Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Uncomfortable Church: A Book Review

About The Book:

How is a Christian to view same-gender partners? And what is God's plan for love, sex, marriage, and ordination today? Is it possible for Bible-believing Christians and homosexuals to reconcile and move toward a place of understanding?

Veteran pastor, television host, and author (Confident Faith, Deep River Books), Dr. Larry Brice, says Yes . . . It's not only possible, but it's long overdue!

In this important work, The Uncomfortable Church, Brice faithfully interprets scripture to define traditional marriage. Simultaneously, he opens the doors for compassion and mission to a hurting and marginalized minority. Without shying away from difficult questions posed by revisionists' reinterpretation of scripture or the heartfelt appeal of homosexuals for inclusion and value in our contemporary world, Dr. Brice offers hope and support for gays and lesbians seeking to live a righteous life with the church's support.


About The Author:

Dr. Larry Brice, a minister of The Presbyterian Church in Canada, and founder of ReachOut Ministries (an international mission to help fulfill the Great Commission), holds a BA, BEd, MDiv, ThM, and DMin from the Universities of Toronto and Edinburgh, Scotland. As a published apologist from two of the best universities in the world, Larry is motivated and positioned to present the best case on homosexual marriage and ordination - for evangelicals - and for revisionists inside and outside the church.

My Review:

Over the last few years in general, and specifically the last few months, homosexuality and same-sex marriage has been at the forefront of the news, and in conversations both in and outside of the Church. It is an important topic that needs to be discussed by all, yet is one of those topics that will always be a divisive one. Sadly, those in the church have been at a crossroads of how to deal with the topic of homosexuality and same-sex attraction and relationships. The one thing that we seemed to have forgotten (not everyone but a lot of us) is how to delicately expose the sinful nature of this lifestyle, while not condemning those that live in it. There have been a number of books written lately on the topic, one being The Uncomfortable Church by Dr. Lawrence Brice.

Dr. Brice does a remarkable job examining the issue of homosexuality and how important it is for Christians to be apart of the discussions and to remain strong to what scripture explicitly states about homosexuality. He also states that Grace for the sinner is so important, even more so. If God shows us grace certainly we can do so to others! A very powerful reminder to be sure. While it's important to speak truth, we must always do it in love, and Dr. Brice reminds us of this in a well-written manner. This is a book that all Christians must and need to read. More importantly, those in Church leadership need to read it and have it in their personal and work libraries. 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase The Uncomfortable Church at your favorite bookseller.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of the author and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review of on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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