Mark Yarhouse and Olya Zaporozhets: Costly Obedience

What We Can Learn from the Celibate Gay Christian Community

Costly Obedience
(Zondervan, 2019)

WHO: Mark Yarhouse, a professor of psychology at Regent University and codirector of the Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity; and Olya Zaporozhets, associate professor in the School of Psychology and Counseling and codirector of the Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity at Regent University.

THEY SAY: “We hope the church will come to a more nuanced and mutually edifying view of persons who are navigating questions of sexual identity and faith, one that enriches all our relationships and supports a common vision of joy, charity and Christlikeness.”

THE BIG IDEA: This book equips celibate gay Christians and those who love them with ways to support and encourage one another in the body of Christ.

THE PROGRESSION:
Through insights from interviews with 13 celibate gay Christians plus essays, the authors present their landmark research study of 1,300 celibate gay Christians.

“A church’s atmosphere and approach to LGBTQ+ experiences should be informed by a combination of grace and truth.”

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