What I love about Wesley is his ruthless honesty. He essentially spends all of chapter 5 making sure the reader understands he is not presenting a quick fix to the emotional ache that gay / SSA people feel. He wants to make sure gay / SSA Christians, as well as pastors looking for the magic bullet solution to all of this, understand that there is no magic bullet. He wants to make sure people understand if they walk down the path of kinship / covenantal friendship, they will meet pain and disappointment. This is not a good sales pitch! But it is real and it is honest. Us pastors hate this. We want a systematic theology that fixes everything. We want the right answer that grounds us in Scripture and that gives everyone warm fuzzies.
Wesley Hill is a gay, celibate Christian. While I can’t speak for all people in all places, his 2010 book Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality was groundbreaking in my corner of biblically conservative evangelicalism. In a topic that had become bifurcated into only two camps, Wesley presented a third camp: Christians […]
My friend Jim Decke and I recently did a sermon at Crossroads about homosexuality. Jim shared his testimony of discovering he was gay at a very young age and the ups and downs of trying to get rid of this orientation. Jim eventually gave up and just did as his sexual desires pleased, until eventually […]
Trending on Facebook this week is the #GiveElsaAGirlfriend hashtag, a campaign lobbying to give Disney’s Frozen star a female love interest in the upcoming sequel. Idina Menzel, the actress who plays Elsa’s voice, made headlines when asked in an Entertainment Weekly interview about the campaign, “I think it’s great,” she told ET on Sunday of […]
What does the Bible say about homosexuality? 10 Blog Posts about Homosexuality & the Bible I’ve posted a lot about homosexuality and the Bible over the years. Here are the top 10: Gay Christian? A sermon by Noah Filipiak and Jim Decke Same Sex Attraction / Orientation is Not a Sin 3 Ways […]
I recently blogged on how churches should be talking about the recent SCOTUS gay marriage ruling. Here’s a recording of what I said to my church this past Sunday: