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Check it out:

Christianity and Homosexuality Reconciled by Reverend Joseph Adam Pearson PhD

http://www.cebiaz.com/book.pdf

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I am so truly grateful we found our church-NewLife Christian Fellowship! We went today and it was wonderful! After so much searching and visiting places, we finally found the place that fits us. Check it out: OUR NewLife Church 
Also here is the blog that was the inspiration: NewLife Blog 
I am so excited and hopeful of the inspiration and fellowship to come from NewLife! 🙂 
I am currently feeling: inspired, enlightened, and happy! Finally at peace with finding a place that fits! 
🙂 So we are going to try out, yet another, new church this sunday. This one I am very excited about as I have been reading the pastor’s blog for a long time now and waiting for the perfect week that we should go. I feel my husband and I are desperately seeking out the best family in faith right now along with defining who we are as Christians. Having been married and living together in our new life without the influence of parents, we are taking the next step of the development of faith, which is applying the way we have been raised to our lives in Christ (post-nest). 
I finally feel that maybe, just maybe, this church may have the open arms and open hearts I am so desperately seeking! I am looking for a church that acknowledges God as an all loving God, and lives and breathes His Word in their everyday lives. This post on homosexuality really opened up my eyes. He really hit home in his expression of coming to a common ground and that in God’s eyes we need to love one another.
He (the pastor) said…
I think the culprit is last week’s post, where I raised the issue/dilemma of Christian unity and how to take practical steps towards that in such a fractured religious landscape, for the sake of Christ’s reputation.  As I mentioned, there is no more divisive issue in Connecticut than the intersection of homosexuality and the church, with the issues including:  should a church perform civil unions; should a practicing gay man be appointed bishop of the Episcopal Church; and should the church be a champion for gay rights?  Jesus prayed that his followers would be united, so that the world would know that he is the Savior, and therefore for His reputation I think it’s worth offering a few thoughts on how we might move towards unity on this issue.  The question I ask today is this: with so much potential for heated disagreement among Christians, is there any common ground from which to stand on the issue of homosexuality?

Thankfully, I think there is, and it’s the most foundational of all Jesus’ teachings.  When Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was, he replied, “’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.”’ (Matthew 22:37-39).  If nothing else, this one thing should be clear, regardless of denomination or church – we are called to love homosexuals as we love ourselves.  Whether you support gay marriage or not, whether you believe in appointing an active homosexual as bishop or not, this one thing should unite – love.”

This moved me, it brought tears to my eyes. I truly felt the love and the need to spread God’s love to everyone and THAT is what i am looking for.

I also really liked his openness to difference and respect of radical religions, missions to unify christians, and with every article I read, I become more and more grateful I am a christian rather than becoming fearful at the hatred I am seeing conveyed by churches and the constant desire to simply recruit or “Scaring people into the Kingdom of God”

Days until hopeful inspiration: 2.5  (here’s hoping!)
Check it out:  http://www.newlife-glastonbury.org/web/