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Product Details

  • 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 (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book evokes as many "ouches!" as "amen's."
Foster
In contrast to the 2 stances of affirming or condemning he considers this a disputable matter ala Romans 14 and gives arguments for seeing it this way.
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Ken Wilson does a fantastic job of walking people through the issues the way only a concerned pastor can.
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63 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Timotheus on February 10, 2014
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I am also a Vineyard pastor and have benefited greatly from Ken Wilson's ministry. Though I have not personally met Ken, I appreciate his devotion to the Vineyard, the role he has played in the Society of Vineyard Scholars, his desire to overcome perceived issues between faith and science, and especially his book, Empowered Evangelicals, which he co-wrote with Rich Nathan--another Vineyard pastor who takes a different position from the one Ken takes in this book. Empowered Evangelicals confirmed what I had already come to believe--that I had found a home in the Vineyard movement. That is to say, I feel personally indebted to Ken and his contribution to the Association of Vineyard Churches.

A previous reviewer noted that Ken Wilson's position differs from the statement released by Vineyard USA. That is true, and it is a point with which many of us will have to wrestle. Personally, I don't think I agree with the conclusions Ken draws in this book. However, I very much agree with the tone he adopts throughout. Even if his position is not "Vineyard," his attitude certainly is. The humility of the Vineyard's national leaders is one of the things that I fell in love with twenty years ago. I hope the Vineyard continues to be a movement of believers who face head-on the relevant issues of our day, a movement that refuses to settle for simplistic answers, a movement that insists on making sense of our world in light of biblical revelation with both devoted hearts and the insights of the best in biblical scholarship. I hope other Vineyard pastors read this book, even it they don't agree, even if it keeps them up at night. It did me. I bought the Kindle version on the evening of February 6th and stayed up until 3:00am finishing it and beginning to try to process it.
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful By David C. Sinclair on February 11, 2014
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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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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful By GEM on April 6, 2014
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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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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By David C. Schroeder on February 11, 2014
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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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