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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: David Crumm Media, LLC (February 5, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1939880300
  • ISBN-13: 978-1939880307
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
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As a man who is both Christian and gay, I've experienced the harm that flows from the traditional ethic. This pastor's recognition of that harm was a balm to me.

I've said this for years: if the Church is serious about loving people who are gay, we must humble ourselves, admit that we got it wrong, ask for forgiveness for the harm we've caused, and ask God to show us a way to believe that doesn't cause harm.

That's exactly what Ken Wilson does. He shows us a way forward that embraces our differences. His "third way" allows us to hold convictions sincerely but still delight in one another as the beloved of the Creator. And, most importantly, he cogently argues for unconditional inclusion as we seek God together.
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The book is a *beautiful* portrayal of the pastoral vocation and the pastor's conundrum. That delicate tension between justice and compassion, truth and grace, image and reflection, holiness and presence. Having worked as a pastor with Ken for 14 years, I know very well that how important it is to embrace both, not to resolve the tension by embracing one to the exclusion of the other. And I do believe that Ken is sincerely seeking to do just that.

I do think that every pastor who speaks about this issue ought to seek to know and love some gay couples and individuals in the way that Ken has. If knowing and caring for a group of people challenges our preconceptions and views toward them, that can't be a bad thing. And there are way too many people making pronouncements about things that they really have no first-hand experience with. The most moving passages in this book for me are the ones where Ken describes his conversations with gay people, or the parents of gay kids, and how he has wrestled with the implications of his answers to these tough questions. If there's one positive thing I think can come from this book, it's that we all affirm that the flippant or thoughtless responses to this dilemma that have plagued conservative Christianity are insufficient. What DO we say to a young person who feels *only* strong same-sex attraction (despite their own wishes), and does not feel they can possibly remain celibate? I am not here offering an answer to that question, but we should at least acknowledge that it's a fair question and not an easy one. And let's imagine that it is our own dear child who is the young person in question.
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Ken Wilson’s new book has been the most helpful book I have read on this subject. As a pastor myself, who has found himself in the position of ministering to gays in my own church and community, I have found that most of the writings that I have read on this subject have not truly helped with a way forward for those who wish to love as Jesus while not throwing away the Bible in the process. Ken Wilson does a fantastic job of walking people through the issues the way only a concerned pastor can. I appreciate his attention to solid Bible scholarship, the mission of the church, and the centrality of Jesus and the gospel. But what I find the most helpful is that he avoids abstract theological rhetoric by grounding his point of view in the real world of pastoral ministry. Wilson skillfully articulates the questions that I suspect most pastors have wrestled with concerning these issues; questions that many may have felt uncomfortable even bringing up because of how polarized these issues have become in recent years. You may not agree with where Ken Wilson lands on these issues, but if you take these issues seriously then you owe it to yourself to give this book a read.
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Ken Wilson’s new book “A Letter to My Congregation” has as its main premise that there is a new third way to address the issue of homosexuality in the body of Christ. It is a heartfelt book that is very transparent on the internal struggle a pastor is going through, while trying to love those in his care. For the author, the “third way” is not a new way because this is been the same method he has used for many years as he has led the Ann Arbor Vineyard through his interpretation of the “culture wars.” The context of his book that monogamous homosexuality is a disputable matter that is mentioned in Romans 14-15, is a premise that is primarily validated by the feelings of the author in his prayer time and the experience of these feelings as he has pastored some homosexual women in his church. My experience with Ken Wilson’s “third way” comes from attending the Ann Arbor Vineyard for 7 years.

I will frame my bias with the author’s use of the term of those who are “weak” or “strong” in the fellowship. My family and I are in the weak category. The youngest of my three children is now 18 years old. We are a conservative home schooling family, open to the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit. We started out in Milan and moved to the Ann Arbor Vineyard when the church made the move north. One of my best friends has been involved in and leads a ministry that reaches out to the sexually broken with a strong emphasis on homosexuality. Our friendship began because we shared a passion for Jesus and we eventually shared a “Jonathon and David” kind of love that has been rare in my lifetime. Because of our friendship I got to know people living the homosexual lifestyle and those whom had been set free from the same.
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