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Larry Osborne’s advice for innovators and ministry leaders: Larry Osborne is one of the teaching pastors at North Coast Church in southern California. He’s also a well-known serial innovator. In this post he offers ministry leaders and innovators some unlikely advice: “Slow down. You move to fast!” It’s a great post for leaders who oversee ministries that contain lots of smaller ministries. [Shameless plug: Larry's new book, Accidental Pharisees, will be out in two months! Woohoo!]
Sticky Faith at Saddleback: Kurt Johnston leads the Student Ministries Team at Saddleback Church. In this blog he talks about why and how Saddleback is making intentional steps to break down the silos between their youth ministries and adult ministries. It’s a really intriguing post, especially considering that Kurt ministers in such a unique church. What he’s proposing would seem much easier for a smaller church to do, not a big one. What’s extra cool about the post is that he mentions how much he appreciates Sticky Faith and the work of Kara Powell and the others at F.Y.I.
A Better Conversation about Homosexuality: This article from Christianity Today talks about three different authors views on how the church should address the topic of homosexuality. It’s heady-er (is that a word?) than the average CT article, but it’s a good one. Our author, Wesley Hill, is one of the three discussed.
The Hardest Sermons You’ll Ever Have to Preach: The Gospel Coalition recently posted a new review of this book. Douglas Sean O’Donnell from New Covenant Church in Naperville, IL is the reviewer. If you’ve not seen this book and you are a preacher you’ve got to go check it out. It’s a ‘have-handy-on-my-shelf’ type of resource created by some of today’s leading preachers.
Why Virginity is not the Gospel by Carolyn Custis James: Carolyn’s article in the Huffington Post discusses the difference between the gospel and the Virginity Movment that recent interviews with Olympian Lolo Jones have brought to light. Carolyn is a thoughtful writer and gifted theologian. The distinctions she highlights here between the gospel and the Virginity Movement are important ones.
Interview with Wesley Hill: A two-part interview with Wesley Hill was recently posted on the Hopeful Realism blog. Here is part 1 and part 2. Wesley Hill is the author of Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality. This is an interview that I hope many, many church leaders read. It’s not about ministry tips, or practical strategies for ministering to same-sex couples or anything like that. It’s a thoughtful conversation about the complexities of being a Christian and having same-sex attractions. Regardless of where you stand on this issue, or how you’re used to addressing it in your church, I hope you’ll take time to read this. Wesley is a thoughtful writer and a committed Christian. I think ministry leaders would do well to consider his story and ponder its implications for their ministry.
On Sabbaticals, Mark Buchanan: Mark Buchanan (Your Church is Too Safe) is wrapping up a four-month sabbatical. His blog post is worth reading even if, like me, you’ve never taken a sabbatical. For those of you that have, you’ll perhaps enjoy his perspective on how time passes while on sabbatical.
Book Review: Dan Kimball’s newest book, Adventures in Churchland: Finding Jesus in the Mess of Organized Religion was just reviewed on the Englewood Review of Books. This is the perfect book to give to people who are on the fringe of going to church. If you know anyone that says, “Why do I need to go to a local church? What does that have to do with my faith?”…give them this book. It’s a humorous read and it will help them understand why Jesus loves the church.
Audio Book: Listen to chapter 1 of Dan Kimball’s book They Like Jesus But Not the Church. If you’ve never read Kimball then you’re in for a treat. Not only will he give you insight into how the younger generation views the church and the Lord, but he’ll also make you laugh! The entire chapter is available on YouTube.
Last month Slate.com ran a series of ten articles written as a back-and-forth exchange between the notable journalists, William Saletan and Ross Douthat. They wrote and responded to each other in a congenial manner (though they have stark disagreements) and sign each entry with their first names, as friends. The exchange, in part, promotes Ross’s newest book, Bad Religion, but it also provides a stimulating conversation on homosexuality, abortion, and other issues without degenerating into rants.
(If only every book could be discussed in the public square by reputable journalists! *Sigh*….a book marketer’s dream.)
In the eighth entry of the series Ross writes to Will in an article entitled: “How Should Christianity Engage with Gays in a Post-Closet World?” In this article Ross makes reference to Wesley Hill’s book Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality, a book I’ve blogged about a few different times.
This exchange is worth reading. If you read only one entry, read #8. I don’t recommend this series or entry #8 because I’m trying to endorse everything Ross and/or Will say. Rather, this exchange helps me see with greater clarity how a thoughtful non-believer and a thoughtful believer think through some of the critical issues of our time. It’s a horizon-expanding conversation that gets me turning back to Scripture and back to God in prayer. By God’s grace, I’ll go into my next ministry opportunity with more of his wisdom.
Washed and Waiting provides the same opportunity to turn to God and his Word in the light of a tricky cultural conversation – which in my estimation is one of the marks of a good book.
Many of you recently participated in our blog tour for Washed and Waiting. The reception by all of you was incredible! Review after review highlighted what a blessing this book will be in future ministry to people struggling with homosexuality. I’m grateful for all of you support in getting the word out about this book, and for supporting Wesley Hill. Below is a clip from a recent interview. Perhaps as you tell others about Washed and Waiting you can show them this video as well.
We have more of our interview with Wesley to post later this week! Stay tuned.
Look for reviews this week of Wesley Hill’s Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality. I’ll be keeping a list here of the reviews as I find them. If you are at all engaged in minstry with or to homosexuals you cannot miss this book!
Chris Kidd – Applied Youth Ministry
Till He Comes
Peter Ould – An Exercise in the Fundamentals of Orthodoxy
Can’t. Catch. My. Breath.
Ponderings by Andrea
Simul Iustus et Peccator
John Umland – the umbl0g
as I travel thru this Pilgrim Land
Studium et Liturgica
Chosen for Grace
Your Daily Strength
Baker Book House Church Connection
Searching for Meaning and Purpose
Fundamentally Reformed and a giveaway!
The THE Family
Growing for Christ
Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality is Wesley Hill’s debut book and it’s a powerful one at that. Here’s a brief descriptor:
In Washed and Waiting, Wesley Hill writes for gay Christians and those who love them. Part-memoir, part theological reflection, Hill shares the struggles that gay Christians face as they seek to live faithful to God’s “no” to homosexuality.
If you google “Washed and Waiting” you might find reviews of Washed and Waiting in Relevant, The Harvard Ichthus, Between Two Worlds, Challies.com, plenty on Goodreads and Amazon, and Wesley’s guest post for EngagingChurch.
I encourage you to read those reviews and then
sign up for our blog tour [Sorry! This blog tour sign up is now closed]. It’s clear that homosexuality will be a critical topic to the post-modern generation. Our culture seems to be (generally speaking) in the midst of a shift of beliefs and practices regarding homosexuality.
This book – perhaps more than any other available right now – can give Christians an incredible inside look at what it’s like to be a follower of Jesus that struggles with same-sex attraction. Pastors and church leaders simply can’t miss it. You will be able to understand, and minister to, homosexuals better.
Our blog tour wll be the week of February 21-25. You agree to post your review on your blog and on Amazon (or a similar site) and we’ll send you the book for free.
This morning Gabe Lyons will be live on Fox News online, on the show, Strategy Room. He will be discussing the events from this week, and “The good news about the end of Christian America”, from his new book, and forthcoming Zondervan curriculum, The Next Christians. Read more about it here, and follow this link to see it live from 10-11 am EST: http://live.foxnews.com/strategy-room
One Christian retailer offers an explanation about why some Christian bookstores may not be able carry many theology titles or other deeper books. It’s interesting reading for anyone who shops online for great deals, but also loves to browse a good bookstore.
Today’s post is by Wesley Hill, author of the new book, Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality
When I began to wrestle with my homosexuality in a serious way, I was a Christian and a committed church member. The first people with whom I wanted to talk about my experience of same-sex desires were the pastors and elders at my church. Compassionate and understanding people that they were, these leaders looked for books and resources to help me grapple with what I was facing.
Disappointingly, however, we all came up short. There just didn’t seem to be any books we could find that described what it felt like to wrestle with homosexuality from the inside, as it were—as a Christian. There were plenty of books that talked about the causes and the results of homosexuality in individuals and families. There were also lots of books that talked about the “culture wars” and the relevant biblical passages and the governmental legislation about homosexuality and marriage. But, unfortunately, it was hard to find a personal, pastoral book that said, “Here is what it looks like to be a Christian and experience the reality of homosexuality firsthand. Here is my story…”