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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 ...

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