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Pope Francis' Visit to Philadelphia Won't Focus on Hot-Button Sex Issues
Originally Posted: 11/19/2014 - 1:40pm | Type: Blog

Reflecting the change in emphasis under Pope Francis that was evident at the recent Vatican Synod on the Family, the four-day event in Philadelphia will look at poverty and the family, marital intimacy, raisin ...

Gay Debate Challenges Traditional Definitions of ‘Evangelical’
Originally Posted: 12/02/2014 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

Growing cultural acceptance of homosexuality is leading many Christians to reconsider their historic opposition. As intractable as the debate itself can be, American evangelicals nonetheless are experiencing l ...

Gay Marriage Hits Major Bump in Federal Appeals Court
Originally Posted: 11/07/2014 - 3:01pm | Type: Blog

The same-sex marriage movement lost its first major case in a federal appeals court Thursday after a lengthy string of victories, creating a split among the nation’s circuit courts that virtually guarantees re ...

3 Reasons I Wouldn't Send My Daughter to a Christian School
Originally Posted: 10/30/2014 - 3:18pm | Type: Blog

It might sound counterintuitive for an ordained Christian minister to say, but there are a few reasons I would not send my daughter to some Christian schools. In the past few mont ...

What Happens Next in the 20 States That Still Ban Gay Marriage?
Originally Posted: 10/07/2014 - 3:35pm | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court’s decision to sit out the legal battle over same-sex marriage will — for now, at least — leave the future of laws prohibiting gays and lesbians from marrying in the hands of lower state and f ...

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Same-Sex Marriage Cases, Upholding Legal Right to Marry in 5 States
Originally Posted: 10/06/2014 - 5:27pm | Type: Blog

On Monday, the Supreme Court declined to hear several cases where federal appeals courts upheld the Constitutional rights of same-sex couples to marry, causing a seismic, if quiet, shift in several states' ...

Mormon Apostle: Be Civil in Fighting Gay Marriage
Originally Posted: 10/06/2014 - 4:52pm | Type: Blog

If Mormon opposition to same-sex marriage does not prevail in the United States, Mormons should respond graciously and “practice civility with our adversaries,” a leading church apostle counseled Oct. 4 at the ...

Bigger Love: Debating Marriage and Sex Beyond Morality
Originally Posted: 09/09/2014 - 9:58am | Type: Blog

Is morality the only way to talk about marriage and sex? Certainly the American judiciary thinks otherwise as it hammers out the constitutionality of every union under the sun. The polygamy question could broa ...

Gay Marriage Supporters’ String of Court Victories Broken in Louisiana
Originally Posted: 09/05/2014 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

The legal winning streak for same-sex marriage is over. A federal judge in Louisiana upheld that state’s prohibition on gay marriage on Sept. 3, and belittled a string of 20-plus federal court decisions strik ...

Gay, Christian, and … Celibate: The Changing Face of the Homosexuality Debate
Originally Posted: 08/05/2014 - 8:26am | Type: Blog

When Julie Rodgers came out as a lesbian at age 17, her mom responded by taking her to an ex-gay ministry in Dallas. When Julie Rodgers came out as a lesbian at age 17, her mom r ...

Appeals Court Ruling Clears Way for Gay Marriage in the Heart of Bible Belt
Originally Posted: 07/29/2014 - 4:18pm | Type: Blog

A federal appeals court panel in Virginia became the second one this summer to strike down a state ban against same-sex marriage Monday, making it more likely that the Supreme Court will settle the issue as ea ...

Utah to Appeal Gay Marriage Case to Supreme Court
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 1:38pm | Type: Blog

The Utah attorney general announced Wednesday that he will go straight to the U.S. Supreme Court to challenge an appellate ruling that declared the state’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. ...

Is the Black Church Shifting on Gay Marriage?: Q&A with Filmmaker Yoruba Richen
Originally Posted: 06/25/2014 - 3:37pm | Type: Blog

Yoruba Richen’s documentary “The New Black” airs this month online and on television through the PBS series “Independent Lens.” Yoruba Richen’s documentary “ The New Black ” ai ...

Inspired and Inclusive Equality
Originally Posted: 06/06/2014 - 10:17am | Type: Blog

Working as a university writing and literature professor in a conservative college town in the Bible Belt, I have seen the views of Christian students change on the issue of LGBTQ inclusion over the last decad ...

In Heart of Texas, Support Grows for Same-sex Marriage
Originally Posted: 06/05/2014 - 3:48pm | Type: Blog

Weekenders Mark Phariss and Vic Holmes, who bought an A-frame house overlooking scenic Cedar Creek Lake four years ago, have become minor celebrities as the men challenging Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage. ...

COMMENTARY: Christianity's New Look on Gays
Originally Posted: 06/04/2014 - 1:46pm | Type: Blog

Could there be a future where most American Christians support same-sex relationships? Could there be a future where most American Christians support same-sex relationships? If ...

Orrin Hatch Says Gay Marriage as 'Law of the Land' Is Inevitable
Originally Posted: 05/29/2014 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

Sen. Orrin Hatch says legal gay marriage is almost certain to become a reality throughout the United States. Sen. Orrin Hatch says legal gay marriage is almost certain to become a ...

Atonement and the Gay Christian
Originally Posted: 05/28/2014 - 1:00pm | Type: Blog

Matthew Vines has done us an incredible service by writing his book God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships. Editor's Note: Don ...

Conservative United Methodists Say Divide Over Sexuality Is 'Irreconcilable'
Originally Posted: 05/27/2014 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

Will the United Methodist Church soon have to drop the “United” part of its name? Will the United Methodist Church soon have to drop the “United” part of its name? A group of 8 ...

5 Reasons Gay Marriage Is Winning
Originally Posted: 05/22/2014 - 4:12pm | Type: Blog

After four same-sex couples filed suit Wednesday challenging Montana’s ban on same-sex marriage, neighboring North Dakota is the only state that isn’t facing a challenge to its gay marriage ban — at least not ...

Chick-fil-A Wings in New Direction After Gay Flap
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 2:12pm | Type: Blog

Chick-fil-A is finally crossing the road. The iconic chicken chain, as well known for its conservative heritage as its savory eats, is recalibrating its moral and culinary compass. ...

After World Vision, Evangelicals Debate Boundaries Over Sexuality
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 1:45pm | Type: Blog

World Vision found itself testing the evangelical boundaries in March when it announced it would recognize employees’ same-sex marriages. Within 48 hours, it reversed itself. Worl ...

Getting Beyond Infighting to a Unified Church
Originally Posted: 04/04/2014 - 8:40am | Type: Blog

The mission of God is reconciliation and the vocation of God’s people, the church. When we spend more time attacking each other rather than attacking the areas of brokenness in our world, we become a reflectio ...

Sex and the Never-Ending Christian Adolescence
Originally Posted: 04/02/2014 - 6:31am | Type: Blog

I don’t know any adult who would willingly repeat adolescence. Yet here we are — we Christians seeking hope, grace, mercy, and purpose, we believers in a God of justice — treating our faith as an endless adole ...

Q&A: World Vision President Rich Stearns on Sponsors, Staff Lost Over Same-Sex Marriage Announcements
Originally Posted: 03/28/2014 - 7:59am | Type: Blog

In an interview with RNS on Thursday, Stearns suggested that the number of sponsors lost was under but around 5,000. Those who sponsor a child pay $35 each month, so the loss could have tallied up to $2.1 mill ...

World Vision Reverses Decision on Same-Sex Marriage, Calls It 'A Mistake'
Originally Posted: 03/26/2014 - 6:14pm | Type: Blog

Christian relief organization World Vision has reversed its decision after announcing this week that it will no longer define marriage as between a man and a woman in its employee conduct manual. ...

World Vision and the State of American Evangelicalism
Originally Posted: 03/26/2014 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

In our waywardness, we are willing to withhold our money to make a political point. And we justify it by saying this is an issue of “the Gospel.” But in the words of Brian McLaren, “If the Gospel we preach is ...

World Vision to Recognize Employees' Same-Sex Marriages
Originally Posted: 03/25/2014 - 9:26am | Type: Blog

Christian relief organization World Vision has announced that it will no longer define marriage as between a man and a woman in its employee conduct manual, a groundbreaking change for an evangelical instituti ...

Justices May Decide if Photographers can Snub Gay Weddings
Originally Posted: 03/21/2014 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

When Vanessa Willock wanted an Albuquerque photographer to shoot her same-sex commitment ceremony in 2006, she contacted Elane Photography. The response came as a shock: Co-owner Elaine Huguenin said she only ...

Why Arizona’s Anti-LGBTQ Law Was Religious But Not Christian
Originally Posted: 02/28/2014 - 9:19am | Type: Blog

Christianity, and any religion that emphasizes the unity of humanity over our differences, is therefore not a religion like other religions. Christianity is therefore more radical than most of its adherents re ...

Up Ahead? Massive Social Change, Experts Say
Originally Posted: 02/27/2014 - 4:49pm | Type: Blog

National attention on a proposed Arizona law allowing business owners to deny service for religious reasons to gay people signals how attitudes on social issues have shifted dramatically in recent years. ...

To Young Christians Speaking Out Against Anti-Gay Discrimination: Thank You
Originally Posted: 02/27/2014 - 4:27pm | Type: Blog

“Never in my life has my very faith been called into question like this.” That’s what young evangelical writer Jonathan Merritt told me this week. His statement followed a media firestorm, ignited when both he ...

Justice Department Will Extend Benefits to Same-Sex Couples
Originally Posted: 02/10/2014 - 4:11pm | Type: Blog

In a major victory for same-sex marriage rights, the Justice Department will soon grant married gay and lesbian couples the same rights in legal matters as other married couples. ...

Methodist Court to Consider Growing Opposition to Gay Ban
Originally Posted: 10/23/2013 - 10:29am | Type: Blog

The United Methodist Church’s highest court gathers for its semiannual meeting in Baltimore on Wednesday, as the denomination confronts a growing movement of defiant clergy members opposed to church doctrine o ...

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie Won’t Appeal Gay Marriage Rulings
Originally Posted: 10/21/2013 - 3:45pm | Type: Blog

Gov. Chris Christie announced Monday that he was dropping the fight against same-sex marriage in New Jersey by withdrawing his appeal of a major case that was being heard by the state Supreme Court. ...

Judge in N.J. Same-Sex Marriage Case has Deep Catholic Roots
Originally Posted: 10/18/2013 - 3:59pm | Type: Blog

The judge who declared same-sex marriage legal in New Jersey was raised a Catholic in Bayonne, a place where the locals still use their church — not their neighborhood — to define where they’re from. ...

In Scotland, Nonreligious Surpass the Church of Scotland
Originally Posted: 10/02/2013 - 1:41pm | Type: Blog

For the first time on record, the number of Scots with no religion outstrips those who belong to the Church of Scotland. For the first time on record, the number of Scots with no ...

Survey: Hispanics Flock to Pope Francis, the Democratic Party
Originally Posted: 09/30/2013 - 12:16pm | Type: Blog

A new survey of Hispanic political and religious values finds they’re overwhelmingly Democrats who hold a largely negative view of the Republican Party. A new survey of Hispanic p ...

United Methodist High Court to Consider Challenges to Gay Teachings
Originally Posted: 09/25/2013 - 11:56am | Type: Blog

Facing a wave of open defiance to church law, the top court of the United Methodist Church is set to consider rulings challenging church teaching on homosexuality. Facing a wave o ...

Conservatives Promote House Bill to Protect Opponents of Gay Marriage
Originally Posted: 09/25/2013 - 11:58am | Type: Blog

Conservatives are rallying around a House bill designed to protect religious people who advocate for traditional marriage — a belief, they say, that is held in increasing contempt. ...

Catholic Chaplains Given Marching Orders Barring Service to Gay Couples
Originally Posted: 09/25/2013 - 12:00pm | Type: Blog

Catholic military chaplains cannot be forced to witness or bless a same-sex marriage, nor are they allowed to take part in any marriage counseling retreats that are open to gay couples under new rules issued b ...

The Man I Didn't Want to Love
Originally Posted: 09/23/2013 - 8:08am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis offered an avalanche of Love, a deluge of Compassion, a flight of Hope. What I found most striking as I read the article was the consistency of his theme, no matter how far-ranging the topic. It w ...

Pope Francis Stuns the Church — But Will It Have a Lasting Effect?
Originally Posted: 09/19/2013 - 4:27pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Thursday rocked the Catholic Church and surprised the wider world with a free-ranging interview that charted a course away from an institution that’s “obsessed” with a few sexual and moral issu ...

Pastor, Prophet, Pope
Originally Posted: 03/14/2014 - 3:16pm | Type: Magazine Article

Stephen F. Schneck Francis—refreshingly candid and seemingly repelled by the perks of the papacy—offers new hope for the Catholic Church ...

Reformist Priest Sees Potential Ally in Pope Francis
Originally Posted: 07/23/2013 - 9:43am | Type: Blog

An Austrian priest who’s been banned from speaking at Roman Catholic churches during his three-week U.S. tour said Pope Francis could be an ally in reforming the Catholic Church, but said it will take more tha ...

Queen Approves Same-Sex Marriage Bill in England, Wales
Originally Posted: 07/17/2013 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

England and Wales became the 16th and 17th countries in the world to recognize gay marriage after Queen Elizabeth II gave “royal assent” to a same-sex marriage bill. England and W ...

Gay Marriage Fight Shifts to the States
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 3:43pm | Type: Blog

The legal battle over same-sex marriage has shifted from the Supreme Court to state capitals and lower courts as supporters seek to build on their recent victories and opponents hope to thwart that progress. ...

Equal Justice Under the Law
Originally Posted: 06/27/2013 - 3:20pm | Type: Blog

The words above the Supreme Court read, “Equal Justice Under the Law.” This week, two Supreme Court outcomes dramatically affected the reality of those words. The words above the ...

On Scripture: Resistance is Futile
Originally Posted: 06/26/2013 - 3:59pm | Type: Blog

For others with different theological and political perspectives, these decisions will be a difficult test, and they will struggle to accept them. I pray for their comfort and consolation. ...

ANALYSIS: A Cultural Wave on Gay Marriage Reaches the Supreme Court
Originally Posted: 06/26/2013 - 4:05pm | Type: Blog

Sometimes a court opinion is more than just a court opinion. Sometimes a court opinion is more than just a court opinion. Justice Anthony Kennedy’s 26-page decision Wednesd ...