Embracing Love: My Journey to Hugging a Man in his Underwear
In 2010, Nathan Albert stood with his friends along the Chicago Pride Parade route, bearing signs of apology on behalf of Christians who had failed to represent Christ’s love to the LGBTQ community. Little did he know that millions around the world would soon see him captured in an iconic photograph and read his blog about hugging a man in his underwear. Embracing Love is the story behind that photograph, the story of a musical theatre actor turned pastor whose deep desire is that the Gospel be seen, heard, and felt by the LGBTQ community in every tangible way, especially through the body of Christ, the Church. Through personal stories, pastoral encounters, a Gospel-centric church model, a comparison of approaches to the biblical texts on homosexuality, and a fervent call to unity among Christians, Nathan Albert invites readers past the intimidation of controversy for the sake of embracing people with the love of Jesus.
What Others Are Saying:
"In company with such faithful people as Pope Francis, Nathan reminds us that indeed the Spirit is able to do a new thing in our midst." –Michelle A.Clifton-Soderstrom, Professor of Theology & Ethics, North Park Theological Seminary.
“Nathan Albert is a significant contribution to a growing chorus of voices calling both for loving LGBT Christians and for an end to fruitless Christian arguments and divisions. Warmly recommended.” –David Gushee, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics, Mercer University.
"Nathan is one of the most creative, artistic, and original people I have ever come across. His scholarship gives an accessible overview of contemporary arguments; infused with the lessons learned from the lives of his friends. Take your time reading his book, treasuring it for the legitimate expression of love, hope, and unity that it is." –Andrew Marin, President and Founder of The Marin Foundation.
"As a Campus Pastor at an Evangelical University, I am so grateful for an additional pastoral resource as I care for the daughters and sons of our churches who are both gay and Christian. As we wrestle together may we come the answer to Jesus’ final prayer, “that we may all be one so that the world will know that Jesus truly is the Son of God.” (John 17:20-21)" – Pastor Judy Peterson, Former Campus Pastor, North Park University
"Nathan’s willingness to name his straight, white privilege makes this book, and his words, ones to heavily consider and allow the spirit of God to move in and through you."–Candice Czubernant, President and Founder of The Christian Closet