I recently had the opportunity to contribute a chapter to a new book on preaching called Serving God’s Words. Windows on Preaching and Ministry, edited by Paul A. Barker, Richard J. Condie, Andrew S. Malone (Nottingham, IVP, 2011) This stimulating volume was commissioned in honour of Dr. Peter Adam, who has just retired as Principal of Ridley College Melbourne. The book offers perspectives on preaching and ministry from selected biblical texts and reflections on theological and devotional issues. Two concluding studies examine significant examples from church history. My own contribution is a development and extension of work done over the years on the subject of Prophetic Preaching and the Book of Acts. Some of my preliminary work on this topic can be found on this website (Prophecy and Preaching in Acts).
In 2004 I edited a book entitled Holiness and Sexuality: Homosexuality in a Biblical Context (Milton Keynes: Paternoster). This contained a series of papers read at the Annual Oak Hill School of Theology in 2003, with some additional material. I also wrote the first three articles. Unfortunately, this book is now out of print and so, with the permission of the publishers, I am making available the full text of the chapters I wrote.
Many people who write on the subject of homosexuality consider it within the framework of justice or love or tolerance or personal fulfilment, but holiness is the theological context and motivation for the teaching of the Mosaic law about sexual behaviour (Lv. 18:1-30; 20:7-26), and holiness is also the basis of the New Testament appeal for distinctive sexual behaviour in several key passages (e.g. 1 Thes. 4:1-8; 1 Cor. 6:9-20; 2 Cor. 6:14 – 7:2). The articles I have written consider the theological and pastoral implications of viewing homosexual behaviour in this way.
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