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 is the prominent voice for faith parents of LGBTQ children. She is an international speaker, teacher, theologian and counselor with years of biblical study and discipleship experience. Susan champions the LGBTQ community and families with her characteristic tender-heartedness, and she zealously challenges Christians who reject them with her wise insistence that love—of God and others—is the foundation of faith. She spent 25 years in the Evangelical church, was a leader there, and is now the Founder and President of FreedHearts, and served as the Vice-President of PFLAG Austin (Texas). Her books “Mom, I’m Gay”—Loving Your LGBTQ Child and Strengthening Your Faith (published by Westminster John Knox Press), and True Colors - Celebrating the Truth and Beauty of the Real You have been endorsed by The Human Rights Campaign, PFLAG, The Gay Christian Network and many others. She and her husband Rob have been married for 30 years and have five children, two of whom are in the LGBTQ community. They live in Austin, Texas.