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60If the Church Were a Havenhttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/06/if-the-church-were-a-haven
Mon, 27 Jun 2016 08:00:00 -email@example.com (Wesley Hill)In the days following the Orlando shooting, many mourners observed that clubs like Pulse have been among the precious few places for the LGBTQ community throughout its history to find respite from ridicule (and worse). Craig Rodwell, founder of the Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookshop in New York, spoke for many when he said years ago, “Bars have always been our only place, our haven in a sense.” Or as
Jes Kast put it on Twitter
in the aftermath of Orlando, “A night club is like a sanctuary when a sanctuary hasn’t welcomed you.” Some of the clubs have even borne that name—
—in neon, like a lighthouse pointing the way to safety.
There and Back Again: A First-Century Jewish Talehttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/06/there-and-back-again-a-first-century-jewish-tale
Fri, 10 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Wesley Hill)Captivity: A Novel by György Spiró New York: Restless Books, 864 pages, $29.99
Fri, 01 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -email@example.com (Wesley Hill)Skimming through a stack of books recently, I found myself reading a testimonial of sorts from James D. G. Dunn, the great New Testament scholar who coined the phrase “the new perspective on Paul.” Having logged decades of ministry in various Methodist contexts, Dunn tries to explain what it feels like to be worshiping now in a small Anglican church according to the Book of Common Prayer:
Tue, 01 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Wesley Hill)J. I. Packer: An Evangelical Life by leland ryken crossway, 432 pages, $30
]]>Eve Tushnet's Spirituality of Humiliationhttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/09/eve-tushnets-spirituality-of-humiliation
Tue, 01 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -email@example.com (Wesley Hill)Eve Tushnet’s new self-published novel
(available as an
) is peak Tushnet: there are more quirky one-liners than the best standup you’ve seen, more offbeat metaphors than even Michael Chabon can conjure; there are themes of friendship and sacrifice, themes of recovery and religion; there are gay characters, and there’s even a Christian one (the latter features in an extended scene near the end that moved me as much as anything I’ve read this year). The only favorite Tushnet theme missing from this hugely entertaining romp is
, and she makes up for that absence by including a couple of hockey player characters for good measure.
]]>Imperfect Goodbyes and the Hope of Resurrectionhttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2015/08/imperfect-goodbyes-and-the-hope-of-resurrection
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Wesley Hill)I was on the phone with my mother the moment when my grandmother died. The two of them, along with my father, were together in the living room of the house where I grew up in Arkansas. My grandmother, having fallen and broken her hip a few weeks earlier, had been brought home, and for several days her death had seemed imminent. One afternoon, in accord with my daily habit, I called my mother to ask for an update. I kept my voice hushed, respectful. A few moments passed, and I heard my father, his voice muffled from across the room, say to my mother, “I think she’s going.”
]]>The Pulpit is the Prowhttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2015/06/the-pulpit-is-the-prow
Mon, 08 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -email@example.com (Wesley Hill)When I was four years old, I would (so I’m told) stand the ottoman in the living room on its end so that it could serve as a pulpit. I would place my mother’s hardback copy of
The Living Bible
on it, opening it at the middle, to a passage I couldn’t read. And I would arrange a few stuffed animals in a semi-circle, stumped as to how to provide them with pews but willing to make do regardless. There is still a recording of one of these sermons that my parents have on a cassette tape, that they delight in playing at inopportune times. On that recording I sound emboldened, fiery; I am quoting Bible verses from memory. And that, I think, was the beginning of my devotion to preaching—to the proclamation of the Christian Gospel.
]]>In Praise of Irrelevant Readinghttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2015/04/in-praise-of-irrelevant-reading
Wed, 08 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Wesley Hill)
When I moved to England to start a Masters degree in theology, I knew I wanted to study St. Paul’s letter to the Romans. Like many of my counterparts in the Reformed theological orbit, I was enthralled with questions of law and grace, election and final judgment. During my first year of undergraduate study, I’d sat out on the front lawn of the college green, sweating in the spring sunshine, reading N. T. Wright’s
What Saint Paul Really Said
. I was certain that the most important questions I could write about in my postgraduate study would have something to do with Jews and Gentiles in Christ in those dense later chapters of Paul’s Romans.
]]>Praying the Lord's Prayer in Gethsemanehttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/04/praying-the-lords-prayer-in-gethsemane
Thu, 02 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -email@example.com (Wesley Hill)When I pray the Lord’s Prayer, I often think of an essay I read years ago by the theologian David Wells. Petitionary prayer, Wells wrote, is “rebellion against the world in its fallenness. . . . It is, in this its negative aspect, the refusal of every agenda, every scheme, every interpretation that is at odds with the norm as originally established by God.”
]]>“Celibacy for the Common Good”https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/03/celibacy-for-the-common-good
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Wesley Hill)Last week I spoke at the
gathering sponsored by
, held at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts. Q Ideas is interested in promoting Christian living for the “common good,” and so, when they asked me to talk about being celibate, I opted for a straightforward title: “Celibacy for the Common Good.”