Under fire

A surfeit of sexual politics

In one of his classes, Stanley Hauerwas was asked,“What do you think of Willimon’s preaching?” Hauerwas said, “My main criticism is that Willimon is far too subtle, much too charming. It’s that southern soft-talk thing he does so well. I keep hoping that one of these days he is going to get the gospel so right and so clear that the university administration will finally figure out what he’s talking about and say, ‘This guy is against everything we believe! Fire him!’ He hasn’t yet preached that well, but I keep hoping.”

Well, the time for my termination may have come, but not at the hands of pluralistic, pagan university administrators. The call is coming from a few mad fellow United Methodists.


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