A Good Example of Preaching on a Tough Subject

28 Jun

My friend and seminary classmate Pastor Richard J. Lee gave a sermon entitled “FAQ: Is Homosexuality a Sin” at his church this past week.  Richard is a great guy, talented pastor… and more conservative on this issue than I am.  Richard holds a pretty traditionalist position on homosexuality and argues for that position in this sermon.  I disagree with his exegesis, but totally understand and respect where he is coming from.

Given that I disagree with him on the topic, you may be wondering why I am posting it here and why I am recommending it?  It is because I think this is a great example of how traditionalists can preach on this topic with grace, respect and without falling into many of the “anti-gay” traps that are so common (e.g. Louie Giglio’s sermon from 20 years ago that got him uninvited to the Presidential Inauguration) or the more extreme bigotry of people like Lou Engle or Bryan Fischer.  In other words, Richard gets the tone right: pastoral, graceful, but pulls no punches on what he believes.  He addresses the tensions and gives people space to disagree, explore, etc.  As a gay Christian who disagrees with him, I felt totally respected and would be comfortable going to his church, worshiping there, etc. — which means he got it right.

If you are a traditionalist pastor or church-goer, this is a great example of how to tackle this issue in your church.  If you are a progressive on this issue — or a gay seeker or gay believer — I hope you listen to it… and then let me know, while disagreeing with him, did you feel respected?  How would you have felt sitting in the pews listening to this?  Any other thoughts?

Here is the link… check it out:


Posted by on June 28, 2013 in Uncategorized


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2 responses to “A Good Example of Preaching on a Tough Subject

  1. Susan Lewis Lally

    June 29, 2013 at 1:09 am

    I did listen to half of this. I know that people get paid to deliver sermons and he sounds like a balanced enough guy.

    After living as a Christian for forty years and reaching the age of AARP and medicare, I really only fully hear one message. “God is Love alone.” I have let go of going verse by verse, line by line.

    “God is Love alone.” ” He who abides in Love, abides in God and God in him.”

    I only heard you preach a few times. But, that is always what I heard when you did.

    So my dear little brother, Ben. in my book you still have the only message. Hopefully one day you will find the place to share it again and again.


  2. Ben Dubow

    June 29, 2013 at 2:15 am

    Thanks Susan 🙂 I share that prayer… and hope.



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