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Chick-fil-A Wings in New Direction After Gay Flap
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 3:12pm | Type: Blog

Chick-fil-A is finally crossing the road. The iconic chicken chain, as well known for its conservative heritage as its savory eats, is recalibrating its moral and culinary compass. ...

After World Vision, Evangelicals Debate Boundaries Over Sexuality
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 2:45pm | Type: Blog

World Vision found itself testing the evangelical boundaries in March when it announced it would recognize employees’ same-sex marriages. Within 48 hours, it reversed itself. Worl ...

Getting Beyond Infighting to a Unified Church
Originally Posted: 04/04/2014 - 9:40am | Type: Blog

The mission of God is reconciliation and the vocation of God’s people, the church. When we spend more time attacking each other rather than attacking the areas of brokenness in our world, we become a reflectio ...

Sex and the Never-Ending Christian Adolescence
Originally Posted: 04/02/2014 - 7:31am | 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 ...

Q&A: World Vision President Rich Stearns on Sponsors, Staff Lost Over Same-Sex Marriage Announcements
Originally Posted: 03/28/2014 - 8:59am | Type: Blog

In an interview with RNS on Thursday, Stearns suggested that the number of sponsors lost was under but around 5,000. Those who sponsor a child pay $35 each month, so the loss could have tallied up to $2.1 mill ...

World Vision Reverses Decision on Same-Sex Marriage, Calls It 'A Mistake'
Originally Posted: 03/26/2014 - 7:14pm | 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. ...

World Vision and the State of American Evangelicalism
Originally Posted: 03/26/2014 - 10:27am | Type: Blog

In our waywardness, we are willing to withhold our money to make a political point. And we justify it by saying this is an issue of “the Gospel.” But in the words of Brian McLaren, “If the Gospel we preach is ...

World Vision to Recognize Employees' Same-Sex Marriages
Originally Posted: 03/25/2014 - 10:26am | Type: Blog

Christian relief organization World Vision has announced that it will no longer define marriage as between a man and a woman in its employee conduct manual, a groundbreaking change for an evangelical instituti ...

Justices May Decide if Photographers can Snub Gay Weddings
Originally Posted: 03/21/2014 - 3:17pm | Type: Blog

When Vanessa Willock wanted an Albuquerque photographer to shoot her same-sex commitment ceremony in 2006, she contacted Elane Photography. The response came as a shock: Co-owner Elaine Huguenin said she only ...

Why Arizona’s Anti-LGBTQ Law Was Religious But Not Christian
Originally Posted: 02/28/2014 - 10:19am | 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 ...

Up Ahead? Massive Social Change, Experts Say
Originally Posted: 02/27/2014 - 5:49pm | Type: Blog

National attention on a proposed Arizona law allowing business owners to deny service for religious reasons to gay people signals how attitudes on social issues have shifted dramatically in recent years. ...

To Young Christians Speaking Out Against Anti-Gay Discrimination: Thank You
Originally Posted: 02/27/2014 - 5:27pm | Type: Blog

“Never in my life has my very faith been called into question like this.” That’s what young evangelical writer Jonathan Merritt told me this week. His statement followed a media firestorm, ignited when both he ...

Justice Department Will Extend Benefits to Same-Sex Couples
Originally Posted: 02/10/2014 - 5:11pm | Type: Blog

In a major victory for same-sex marriage rights, the Justice Department will soon grant married gay and lesbian couples the same rights in legal matters as other married couples. ...

Methodist Court to Consider Growing Opposition to Gay Ban
Originally Posted: 10/23/2013 - 11:29am | 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 ...

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie Won’t Appeal Gay Marriage Rulings
Originally Posted: 10/21/2013 - 4:45pm | Type: Blog

Gov. Chris Christie announced Monday that he was dropping the fight against same-sex marriage in New Jersey by withdrawing his appeal of a major case that was being heard by the state Supreme Court. ...

Judge in N.J. Same-Sex Marriage Case has Deep Catholic Roots
Originally Posted: 10/18/2013 - 4:59pm | Type: Blog

The judge who declared same-sex marriage legal in New Jersey was raised a Catholic in Bayonne, a place where the locals still use their church — not their neighborhood — to define where they’re from. ...

In Scotland, Nonreligious Surpass the Church of Scotland
Originally Posted: 10/02/2013 - 2:41pm | Type: Blog

For the first time on record, the number of Scots with no religion outstrips those who belong to the Church of Scotland. For the first time on record, the number of Scots with no ...

Survey: Hispanics Flock to Pope Francis, the Democratic Party
Originally Posted: 09/30/2013 - 1:16pm | Type: Blog

A new survey of Hispanic political and religious values finds they’re overwhelmingly Democrats who hold a largely negative view of the Republican Party. A new survey of Hispanic p ...

United Methodist High Court to Consider Challenges to Gay Teachings
Originally Posted: 09/25/2013 - 12:56pm | 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 ...

Conservatives Promote House Bill to Protect Opponents of Gay Marriage
Originally Posted: 09/25/2013 - 12:58pm | Type: Blog

Conservatives are rallying around a House bill designed to protect religious people who advocate for traditional marriage — a belief, they say, that is held in increasing contempt. ...

Catholic Chaplains Given Marching Orders Barring Service to Gay Couples
Originally Posted: 09/25/2013 - 1:00pm | 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 - 9:08am | 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 ...

Pope Francis Stuns the Church — But Will It Have a Lasting Effect?
Originally Posted: 09/19/2013 - 5:27pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Thursday rocked the Catholic Church and surprised the wider world with a free-ranging interview that charted a course away from an institution that’s “obsessed” with a few sexual and moral issu ...

Pastor, Prophet, Pope
Originally Posted: 03/14/2014 - 4:16pm | Type: Magazine Article

Stephen F. Schneck Francis—refreshingly candid and seemingly repelled by the perks of the papacy—offers new hope for the Catholic Church ...

Reformist Priest Sees Potential Ally in Pope Francis
Originally Posted: 07/23/2013 - 10:43am | Type: Blog

An Austrian priest who’s been banned from speaking at Roman Catholic churches during his three-week U.S. tour said Pope Francis could be an ally in reforming the Catholic Church, but said it will take more tha ...

Queen Approves Same-Sex Marriage Bill in England, Wales
Originally Posted: 07/17/2013 - 4:24pm | Type: Blog

England and Wales became the 16th and 17th countries in the world to recognize gay marriage after Queen Elizabeth II gave “royal assent” to a same-sex marriage bill. England and W ...

Gay Marriage Fight Shifts to the States
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

The legal battle over same-sex marriage has shifted from the Supreme Court to state capitals and lower courts as supporters seek to build on their recent victories and opponents hope to thwart that progress. ...

Equal Justice Under the Law
Originally Posted: 06/27/2013 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

The words above the Supreme Court read, “Equal Justice Under the Law.” This week, two Supreme Court outcomes dramatically affected the reality of those words. The words above the ...

On Scripture: Resistance is Futile
Originally Posted: 06/26/2013 - 4:59pm | Type: Blog

For others with different theological and political perspectives, these decisions will be a difficult test, and they will struggle to accept them. I pray for their comfort and consolation. ...

ANALYSIS: A Cultural Wave on Gay Marriage Reaches the Supreme Court
Originally Posted: 06/26/2013 - 5:05pm | Type: Blog

Sometimes a court opinion is more than just a court opinion. Sometimes a court opinion is more than just a court opinion. Justice Anthony Kennedy’s 26-page decision Wednesd ...

DOMA Ruled Unconstitutional; SCOTUS Declines Ruling on Prop 8
Originally Posted: 06/26/2013 - 10:58am | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court this morning struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, 5-4, which prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages performed in states. Also by a 5-4 vote, the Court ruled ...

Waiting for the Courts: Hopes and Fears Over DOMA & Prop 8
Originally Posted: 06/25/2013 - 9:33am | Type: Blog

This week the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hand down decisions on two significant cases for same-sex marriage: United States v. Windsor (regarding the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA), and Hollingsworth ...

QUIRK: 'Daily Show' Takes On 'Bullying' of Christians (VIDEO)
Originally Posted: 06/19/2013 - 10:17am | Type: Blog

Daily Show correspondent Samantha Bee talks LGBT-on-Christian 'bullying' in comedy show segment. Daily Show  correspondent Samantha Bee's latest segment for the ...

Both Sides See Gay Marriage as ‘Inevitable’
Originally Posted: 06/10/2013 - 12:28pm | Type: Blog

About 72 percent of Americans say legal recognition of same-sex marriage is “inevitable,” according to a survey released Thursday. About 72 percent of Americans say legal recogni ...

Church of England Drops Opposition to Gay Marriage Bill
Originally Posted: 06/07/2013 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

Bishops in the Church of England, who had strenuously opposed a bid to allow same-sex marriage, signaled that they won’t try to derail the bill after an overwhelming vote of support in the House of Lords. ...

The End of Bully Christianity
Originally Posted: 05/22/2013 - 11:20am | Type: Blog

A tipping point has been reached, not only on the issue of marriage equality, but on the broader political force of bully Christianity, a pernicious brand of the faith that tells people who don't have con ...

Christians: It's NOT a Sin to Change Your Beliefs
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

But theology — our study and beliefs about God — should be a natural process involving change instead of avoiding it. Our God is too big and too wonderful to completely understand by the time we graduate high ...

Top Mormon Leader Warns Against ‘Tolerance Trap’
Originally Posted: 04/08/2013 - 2:33pm | Type: Blog

The President of the Mormons’ Quorum of Twelve Apostles and next in line to take over the church’s reins didn’t specifically mention gay marriage, but his comments came amid controversy on the issue nationwide ...

ANALYSIS: Are Catholics Shifting Tone Or Substance On Gay Issues?
Originally Posted: 04/03/2013 - 1:32pm | Type: Blog

When New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan told national news programs on Easter Sunday that Catholic leaders need to do a better job of showing that their opposition to gay marriage is not “an attack on gay people, ...

Cardinal Dolan: Catholic Church Could Do Better on Gay Outreach
Originally Posted: 04/01/2013 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the top U.S. Catholic prelate, says the Roman Catholic Church has to make sure that its defense of traditional marriage is not reduced to an attack on gays and lesbians. ...

ANALYSIS: Supreme Court Searches for Way Around Gay Marriage
Originally Posted: 03/27/2013 - 5:37pm | Type: Blog

On Wednesday, it was arcane arguments over matters of legal standing that seemed to most animate the justices, reflecting what seemed to be a desire to find a way for the court to sidestep a definitive up-or-d ...

Ohio’s Rob Portman Becomes First GOP Senator to Support Gay Marriage
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 1:05pm | Type: Blog

Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman on Thursday announced he has reversed his longtime opposition to same-sex marriage after reconsidering the issue because his 21-year-old son, Will, is gay. ...

Converted, But Still Wrestling
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 9:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Min-Ah Cho From Willow Creek to Sacred Heart: Rekindling My Love for Catholicism. Ave Maria Press SOME BOOKS ...

Poll: Americans See Gay Marriage as Inevitable
Originally Posted: 03/14/2013 - 10:43am | Type: Blog

Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe legalized same-sex marriage in the U.S. is inevitable, according to a study by LifeWay Research, a Nashville polling firm with ties to the Southern Baptist Convention. ...

Gay Marriage Opponents Make Their Case to Supreme Court
Originally Posted: 02/19/2013 - 5:27pm | Type: Blog

In about three dozen briefs filed in recent weeks, groups ranging from U.S. Catholic bishops and evangelicals to state attorneys general and university professors argue that upholding gay marriage could lead t ...

‘Are You My Mother?’ Sometimes, There’s No Easy Answer
Originally Posted: 12/11/2012 - 8:16pm | Type: Blog

In a classic 1960 children's book, a baby bird toddles up to one critter after another asking, "Are you my mother?" For some babies today, there's no simple answer — biologically or legally ...

Both Sides Brace for Supreme Court Battle on Gay Marriage
Originally Posted: 12/10/2012 - 7:50pm | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court's decision to take up the explosive issue of same-sex marriage will thrust the high court into a policy debate that has divided federal and state governments and courts, as well as voter ...

New Mormon Website Features Softer Tone on Gays
Originally Posted: 12/10/2012 - 10:03am | Type: Blog

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints isn't changing its tune about homosexuality, but it has launched a new website to alter the tone. SALT LAKE CITY—The Church of ...

Chastened Catholic Bishops Told They Have to Reform Themselves
Originally Posted: 11/13/2012 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

After sweeping setbacks to the hierarchy’s agenda on Election Day, New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan on Monday told U.S. Catholic bishops that they must now examine their own failings, confess their sins and ref ...

Christians and Marriage After the Election
Originally Posted: 11/12/2012 - 12:52pm | Type: Blog

The Minnesota marriage amendment failed. Though my side won, the divisions created trouble me. As an Episcopalian working within a Catholic law school, I saw the pain of those on both sides. ...