Cultural Encounters: A Journal For The Theology Of Culture Volume 11 Number 1 (Winter 2015) - Page 124

BOOK REVIEWS provides a paradigm for consideration for those trying to reconcile their deep desire to make more room in the church for Christians who identify as LGBTQ but still want to take the teaching and authority of the Bible seriously. The book concludes with several chapters that are geared toward church practice and pastoral concerns. Here the book can be a very helpful guide to church leaders, as the author provides experienced perspectives and insight from years of personal ministry. One does not have to agree with everything in the book in order to benefit from its wisdom in these final chapters. Vanderwal-Gritter urges congregations to consider the need to discuss the issue and how they would respond if a homosexual person or couple began attending their church, or if someone from within the congregation decided to come out as being gay. What would it look like for the church to be hospitable? This in fact is the crucial question for the church toda