David P. Gushee is the Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University. Raised in Virginia, he earned his Bachelor of Arts at the College of William and Mary (1984), Master of Divinity at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (1987) and both the Master of Philosophy (1990) and Doctor of Philosophy (1993) in Christian Ethics at Union Theological Seminary in New York. He has taught for twenty years in fulltime and guest capacities and lectured widely in the United States and Canada as well as in Great Britain, Europe, Australia and South America.
"The style is accessible, not academic as with many of his other works. It reads more like a journal than a scholarly tome, so you won't be wondering what in the heck he's talking about ... Gushee is a sage among straight, conservative Christians, so he can't be easily dismissed ... The whole book just feels balanced ... Gushee is humble. He repents, and when he does, you sense his grief."--Matt Rogers, mattrogers.us.From http: //bit.ly/2qYS3R6 "This is how our minds can be changed--'transformative encounters with real human beings.' Such encounters, Gushee argues, are an experience of God's Spirit at work. And if that is what is going on--if God's Spirit is at work and on the move--then the tribal gatekeepers frightened by this book have very good cause to be frightened indeed."--Fred Clark, Slacktivist Blog.From http: //bit.ly/2r337K6 "While I disagree with Gushee's conclusion, I actually agree with his pastoral heart and I resonate very much with his loving posture toward LGBT people. More than that, I too want to join the crusade in ending hateful, judgmental, dehumanizing and damning rhetoric that's been lobbed like grenades across the island, blowing up the 'others.' I concur with David when he says: 'I will henceforth oppose any form of discrimination against you. I will seek to stand in solidarity with you who have suffered the lash of countless Christian rejections. His words are scandalously close to Jesus's posture with the woman caught in adultery, who by law should have been stoned. Jesus, quite literally, stood in solidarity with the woman, fresh off her adulterous affair. Jesus didn't affirm her sin, but He affirmed her humanity. And that's where many on the evangelical right need to grow. We need to be more like Jesus. We need to repent from our unchristian rhetoric, our tone, our posture. We need to recognize that unloving speech spackled over with a thin veneer of truth is a religiouscharade."--Preston Sprinkle, Theology in the Raw.From http: //bit.ly/2r2UDD7 "David Gushee is arguably the preeminent Evangelical ethicist of our time. Until this book, that is, which is more than a book. It is an event and it is one that will propel Gushee outside the camp of approved Evangelical scholars. But this is where Jesus did his best work. It is the place where the gospel first happened for all people. Gushee's book will draw many Evangelicals to find Jesus outside the camp with his vulnerable gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender followers, those who have suffered in exile for a very long time. The thing you will notice in Changing Our Mind, beyond the faithful scholarship, is Gushee's voice. Words do matter and the thoughts they convey. But the good shepherd is known primarily by his voice. Gushee's voice is by turns warm, pastoral, prophetic, irenic, careful, authoritative, humble, sorrowful, repentant and even occasionally funny. Gushee's new book is a great read. But his mission is deadly serious. Gushee is out to save the lives of people living with the stigma of sexual minority status. And he is out to save the soul of the Evangelical church, so that it can be good news for all people again."--Ken Wilson, author of A Letter to my Congregation.From http: //bit.ly/2r3bXrF