How a Pastor with Gay Parents Learned to Love Others Without Sacrificing Conviction
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Pastor of Central Christian Church
Messy Grace is a important contribution to the conversation about sexual identity for churches and leaders. Caleb's story is surprising and unique, and he weaves it together compellingly. He states his views clearly, leaves room for disagreement, and champions love no matter where you are in this conversation.
Founder of ReThink
Today's world offers fewer easy answers than ever before. And even more, the answers the church is giving are responses to questions no one is really asking. Caleb Kaltenbach cuts through the confusion and talks about what it really means to love people and what is really means to follow God--and how they're not mutually exclusive ideas. The answer the world is looking for is messy and it's full of grace. When you start with the right question like Caleb does, it makes it a lot easier to get to that answer.
Pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church
Messy Grace, written by my friend Caleb Kaltenbach, is a personal story of God’s incredible grace and a call to love people as God loves. The message of this important book combines grace and truth and offers hope to a broken generation. Messy Grace is pure truth spoken in love and will help you relate to every person in a way that pleases God.
Founder Member of North Point Church
This is an important conversation for the church today and no one's story makes them better suited for it than Caleb Kaltenbach. In a world that tries to force everyone to take sides, Caleb speaks from the inside of both worlds. Gay or straight, Christian or non-Christian, everyone can learn from and be impacted by Messy Grace
Teaching Pastor of Southeast Christian Church
Some authors have inspirational stories to tell while others have insightful points to make, what makes Caleb’s writing so powerful is that God has given him both.
Author of Parenting Beyond Capacity
I think you're going to love Caleb's story. It breaks down categories, crushes stereotypes and will make you think differently than you thought before you read it—regardless of your convictions. Caleb's true-to-life honesty is refreshing, as is his treatment of the very true-to-life Gospel. Anyone who loves Jesus and loves friends and family members who are LGBT is going to want to read this fascinating book. Okay, scratch the conditions. I think anyone is going to want to read this book.
Professor at Dallas Theological Seminary
There may be no greater mess for the church than the question of how to engage with the LBGT community. Messy Grace shows how grace can enter into the mess of life and draw people to God’ s love and goodness of God. It can happen while being clear about what God hopes for in all of us. Here is a book, sharpeneed by life experience and reflection on the Word of God, that has much to teach all of us about the challenge of loving our neighbors when they are different from us.
Senior Pastor of Concord Church
Messy Grace gives us a refreshing look at how the gospel is lived out in ministry with the gay community. Caleb does a phenomenal job of addressing the complexities and realities of our Christian faith and our Christian responsibilities. It will challenge you in every aspect of your life by hearing his powerful testimony and teachings.
Professor of Anthropology, Messiah College. Author of The End of Sexual Identity
A story that will move you. A spirit that will inspire you. A pastor's wisdom that will teach you. Questions that will challenge you. Kaltenbach's exhortation to both treat gay people lovingly, and hold true to one's convictions, is both winsome and challenging. His wisdom flows from life, being raised by two gay parents, coming to Christ, and sharing Christ's love with his parents and loved ones. I read with rapt attention, wanting to see his story unfold, and to benefit from the insight his experiences yield for the church. Grace is messy, and that's OK. It's possible to live in grace and truth. Christ's love is higher, purer, and truer than the positions we take, or the sides we join. A rich, readable, provocative, and persuasive read.
Pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church, President of 9Marks.org
This book combines undeniable experiences with clear biblical arguments. Add the gracious tone throughout and you have a powerful book. Empathetic and humble, practical and loving, straightforward and enlightening—that’s what I’m looking for in a book on this topic. And here I’ve found it. Useful questions are pressed. Legalism is countered. Wise advice is given. You may not agree with everything, but we can all appreciate the spirit in which Caleb has written and learn from him. I’m thankful that Caleb has written this book, and pray that you profit from it.
President at Focus on the Family
In recent years there has been no shortage of books on how Christians can lovingly and meaningfully engage their gay family members and friends. Caleb Kaltenbach adds a wealth of unique insight to this conversation based on his experiences being raised in a lesbian household and also having a gay father. He has an important message for everyone who shares a commitment to both grace and truth.
People of the Second Chance
I loved Messy Grace! These pages are filled with humility, compassion and powerful insights as Caleb's story profoundly demonstrates that grace is both messy and beautiful. This book is a must read!