On February 26th we had a half-day conference exploring a Biblical view of gender identity and sexual preference. It was a great day of learning and sharing. A special thanks to Rev. Michael Jordan, Dean of Chapel at Houghton College in Houghton, NY. (See short bio below.)
Michael Jordan is the Dean of the Chapel at Houghton College, where his wife Jill is a math professor and they are raising their three girls and two boys together. Issues of gender and sexuality became important to him in the early days of his ministry, when his previous denomination began to fracture over LGBT+ issues. The crisis in the church drove him to deeper study and to build deeper relationships with LGBT+ people. Through this time of learning and relational growth, he became more deeply convinced of the truth of the Biblical teaching regarding these issues. He also became aware that churches have significant work to do to welcome LGBT+ people, enable them to grow closer to Christ, and become part of the Body. At Houghton, Mike has dealt with students from many different perspectives and backgrounds on these issues during their pivotal college years. The church also has an important role to play, because it is in church congregations that people develop steady relationships and stable patterns of life to follow Jesus. So it’s exciting to bring these worlds together for an important conversation!
(To contact Michael Jordan visit his staff page at the Houghton College website. Click here.)