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Os desafios à igreja nesta área são de fato duplos. Em primeiro lugar, a igreja deve estabelecer uma posição clara, contracultural a favor das normas bíblicas comportamentais entre seu povo. Se o mundo escolhe fazer do gênero uma atitude mental ou reduzir o significado do sexo à mera recreação pessoal, a igreja não o pode fazer porque agir assim seria trair os ensinos da Bíblia. Em segundo lugar, no entanto, e talvez algo mais difícil: ela deve dialogar com os que escolheram seguir o padrão do mundo nesta matéria de modo a desafiar seu comportamento — em última instância autodestrutivo — e indicar com clareza a graça de Deus e a suficiência do Senhor Jesus Cristo para perdoar.
Pelas razões expostas, este livro — Pensamentos Secretos de uma Convertida Improvável — é tão importante. A dra. Butterfield conhece o tema de sua obra de forma pessoal, profunda e íntima. Uma professora lésbica de literatura inglesa, especializada em “Teoria Queer”, de uma grande universidade, foi convertida ao cristianismo e é agora mulher de um pastor e mãe que educa os filhos em casa. A história narrada por ela deve ser de grande interesse, no mínimo, por sua identidade anterior e por quem ela se tornou. Contudo, há muito mais aqui: experiências dolorosas sobre como a comunidade gay avalia a igreja cristã, que não poucas vezes é incapaz de equilibrar seu entendimento da lei e o evangelho, lições sobre o impacto da importância de ouvir como elemento de um evangelismo gentil e amoroso, reflexões profundas sobre a natureza da sexualidade e da psicologia do pecado sexual e uma visão surpreendente da graça divina capaz de transformar uma ativista gay engajada em membro de uma igreja adepta da salmodia exclusiva.
Este é um livro para a leitura e a ponderação de todos os cristãos por demonstrar o poder da graça de Deus na transformação de até mesmo uma “convertida improvável” em um vaso de graça. Não se trata de um relato sentimentalista: a salvação abalou sua carreira e lhe rendeu o que ela designa “caos completo”. No entanto, sua história é instrutiva e edificante, e seu significado ultrapassa a vida descrita. Ele condenará, desafiará e encorajará em igual medida mesmo quando informa sobre alguns dos desafios mais sérios à fé cristã em nossos dias.
— Carl R. Trueman
Westminster Theological Seminary, Pensilvânia (EUA)
Autor de “O Imperativo Confessional”
...two open letters from Rosaria
...Pastor Ken G. Smith's story of reaching out to Rosaria
...Pastor Kent Butterfield's testimony of Christian hospitality
...FAQs, psalms to sing, and more resources
Rosaria, by the standards of many, was living a very good life. She had a tenured position at a large university in a field for which she cared deeply. She owned two homes with her partner, in which they provided hospitality to students and activists that were looking to make a difference in the world. There, her partner rehabilitated abandoned and abused dogs. In the community, Rosaria was involved in volunteer work. At the university, she was a respected advisor of students and her department's curriculum. And then, in her late 30s, Rosaria encountered something that turned her world upside down-the idea that Christianity, a religion that she had regarded as problematic and sometimes downright damaging, might be right about who God was, an idea that flew in the face of the people and causes that she most loved. What follows is a story of what she describes as a "train wreck" at the hand of the supernatural. These are her secret thoughts about those events, written as only a reflective English professor could.
"In April of 1999, I felt the call of Jesus Christ upon my life. It was both subtle and blatant, like the peace inside the eye of a hurricane. I could in no way resist and I in no way understood what would become of my life."
Terms like same-sex marriage, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gay Christian are part of the discourse of daily life; yet enormous controversy surrounds them. They are the stuff of news headlines and vitriolic social media posts. But they also reflect stirrings of the heart in real people with real questions and concerns.
Rosaria Champagne Butterfield, once a leftist professor in a committed lesbian relationship and now a confessional Christian, but always the thoughtful and compassionate professor, has written a followup to The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert. This book answers many of the questions that people pose when she speaks at universities and churches, questions not only about her unlikely conversion to Christ but about personal struggles that the questioners only dare to as someone else who has traveled a long and painful journey.
Dr. Butterfield not only goes to great lengths to clarify some of today’s key controversies, she also traces their history and defines the terms that have become second nature today—even going back to God’s original design for marriage and sexuality as found in the Bible. She cuts to the heart of the problems and points the way to the solution, which includes a challenge to the church to be all that God intended it to be, and for each person to find the true freedom that is found in Christ.
What did God use to draw a radical, committed unbeliever to himself? Did God take her to an evangelistic rally? Or, since she had her doctorate in literature, did he use something in print? No, God used an invitation to dinner in a modest home, from a humble couple who lived out the gospel daily, simply, and authentically.
With this story of her conversion as a backdrop, Rosaria Butterfield invites us into her home to show us how God can use this same “radical, ordinary hospitality” to bring the gospel to our lost friends and neighbors. Such hospitality sees our homes as not our own, but as God’s tools for the furtherance of his kingdom as we welcome those who look, think, believe, and act differently from us into our everyday, sometimes messy lives—helping them see what true Christian faith really looks like.
"There are some stories that just need to be told—some testimonies of the Lord’s grace that are so unusual and so encouraging that they will bless everyone who hears them. This is exactly the case with Rosaria Butterfield, who recently authored The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert." —Tim Challies, Challies blog
"As you read Champagne Butterfield’s incredibly poignant and vulnerable account, you can’t help but put yourself in Smith’s place…. Would you have reached out to a woman who thought Christians and their God were ‘stupid, pointless and menacing’?" —Jim Daly, president, Focus on the Family
Rosaria, by the standards of many, was living a very good life. She had a tenured position at a large university in a field for which she cared deeply. She owned two homes with her partner, in which they provided hospitality to students and activists that were looking to make a difference in the world. There, her partner rehabilitated abandoned and abused dogs. In the community, Rosaria was involved in volunteer work. At the university, she was a respected advisor of students and her department's curriculum.
Then, in her late 30s, Rosaria encountered something that turned her world upside down-the idea that Christianity, a religion that she had regarded as problematic and sometimes downright damaging, might be right about who God was, an idea that flew in the face of the people and causes that she most loved. What follows is a story of what she describes as a "train wreck" at the hand of the supernatural. These are her secret thoughts about those events, written as only a reflective English professor could.
Also available in a newly expanded edition, ISBN 978-1884527807.