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April 2014 
A Newsletter From Brazos Press

Hello from Brazos Press, and welcome to the April issue of Border Crossings.

 

In the last few weeks, we have had the chance to visit with many of our readers and authors at the ETS Midwest meeting, the AAR/SBL Rocky Mountain & Great Plains meeting, the Wheaton Theology Conference, the AAR/SBL Upper Midwest meeting, the Society for the Study of Theology, and the Calvin Festival of Faith & Writing.

 

In the coming weeks you can find us at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, the North American Patristics Society meeting, and the Sixtieth Annual Convention of the College Theology Society. If you will be attending any of these conferences, make sure to visit us at the Brazos booth.

 

We hope that you are having an excellent spring. Please contact us with any thoughts or questions.

 

God bless,

 

Mason D. Slater

Assistant Marketing Manager, Brazos Press 

 

Generous Spaciousness

Committed Christians may respond differently to gay and lesbian Christians. How can we engage those with whom we might disagree and navigate our journey together in a way that nurtures unity, hospitality, humility, and justice?

Through her extensive experience in ministering to gay and lesbian Christians, Wendy VanderWal-Gritter has come to believe we need a new paradigm for how the church engages those in the sexual minority. She encourages generous spaciousness, a hope-filled, relational way forward for those in turmoil regarding a response to gay and lesbian Christians. This book offers a framework for discussing diversity in a gracious way, showing that the church can be a place that welcomes a variety of perspectives on the complex matter of human sexuality.

 

Brian Walsh, Christian Reformed Campus Minister at the University of Toronto, said, "I can't imagine a more timely book. Modeling the very 'generous spaciousness' that she advocates, VanderWal-Gritter's heart is on every page. The church is at a crucial moment of transition in relation to gay sisters and brothers, and this wonderfully written book will prove to be one of the most helpful guides in the midst of change. Profoundly and deeply biblical, theologically rich, and rooted in years of humble, respectful, and vulnerable listening, VanderWal-Gritter's wisdom is precisely what we so desperately need."

 

David Gushee, Professor of Christian Ethics and director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University, said, "'Loving people changes you,' says Wendy VanderWal-Gritter in this important new book. The author herself clearly has been changed by loving gay people, in a journey that began when she led a ministry in the 'ex-gay' movement. Now Wendy advocates a posture of 'generous spaciousness' and offers pastoral and relational insight from her time at the intersection of homosexuality and the church. This book is highly recommended for anyone who wants to minister in the world (and the church) we actually live in today."

 

Gary Nelson, president of Tyndale University College & Seminary, said, "Generous Spaciousness is an invitation to dialogue with someone who has courageously navigated and negotiated this issue not in a theoretical bubble but in the midst of real relationships. It will make you uncomfortable, perhaps angry, maybe even hopeful. You will not agree with everything Wendy says no matter where you position yourself in the conversation, but you will be stretched. Wendy has boldly put herself on these pages and you should read what she has to say."

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We have a number of Brazos titles available for review on NetGalley.com this month, including:  

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