In the fight over gay rights, conservative Christians have a new enemy. No, it isn’t a politician or activist or organization. It isn’t a noun at all, in fact, but rather a verb: normalize.
Hillsong Church says they are a “gay welcoming” congregation, even though they are not gay affirming. Hillsong pastor Carl Lents explains how they are attempting to think through and navigate this difficult issue.
The church says the gay celebrities can’t serve as leaders and don’t support their ‘lifestyle.’ But Josh Canfield and Reed Kelly aren’t going anywhere. It’s a love story.
Both are powerful, fresh-faced religious leaders of massive conservative Christian bodies whose behaviors and statements excite, infuriate, and confuse both conservatives and progressives by turns. Are they paving the way for a future expression of faith that we’ve only begun to imagine?
Southern Baptists are platforming Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio at their forthcoming mission conference, but in April they disinvited Ben Carson from their pastors’ conference. When it comes to partisanship, it looks like America’s largest Protestant denomination has taken one step forward and two steps back.
By sidestepping the elements of the story that have outraged Americans, it’s as if the editorial board is trying to prove true the conservatives who claim their paper is run by left-leaning elitists.
Pastor of America’s most influential mainline Protestant church wants Christians to give the Apostle Paul a second look. “Paul gives us an exemplar for the way in which God calls all believers to live,” he says.
Pope Francis says he’ll open his ears — and presumably his mind — to hear his American critics. Here are two places he should start listening.
Rifqa Bary made headlines when she claimed her Muslim parents threatened to kill her. But a report by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) found discrepancies in Bary’s story. Here she shares her story.