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Preaching to the Washed and Waiting

How can pastors speak to the complex issue of homosexuality? An Interview with Dr. Wesley Hill

Dr. Wesley Hill is the Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at the Trinity School for Ministry in Pittsburgh. He's also the author of Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality. We recently asked Dr. Hill about how preachers can faithfully convey the Bible's message ...

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Susan Elkow

September 02, 2013  8:31pm

Excellent! I was just pondering and praying about how to address this topic. I have gay teenagers and their parents in my church. I truly appreciate Professor Hill's open discussion and the reminder that it's not just about sex. Thank you for your very intimate sharing.

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September 02, 2013  11:59am

This is the best article I have ever read on the subject. In a few short answers Prof. Hill has helped me understand the struggles people experience in a much broader and much more grace-based context. He has deepened my commitment to what the Bible says yet also deepened my compassion for people who struggle. I am deeply grateful

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September 02, 2013  9:33am

I am very thankful for Prof. Hill's thoughts. I have often thought that heterosexual chastity within marriage requires rigorous discipline - a decision to "cleave unto" one's wife (in a man's case) day by day, to forsake the other impulses that drive men toward adultery and pornography. Men seemed to be "wired" that way, and marriage is God's way to help us overcome that aspect of the human condition. So, that said, both heterosexual and homosexual chastity require discipline and sacrifice and as Prof. Hill points out, only a tiny fraction of a relationship is about sexual physical intimacy. Most is about friendship, companionship, tenderness, community. I also appreciate his recognition that a compassionate approach to talking, teaching, and preaching about homosexuality - rather than a condemning, judgmental tone - is so important in the life of the church today. Thank you for publishing this thoughtful and thought-provoking interview.

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