Sometimes, grace gets messy.
Caleb Kaltenbach was raised by LGBT parents, marched in gay pride
parades as a youngster, and experienced firsthand the hatred and
bitterness of some Christians toward his family. But then Caleb surprised everyone, including himself, by becoming a Christian and a pastor.
Very few issues in Christianity are as divisive as the acceptance of
the LGBT community in the church. As a pastor and as a person with
beloved family members living a gay lifestyle, Caleb had to face this
issue with courage and grace. Messy Grace
that Jesus’s command to "love your neighbor as yourself" doesn’t have an
exception clause for a gay "neighbor"—or for that matter, any other
"neighbor" we might find it hard to relate to. Jesus was able to love
these people and yet still hold on to his beliefs. So can you. Even when
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"Messy Grace is an important contribution
to the conversation about sexual identity for churches and leaders.
Caleb's story is surprising and unique, and he weaves it together
compellingly. He states his views clearly, leaves room for disagreement,
and champions love no matter where you are in this conversation."
—Jud Wilhite, Sr. Pastor, Central Christian Church