Mark Achtemeier has been on a journey, and he invites us to accompany him in his new book, The Bible’s Yes to Same-Sex Marriage: An Evangelical’s Change of Heart:

Achtemeier bookThis book is the story of a change of heart. In the middle 1990s I was a conservative church activist working hard to defend the ‘traditional’ teaching of my own Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) condemning homosexual practice… The following pages chronicle the journey with the Bible that took me from a personal stance of judgment and exclusion to a changed heart that longs for the day when the church will fully celebrate and participate in God’s blessing of same-gender relationships.

Dr. Achtemeier’s reflections will enrich the conversations about marriage at the 221st General Assembly in Detroit. He will be the featured speaker at the Covenant Network Luncheon, Monday, June 16.

Says former Moderator John Buchanan:

With his skills as a distinguished biblical scholar, his pastor’s heart, and his personal integrity, Mark Achtemeier carefully explores what Scripture says, and does not say, about same-sex relationships and marriage. This is the book we have been waiting for—biblically based, carefully researched, unapologetically Christ-centered, and compellingly argued. It moved me deeply, and it will make an enormous contribution to the conversation in the church, and beyond, about one of the most important moral issues of our time.

Event sales through the GA Meeting Service are closed, but you can still purchase a ticket to the luncheon by calling the Covenant Network Office at 816-605-1031.

Read more about the book, published just this month by Westminster John Knox.  And join us in praying that the 221st General Assembly will keep moving toward a church as generous and just as God’s grace.