• January 07, 2017

    Should Churches Discipline Gay-Affirming Members?

    With same-sex marriage becoming increasingly common, more church-going Christians are affirming same-sex relationships.  Should churches discipline, and even excommunicate, these believers – or overlook the offense?  This Saturday on Up For Debate, Julie Roys will discuss this issue with Denny Burk, president of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, who advocates discipline and even excommunication.  Challenging his perspective is Hector Sabido, a pastor who advocates a more tolerant approach -- and Tim Otto, a gay, celibate member of a so-called "Third Way" church.  Don't miss this important discussion, this Saturday at 11 a.m. on Up for Debate!​

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    Denny Burk
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    Denny Burk

    Denny Burk is the President of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, a Professor of Biblical Studies at Boyce College, the undergraduate school of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He serves as the director of the Center for Gospel and Culture.  He also serves as an Associate Pastor at Kenwood Baptist Church, which is in Louisville as well.  Burk writes frequently on biblical and theological topics. He is the author of a book on sexual ethics titled What Is the Meaning of Sex? as well as a book on Greek grammar entitled Articular Infinitives in the Greek of the New Testament.
    Hector Sabido
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    Hector Sabido

    Hector Sabido is a Pastor of Ministries and Programming at the Mighty Wind Worship Center in Waco, Texas. At Mighty Wind, Hector is in charge of several community outreach efforts like the church's drug and alcohol addiction programs and Freedom Limitations, for treating those with special needs. His role is to serve as the liaison between the church and the community in bringing people to a walk with Christ. Hector earned his Bachelor of Arts at Baylor University and an MBA at Tarleton State University. He lives in Waco with his wife and their two-year-old son.
    Tim Otto
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    Tim Otto

    Tim Otto is a pastor at The Church of the Sojourners, a live-together Christian community in the Mission District of San Francisco. He has a Masters of Theological Studies from Duke Divinity School, and a B.S. in Nursing from the University of San Francisco. Tim worked as a Registered Nurse on the first AIDS ward in the United States for fourteen years. He is the author of Oriented to Faith; Transforming the Conflict Over Gay Relationships and is co-author of Inhabiting the Church; Biblical Wisdom for a New Monasticism.

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Julie Roys

Julie Roys has become a trusted voice on the Moody Radio Network, earning an audience through her reasoned and biblical discernment of difficult cultural issues.  Since 2012, Julie has been hosting Up For Debate , a show that initially launched on WMBI in Chicago, but now airs on about 150 stations nationwide.  Julie also is a sought-after speaker and blogger and has written articles for WORLD Magazine, Christian Post, Boundless, Good News Magazine, and the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood Family Channel. Julie came to Moody Radio in 2007, after taking a 13-year hiatus from broadcasting to raise her children and serve in youth ministry. Prior to that, Julie worked as a TV news reporter for a CBS affiliate in Indiana and as a newswriter for WGN-TV and Fox News in Chicago.  She holds a bachelor's degree in history from Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL, and a master's degree in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Julie and her husband, Neal, live in the Chicago suburbs and have three children.

Up for Debate

Many issues are not debatable within orthodox Christianity—the virgin birth, the veracity of the Scripture, the bodily resurrection of Christ. However, some issues are. For example: Can a Christian join the military and support a war? Should Christians advocate for environmental causes? Is it okay to use in-vitro fertilization? Up For Debate seeks to equip believers to discern these debatable matters by engaging biblically with people holding diverse opinions. Each week, host Julie Roys invites two guests onto the one-hour program to defend opposing views. She also encourages listeners to call in and add their comments and questions. The views expressed on Up For Debate do not always represent those of Moody Bible Institute. However, Moody wholeheartedly affirms the means the show uses to evaluate these views. Like the Bereans mentioned in Acts, Julie and her guests examine the Scriptures, seeking which positions most closely align with God’s Word. By doing so, Up For Debate develops in listeners what British essayist Samuel Johnson termed “expert discernment”—the ability “to tell the good from the bad” and “the genuine from the counterfeit.”