For you formed my inward parts, you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works, my soul knows it very well. (Psalm 139:13-14)

Few would bat an eye if they saw that Scripture on the front of a child dedication program. The trouble starts when the application gets more personal. Really? All of me? Wonderfully made? Which part of me are you talking about? The hands with arthritis? The clinical depression that makes daily life agonizingly difficult? How about the gender dysphoria that causes me to wake up every morning and wonder if I know who I really am? 

For many people, issues of gender and sexuality seem to defy any sort of coherent, divine design or meaning. They can be deeply painful and terribly confusing, especially if you try to make sense of them on our own. We need help to understand what’s going on in our own bodies and in the surrounding culture. We also need help to respond to what’s going on in our own bodies and in the surrounding culture. Jesus provides the help we need on both fronts. He’s already given us the guidance we need in His Word. The question is whether we are willing to slow down and listen. 

We need help to understand and respond to what’s going on in our own bodies and in the surrounding culture.

On Friday, October 18th from 7:00-9:30pm, KingsWay is hosting a seminar on gender and sexuality, taught by my good friend, Josh Blount. Josh is a PhD candidate at Westminster Seminary and his doctoral work explores the intersection of lament and gender identity. The format consists of two lectures, the first on understanding the times, the second on responding to the times. Josh and I will end the evening by hosting a 30-minute Q&A where we respond to written questions from seminar participants. 

Whether you want to think more biblically about these issues or introduce a friend to what Jesus has to say about issues of gender identity, this seminar is for you. No registration is required. If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to me at matthew@kingsway.cc

 

Matthew grew up attending KingsWay and joined the pastoral staff in 2009. God has blessed him and his wife, Aliza, with three rambunctious boys. Matthew did his undergraduate work at the University of Richmond in chemistry and political science, spent a year at the Sovereign Grace Pastor’s College, and received his Masters of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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