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  • Defrocked : How A Fathers Act Of Love Shook The United Methodist Church

    $16.99

    In his book, Schaefer tells the story of officiating at his gay son’s same-sex marriage and, six years later, his subsequent trial by a United Methodist court. That trial stripped Schaefer of his ordination after more than 20 years of ministry in the nation’s largest mainline Protestant denomination.

    The pastor of a Pennsylvania congregation was given a choice by the court: Vow to never again preside over a same-sex wedding, or lose his credentials as a pastor. Schaefer disagreed with the church’s stance against gay marriage, and three of his four children are gay, so Schaefer knew that he could make no such promise.

    The United Methodist Church officially defrocked Schaefer in December 2013. Now a layperson, speaker, and activist, Schaefer travels around the country advocating for human rights.

    Schaefer has appeared on The View, CNN, MSNBC, the CBS Evening News, and numerous national and international news outlets, telling his story. With the media spotlight on him, Schaefer went from being a small-town pastor and silent supporter of LGBTQ rights to an outspoken activist with a national platform. His weekends are now booked solid with speaking engagements at churches and rallies around the country. His goal: To change the rules he deems to be discriminatory in the United Methodist Book of Discipline, which prohibit the ordination of LGBTQ people and forbid ministers from performing same-sex marriages.

    “My message is an appeal to all LGBTQ members, as well as their friends and supporters, to remain in the United Methodist Church because we’re taking our church back. We’re at a tipping point, and we can work for changes,” says Schaefer.

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  • Banned Questions About Christians

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    50 Questions

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    This latest book in the insightful and entertaining Banned Questions series addresses fifty questions about Christians that many of us have wondered regarding Hell, sprinkle vs dunk baptism, gay and lesbian issues in ministry, the inconsistencies of communion, the multitude of denominations, God’s allowance of suffering in the world, and more.

    This is a great addition to your Banned Questions library as you (or your study group) ponder the questions many have wanted to ask and few were brave enough to answer.

    Also look for Banned Questions about the Bible and Banned Questions about Jesus, and e-mail your own “banned” questions to cpiatt@christianpiatt.com for future books.

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  • Banned Questions About Jesus

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    50 Questions

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    Some of the questions discussed in this book include:
    * Why did Jesus have to suffer so much before he died? Or did he have to?
    * What happened during the “missing years” of Jesus’ life unaccounted for in the Bible?
    * Does it really matter if Jesus was born to a virgin or not? What if Mary wasn’t a virgin, or if Joseph (or someone else) was the father?
    * The Bible says that Jesus had siblings. Does that mean that there are people alive today who are from his family’s bloodline? Where are they? Who are they?

    From Christian Piatt: “When I was a teenager, my youth minister threw a bible at my head for asking questions. Too often, for various reasons, people don’t have the opportunity to ask the hard questions they have about faith, religion, salvation and the bible. And when questions are left unanswered in communities of faith, people either seek answers elsewhere or lose interest all together.

    “The purpose of the series is to collect the most compelling and challenging questions from various theological areas and pose them to a panel of “experts” who are challenged with responding in two hundred words or less in plain English. This volume addresses challenging or controversial questions about scripture collected from people on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and other social networking media.

    “Respondents include theology professors, clergy, lay leaders, liberals, conservatives and voices representing a spectrum of views. The idea behind the books is not so much to provide definitive answers as it is to stimulate thought, reflection and discussion. By offering multiple perspectives, readers have the opportunity to arrive at their own questions. Better, they come to understand that questioning faith is not taboo, but rather that it can be at the foundation of a strong and growing faith.

    “The directive given to each respondent guided them to be concise and to speak in plan language, but also not to rely exclusively on “the Bible says it” justifications, or to wax abstract or overly intellectual. Instead, they write from personal experience as much as possible, and provide real-life contexts that will allow the average seeker or churchgoer to apply such ideas to their daily lives.”

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