World Vision to Hire Gays

Some might call this shocking. I just call it another domino falling:

World Vision’s American branch will no longer require its more than 1,100 employees to restrict their sexual activity to marriage between one man and one woman.

Abstinence outside of marriage remains a rule. But a policy change announced Monday [March 24] will now permit gay Christians in legal same-sex marriages to be employed at one of America’slargest Christian charities.

In an exclusive interview, World Vision U.S. president Richard Stearns explained to Christianity Today the rationale behind changing this “condition of employment,” whether financial or legal pressures were involved, and whether other Christian organizations with faith-based hiring rules should follow World Vision’s lead.

Stearns asserts that the “very narrow policy change” should be viewed by others as “symbolic not of compromise but of [Christian] unity.” He even hopes it will inspire unity elsewhere among Christians.

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Is There Such a Thing a Progressive Youth Ministry?

That’s the question we’re trying to answer this week in Chicago. In a partnership with Fourth Presbyterian Church, the JoPa Group is running a conference on this topic. If you want to follow along — and why wouldn’t you? — you should follow the Twitter hashtag.

A Very Important Question

Phyllis Tickle Is 80 Today!

photo by Courtney Perry

Today we celebrate the 80th birthday of Phyllis Tickle, a friend and mentor to so many all around the church world. I’ve already said a lot of my appreciations in events over the past couple years and a book that I edited, Phyllis Tickle: Evangelist of the Future.

There are various ways for you to wish Phyllis a happy birthday. You can do it in the comment section here, you can post something on her Facebook Page, or, best of all, you can publish something on your own blog using the directions below.

I’ll be sure that Phyllis sees all of the good wishes that you send her way.