The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities has revised its membership standards to allow schools that recognize gay marriage to remain part of the group but without voting status.
CCCU has garnered controversy for having a couple of member schools that recognize same-sex marriage, prompting some member schools to consider leaving the 40-year-old Christian higher education group.
In response to the concerns of many, the CCCU created a membership task force that drafted new membership standards, which were approved by the organization's board of directors in July. more >>
The Christian owners of an Irish bakery who were found guilty of discrimination and fined £500 last year over their refusal to bake a pro-gay marriage cake because it would have violated their religious beliefs lost their appeal on Monday.
A three-judge appeals court in Belfast upheld a lower court's ruling that Daniel and Amy McArthur, the owners of Ashers Bakery in Belfast, were guilty of discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and asserted that despite the family's religious beliefs, businesses are not allowed to refuse services that they willingly offer to the public when certain messages contradict with their deeply-held convictions.
"Thus the supplier may provide the particular service to all or to none but not to a selection of customers based on prohibited grounds. In the present case the appellants might elect not to provide a service that involves any religious or political message," the court wrote in its ruling. "What they may not do is provide a service that only reflects their own political or religious message in relation to sexual orientation." more >>
It shouldn't be news when a Christian organization says it will uphold traditional Christian beliefs. But these days, it is.
Recently on BreakPoint, we told you how Baptist ethicist David Gushee proclaimed there was no more middle ground on LGBT issues. He's right. You either approve of so-called sexually progressive ideas or you don't — and if you don't, you've placed yourself in the bigoted, wrong-side-of-history category.
That's exactly what happened with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Earlier this month, IV informed employees that they were expected to align with traditional Christian teaching on marriage and human sexuality. If they couldn't, they were asked to come forward. more >>
A Florida youth pastor has been arrested and charged with forcing four teenage boys into prostitution by telling them that they could make money modeling and threatening them if they didn't agree to have sex with male clients he met on the internet.
According to a Miami police report, Ron Cooper, who goes by the nickname "Romeo," sex trafficked four boys aged 16 to 18, who were forced to have sex for money at three different Miami-Dade County hotels and at an adult bookstore in Miami.
Little did two millennial men know that when they independently Googled "Christians struggling with homosexuality" in utter desperation that a band of brothers would be forged because of their unwanted sexual desires.
Tom Zuniga, 29, and Elliott Gladwin, 28, who have experienced same-sex attractions since their youth, didn't know each other whatsoever when they first entered that phrase into a search engine in 2008 in their respective homes in states miles apart. But by God's providence they ended up meeting after they stumbled upon a Xanga blogring where several Christian men with the same issue were sharing their stories and struggles.
Those shared stories and the friendships that formed would prove to be more meaningful and healing than either one of them could have ever imagined. more >>
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is one of the leading campus ministries, and its publishing arm, InterVarsity Press, is one of the top Christian publishers. But this fine ministry is learning the hard way that, when it comes to homosexuality, you cannot straddle the fence.
In a moment, I'll explain exactly why I say that InterVarsity has tried to straddle the fence when it comes to homosexuality, but first, here's the relevant background.
Last week, InterVarsity announced "that it will begin dismissing employees who disagree with its theological stance on human sexuality starting on November 11." more >>