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Washed and Waiting by Wesley Hill
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May 13, 11

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Read from May 12 to 14, 2011

This was a fantastic book, in that painful, heartbreaking way. Wesley Hill is a homosexual - and a lifelong, faithful Christian. He admits that he has same-sex attractions since puberty. He also admits that the Bible's teaching on homosexuality cannot be denied. So what is he to do? None of the therapy or "fixes" have worked. So he has committed himself to a lifetime of celibacy if God doesn't change him.

The book is part personal reflection, part theology, and the mix is nice. The Church has really been coming to a mature understanding of how to minister to homosexuals that does not follow the two common lines - accepting active gay lifestyles (the liberal mainlines) or hating people struggling in the sin (the fundamentalist option). Neither is Biblical, and this book goes a long way toward helping us figure out what to do with these broken, hurting people.

Absolutely must reading for every pastor, elder, evangelist, youth minister, college leader, and layperson in the Church. It will challenge and stretch you without compromising Scripture on the one hand or our requirement to help them as they work the lonely, painful road of redemption.
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