The author, a former leader in the ex-gay ministry movement, writes with compassion and insight, illuminating the struggle facing gay Christians as they try to reconcile earnest faith with sexual orientation. Fifth, her vision will attract many, including evangelicals. If you are constantly negative, argumentative, or bullish, you will not be able to comment anymore. Grace and Truth in a Divided Church Lion, 2015. To investigate or inquire beyond these commonly held assumptions was dangerous territory, where one would be vulnerable to error. Thanks to Brazos for the chance to review this great book.
Committed Christians may respond differently to gay and lesbian Christians. Full review here: Overall, a very good discussion on the matter that is most dividing the church today. More and more, the Christian community is getting glimpses of God's true plan for His church. The intention throughout these pages has been to model a posture that invites generous spaciousness into our own hearts, into our relationships, and into our churches and Christian organizations. The work will be of particular interest to those in ministry attempting to navigate interactions with gay Christians. Obscure words appearing in lists are not sufficient to create a mature reading to guide us.
The second sense, however, is in effect not a posture but a position in its own right: Scripture is sufficiently unclear that, for some gay and lesbian Christians, faithful discipleship may be rightly discerned to take the form of a quasi-marital sexual relationship with someone of the same sex and that this vocation needs to be honoured and respected by the church as part of its legitimate and faithful diversity. This is not an argument in favour of any position, only a refutation of a poorly argued point in your review that is indicative of most of the piece. It always makes me feel like people are hiding something when they use endnotes. Written from a solidly Evangelical perspective, the book does not discuss biblical arguments about human sexuality. Wendy Gritter calls all parties involved in this examination to listen to one another — to be gracious enough to listen with an open heart to others who proclaim faith in Jesus Christ and who take scriptures revelations seriously. We must listen humbly to the testimony of others, accepting that we may be wrong.
Unlike some authors, VanderWal-Gritter's goal is not to convince the reader of any particular theological position, but rather to argue for how to create faith communities that allow for true differences of opinion on issues surrounding sexual orientation and same-sex relationships. It comes from this power of life that flows from the deepest, most vulnerable part of our being, a power of gentle and strong life that is in you and me. VanderWal-Gritter appears to support this counsel, thus overlooking the challenges faced by a person committed to a celibate vocation in a sea of people who are married or strongly exploring the possibility of marriage. We can relate to that. It means self-examination and a rejection of fear as, in order to learn more from, and see Christ at work in, others , we build relationships across divides.
The church is at a crucial moment of transition in relation to gay sisters and brothers, and this wonderfully written book will prove to be one of the most helpful guides in the midst of change. In conclusion, Gracious Spaciousness is a valuable read for conservative pastors. She is an internationally recognized contributor to conversations about faith and sexuality and is an active speaker. And 58 percent indicate a personal relationship with Christ that is still important to them. Here you respond by saying lines must be drawn yet the lines appear at best perhaps arbitrary, if not altogether damaging. Read it, savor it, pass it on: to your pastor, your neighbor, to every member in your congregation.
We have spent several hours reading and rereading her work as thoroughly as possible so that way may give our most honest assessment. I consider the book a good and helpful one for the way it situates the debate in its personal, real-world context. After his death, his eulogist Cotton Mather cracked the code, read the journals, and praised Wigglesworth to the congregation for his love of his students. Instead, vague exhortations about how Christians need to be more loving and improve their image abound. That is a commendable goal, no doubt, and her book has occasional moments of insight and the occasional bit of wise council for pastors and parishioners. Rather than reacting out of fear, as though somehow the power of the gospel or the plan of God could be overturned by someone's behavior, Gritter advocates a profound trust in the po I was pleasantly surprised.
Can you for a moment try to comprehend what that kind of global rejection does to a person? And so I fail to see how your original claim holds. Do we need simply to commit to the posture and then trust the Spirit to work through the process of conversation to enable consensus on a policy position? She encourages generous spaciousness, a hope-filled, relational way forward for those in turmoil regarding a response to gay and lesbian Christians. Even if you disagree with her book, at least she is actually doing something to try and solve the tension between the lgbt community and the church. He knew that he had to explore the possibility that he had mis-read Scripture. Second, her many examples of the experience of gay Christians, across a range of theological views and patterns of life, ring true and need to be heard and learned from by the wider church. I highly recommend this book.
Generous Spaciousness provides examples of how egregious sins of destructive varieties can stem from the church not providing sufficient grace chapter 2-7. We become prophets of peace when we discover our weakness. We are called to fling wide the doors, to invite to the banquet those on the margins, those who will challenge our comfort and our aversion to getting our hands dirty. Despite protestations, it does at times appear that, having rejected the imposition of an excessively narrow absolutist approach and begun to question and explore, she has embraced agnosticism as a virtue and advocates a generosity which is in danger of becoming a wholly non-directive pastoral approach, which uncritically affirms all views, even if contradictory, as acceptable if they are conscientiously reached by Christians in whom we can see the fruit of the Spirit. Coming Out and the Church 6.
I know Wendy personally and have seen her amazing ability to facilitate conversations among Christians on this topic. Here we are touching a mystery. But more troubling here is when an ethic sees no difference between adultery or murder and a loving gay relationship. We feel honored today for the opportunity to review Generous Spaciousness: Responding to Gay Christians in the Church, written by our friend Wendy VanderWal-Gritter. And out of this very real and personal place arises the kind of mutuality and preference for the other that Paul speaks of. Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review.