christian is trying to be like Jesus, how could you respond?
  4. Why might that be hard?

Religion Resources

Links and Resources

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi
One man’s journey from Islam to Christianity

Muslims, Christians, and Jesus  by Carl Medearis
A practical and personal account of building cross-cultural relationships

The Qur’an-With References to the Bible: A Contemporary Understanding by Safi Kaskas and David Hungerford
An edition of the Qur’an with Biblical cross-references, designed to promote understanding (by Central’s own David Hungerford)

Jesus through Middle Eastern Eyes, Ken Bailey
An fascinating interpretation of Jesus’ teaching and ministry in the light of middle eastern culture

Bridgestocommonground.org
An organization devoted to developing interreligious understanding.

Group Questions

Text: John 4

  1. What has been your experience with Muslim people?  What questions do you have?
  2. What in John 4 stands out to you as especially significant was we consider how Jesus interacts with someone of a different, (even antagonistic) faith?
  3. Given what we see in this passage, what message is there for us in our own lives, and perhaps also a message for the church as we navigate relationships with Muslim neighbors?

Family Questions

  1. Read the passage with your child.
  2. What’s your experience been with Muslim people (or people of different faiths)?
  3. What does Jesus teach us about loving our neighbors who don’t share our beliefs?
  4. Why might that be hard?