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Did Jesus Really Never Say Anything About Homosexuality?
Originally Posted: 12/19/2014 - 3:56pm | Type: Blog

In the realm of biblical arguments in support of same-sex relationships, I’ve always found one — “Jesus never said anything about homosexuality” — to be particularly weak. In th ...

5 Takeaways from Pope Francis' Latest Interview
Originally Posted: 12/08/2014 - 2:23pm | Type: Blog

Gay marriage was never on the agenda at the recent Bishops’ Synod on the Family and the subject “did not cross our minds,” Pope Francis said in a new headline-grabbing interview. ...

Are #Christian Hashtags Rallying the Faithful or Just Luring Trolls?
Originally Posted: 11/25/2014 - 2:33pm | Type: Blog

But everyone on Twitter is learning that a hashtag cuts both ways — it can be hijacked or lampooned by detractors, and it’s a key way that online activists are pushing back against opposing messages or what so ...

Pope Francis' Visit to Philadelphia Won't Focus on Hot-Button Sex Issues
Originally Posted: 11/19/2014 - 1:40pm | Type: Blog

Reflecting the change in emphasis under Pope Francis that was evident at the recent Vatican Synod on the Family, the four-day event in Philadelphia will look at poverty and the family, marital intimacy, raisin ...

Gay Debate Challenges Traditional Definitions of ‘Evangelical’
Originally Posted: 12/02/2014 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

Growing cultural acceptance of homosexuality is leading many Christians to reconsider their historic opposition. As intractable as the debate itself can be, American evangelicals nonetheless are experiencing l ...

Cardinal Says Church Under Pope Francis Is a ‘Rudderless Ship’
Originally Posted: 11/03/2014 - 9:47am | Type: Blog

American Cardinal Raymond Burke, the feisty former archbishop of St. Louis who has emerged as the face of the opposition to Pope Francis’ reformist agenda, likened the Roman Catholic Church to “a ship without ...

Southern Baptists, LGBT Activists Happily Coexist, but for How Long?
Originally Posted: 11/03/2014 - 9:47am | Type: Blog

When Southern Baptists convened a national conference in Nashville, Tenn., this week to discuss issues of human sexuality, bringing conservative evangelicals and LGBT Christian activists into the same ballroom ...

Houston Subpoenas Pastors’ Sermons in Gay Rights Ordinance Case
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 3:56pm | Type: Blog

Evangelical leaders are angry after city officials in Houston subpoenaed sermons given by local pastors who oppose an equal rights ordinance that provides protections to the LGBT community. ...

Vatican Shifts to Tone of Greater Openness Toward Gays and Lesbians
Originally Posted: 10/14/2014 - 8:00am | Type: Blog

The world’s Catholic bishops on Oct. 13 signaled a move toward greater tolerance of gays and lesbians, an about-face so unexpected that leaders of the church’s right wing called it a “betrayal.” ...

Weekly Wrap 10.3.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 10/03/2014 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

1. The Strange Nostalgia of ‘Left Behind’ The rapture movie (out in theaters today) is—to borrow a phrase—neither hot nor cold. So why the re-make? We take a crack at answering. ...

Mormons Embrace Social Media to Push Back Against Official Church Teachings
Originally Posted: 09/16/2014 - 1:16pm | Type: Blog

It was a gathering that would have been unthinkable just five years ago. It was a gathering that would have been unthinkable just five years ago. On a cool summer evening, in a ...

Christian Group Denied Recognition at Two Dozen College Campuses
Originally Posted: 09/09/2014 - 9:07am | Type: Blog

A well-established international Christian student group is being denied recognition at almost two dozen California college campuses because it requires leaders to adhere to Christian beliefs, effectively closing its leadership ranks to non-Christians a ...

6 Monumental Questions Facing Every Church In America
Originally Posted: 09/08/2014 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

Christianity is a lifelong journey of learning new things, growing in wisdom, and interacting with a wide array of difficult topics. Boldly asking tough questions is essential to spiritual development. ...

Gay, Christian, and … Celibate: The Changing Face of the Homosexuality Debate
Originally Posted: 08/05/2014 - 8:26am | Type: Blog

When Julie Rodgers came out as a lesbian at age 17, her mom responded by taking her to an ex-gay ministry in Dallas. When Julie Rodgers came out as a lesbian at age 17, her mom r ...

Uganda's Anglican Leader Doubles Down on Anti-gay Law
Originally Posted: 08/04/2014 - 3:33pm | Type: Blog

Uganda’s top Anglican leader criticized the constitutional court for striking down the country’s controversial anti-gay law on a technicality, saying the law is still needed to protect children and families fr ...

Russell Moore on Sex (Answers to the Questions You Didn't Ask)
Originally Posted: 08/04/2014 - 1:44pm | Type: Blog

Issues of the kind that belong on the therapist's couch are the kinds of topics that frequently crowd the inbox of Russell Moore, who recently marked his first anniversary as the Southern Baptist Conventi ...

Did Obama Finally Thread the Needle on Gay Rights and Religious Freedom?
Originally Posted: 07/22/2014 - 9:38am | Type: Blog

One of the toughest political calculations in Washington is balancing competing claims of gay rights with the traditional prerogatives of religious freedom. One of the toughest p ...

Three Reasons It Doesn’t Matter What We Think About Homosexuality
Originally Posted: 07/11/2014 - 12:01pm | Type: Blog

Though I do believe this dialogue is important, mainly because it will almost certainly lead to greater understanding and open-mindedness among the body of believers, I actually don’t think our opinion on the ...

Vatican Confronts Shifting Landscape on Family Issues
Originally Posted: 06/26/2014 - 1:45pm | Type: Blog

Faced with a cultural landscape that’s shifting faster than the church’s ability to keep up, Catholic bishops are looking for new approaches toward unmarried couples, divorced people, and single parents who ar ...

COMMENTARY: Christianity's New Look on Gays
Originally Posted: 06/04/2014 - 1:46pm | Type: Blog

Could there be a future where most American Christians support same-sex relationships? Could there be a future where most American Christians support same-sex relationships? If ...

From the Archives: July 1991
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 8:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Melanie Morrison An Issue of Justice MOST discussions about the Bible and homosexuality are limited to a hand ...

Gallup: Gay Sex, Divorce, Extramarital Sex Reach New Highs of 'Moral Acceptability'
Originally Posted: 05/30/2014 - 3:58pm | Type: Blog

Americans are showing more tolerance for a range of behaviors, with sex between unmarried adults, medical research on stem cells from human embryos, and doctor-assisted suicide all showing record highs and inc ...

Atonement and the Gay Christian
Originally Posted: 05/28/2014 - 1:00pm | Type: Blog

Matthew Vines has done us an incredible service by writing his book God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships. Editor's Note: Don ...

My Dad's Worst Day
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 2:09pm | Type: Magazine Article

Matthew Vines Excerpt from God and the Gay Christian by Matthew Vines, Convergent Books OURS IS A CHRISTIAN F ...

COMMENTARY: Deliberate Distortion of Reality Won’t Work for Long
Originally Posted: 04/08/2014 - 12:58pm | Type: Blog

I was dismayed when I learned that Mozilla Foundation, maker of the Firefox Web browser, had named an anti-gay activist as its new chief executive officer. I was dismayed when I l ...

Sex and the Never-Ending Christian Adolescence
Originally Posted: 04/02/2014 - 6:31am | Type: Blog

I don’t know any adult who would willingly repeat adolescence. Yet here we are — we Christians seeking hope, grace, mercy, and purpose, we believers in a God of justice — treating our faith as an endless adole ...

World Vision Reverses Decision on Same-Sex Marriage, Calls It 'A Mistake'
Originally Posted: 03/26/2014 - 6:14pm | Type: Blog

Christian relief organization World Vision has reversed its decision after announcing this week that it will no longer define marriage as between a man and a woman in its employee conduct manual. ...

Grieving for Fred Phelps in Topeka
Originally Posted: 03/21/2014 - 2:21pm | Type: Blog

Fred Phelps, famous for picketing funerals with vicious anti-gay messages, died this week. His estranged son, Nate, had posted on Facebook that the 84-year-old Phelps had been excommunicated from his own Westb ...

Atheist Nate Phelps on His Father: I Mourn 'The Man He Could Have Been'
Originally Posted: 03/21/2014 - 2:11pm | Type: Blog

Nathan Phelps, the estranged atheist son of anti-gay Kansas pastor Fred Phelps who died Wednesday, is asking people to look beyond his father’s legacy of hate. Nathan Phelps, the ...

Cardinal Dolan: Pope Francis Opened Door to Gay Civil Unions Debate
Originally Posted: 03/11/2014 - 1:36pm | Type: Blog

Cardinal Timothy Dolan said Sunday that Pope Francis is asking the Catholic Church to look at the possibility of recognizing civil unions for gay couples, although the archbishop of New York said that he would ...

African Church Leaders Resist Gay Rights, Call it a Colonial Import
Originally Posted: 03/06/2014 - 5:03pm | Type: Blog

A call for greater acceptance of gays and lesbians has put African and Western churches on a collision course, as some African clerics liken mounting criticism from the U.S. and Europe to a new wave of coloniz ...

U.S. Evangelicals on the Defense Over Uganda’s New Anti-Homosexuality Act
Originally Posted: 03/04/2014 - 4:52pm | Type: Blog

American evangelicals are denouncing a new Uganda law that criminalizes homosexuality, reiterating a position that many have held for years but which has nonetheless drawn scrutiny and skepticism from critics. ...

Can You Be Pro-Gay And Stay Evangelical? Yes... And No
Originally Posted: 02/28/2014 - 10:53am | Type: Press

February 25, 2014 Sojo in the News Tony Jones ...

Why Arizona’s Anti-LGBTQ Law Was Religious But Not Christian
Originally Posted: 02/28/2014 - 9:19am | Type: Blog

Christianity, and any religion that emphasizes the unity of humanity over our differences, is therefore not a religion like other religions. Christianity is therefore more radical than most of its adherents re ...

Survey: Americans Turn Sharply Favorable on Gay Issues
Originally Posted: 02/27/2014 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

Americans’ attitudes toward the lives and choices of gays and lesbians have changed radically since Massachusetts first legalized same — sex marriage a decade ago. Americans’ atti ...

How a Gay Football Player Could Help Redeem the Church
Originally Posted: 02/12/2014 - 9:40am | Type: Blog

Michael Sam is the right person to be in the spotlight not just for promoting gay rights, but because, when it comes to a sense of identity, he is a good model for the church to follow. ...

COMMENTARY: The Church's Role in, and Against, Homophobia Across Africa
Originally Posted: 01/27/2014 - 5:15pm | Type: Blog

In the last month, many Westerners watched in horror as Uganda, and then Nigeria, enacted laws that are brutally repressive to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. In t ...

‘Duck Dynasty’ Family: ‘Coarse’ Statement Was Grounded in the Bible
Originally Posted: 12/20/2013 - 3:02pm | Type: Blog

The “Duck Dynasty” family issued a statement Thursday evening supporting patriarch Phil Robertson and throwing the future of their successful hit reality show into jeopardy. The “ ...

As Catholic Bishops Meet, the 'Francis Effect' Changes Everything
Originally Posted: 11/06/2013 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

When the nation’s Catholic bishops gather on Monday for their annual fall meeting in Baltimore, one of their chief duties will be choosing a new slate of leaders to guide the American hierarchy for the next th ...

Conservatives Shift Tone on Gay Anti-discrimination Bill
Originally Posted: 11/06/2013 - 12:07pm | Type: Blog

As a law extending workplace protection to gay, bisexual, and transgender workers makes its way through the Senate this week, there’s a shift in the political air: Arguments that stand purely on religious grou ...

Methodist Court to Consider Growing Opposition to Gay Ban
Originally Posted: 10/23/2013 - 10:29am | Type: Blog

The United Methodist Church’s highest court gathers for its semiannual meeting in Baltimore on Wednesday, as the denomination confronts a growing movement of defiant clergy members opposed to church doctrine o ...

United Methodist High Court to Consider Challenges to Gay Teachings
Originally Posted: 09/25/2013 - 11:56am | Type: Blog

Facing a wave of open defiance to church law, the top court of the United Methodist Church is set to consider rulings challenging church teaching on homosexuality. Facing a wave o ...

Catholic Chaplains Given Marching Orders Barring Service to Gay Couples
Originally Posted: 09/25/2013 - 12:00pm | Type: Blog

Catholic military chaplains cannot be forced to witness or bless a same-sex marriage, nor are they allowed to take part in any marriage counseling retreats that are open to gay couples under new rules issued b ...

The Man I Didn't Want to Love
Originally Posted: 09/23/2013 - 8:08am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis offered an avalanche of Love, a deluge of Compassion, a flight of Hope. What I found most striking as I read the article was the consistency of his theme, no matter how far-ranging the topic. It w ...

Anglican Communion Faces Troubled Waters
Originally Posted: 09/20/2013 - 3:51pm | Type: Blog

Primates and bishops from the Global South attending a gathering in Toronto, said current proposals for a new Anglican Communion covenant don’t go far enough to heal the conflict in the communion over homosexu ...

Desmond Tutu on Gay Rights, the Middle East and Pope Francis
Originally Posted: 09/13/2013 - 4:08pm | Type: Blog

Retired Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for his fight against apartheid in South Africa, continues to speak around the globe on justice and peace. ...

The ‘Cold-Call Pope’ Reaches Out and Touches a Lot of People
Originally Posted: 09/09/2013 - 4:22pm | Type: Blog

Of all the novelties that Pope Francis has brought to the Vatican, few have endeared him to the public — and unsettled his aides — as much as his penchant for picking up the phone and calling someone out of th ...

Pope Francis on Gays Reveals a House Divided
Originally Posted: 08/01/2013 - 12:49pm | Type: Blog

I continue to be impressed and pleased by the direction this pope seems to be taking. And the very fact that he has broken rank with the traditional Catholic teaching about homosexuality is, within his own par ...

Did Pope Francis Change Church Teaching on Homosexuality?
Originally Posted: 07/29/2013 - 5:25pm | Type: Blog

Blogs and social media immediately exploded with commentary that either hailed — or lamented — the pope’s words as a shift in Catholic teaching on the role of gays and lesbians in the church. But did Pope Fran ...

Pope Francis Says He Won’t Judge Gay Priests
Originally Posted: 07/29/2013 - 11:21am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis announced Monday in an airborne news conference that he’s ‘not one to judge’ the sexual orientation of Catholic priests. Pope Francis announced Monday in an airborne ...