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Love Into Light: The Gospel, the Homosexual and the Church

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  402 ratings  ·  66 reviews
Homosexuality is one of most controversial moral issues of our day. Headlines teem with stories of athletes "coming out," politicians changing positions and courts handing down same-sex marriage rulings. Sadly the church has often been afraid to talk about homosexuality. Many Christians feel confused and divided between the call to love and the call for truth. And many who ...more
Paperback, 172 pages
Published July 12th 2013 by Ambassador-Emerald International (first published June 18th 2013)
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Jul 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: nonfiction
After I came out to my Southern Baptist father, he gave me this book. The title is hopeful enough, but what I found inside rarely helped and mainly hurt. I have never annotated a book like this one, which I peppered with sticky notes and my refutations, exclamations, and expletives. I transcribed and expanded them into two-column notes in a word processing document that reached thirteen pages.

Some highlights:
*In the Introduction, Hubbard acknowledges "feeling spoiled" to get to come home to his
Oct 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Peter Hubbard writes winsomely and pastorally. You can feel he’s struggled with, loved, and cared for those who’ve come to him for care regarding their same sex attractions (SSA). He says,

The more I listened the more I learned, the more I realized--we are not different. We are the same. Our specific battles and sins may vary, but our hearts are the same. And our daily need for the grace of Jesus Christ is the same. (11)

He also tethers himself to the Scriptures as God’s Word and the truth God r
John Davis
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2013
This book is not very well known but I suspect it will become very popular in the next year or so.

Hubbard writes as a pastor committed to the truth of the Bible, but it is also very clear in his writing that he has many gay friends and has much experience interacting with and helping those who struggle with same-sex attraction, as well as those who don't struggle with it at all but embrace it.

The biggest strength of this book is that it doesn't fall to the extreme of being so focused on why homo
Neva Davies
May 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Okay. This was difficult. I wanted to give this book an honest read, without getting too emotionally invested. But I couldn't manage it. By the time I had read through the first five chapters, I was already seeing red.

Here's something about me to give you some background information: I'm bisexual, and have known this for sure since I was 20. If I had read this book when I was first working out my identity, when there's already a decent helping of shame and fear, this book would have added to th
Apr 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
As much as I appreciate a pastor attempting to break down the details of SSA, it becomes increasingly clear he does not understand the realities of SSA men. It is contradictory. This is an updated version of "loving the gay way." Wildly uneducated, and inappropriate.

Loving others is not something to be applauded, as if it is a performance. Why, pastor? Why must you feel you need to write a book on homosexuality while applauding how well your church has loved gays. You are establishing further r
Peter Gorham
Oct 15, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book espouses the same kind of bigotry that caused my committed life partner to complete suicide.

Bc of religious counseling and the pressure put on him, he became so conflicted. He did not want to leave me. We were in a healthy, committed relationship with unconditional love for each other (and isn’t that what it’s all about?), yet he was being pressured to leave me, and instead took his own life.

This bigotry has to stop. It is what this pastor espouses that killed my soulmate. Who were we
Jeff Colston
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian-living
Wow. If you have ever wondered “How in the world do I tackle this issue of homosexuality as a Christian in love AND in truth?” like I have, I would highly recommend this book.

The information is concise and extremely helpful. More information and Q&A on also appear to be really good.

On top of that, this book offers a great reminder of the Gospel, and how it speaks into even the most challenging issues of our day. Reading this book involved a lot of me texting pictures of quotes
Jeni Enjaian
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: My mother is Peter's assistant so I heard a lot about the behind the scenes process of getting this book written and published. I did not, however, read the book until many months after publication. Whoops :)

This is an excellent book. I have been privileged to attend North Hills Community Church and sit under Peter Hubbard's teaching since I was 10 years old. I have learned and grown so much. This book is simply an extension of what he does every Sunday from the pulpit.

In clear, eas
Eric Black
Nov 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: sexuality
The title for this book is somewhat misleading. Hubbard assumes homosexual individuals all suffer from unwanted same-sex attraction, which informs his understanding of the relationship homosexual individuals seek to have with the church.

Secondly, Hubbard offers very little for churches seeking to answer basic and practical questions about how to relate to homosexual individuals as the church.

Balancing out these deficiencies are several interesting and important insights, such as the need for chu
Luke Hess
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very solid and candid discussion of how the Church should respond biblically to homosexuality/same sex attraction. Everything Pastor Hubbard says is biblically informed and well thought out. I can't say that he presented me with something that I didn't already know, but the way that he packages it is both thought-provoking and insightful. This book is definitely a resource that the Church today is in great need of! I hope it is the first of many like it. I would recommend "Love Into Light" to an ...more
Kyle Alt
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Simply an amazing book. He stresses the most loving conservative theology I've ever seen. Every thought is very thought out. There isn't a cliche in the book. Loved every chapter. I cannot imagine anyone reading this book and not being inspired to be more thoughtful, strong, and loving in this ongoing culture war surrounding homosexuality. ...more
Hillary Renner
Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book took a little while for me to push through, but that last two chapters were worth all the work. Excellent, thoughtful words.

'Jesus often exposes our sin and highlights His grace in the midst of “insignificant” or, from our perspective, “useless” people. The kind of people we most fear, despise, or misunderstand may be the very ones who open our eyes to more of Jesus.'
Oct 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent. I highly recommend this book on a topic every church will have to think through in our new cultural climate.
Aug 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
A most helpful book by a seasoned veteran pastor. It caused me to think and re-think. Highly recommended!
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
One the best books I have read on the subject. Heartfelt, compassionate, thought-provoking and balanced with truth.
Jordan Francis
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The most helpful book I have ever seen when it comes to facing this issue as a Christian
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This started out weak and I was afraid it'd be shallow, but Hubbard surprised me as I got further into it. Here's a pastor in the heart of the south who is utterly committed to applying the gospel to one of the toughest pastoral issues in the church today.

He challenges churches to address same-sex attraction openly and even-handedly, recognizing that no one is sexually pure and all of us should be living in repentance through God's grace. Christians living with unwanted same-sex attraction need
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Possibly one of trickiest topics that the modern day church has to deal with right now: sexuality and the gospel. Personally, this is something that I've struggled to understand and reconcile with how the church has handled/currently handles sexuality. This book was given to me by someone I respect immensely and I found it to be a concise, biblical, and grace filled affirmation that (as with all things) the gospel isn't a rule book full of "do"s and "don't"s but rather a completely transformativ ...more
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a solid primer for Christians who want to think biblically — that is, with grace and truth — about homosexuality. Peter Hubbard has a genuine love for homosexuals and those in the church who have same-sex attraction (SSA). At the same time, he is firm on his conviction that homosexual behavior is sin. His goal here is to help believers remember that they, too, need Christ as much as homosexuals. They aren’t any more lost than anyone else God invites to the table. As we share the gos ...more
David Skinner
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is incredible. Two quotes:

“The antidote for homosexuality is not heterosexuality. A crack addict can “repent,“ and switch to math and remain a drug addict. Likewise homosexual can pursue heterosexuality and remain bound by lust, greed, and fear.“ - page 47

“Any Christian who can mock a homosexual or speak unkindly to a drag queen is suffering from amnesia. We have forgotten what it is like to be without Jesus!“ - page 161
Dec 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A very comprehensive look at the struggles of SSA, how to stand firm but gracious as Christians toward SSA and how to welcome those struggling with SSA into your life in a christelike loving kindness.
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent advice

A great read for lay people, lay leaders and pastors. Anyone who seeks to speak the truth in love, to love as Jesus did, to dare to be called a friend of sinners like our Lord, then this book is for you.
Marissa Fisher
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I do wish this book had gone into more specifics in some cases, but the overall message is good and Biblical.
Adam Joyner
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great Book!
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Firstly, I should start by saying that Pastor Peter is my pastor. He gave me a copy of his book after meeting with him after our son came out to us right before leaving for college. To say my heart and soul have struggled during this time would be an understatement. When my wife and I met with Peter, he told us that this experience would definitely challenge and grow our faith. And I would say that the reading of this book did the same. For me it exposed my own sinful nature. And most importantl ...more
Dave Crooks
Sep 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a refreshing treatment of a polarizing issue. Previous to reading this book I read Kevin Deyoung's What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality? and I felt like Deyoung did a great job presenting sound doctrine and overcoming objections to sound doctrine regarding the issue of homosexuality, which was his purpose. Love Into Light, though no less doctrinally sound, has a different emphasis; an intentionally pastoral tone. The effect of reading this book was that I feel more equip ...more
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book is tremendously insightful and helpful and should be ready by every Christian. Hubbard does a remarkable job of showing how Same Sex Attraction (SSA) is a sin like other sins. This is a book calling Christians to remember who we are ourselves - sinners saved by grace. I am a sinner still, and God loves me. I am really no different than any homosexual - an image bearer of the God of the universe who is fallen and in need of redemption. I should treat others as God has treated me - ...more
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a subject that is hard for Christians to approach well. And it is hard for a person who is gay to come to terms with Christianity. And this leaves us on two sides of the fence and neither handles it well. After attending college and having several friends who were gay, I walked away from that not knowing how my faith, and my love for them lined up. When they asked what I thought about their life and how it lined up with the faith I professed, I didn't know how to answer that, how to say ...more
Eric Riddle
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Hubbard leaves me with a lot of questions. Good questions. I like it. What would you do in fact if a gay couple with four kids walked into your church? Would you show them love and welcome them all the while standing firm in the faith? Or would it scare you to death and drive them away not feeling Christ's love? I love his idea of amnesia. We tend to forget, when encountering another sinner, that we were/are just like them. No different. Why then don't we approach this topic with more love and u ...more
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This title is the best resource I've read for doing missions to the LGBT community in the 21st century. There is not an in-depth treatment here of the Biblical passages that define godly sexuality as within a marriage of one man and one woman. What the author does provide is a wealth of insights on how to bridge the gap between a Biblical mindset and a LGBT mindset and build a relationship through which conversion and transformation can occur. If you're looking for a thorough resource on Biblica ...more
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Peter Hubbard is Teaching Pastor at North Hills Community Church in Taylors, SC, where he has communicated the truth of the scriptures since the church began in 1992. Peter appreciates the never- ending opportunities to engage with hurting people and to apply the hope of the gospel to the messy places of our liv

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