Washed and Waiting

Washed and Waiting

Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality

By Wesley Hill; Kathryn Greene-McCreight (Afterword by)

Zondervan, Paperback, 9780310330035, 160pp.

Publication Date: September 27, 2010


"Gay," "Christian," and celibate don't often appear in the same sentence. Yet many who sit next to us in the pew at church fit that description, says author Wesley Hill. As a celibate gay Christian, Hill gives us a glimpse of what it looks like to wrestle firsthand with God's "No" to same-sex relationships. What does it mean for gay Christians to live faithful to God while struggling with the challenge of their homosexuality? What is God's will for believers who experience same-sex desires? Those who choose celibacy are often left to deal with loneliness and the hunger for relationships. How can gay Christians experience God's favor and blessing in the midst of a struggle that for many brings a crippling sense of shame and guilt? Weaving together reflections from his own life and the lives of other Christians, such as Henri Nouwen and Gerard Manley Hopkins, Hill offers a fresh perspective on these questions. He advocates neither unqualified "healing" for those who struggle, nor their accommodation to temptation, but rather faithfulness in the midst of brokenness. "I hope this book may encourage other homosexual Christians to take the risky step of opening up their lives to others in the body of Christ," Hill writes. "In so doing, they may find, as I have, by grace, that being known is spiritually healthier than remaining behind closed doors, that the light is better than the darkness.

About the Author
Wesley Hill (PhD, University of Durham) is assistant professor of biblical studies at Trinity School for Ministry. He is the author of "Paul and the Trinity: Persons, Relations, and the Pauline Letters" and the much-discussed "Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality". Hill is on the editorial board of and is a columnist for "Christianity Today". He also contributes to "Books & Culture" and "First Things".

Greene-Mccreight teaches in the Religion Department of Connecticut College, New London.