Guest / Limited Access /

Both those who have waded through the hundreds of comments following our interview with Jennifer Knapp and those who have fastidiously avoided reading those comments may be interested in some of the thoughtful discussion that's also happening elsewhere.

Denny Burk, dean of Boyce College, was particularly struck by Knapp's comments about deciding to come out: "I can't do this. People are going to chew me up and spit me out and tell me that I'm worthless."

"I don't know Jennifer Knapp apart from her music. I'm just one of her fans from ten years ago," Burk blogged. "I'm also someone who believes that the Bible unambiguously marks homosexuality as sin. Nevertheless, I would never say that she is worthless. In fact, I would speak to her this way: You are not worthless. You are a sinner, but you are not worthless. The gospel of Jesus Christ crucified and raised for sinners is still for you if you will have Him. If you will repent of your sin and trust in Christ, He will not cast you out—ever (John 6:37)."

Matthew Lee Anderson strikes a similar note at his Mere Orthodoxy blog. He laments not the inevitable conversations that will follow over Christians and homosexuality but that "in all this, Jennifer Knapp–the singer and songwriter–will likely be forgotten. Her status as a person, a person with sinful inclinations that obscure the radiant, recalcitrant image of God, will be pushed to the background as we focus on the only salient fact for us:  that instead of simply being a minor Christian celebrity, she's now a gay minor Christian celebrity. Jennifer Knapp, object lesson.  … In this case, from what I can tell, Jennifer Knapp the real person would rather not be in the thick of things.  I simply think respecting ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe now. Subscribers have full digital access.

Read These NextSee Our Latest
RecommendedRemembering Andrae Crouch, Dead at 72
Remembering Andrae Crouch, Dead at 72
The gospel music legend combined Saturday night with Sunday morning.
TrendingThe 10 Most Influential Churches of the Last Century
The 10 Most Influential Churches of the Last Century
There is much to learn from some key trends in the last 100 years of church history.
Editor's PickGood News, Millennials: You Don't Have to Save the Church
Good News, Millennials: You Don't Have to Save the Church
Millennial anxiety sabotages attempts to engage the next generation. Dietrich Bonhoeffer explains why.
Comments
Christianity Today
Jennifer Knapp the Person and Jennifer Knapp the Debate
hide thisAccess The Archives

In the Archives

April 2010

To continue reading, subscribe now for full print and digital access.