I am delighted to announce the publication of the updated and expanded second edition of my book, Jesus, the Bible, and Homosexuality: Explode the Myths, Heal the Church!
Amazon.com is still listing the publication day as April 14 -- but we think they are just doing that so that folks will be pleasantly surprised when it arrives early! We know that they are accepting pre-orders and that some people have already received the book. You can pre-order the book on Amazon by clicking on the link below:
The book is also in stock and available now from Cokesbury.com.
The revised and expanded edition includes all of the material from the first edition plus:
- A new preface with "stories from the road" as a result of my two-year book tour in support of the first edition;
- Updates on recent developments within the Presbyterian Church ( U.S.A.);
- A new chapter that examines God's radical welcome for all who have faith as revealed in Scripture;
- A new appendix that maps the recent progress toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality in major U.S. denominations; and
- A study guide for group or personal reflection.
I hope the new edition will make a helpful contribution to the conversation about equal rights in church and society for people who are LGBT.
Many thanks to everyone who supported the first edition over the past two years including everyone at Westminster John Knox Press, the Human Rights Campaign, Covenant Network of Presbyterians, More Light Presbyterians, That All May Freely Serve, Witherspoon Society, GLAAD, PFLAG, Soulforce, allies in other denominations, and parents, pastors, co-workers, and members of congregations who shared this book with others. Together we are building a church for all God's people.
Peace and strength,
Praise for the Second Edition of Jesus, the Bible, and Homosexuality
"Rogers offers both a rigorous yet accessible theological study and a model of spiritual discernment that is essential reading for anyone struggling to reconcile their faith with the needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community."
—Harry Knox, Director, Religion and Faith Program, The Human Rights Campaign
"The compelling biblical and theological case Jack Rogers makes for the full acceptance of gay couples is simply impossible to ignore."
—William Stacy Johnson, Princeton Theological Seminary, author of A Time to Embrace: Same-gender Relationships in Religion, Law, and Politics.
"I'm overflowing with gratitude for this work. Jack Rogers continues 'to equip the saints for the work of ministry,' directing his gifts as prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher to building new understandings and relationships in the church."
—Rev. Deborah A. Block, Pastor, Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Milwaukee, WI
"Rogers's biblical scholarship, humane love, and openness to evidence helps us discern what Jesus would do, and what we, his people, should do."
—David G. Myers, Hope College, co-author, What God Has Joined Together: The Christian Case for Gay Marriage.