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A Letter to My Congregation Paperback – February 5, 2014
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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This book should be a breakthrough. I'm pretty sure that it has caused Wilson to be an outcast among the Vineyard people. Which is a shame. Read morePublished 2 days ago by exilepst
This is an excellent book. Wilson presents his arguments with clarity and compassion as he relates his changing thinking on the church's position toward gay Christians. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have read several books on this subject, but have not been as connected to them as with this one. I was a preacher for over 25 years and can relate to the emotions Mr. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mark Upton
Excellent information and transparent thinking process. Helped various folks rethink this challenging issue.Published 4 months ago by Leslie Tennnis
Wilson concedes too much power to human desires and conveys too little regard for the power of Christ and His gospel in the repentant believer to live out the impossible.Published 5 months ago by Newbies
This is a hard subject. It is a worthy subject. We need n the church need to shed our inability to think critically, graciously, and openly about LGBT issues. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Thomas R. Boyer
There are countless books on the intersection of homosexuality and Christian doctrine, but this is the book you need to read. Many books focus purely on the theology of the debate. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Lindsay Brown
This is an honest, compassionate, thoughtful and well written response to the tensions surrounding a complex issue threatening to divide the Church in the 21st Century. Read morePublished 9 months ago by a thoughtful reader