Speaking of Homosexuality
Discussing the Issues with Kindness and Clarity
- Pub. Date
- Oct 2016
There's no escaping conversations about homosexuality, gay marriage, and LGBT legislation--so how does a Christian respond with love and biblical truth without adding fuel to the fire?
Drawing on nearly thirty years of counseling people struggling with homosexuality, former gay activist Joe Dallas takes you through virtually every argument you're likely to hear in favor of normalizing homosexuality and helps you respond with clarity, confidence, and compassion. He shows the most effective ways to engage the subject on social media and in everyday encounters with guidelines for talking points, dialogue, approach, and tone, and even provides sample dialogue. If you've been searching for ways to have productive, loving conversations surrounding this critical topic, you'll find this incredible resource a must-have.
"At one time or another, every twenty-first-century Christian is likely to be confronted about his or her views on homosexuality. But how can we approach this challenging issue in a way that faithfully reflects Jesus's heart and mind? Joe Dallas answers that question in this clear and compelling guide for engaging others with both gentleness and biblical truth."--Jim Daly, president, Focus on the Family
"In the wake of the June 2015 US Supreme Court's redefinition of marriage, Speaking of Homosexuality will equip you to engage a topic that is foundational to human civilization."--Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute; host of The Bible Answer Man broadcast
"If you want one book to offer biblical and historical truth about homosexuality, but also how to lovingly put that truth into action, then you won't find a better book."--Sean McDowell, PhD, professor of Christian apologetics, Biola University; author of Same-Sex Marriage and Apologetics for a New Generation
A former gay activist, Joe Dallas is the author of seven books on human sexuality from a biblical perspective. He has appeared on the ABC Evening News, The Bible Answer Man, Focus on the Family, The 700 Club, The Laura Ingram Show, Janet Parshall Live, and many other media outlets.
"At one time or another every twenty-first-century Christian is likely to be confronted about his or her views on homosexuality. But how can we approach this challenging issue in a way that faithfully reflects Jesus's heart and mind? Joe Dallas answers that question in this clear and compelling guide for engaging others with both gentleness and biblical truth."
Jim Daly, president, Focus on the Family
"I've often said no one understands the subject of same-sex sexuality better than my friend Joe Dallas. This book, his best yet, only confirms my conviction. I'm not speaking merely of Joe's formidable knowledge of truth, but also the wisdom of its application through crystal-clear and concise communication. In the wake of the June 2015 US Supreme Court's redefinition of marriage, Speaking of Homosexuality will equip you to engage a topic that is foundational to human civilization."
Hank Hanegraaff, president, the Christian Research Institute; host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast
"Speaking of Homosexuality is one of the most clear and informative books on the subject. Dallas responds to the most common Revisionist arguments with clarity, but also genuine kindness. If you want one book to offer biblical and historical truth about homosexuality, but also how to lovingly put that truth into action, then you won't find a better book."
Sean McDowell, PhD, professor of Christian apologetics, Biola University; author, Same-Sex Marriage and Apologetics for a New Generation
"In answer to the urgency of our world's current situation, Joe Dallas has now crafted a resourceful tool filled with biblical truth and insightful strategies. Speaking of Homosexuality is essential for every person in need of answers for themselves, a family member, or a friend struggling with same-sex attraction."
Joni Lamb, cofounder, Daystar Television Network
"There is no question that one of the most difficult issues facing the church today is the subject of homosexuality. But God didn't leave us in the dark on the topic of human sexuality. He gave us clear directives for this part of our lives so that we might experience the abundant life He promises. But speaking those guidelines to a confused church and a hardening culture isn't easy. No one does it better than Joe Dallas. Like no other voice I hear, Joe both lives and ministers with that continual balance of truth and love on this most contentious topic. In a day where Christians are growing more silent, we need a book like this to teach us how to winsomely engage while never retreating from God's protective Truth. This is a must-read for the church today!"
Janet Parshall, nationally syndicated talk show host
"I applaud Joe Dallas for taking on this lightning bolt of an issue in our society. He approaches the certainty of oncoming dialogue that will arise as people from all sides discuss homosexuality. I appreciate that Joe stays fixed on Scripture as his foundation for addressing this topic with love, sensitivity, and mercy."
Clay Crosse, singer-songwriter; Holy Homes Ministries
"This book is a godsend to the church. It can be a game changer. It will help our members converse intelligently about the subject with their friends, classmates, and the culture at large. We are way behind culturally and that won't change if we don't become much more intentional. Get this book!"
Bob Stith, former national strategist for gender issues, Southern Baptist Convention
"In the midst of a culture war rife with disinformation, bias, and alienation, Joe Dallas's book, Speaking of Homosexuality, disarms the hostile rhetoric and forges a bridge for genuine dialogue and understanding. The underpinning of personal experience and impeccable research qualifies Speaking of Homosexuality as an invaluable tool for equipping any traditional Christian to navigate the minefield of reaching out to the gay community. As a pastor of counseling, I can't think of a more powerful resource to train our counselors to become both stewards of truth and loving ambassadors who gently confront homosexuals to consider the freedom found in a relationship with Jesus Christ."
Jim McCarty, counseling pastor, Calvary Church of Santa Ana
"There is no one I trust more than Joe Dallas to address the polarizing issues of homosexuality in our culture today. Joe has a remarkable ability to integrate uncompromising biblical conviction with authentic care and compassion for people. That makes Speaking of Homosexuality an especially helpful resource guide--brilliantly written, comprehensive, and practical."
James Bradford, general secretary, The General Council of the Assemblies of God
"It is almost impossible in our culture today, in my thinking, to approach this topic of same-sex attraction with a successful outcome; but Joe approaches the topic in wisdom and in the loving spirit of Jesus. In my opinion, God has given in this book the right heart, correct graciousness, and the many tools to begin this much-needed journey of revealing Christ's heart to the church and the world on this most controversial issue."
Bryan Newberry, senior pastor, Calvary Chapel San Diego
"Joe Dallas brings to the reader's attention important thoughts and useful dialogue that even I--one who has worked in the field for thirty years--had not considered. In the midst of our culture's confusion, Speaking of Homosexuality brings clarity and truth. It provides talking points that enable us to boldly and lovingly engage in meaningful conversation, both with the gay-identified and with the gay-sympathetic. It is Must-Read-Now material for all Christians."
Jerry A. Armelli, MEd, PC, executive director, Prodigal Ministries
"Joe Dallas has a gift of bringing the truth of God's intent for people to the issue of homosexuality. His compassionate response to a most difficult subject gives caring Christians the understanding and the language to help those who might be seeking a way out of homosexuality and into new life in Jesus Christ."
Holland Davis, author; songwriter; pastor, Calvary Chapel San Clemente
"Even though I know what I think, does the way I communicate my thoughts convey the love of Christ without compromising the truth? The wisdom found within these pages will go far in conveying the truth in love to a generation in dire need of answers. My personal hope is that every believer in America would get a hold of the concepts Joe Dallas shares in this book. I highly recommend this book as a guide for navigating the rough and tricky waters of relationship with gay/lesbian loved ones."
Dennis Jernigan, contemporary Christian singer-songwriter; author
"Thank you, Joe Dallas, for so wonderfully addressing many of the blind spots Traditionalists as myself face. Thank you for being so balanced, yet uncompromised biblically. Thank you for being a gift to this age and church with your insight and wisdom!"
Steve L. Powell, district secretary, Pen Florida District Council of the Assemblies of God
"With up-to-date research and way-beyond-cliché argument, Joe offers another option--expressing Christ's compassion without sacrificing the hope only the Good News holds for transforming our inner brokenness in our dialogues with others about this 'front page' social issue. Several of the chapters would be easily worth the price of the book just for their stand-alone content. Every Christian, particularly those in kingdom leadership roles, who desires to say the right words in the right way ought to read it!"
Rev. Steve Williams, senior pastor, NorthPointe Community Church, Fresno, California
"Joe Dallas has been one of our go-to experts for years on the topic of homosexuality. In his latest book, Speaking of Homosexuality, Joe addresses the most important issues in his grace-filled, winsome manner, while providing cogent and theologically sound answers for each situation. This must-have handbook will help direct your conversations, allowing truth to be revealed while keeping important relationships intact. Well done and so needed!"
Carrie Abbott, president, The Legacy Institute; radio host; speaker; author
"How do I speak with compassion and clarity about homosexuality? In this book you will find the answer from a true Christian apologist speaking in twenty-first-century English. Joe Dallas's love for all people is at the root of each response he provides to each argument. With the wisdom of a man who has 'been there and done that' for three-plus decades, Joe Dallas presents a rational response to the difficult arguments presented by a pro-gay world."
Rick Kardos, founder and executive director, the Nathan Project
"Christians often lack the understanding for replying to inquiries regarding homosexuality. This book provides valuable insight on how to respond when asked difficult questions. Joe Dallas offers a balanced and compassionate way to tackle these difficult situations. I highly recommend this book as a valuable resource for the wisdom necessary in discussing the topic of homosexuality in our current culture."
Rev. Bob Ragan, director, Regeneration Ministries
"In a world where cultural contexts are changing and heated conversations are shifting regarding sexuality, there needs to be a trustworthy voice that eloquently responds to the issue of homosexuality from a biblical perspective. Joe Dallas is such a voice! In Speaking of Homosexuality Joe equips his readers to have conversations that are accurate, caring, and faithful to the Bible. This book is a valuable tool that moves us forward in the right direction."
Bernie Cueto, PhD, associate professor of biblical and theological studies, Palm Beach Atlantic University
"Joe Dallas speaks to the core and related issues of homosexuality with accuracy, clarity, compassion and a heart to build bridges of conversation and relationship with those involved and impacted at every level. I know of no one more uniquely qualified to address this issue of massive cultural change. I have known Joe for well over forty years and believe God has raised him up for such a time as this."
Bill Welsh, senior pastor, Refuge Calvary Chapel Huntington Beach