Friendship After Christ

From First Thoughts

Andrew Sullivan points to an unenthusiastic review by Stuart Kelly of A. C. Grayling’s new book on friendship , which just arrived in my mailbox and which I’m looking forward to perusing. In particular, Sullivan highlights Kelly’s criticism that Grayling doesn’t give enough . . . . Continue Reading »

The Specificities of Friendship

From First Thoughts

In a comment on my last post , Karen K wrote, I wonder if your book will be exploring the practical aspects too? What I see is difficulty in people knowing how to form these kinds of deep friendships. So many lonely people walking around and we can’t seem to break through the barriers to . . . . Continue Reading »

Odd-Numbered Hospitality

From First Thoughts

Over at her always-stimulating blog today, LaVonne Neff writes about some of the ironies of her mother’s practice of hospitality in the late 1950s : Something you should know about tall women who seem reserved and even distant—they may just be shy or socially awkward, and they may really . . . . Continue Reading »

The Tears of Things

From First Thoughts

I’ve been talking recently with an Episcopal priest about the ongoing agonies of the Anglican Communion. Although he and I find ourselves in different places on the questions of the hour, he and I were also a bit surprised to see each other struggling to articulate a very similar posture . . . . Continue Reading »

Discipleship for Wayfarers

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I recently talked with Matt Woodley of Preaching Today about how pastors might approach the topic of homosexuality in sermons and other parish teaching opportunities. (The interview is available for free, but you might have to register at the site to access it in its entirety.) For those who have . . . . Continue Reading »

Celibacy is Not the Gospel

From First Thoughts

Is celibacy “good news” for gay Christians? That’s the way the question is often asked, and very poignantly, too (for instance, in the recent posts by Stephen Long at his blog Sacred Tension and also by Rowan Williams : “In what sense does the Church actually proclaim good news . . . . Continue Reading »

It Gets Better for the Chaste, Too

From First Thoughts

Matthew Vines has assigned my book, Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality , as one of the core texts of his new training program, The Reformation Project . Matthew disagrees with my conclusions in the book, but he assigned it so that the participants in the . . . . Continue Reading »