Monday, October 25, 2004

Out of the closet and into the light

Much prayer, thought, and team editorial work can go into one article for a magazine or journal. One example is one by Dr. Christopher Austin that is available both in our newest print Wineskins and our online journal NEW WINESKINS.

The article is titled, Out of the closet and into the light: ministering to those with same-sex attractions, and is one of the most frank yet nuanced and biblical contributions to the discussion of homosexuality I've read in some time.

Along with the article are several good resources for those struggling with same-sex attractions or for ministering to them. When you click over, if you are not a Wineskins subscriber, you will be asked to sign up for a 10-day free trial. Our site was on the front edge of the new movement to provide high quality articles for a small fee. Ours is very minimal: $19.95 a year for a subscription and full access to new articles daily and archives of the magazine.


At 8:56 AM, Blogger Alex said...

Excellent Article!! Very informative.

Since, you & your publication have proven no fear or hesitation at frankly & openly discussing several controversial, highly-charged topics, how about this one:

Youth ministers who molest youth.

There have a spate of newspaper & TV stories lately, mainly in the Southeast, about youth ministers who have been arrested for improper relationships with youth in their church. Apparently the problem is a HUGE one, and it doesn't get talked about enough. People are reluctant to discuss it because it makes them uncomfortable.

The subject of Catholic priests who molest young boys has been discussed to death. I'm referring here to mainline Protestant churches, some within our own brotherhod, with young, single, dynamic, charismatic youth ministers. They spend a lot of time alone and unsupervised with teenagers, and there's no real accountability. And things happen. It's a tragedy.

Just a thought.

At 8:10 PM, Blogger Greg Taylor said...

Thank you for your comment on the same-sex attraction article and for the idea on youth ministers who molest children. The story, however, needs to be documented or legitimized by many who are willing to speak who have been victimized, a difficult task. If someone such as a counselor who has been working in this area found out a person was harming young people, was able to tell the story in a way that showed the problem without making it seem either like every church needs to be paranoid (one extreme) or this story is just not possible in my church (other extreme of putting head in sand), then it would be something useful for churches to consider.

At 10:25 PM, Blogger Alex said...

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