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Rev. Dr. Mark Achtemeier
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Dr. Mark Achtemeier has served the Presbyterian Church since 1984 as a pastor, theology professor, and writer. He is the author of The Bible’s Yes to Same-Sex Marriage: An Evangelical’s Change of Heart.

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Did Jesus Really Condemn Same-Sex Marriage?

(119) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 1:56 PM


It is a claim I've run into often in church debates. Earnest opponents of marriage equality stand up and declare, "Jesus condemns same-sex marriage in Matthew 19, and so as a committed Christian I couldn't possibly support it."

I am all for Christians...

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The Hidden Error in 'Biblical' Arguments Against Gay Marriage

(28) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 1:18 PM


In the early 2000s, I was working hard to keep lesbian and gay persons out of the ministry of my denomination, the Presbyterian Church (USA). I did this in part because I thought the biblical case against gay relationships was straightforward. The standard...

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Coming Out as an Evangelical Supporter of Gay Rights

(271) Comments | Posted October 11, 2011 | 7:46 PM

This Saturday I was privileged to speak at the ordination of a man I believe will be a wonderful minister. That man, Scott Anderson, happens to be the first openly gay person ordained in my denomination, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), since a historic policy shift last July.

Scott's congregation in...

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