Vicky Beeching, Worship Leader Closely Connected to the Church of England, Comes Out

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Vicky Beeching is known for worship hits on both sides of the Atlantic - and for being closely connected to the Church of England and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.And recently, she came out as gay.The Independent told the story earlier today: At Easter this year, she came out to her parents. "I was terrified but they reacted really well. They said, 'We're so sorry that you had to go through this alone.'" Beeching and her parents have agreed to disagree on the theology around ho … [Read more...]

#FFFF: Sheldon Steen

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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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Pluralistic Society is the Answer, For the World Today

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When I was little there was a popular CCM song called "Jesus is the Answer." Maybe you remember it. The chorus went, simply: Jesus is the AnswerFor the world todayAbove him there's no otherJesus is the Way. The song became something of a rallying cry for the burgeoning post-Jesus Movement evangelical right, with implications for both saving souls and enacting righteous legislation. Yes, Jesus is the Answer for every down-and-out lost person who needs to get saved. And he's also the … [Read more...]

Some Questions About the Gay Cake

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By now, everyone's aware of the latest culture war click-frenzy, which we can all officially dub Arizona Cakegate, regarding a bill in the Grand Canyon State that gives business owners (especially those of the wedding cake or crappy DJ variety) the overt right to deny service to gay couples.And we're all aware of the predictable response from conservative Christian culture warriors, to the tune of chalking up wins for religious freedom if the bill should survive veto (despite sensible … [Read more...]

Frank Schaefer & Phil Robertson Take Communion

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The pastor of the local United Methodist Church (where I've attended and collaborated over the last year) recently offered his thoughts about the events surrounding Pastor Frank Schaefer. While some of it is internal UMC shop-talk, I think his perspective is challenging to the church at large. Here's an excerpt: I write as one of the pastors at First UMC Burlington.  I do not represent our entire congregation.  Here is my dream for our church. Let us be fully, completely inclusive.  That means … [Read more...]


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