Rachel Gilson serves on the leadership team for Theological Development and Culture at Cru. She is a graduate of Yale, earned her Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and is currently pursuing her doctorate. Rachel is the author of “Born Again This Way: Coming Out, Coming to Faith, and What Comes Next.” Her writing has been featured in a variety of publications, including Christianity Today and The Gospel Coalition. Rachel has been married to Andrew for 12 years and they have one daughter.
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Key Questions for Rachel Gilson
-How did Jesus give you the strength to say “no” to your same-sex desires and “yes” to him?
-How do you believe pastors and ministry leaders should and should not be approaching the LGBTQ conversation?
-How did you end up pursuing marriage, despite the fact that you still experience same-sex attraction, and what has God taught you through marriage to Andrew?
-As a follower of Jesus, what do you think about using the terms “gay,” “queer,” or “same-sex attracted”?
Key Quotes from Rachel Gilson
“The Spirit made clear to me at the time that the only way be safe was to run was towards Jesus, not away from him. He had placed himself as a barrier between God’s wrath and me.”
“It’s been 17 years, and my same-sex attraction hasn’t gone anywhere. So part of my path to writing “Born Again This Way” was just my own years of reading the Bible, making mistakes, reading the Bible, being in community, and just trying to figure out not just how can we survive as disciples with same-sex attraction, but how can we actually thrive in Christ?”