Radically Included: 49 Verses That Will Change Your Life and Set Your Heart Free.
I had thought the church was fairly inclusive—after all, Jesus is totally inclusive! But when our daughter came out, we found out, it’s not! I’m talking about the conservative, evangelical, nonaffirming church.
I saw people being badly hurt, thrown out of homes and churches, becoming homeless, committing suicide—and I knew that I as a mother—and the church—have no right to do treat people this way.
I doubt I’m sharing any breaking news with you to tell you that many nonaffirming Christians marginalize, oppress, and exclude LGBTQI people—and even their families—based on just 6 or 7 wrongly interpreted, falsely taught passages in scripture.
Well, in this course, I multiplied 7 times 7 to bring you 49 passages that talk about the very heart of God, the core message of the gospel, which is inclusion.
To use 6 or 7 Bible verses as a weapon is an abuse of the Bible… and an abuse of power. The Bible contains hundreds of passages that require love, justice, mercy, hope, encouragement, and trust in God!
This course explores 49 of those passages to get at the heart of the gospel and the heart of how we are to respond both to the Bible and to the call to be Jesus in the world. 49 passages that will change your life, and set your heart free.
Session One: Biblical Evidence for Full Inclusion
Session Two: Love. Period. God's Love for People
Session Three: People's Love for God. People's Love for People.
Session Four: Love in Community, Part I
Session Five: Love in Community, Part II
Session Six: Love Without Fear, Part I
Session Seven: Love Without Fear, Part II
Session Eight: The Clobber Passages: A Catch-22, Old Testament
Session Nine: The Clobber Passages: A Catch-22, New Testament
Session Ten: Let Love Set Your Heart Free
(For more information on Susan Cottrell and FreedHearts, you can visit our main website: www.FreedHearts.org)
SUSAN COTTRELL, a prominent voice for faith parents of LGBTQI children, was featured on ABC's 20/20, Nightline and Good Morning America, on NBC News Out, on The Advocate Magazine’s National Coming Out Day, Mother's Day, and other viral videos - as "our favorite affirming matriarch." - and is a devotional contributor on the Our Bible app. She is an international speaker who was featured on the TEDxMileHigh stage, and her TED talk is approaching a million views! She is a public theologian, acclaimed author, and consultant. Through her nonprofit organization—FreedHearts—Susan champions the LGBTQI community and families with her authenticity and tender-hearted zeal. She challenges Christians to love as the foundation of faith. She spent 20+ years in the non-affirming Evangelical church, has a Master of Arts in Theological Studies, and served as the Vice-President of PFLAG Austin (Texas). Her books “Mom, I’m Gay”—Loving Your LGBTQ Child and Strengthening Your Faith; True Colors - Celebrating the Truth and Beauty of the Real You; and Radically Included - The Biblical Case for Radical Love and Inclusion are critically acclaimed. She and her husband Rob have been married for more than 30 years and have five children, two of whom are in the LGBTQI community.
“Susan has this fierce, loving, don’t mess with me, Mom vibe.”—Rev Ashley Harness, Auburn Seminary
“What impresses me about Susan is that she’s not someone who argues and strongarms people into seeing things her way. She’s someone who listens and cares for others really well. Her presence challenges Christians who reject our friends in the LGBTQ community to understand the love of God.” - Michael Hidalgo, Lead Pastor, Denver Community Church