An excerpt from the late theologian Walter Wink’s “Homosexuality and the Bible,” written more than two decades ago:
The crux of the matter, it seems to me, is simply that the Bible has no sexual ethic. There is no Biblical sex ethic. Instead, it exhibits a variety of sexual mores, some of which changed over the thousand year span of biblical history. Mores are unreflective customs accepted by a given community. Many of the practices that the Bible prohibits, we allow, and many that it allows, we prohibit. The Bible knows only a love ethic, which is constantly being brought to bear on whatever sexual mores are dominant in any given country, or culture, or period.
From the late theologian Walter Wink, in his book Just Jesus: My Struggle to Become Human (2014):
God is not just within us, but within everything. The universe is suffused with the divine. This is not pantheism, where everything is God, but panentheism where everything is in God and God is in everything. Spirit is at the heart of everything, even down to the smallest particle of spirit-matter. Hence all creations are potential revealers of God.
By Bill Wylie-Kellermann, last sermon as Pastor of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Detroit
When I was called to St Peter’s in 2006 it marked the close of an important part of my life and the beginning of another. On the last night of 2005, Jeanie Wylie crossed over to God, having lived 7 years, and gloriously, with an aggressive brain tumor. Though marked with grief, that was nonetheless an amazing time for me, for our family: in those seven years she was teaching us how to die, and so how to live.
Josina Guess is a beautiful writer and lover of Jesus. She lives with her husband and their four children at Jubilee Partners in Comer, GA.
“So what did you think?” We were driving home from the revival that my son’s 6th grade classmates had invited him to attend and I wanted to hear his thoughts. In the three years since we moved down south this was my son’s first invitation to do anything with anybody born and raised around here. He was excited to see his friends, his “homies” as he affectionately calls them, and I was coming with a little trepidation but an openness to worship with my neighbors. Continue reading
From the late Walter Wink in <em>Engaging The Powers (1992):
This is the bright secret of social activists: they do not simply oppose evil because it is wrong, but also because the struggle is exciting and sometimes even fun. For even when they lose, the outcome is assured.