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Visiting Graceland

Have you finished reading Wesley Hill’s Washed and Waiting?  Haven’t started yet?  Uh, don’t even have the book?!  Well, there’s still time – our first post reviewing the book will be up next Monday.  And if you don’t have time to read, Until then, check out Scot McKnight’s blog post about the book

Last week I had the privilege of spending time with several different groups in Memphis, Tennessee.  

Church leaders wanting to know how their churches can become safe places for men and women who experience same-sex attraction.  For families impacted by the revelation that a son or daughter is gay.  For individuals who self-identify as gay or lesbian and are looking for deeper relationship with God.

Teachers and administrators at a private school, wanting to learn better ways to respond to the needs of students who experience same-sex attraction.  And to affirm the worth of femininity and masculintiy in children, without requiring conformity to gender stereotypes.

I especially enjoyed having dinner with college students at the University of Memphis Christian Student Center.  We had the rest of the evening for discussion, allowing questions that we haven’t talked about in a lot of Christian contexts in the past. Listen to the whole conversation at SOMA.

That’s refreshing.

It does my heart good to see my brothers and sisters in Christ wanting to learn.  So open to responding with the love of Jesus.  Realizing that many times our responses haven’t been loving – even when they were prompted with the best of intentions. 

Thank you, Memphis family.

No wonder Elvis called his home there ‘Graceland.’

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