Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality

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Zondervan, 2010 - Religion - 160 pages
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-Gay, - -Christian, - and -celibate- don't often appear in the same sentence. Yet many who sit next to us in the pew at church fit that description, says author Wesley Hill. As a celibate gay Christian, Hill gives us a glimpse of what it looks like to wrestle firsthand with God's -No- to same-sex relationships. What does it mean for gay Christians to live faithful to God while struggling with the challenge of their homosexuality? What is God's will for believers who experience same-sex desires? Those who choose celibacy are often left to deal with loneliness and the hunger for relationships. How can gay Christians experience God's favor and blessing in the midst of a struggle that for many brings a crippling sense of shame and guilt? Weaving together reflections from his own life and the lives of other Christians, such as Henri Nouwen and Gerard Manley Hopkins, Hill offers a fresh perspective on these questions. He advocates neither unqualified -healing- for those who struggle, nor their accommodation to temptation, but rather faithfulness in the midst of brokenness. -I hope this book may encourage other homosexual Christians to take the risky step of opening up their lives to others in the body of Christ, - Hill writes. -In so doing, they may find, as I have, by grace, that being known is spiritually healthier than remaining behind closed doors, that the light is better than the darkness.-

 

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User Review  - aevaughn - LibraryThing

This is largely not a theological work, but a story of one person's experiences (among a few others) wrestling with homosexuality. I learned a good deal from this work. In particular that Henri Nouwen ... Read full review

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User Review  - wbc3 - LibraryThing

he book is a self-exploration of Wesley Hill’s homosexuality in light of his Christian faith. He details his life and his decision to live as a Christian, celibate homosexual. Hill does not pretend ... Read full review

Contents

Authors Note
9
Washed and Waiting
25
A StoryShaped Life
51
the Beautiful incision
83
thou art Lightning and Love
123
Afterword by Kathryn GreeneMcCreight
151
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Wesley Hill (PhD, Durham University, UK) is assistant professor of biblical studies at Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pennsylvania. He is the author ofnbsp; Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality nbsp;(Zondervan, 2010),nbsp; Paul and the Trinity ?: Persons, Relations, and the Pauline Letters ?nbsp;(Eerdmans, 2015), andnbsp; Spiritual Friendship: Finding Love in the Church as a Celibate Gay Christian nbsp;(Brazos, 2015). He is on the editorial board fornbsp; Christianity Todaynbsp; and writes regularly for that magazine as well as fornbsp; Books & Culture ,nbsp; First Things , and other publications.nbsp;

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