Church Sues State for Marriage Equality

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Never before has a major Christian denomination sued state government in the United States over their marriage laws. At least until today, that is. This morning, representatives of the national body of the United Church of Christ filed a lawsuit against the state of North Carolina for violation of their right to religious freedom under [Read More...]

Why Should the Church Care About Marriage?

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I was asked by my friend, Audrey, at the GLAD Alliance (Gay & Lesbian Alliance of Disciples) to respond to the question in the subject line above. For some, the Church is the final bastion in the culture war to preserve the notion held by some of “traditional family.”  For others, marriage is merely a [Read More...]

Will Corporate America Normalize Gay Marriage?

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There was quite a fuss about Coca Cola airing a commercial during the Super Bowl that presented people singing “God Bless America” in various languages. And, to top it off, they even portrayed same-sex couples as families. It wasn’t exactly shocking to see Coke presenting a more pluralistic, harmonious image of the contemporary world today. [Read More...]

Why the Grammys’ “Macklemore Weddings” Were a Good Thing

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Lots of folks have been chattering about the mass wedding that took place in the middle of Macklemore’s “Same Love” performance at the Grammys this past week. The lighting-quick ceremony included dozens of couples, both same-sex and opposite sex, presided over by none other than music and film star Queen Latifah. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ [Read More...]

Serving Two Masters: When Church and Justice Don’t Agree

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Methodist minister Rev. Frank Schaefer (not to be confused with Frank Schaeffer) has come up against what some might call a conflict of interest in living out his call as a minister of the gospel. Some might even call his experience a crisis of faith, but for Schaefer and his son, Tim, the struggles they have [Read More...]

Church Sign Epic Fails, “Homosexuality Is In” Edition

Okay, total Church sign win. These guys literally kicked the "S" out of this church sign. And it's that much better for it.

I’m certainly not one to advocate for vandalism of private property, but you know, sometimes the right letters just fall clean off a church sign and suddenly unbridled bigotry looks a hell of a lot more like the Greatest Commandment. Just sayin… [Read more...]

Christian Marketing, Rob Bell & Emergent Bible Skills(?!) (#HBCultureCast)

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This week’s guest is Dave Palmer, a marketing expert at Dunk Tank Marketing, to talk about The Great American Bible Challenge (which is entering its second season on the Game Show Network), and why progressives are reluctant to appear on a show requiring Bible knowledge. He also discusses the challenge of marketing to Christians overall. In [Read More...]

My Frustration with Bell, Clinton and Obama on Marriage Equality

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I know this may not be a popular position to take among my readers. After all, the last time I wrote anything even remotely critiquing or questioning Rob Bell, I got scathing responses. Oh, if folks only got so passionate about other things like, say, poverty. Anyway, I’m a real fan of Rob Bell. I [Read More...]


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