A Better Story
The architects of the sexual revolution won over the popular imagination because they knew the power of story. They drew together radical new ideologies, often complex and hard to grasp, and melded them into the simpler structure of narrative. Crucially, they cast narratives that appealed to the moral instincts of ordinary, decent people.
This moral vision overwhelmed the church and silenced its faltering apologists.
The author argues that if Christians still believe they have have good news in the sphere of sexual ethics, then two big tasks lie ahead. Our first priority is to work out what has gone so badly wrong, both in our understanding and application of what the Bible teaches and the way we have presented our case to the non-churched. And then we must offer a better story, one that fires the imagination with such force that people will say, 'I want that to be true.'
This book offers a confident, biblically rooted moral vision which needs to be shared with prayer and courage.More Info...
Contraception: a guide to ethical use
Contraception is a complex and controversial issue. |
One of the reasons for this is that the mechanisms by which certain contraceptives may act on any particular occasion cannot be known for certain.
How Shall we navigate a confusing array of options whilst remaining faithful to God? Where clear and convincing evidence is lacking, humility, openness and a refusal to spring to judgement are fitting approaches.
This booklet seeks not to instruct but to inform, outlining the known mechanisms and effectiveness of contraceptives in current use. Our hope is that it will aid both Christian couples and health professionals in their decision-making.More Info...
Guidance for Christian couples considering IVF
About one in seven couples have difficulty conceiving - and Christians are not immune. As more and more couples seek medical advice, many are searching for help. How do we navigate a confusing array of new technologies while being faithful to God?
This booklet seeks to present the biblical ethics related to IVF clearly and compassionately. But it helps to have conversation partners as we walk the painful road of infertility. So we share the testimonies of those who know what it's like and have made a variety of choices. We hope that this will provide a valuable roadmap for church leaders, elders and concerned friends as well as for Christian couples.More Info...
Unwanted Same-Sex Attraction
Unwanted Same-Sex Attraction: Issues of pastoral and counselling support
'The churches must ensure good quality pastoral care for all, says report' : read CMF's press release on this title (December 2011)
As a Christian who has experienced same-sex attraction but who has chosen to move away from a gay identity, I found this paper deeply helpful. It sets out a framework for Christian ministry among people whith same-sex attraction which is psychologically rigorous, theologically orthodox and pastorally sensitive. Such ministry is vital if the traditional Christian teaching on sex is to be the life-affirming force which God intends, and not a millstone around the neck of those who experience same-sex attraction. I therefore hope this paper will be widely read and implemented.
An important step in moving the debate forward in both the church and wider society. It presents a clear challenge to those in positions of pastoral responsibility to encourage effective biblical and Christ-like support for those of us dealing personally with these issues, but also to be realistic about the current scientific consensus (or lack of it) in the area of the causation and malleability of sexual atraction. My prayer is it will help to stimulate a vital ongoing conversation in this area.
The authors present a scientifically credible and balanced defence of the rights of individuals who struggle with same-sex attractions to seek appropriate pastoral support or counselling. Those of us who choose not to embrace a gay identity or relationship, because of personal convictions of faith, must have freedom to seek help in ordering our sexual behaviour according to our beliefs.
The Single Issue
Being a Christian isn't always easy. The same is true for being single. Surely it's just bad luck to find yourself both single AND a Christian! Often we can feel that marriage is the norm, and with that comes pressure to settle down and find 'the one'. Hsu dispels those pressures as he tackles a range of isues surrounding singleness. He deals with these topics sensitively, while firmly reminding us that our wishes may not be the same as God's plans. He discusses whether singleness is a gift and how this should affect our attitude towards being single. What I like most about this book is its grounding in scripture, constantly turning to the Bible for advice and guidance, and each chapter ends with a short Bible study. Overall, this is a great book for any Christian, not just those who are single. Easy to read, The Single Issue will help you develop a biblical understanding of singleness and provide encouragement and guidance to those who are single and struggling with it.
Review by Jonathan Squibbs, Leeds
This title is available to UK & Irish CMF students at a discounted price via the Take and Read pagesMore Info...
Saving Sex (Answers to Teenagers' Questions about Relationship and Sex)
Saving Sex offers practical, down-to-earth answers to real questions from real teenagers about relationships and sex. Trevor Stammers is a GP and academic, well known to CMF members, and Tim Doak set up and maintained the website which received the questions. Specifically targeting teenage sexuality, this book pulls no punches in its answers just as the young people pull no punches in their questions. Young people themselves, parents, and professionals working with the young will want to know about this resource. |
Biblical and pastoral responses to homosexuality
Homosexuality continues to be a highly controversial and divisive issue both on society and in the Christian Church.
This concise book presents a thoroughgoing update of Faith, Hope and Homosexuality originally published by the Evangelical Alliance in 1988. Its ten affirmations clearly set out the Evangelical Alliance position on the subject.
In explaining these affirmation it reviews biblical and scientific material and explores the pastoral outworking of an evangelical position. It will especially be of help to church leaders and pastoral workers as well as those with same-sex attraction seeking to live faithfully as Christian disciples.More Info...
Just Sex - Is it ever just sex?
Most people recognise that sex is meant to be something special, but it is often casually dismissed as trivial – just sex.
Sex is now a big issue for Christians. Faced with a barrage of permissive messages and lacking a clear rationale from biblical teaching, many Christians are unsure of what they think. Is the impact on others around us of our sexual relationships fair, or just?
Guy Brandon explains clearly and sensitively the Christian worldview of sex, and offers a better way, which is not only more just but which brings real fulfilment.More Info...