ELSEWHERE: What Do Peter And Cornelius Really Tell Us About Gay Marriage?

Last week, Rachel Held Evans posted a piece on CNN about religious convictions, especially related to gay marriage, that used the Biblical story of the apostle Peter and the Roman centurion Cornelius as an example of how to be inclusive. Our very own Derek Rishmawy has posted a response on Mere Orthodoxy that, while appreciative of Evans' overall point, nevertheless pushes back against Evans' exegesis of that particular Biblical story. … [Read more...]

Why Christians are Concerned About DOMA: Two Valid Reasons, Two Not-So-Much

 A great many Christians are dismayed with the recent SCOTUS decisions regarding gay marriage.  Their dismay is no surprise to anyone. What doesn't seem as clearly understood is exactly why. While same-sex marriage advocates might like to chalk it up to simple intolerance, and opponents, to a pure concern for moral righteousness, the situation seems a bit more complex.Scrolling through my Facebook feed,  Twitter threads, reading various pieces on the subject, and processing the r … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: Which Side Is the Right Side of History?

With the new SCOTUS decisions coming down, there's been a lot of historical prognostication and jabbering about being on "the right side of history." Ted Olsen reminds us over at Christianity Today, that there have been a lot of rewrites. … [Read more...]

Rob Bell on Gay Marriage: Why the Church Can’t Follow

Rob Bell is back in the news lately. He has a new book (CaPC review forthcoming!), in which he teaches that there are ways of speaking about God that are going to go the way of the Oldsmobile. Apparently, one of the things that is going to fall by the wayside is the church's opposition to homosexual marriage. "That ship has sailed," says Rob Bell recently.Bell may be correct. At least, he is correct that the evangelical conservative political machine is a sputtering mess right now. If … [Read more...]

A Qualified Endorsement for Romney

It’s not often you hear about a group making a qualified endorsement. But Log Cabin Republicans, a pro-equality group in support of LGBT rights, issued a qualified endorsement for Mitt Romney yesterday: If LGBT issues are a voter's highest or only priority, then Gov. Romney may not be that voter's choice. … We believe Gov. Romney will make cutting spending and job creation his priorities, and, as his record as governor of Massachusetts suggests, will not waste his precious time in office with le … [Read more...]

The Chick-fi-Asco: Why Boycotts are Awful

You've probably seen the name "Chick-fil-A" mentioned more times in the last week than in all of the other weeks of your existence combined. Therefore, I'm going to assume that you're familiar with the story of Dan Cathy's "guilty as charged" comment regarding anti-gay marriage opinions, and the subsequent social and mainstream media backlash and back-backlash that ensued. (If you're not, read this GetReligion piece or this post from Denny Burke.)This kerfuffle has lead all sides to invoke ug … [Read more...]

How Should Christians Think About Gay Marriage?

Most days, I’m glad you can’t see the discussions that go on between Christ and Pop Culture's writers. They tend to consist of teasing, arguing, teasing, complaining about life and culture in general, teasing, countless inside jokes, and the occasional substantial conversation. It can be a little overwhelming. When I come home from work (where the ongoing conversation is unavailable to me), I often have to set aside over half an hour just to catch up on the flow of conversation from the day… and  … [Read more...]