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Preston Sprinkle: Jesus Left the 99 to Pursue the One—And That Means Trans People

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Dr. Preston Sprinkle is a biblical scholar and international speaker who serves as the president of the Center for Faith, Sexuality & Gender. He is a New York Times best-selling author who has written numerous books including, “People to Be Loved: Why Homosexuality Is Not Just an Issue” and his latest, “Embodied: Transgender Identities, the Church, and What the Bible Has to Say.” Preston and his wife, Chrissy, live in Boise, Idaho, with their three daughters and son. 

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Ed Shaw: How God Has Used Same-Sex Attraction to Equip Me As a Pastor

Sean McDowell: Scripture Is Very Clear About God’s Design for Sexuality

Rachel Gilson: How Jesus Helps Me Say No to My Same-Sex Desires

Caleb Kaltenbach: Do You See the LGBTQ Community Through God’s Eyes?

Laurence Koo: A Call for the American Church to Welcome Single (LGBTQ) Believers

Key Questions for Dr. Preston Sprinkle

-What does it really mean to be “trans”?

-Why is the conversation around trans identities so important to the church right now?

-Does Scripture give us guidance for understanding gender dysphoria and trans identities? How would you respond to people who say it does not?

-What would you say to the average pastor regarding how to better minister to people who are questioning their gender? 

Key Quotes from Dr. Preston Sprinkle

“If you ask 10 different people, what does it means to be trans, you might get 12 different responses.” 

“There is a whole movement within the trans community, especially among younger people, who would say, you don’t even need to have gender dysphoria to be trans. If you just say you’re trans, you’re trans…So that is a complication when you engage this conversation.”

Mark Yarhouse likes to say, ‘If you’ve met one trans person, you’ve met just one trans person.’”

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Jason serves as the Chief Strategy Officer at PastorServe, a ministry committed to strengthening the Church by serving pastors through personal coaching and church consulting. He also hosts FrontStage BackStage, a podcast and YouTube show, that helps pastors embrace healthy, well-balanced leadership as they develop a sustainable rhythm for life and ministry. Prior to joining the PastorServe team, Jason served as Vice President of Ministry Mobilization at Outreach, Inc., and as the Executive Director of the National Back to Church Sunday movement. Additionally, Jason served for nearly two decades in pastoral leadership, primarily as a lead pastor, in several contexts, including church plant re-launch, multisite church, multiethnic urban church, and an established suburban church. His experience as a lead pastor has provided numerous opportunities to coach and mentor pastors across the country. Jason and his beautiful wife, Monica, are the proud parents of six children and live on Anastasia Island, Florida. @jasondaye