Tim Keller's gracious and biblically faithful article on human sexuality and the drive by some to re-interpret Scripture's teachings concerning homosexuality is important. An Evangelical "Cardinal," as it were, has spoken clearly and firmly, albeit with great civility, on the immutable teaching of the written Word of God on sexuality and sexual intimacy. This is meat to my soul.
Here is an excerpt. It is profound and elegant. Read carefully:
… male and female have unique, non-interchangeable glories — they each see and do things that the other cannot. Sex was created by God to be a way to mingle these strengths and glories within a life-long covenant of marriage. Marriage is the most intense (though not the only) place where this reunion of male and female takes place in human life. Male and female reshape, learn from, and work together. more >>
In a statement published on his website Monday, popular pastor and author Tony Campolo said he now fully supports same sex-marriage and urges the church "to be more welcoming."
Campolo, 80, and a onetime spiritual mentor to President Bill Clinton, had previously tempered his endorsement of homosexuality to allowing for civil unions for gay couples. Campolo had previously believed that the active practice of homosexuality in all forms is sinful. Yet he has been overwhelmingly lauded by LGBT advocates within the church at public speaking events.
Campolo addressed his longstanding ambiguity on the issue in his written statement. more >>
Is the Obama administration moving to require Christian nonprofits that receive government grants to follow LGBT non-discrimination rules in hiring?
A May 29 blog post by Austin Ruse, president of the Center for Family & Human Rights (C-Fam), claimed that an "unnamed source within the federal government" informed him that "the White House is quietly moving forward" with an LGBT non-discrimination policy for nonprofit organizations receiving government grants.
Since then, however, a White House official has assured another religious freedom organization that no decisions have been made about federal grantees. more >>
In the spirit of your public statement released yesterday, urging churches to welcome same-sex couples, I'm writing this open letter to you, appealing to you to reconsider your decision before you bring further reproach to the gospel and hurt those you want to help.
Like you, I'm a professor as well as a gospel preacher, and I have always appreciated your willingness to tackle controversial issues, not caring who you will offend, willing to rock the boat and unsettle Christians from their cozy and safe belief systems if you felt it was in the interest of truth and justice. more >>
"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference." – The Serenity Prayer.
If we were completely honest, we'd admit that Bruce (Caitlyn) Jenner's problem is also ours. Jenner's gender identity disorder is someone else's eating…substance abuse…antisocial…you name it…disorder. All of which can be traced back to a deep yearning for acceptance that can only be satisfied on a spiritual level.
But we still try. more >>
Former Speaker of the House and current House Minority Leader, Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is certainly a woman in the spotlight. She claims to be a Catholic, although her views in favor of abortion and same-sex marriage have caused some issue.
The Catholic Church takes a clear stance against contraception, abortion and same-sex marriage. It always has and it always will. Pelosi is acting out in direct violation of church teaching with the views she holds and how she speaks about them. Not only does she do that though, but she causes a deep scandal by creating confusion when it comes to church teaching. Further, when those of religious authority try to gently remind her of what church teaching actually says, she lashes out.
Pelosi is a supporter of the Health and Human Services (HHS) contraceptive mandate requiring employers to supply an extensive range of contraception free of charge to their employees, including emergency contraception. She also had arguably one of the most outrageous reactions to last summer's ruling from the United States Supreme Court which ruled the owners of Hobby Lobby did not have to provide contraception they had a religious objection to. more >>