Bucking against conservative Christian tradition advising against extra-marital sex, the Rev. Bromleigh McCleneghan, a married mother of three and associate pastor for ministry with families at Union Church of Hinsdale in Illinois, says single Christians can have sex as long as it's "mutually pleasurable and affirming."
Citing 1 Corinthians 6:18-20, many Mainline Protestant and evangelical churches like the Assemblies of God Church, advise against sexual relations among single Christians.
"Today within our society singles exist for one of two reasons — by choice, or by circumstance. In either case the Bible's mandate is clear for all unmarried individuals: they are to remain sexually pure (1 Corinthians 6:18-20)," the Assemblies of God church warned. more >>
Russell Moore, president of the SBC's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, says Christians must preserve the Gospel in all of its strangeness in order for the Church's mission to continue.
The Christian faith "isn't normal anymore, and that's good news," Moore said in a message on his website on Friday. Just like the Gospels, the book of Acts "shows us that Christianity thrives when it is, as Kierkegaard put it, a sign of contradiction."
Moore has long argued that American Christians must shed the notion of their majority status and has urged them to understand their role as a minority in society. more >>
Pope Francis has warned Roman Catholic faithful that achieving eternal salvation is a serious life goal, given that God will close the door on entering through the narrow path one day.
"The Lord offers us many opportunities to save ourselves and to enter through the door of salvation. This door is an opportunity that must not be wasted," Francis said on Sunday, according to Vatican Radio, encouraging people to seize the opportunity for salvation without too much academic discourse.
"Because at a certain moment 'the landlord got up and locked the door' (v.25), as mentioned in the Gospel. But if God is good and loves us, why does He close the door — He will close the door at a certain point? Because our life is not a video game or a soap opera; our life is serious and the goal to achieve is important: eternal salvation," he added. more >>
Nearly a dozen ministers within the Church of England are expected to reveal in a letter that they are gay and have married their same-sex partners despite the Church's biblical opposition to gay marriage.
The Guardian reported on Sunday that the letter from the clergy to the Church will ask for permission to carry out blessings for people entering gay marriages.
"Our marriages are legal, celebrated and widely accepted in society," said Andrew Foreshew-Cain, one of the first priests to defy the CofE's ban on gay marriage. more >>
Who gets to see all the salaries in a church?
Warren Bird and Leadership Network have completed an exhaustive study on large churches (500 attendance and up) and ministry pay. The research is excellent and the conclusions are fascinating (see the study at leadnet.org/salary).
Dr. Bird prefers our article on the study to coincide with the date the story goes to the general public. For that reason, I will offer this teaser and provide the full story on social media when it's released. more >>
Saddleback Church pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren urges Christians to guard against falling prey to Satan's trap of procrastination and discouragement, which only leads to people delaying or giving up on their mission in life.
In his daily devotional on Thursday, the author of The Purpose-Driven Life encouraged believers not to give up in a message based on Galatians 6:9.