3 Ways That LGBT Christians are Blessing the Church

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We are a people prone to polarization.Ideologies - opinions mixed with certainty divorced from relationship and reality - help us to create all kinds of "others" and "thems" to justify ourselves and our group and the unhealthy antagonism and aggression we wish to perpetuate.Perhaps no "issue" is more of a lightning rod for polarization - and violent, often dehumnanizing rhetoric - than that of LGBT people in the church. But what if we zoomed out for a moment and detached from the … [Read more...]

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The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) made headlines last week at its 221st General Assembly. At this weeklong gathering the body made a number of decisions, most of which are overshadowed by the two biggest: the decision to allow pastors the discretion to perform same-sex marriages and to divest from three companies that sell products to Israel for military purposes. These are obviously watershed moments for the denomination. One publication described the decision on same-sex marriage as a “ … [Read more...]

DeYoung’s Delusion and the Uganda Factor

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If we know anything about The Gospel Coalition, it's that they never miss an opportunity to chime in if gay marriage makes the news cycle. It's TOP PRIORITY over there. And that's because TGC is a Neo-Fundamentalist coalition more than a gospel one.Kevin DeYoung-Restless-and-Reformed is basically TGC's Chief Anti-Gay Correspondent, so when the PCUSA approved gay marriage at their General Assembly last week, Kevin was quick to fire off Five Questions for Christians Who Believe the Bible … [Read more...]

Ideology? Pete Rollins, Polarization, & the Denial of a Third Way

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Recently, Carl Lentz, pastor of Hillsong NYC, was interviewed on CNN.In the interview, Carl responded to questions about Hillsong's stance on LGBT issues. And his response was to not give a direct "yes or no" kind of answer (which has been his response in other interviews as well). He did say that "gay men and women" are present and welcome at HNYC. But he wouldn't say what the official stance is on gay marriage - and the interviewer highlighted his refusal.There is a lot of conversation … [Read more...]

J.D. Greear: Preaching Against Homosexuality is Like Preaching Against Slavery

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In a stunning example of illogic/false analogy/absurdity, here's J.D. Greear setting the evangelical movement back about, oh, 150 years by equating preaching against "homosexuality" to preaching against "slavery and racism":This happened, of course, at the Southern Baptist ERLC leadership summit, and it represents an increasingly popular technique on the part of neo-Calvinistic evangelicals to subtly imply that gay relationships or gay marriage are like slavery, the KKK, racism, … [Read more...]

The Baptists Talk About Sex

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This week, Southern Baptist leaders convened at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission for a leadership summit on sexuality. New England journalist Ruth Graham offers her perspective on Al Jazeera: The group’s president, Russell Moore, took a gentler, less combative approach than his predecessor, Richard Land, who was known to make incendiary comments. (Just last week, Land suggested on a radio show that homosexuality is caused by childhood sexual abuse.) Most Southern Baptists, like other … [Read more...]

Lines Drawn: Those Who Oppose Gay Lifestyle/Marriage Are the Only Evangelicals

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Today, Trevin Wax of The Gospel Coalition (re-)entered the fray with his breakdown of the current "evangelical" conversation around gay Christians and gay marriage, concluding that only one segment is actually evangelical: All sides of the debate recognize that the definition of evangelical is at stake, which is why some are now publicly casting off the term altogether.The World Vision decision was a tremor that warns us of a coming earthquake in which churches and leaders historically … [Read more...]

World Vision and the Damage Done

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What a whirlwind.First, World Vision announced a policy change that would allow married gay Christians to work for the organization, igniting the vast indignation of the conservative evangelical establishment.Then, just yesterday, less than 48 hours later, World Vision reversed their decision, issuing an apology (mainly to their conservative constituency).Several reports cite a nearly instantaneous loss of 2,000 child sponsorships when World Vision made the initial policy decision. … [Read more...]

The REAL Threat to Unity

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As the conversation around World Vision's decision to hire married gay folks has unfolded (or perhaps, unraveled), it didn't take long for certain voices to issue warnings about division and disunity in the church.Sometimes those warnings are justified and helpful, coming from the position of desiring all sides to be fully heard before any judgments are rendered, and to seek to stay together even amidst disagreement.And sometimes they come from a particular side, and, particularly, the … [Read more...]

God Hates Double Standards: Fred Phelps and the Evangelicals

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Fred Phelps is dead.And while the Westboro cult itself is refusing to mourn ("We don't worship the dead"), some counter-protesters at yesterday's Lorde concert in Kansas City graciously expressed counterintuitive condolences for the hate-group's loss.When Phelps's death was announced a few days ago, it didn't take long for evangelical condemnations to hit my feeds, some of them fierce, some of them kinder and more forgiving. Some Christians were quick to consign Phelps himself to the … [Read more...]


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