"This is a breakthrough work coming from the heart of evangelical Christianity and offered into the heart of evangelical Christianity," writes David P. Gushee, the prolific Christian author and Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University. In describing this book, Gushee continues: "It is unlike other books that demand revision of traditional Christian sexual ethics but do so primarily by rejecting the authority of the Bible. That is not how evangelicals think, and it is not what Ken Wilson does here. Instead Wilson shows how God has led him on a journey toward a rethinking of what the fully authoritative and inspired Bible ought to be taken to mean in the life of the church today."
"This is a remarkable and timely book," writes Tanya Luhrmann, an author about contemporary religious life and the Watkins University Professor in the Stanford Anthropology Department. "It is clear to an observer like me that evangelical Christianity is at a crossroad. ... That problem is the broad and widening gap between evangelical Christianity and its young. ... The book you hold is a passionate and courageous argument. Many people will not like it. But they should read it and weigh whether it is true, because more hangs on the argument than the fate of gay marriage within evangelical Christianity. At its heart, this book asks Christians to rethink what God and scripture may be saying about what it means to be a good and decent person. The answer to that question will shape what the church becomes in twenty years."
Best-selling author and journalist Phyllis Tickle, an expert on religion widely quoted in news media, says of this book: "We Christians ...rarely think of our clergy as men and women who routinely spend agonizing hours and days and weeks pouring studiously over sacred texts in relentless, on-going attempts to penetrate the mysteries contained there, to discover their wisdom, their instruction, their relevance, and to consider the means and repercussions of their implementation within our here and now. ... This is midrash. ... And in the pages that follow, we have before us one of the most exquisite, painful, candid, brilliant pieces of contemporary Christian midrash that I have ever seen."
The second edition of Letter to My Congregation includes expanded material.
About the Author
Ken has written nearly 30 ELT titles for various publishers, some of which were designed for specific regions of the world, including China, Spain and Central Europe. He has also written more than a hundred BBC radio and TV programmes and was an adviser on the Channel 4 ELT series [email protected]
English. Until 2002, Ken was artistic director of the English Teaching Theatre.
David P. Gushee is Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics at Mercer University and past president of both the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Christian Ethics. He is the author of more than twenty books, including Kingdom Ethics, Changing Our Mind, and Still Christian.
Phyllis Tickle (1934-2015) was an authority on religion in America and a much sought after lecturer on the subject. Founding editor of the Religion Department of Publishers Weekly, she has been frequently quoted by media sources including USA Today, Christian Science Monitor, the New York Times, PBS, NPR, the Hallmark Channel, plus innumerable blogs and websites. In addition to lectures and numerous essays, articles, and interviews, Tickle is the author of over two dozen books in religion and spirituality, including The Great Emergence, How Christianity is Changing and Why and The Words of Jesus, A Gospel of the Sayings of Our Lord.