5 February 2021  |

Adventist Today Sabbath Seminar and Kinship International are teaming up to present author Colby Martin, who is going to teach from his book Unclobber to ATSS on February 27.

Churches in America are experiencing an unprecedented fracturing due to their belief and attitude toward the LGBTQ community. Armed with only six passages in the Bible—often known as the “clobber passages”—the traditional Christian position has been one that stands against the full inclusion of our LGBTQ brothers and sisters. Unclobber: Rethinking Our Misuse of the Bible on Homosexuality reexamines each of those frequently quoted passages of Scripture, alternating with author Colby Martin’s own story of being fired from an evangelical megachurch when they discovered his stance on sexuality. This book is both accessible and scripturally based, and shows how Christians can welcome LGBT+ people fully into God’s family.

Free book

Don’t have the book? That’s OK. Kinship International is offering a free copy to every ATSS attendee who wants one.

You merely need to follow this link and enter your information. The book—you can choose a paper book or an ebook—will be sent to you.

Kinship promises not to share your information with others.

About Colby Martin (from ColbyMartinOnline.com)

Having experienced his fair share of pain and rejection from mainstream Christianity, Colby is awake to the flaws, tragic missteps, and misplaced earnestness that too often define the direction of the church. But God’s vision for creation as revealed in Jesus still compels him – a window into a way of being human that fosters wholeness, and can move communities away from shame into vulnerable, flourishing connection.

As author of UnClobber: Rethinking our Misuse of the Bible on Homosexuality and the soon-to-be-released The Shift: Surviving and Thriving after Moving from Conservative to Progressive Christianity, Colby has emerged as one of the leading voices of the Progressive Christian movement.

Colby and his co-pastor and wife, Kate, founded and lead Sojourn Grace Collective in San Diego, CA, while they enjoy life with their four sons.

Colby is passionate about carving out a space within Christianity that includes:

  • a wholeheartedly affirming posture toward LGBTQ individuals,
  • a broader acceptance of other spiritual practices and religious perspectives,
  • an agreeableness toward science,
  • and a commitment to always growing, transforming, and trusting that the best days are yet to come.

It is Colby’s deeply held belief that when people are reminded they are loved children of God, wholly and exactly as they are, they begin to live from a place of freedom. His work as author and pastor aims to point us toward that freedom, stubbornly, hopefully, until we believe in it. Until we can live in it, that the church – fully loved, liberated, and empowered – may continue the long work of changing the world.

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