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Sam Allberry

Forfatter af Is God anti-gay?

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Sam Allberry speaks around the world as a preacher and apologist, and is part of the leadership team at Immanuel Nashville. He is the author of 7 Myths about Singleness and Why Does God Care Who I Sleep With?

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Maidenhead, Berkshire, UK
Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, England, UK
Students' Curate (St Ebbe's Church ∙ Oxford)
Associate Minister (St Mary’s Church ∙ Maidenhead)
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Sam Allberry is a pastor, regular conference speaker, global speaker for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, editor for the Gospel Coalition, and visiting professor at Cedarville University. He is the author of a number of books, including Is God Anti-Gay?; Why Bother with Church?; and 7 Myths about Singleness.



Most of the theology here is solid. There were a few times when his application of Scripture seemed a bit off-base, and times when he seemed to emphasize his own opinion rather than the facts in the Bible, but these were about somewhat minor things.

I didn't like much of the book.

Allberry seemed like he didn't mind being single too much, and like he truly believes that singleness is better and easier than marriage. He kept contradicting himself on this point, saying neither is easier, then following it up by saying that he thinks singleness is actually easier. Huh?

He only briefly touches on the fact that the "single" life can look very different depending on whether one is divorced, widowed, or never married, and whether or not one has kids. He frequently compared singleness not just to marriage, but to parenthood, which just isn't a fair comparison. And quite frankly, it didn't seem like he wanted kids all that much and so it wasn't terribly painful for him to not have any.

Allberry is a pastor, and I think that's allowed him to have a social life that many singles don't get - it's part of his job to connect with people, so he doesn't have to work a "regular" job and then do all his socializing outside of that time.

I felt like he excused married people too much when he talked about community in the Church. Relationships in the Church should not be as one-sided as he seems to think is okay.

The writing is a bit wordy and repetitive. He uses phrases like, "We do xyz, we think abc," referring to all singles, and I pretty much never agreed with him, so that was annoying.

The best chapter was the last one, where he finally admits that being single can be really hard and painful. But his conclusion just seems… trite? pithy?

All in all, this one fell flat for me. I think at the root of why this didn’t resonate is because Allberry spent so much time trying to compare singleness to marriage that he didn't really reflect much on God and His part in singleness.
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RachelRachelRachel | 2 andre anmeldelser | Nov 21, 2023 |
A powerful book discussing a variety of unhealthy stereotypes that have been placed on Single Christians. The quote of the book: "If marriage shows us the shape of the gospel, singleness shows us its sufficiency". Alberry is like a physician to those who have been wounded by their singleness and shows how Scripture is a great comfort, not reprimand, to their state. Must read for all church members who constantly ask the question "So why aren't you married yet?"
gingsing27 | 2 andre anmeldelser | Jul 8, 2022 |
The quote from this book that I view as worth more than the cost of the book is this:

"Western society tends to think of freedom purely in terms of the absence of restriction. The idea is that if we remove all constraints, we end up with freedom. So the imposition of rules and boundaries is a restriction of freedom, by definition. But in the Bible, real freedom is not the absence of any and every constraint, but rather, the presence of the right kind of constraint. Removing a fish from water does not give it more freedom, but less. It is designed to live in the water, not apart from it. Freedom from water is a removal of constraint, but it is also (for a fish) a complete misunderstanding of what freedom really is. Our own true freedom is only found when we are in the environment which we were designed to flourish in."

In the United States, both Republicans and Democrats chafe under the restraints of law, though the laws that each group rebels against are different. Anarchy (removing all laws) is not the solution.

Overall, I found the book less substantive than I would like, but I have highlighted a few passages for re-reading in the future.
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ChristinasBookshelf | Apr 22, 2022 |
Opinions regarding our bodies, gender, and sexuality dominate our headlines today. We’re told to love our bodies, but in the same breathe we’re told we should change them if we want. We should have a healthy body image, but the media tells us that there’s an epidemic of obesity. The confusion goes on and one. Thankfully, Sam Allberry gives us biblical clarity and points us to the gospel in *What God Has to Say About Our Bodies.*

Allberry structures *What God Has To Say About Our Bodies* in three parts: created bodies, broken bodies, and redeemed bodies. In the introduction, he points out a really interesting truth. We tend to want to separate the physical from the spiritual. When we think of our physical bodies, we often detach them from our spiritual selves, and vice versa. When we think of our spiritual lives, we often ignore our physical bodies or worse, we think we need to punish our physical bodies in order to be spiritual. That thought seems to weave throughout the book, at least it did in my mind as I was reading.

Allberry does a fantastic job connecting our physical bodies with our spiritual selves throughout, but especially in part one. Our bodies have always been an intentional part of God’s plan. Christianity is one of the few, if not the only, religion that views the body this way. Jesus Christ became flesh. He suffered and died in the flesh. He was physically resurrected and appeared to many in the flesh.

Allberry writes, “Jesus’s incarnation is the highest compliment the human body has ever been paid. God not only thought our bodies up and enjoyed putting several billion of them together; he made one for himself.” That’s an amazing thought. Jesus now sits at the right hand of God in that human body. Allberry quotes C.S. Lewis to summarize:

> Christianity is almost the only one of the great religions which thoroughly approves of the body––which believes that matter is good, that God Himself once took on a human body, that some kind of body is going to be given to us even in Heaven and is going to be an essential part of our happiness, our beauty and our energy.

*What God Has To Say About Our Bodies* goes on to address some of the most pressing questions today in regards to our bodies biblically and with the grace of the gospel. For example, identity is currently a hot button issue. Honestly, identity has always been an issue. It’s one of the core questions of human existence. Who am I and what am I supposed to do?

Allberry writes:

> The Bible gives us unique insight. To those who tend to see themselves—the “real me”—as the person they feel or believe themselves to be deep down inside, the Bible shows that their body is not incidental to who they are. And to those who have a ton of their identity invested in their body, the Bible shows that there is more to them than how they physically appear to others. Your body is not nothing. Nor is it everything. Is your body you? Yes. It is intrinsic to who you are. But it is also not the totality of who you are.

Allberry goes on to address sin and our bodies, including sexual sin, which the Bible describes as unique because it unites the body to someone else. He discusses the brokenness and death of the body. Then he tells us the good news—the gospel of Jesus Christ. He explains the implications of Christ taking our brokenness, shame, and suffering onto Himself in His physical body. He made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21)

*What God Has To Say About Our Bodies* concludes with how we should live in light of that good news. Our bodies are called a temple and a living sacrifice. Ultimately, through Christ we have the promise of new bodies like His glorious body.

Allberry’s writing is witty and conversational. Though some of these topics are controversial and difficult, he handles them with a tremendous amount of grace. He includes several personal examples of people he has counseled, pastored, and befriended through the years who struggled with some of the most difficult of these situations. This is a timely book dealing with important issues at the heart of our culture today, and Allberry points us to the gospel for answers.
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wilsonknut | Aug 7, 2021 |

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