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Last night I was sitting in my grandparents' living room, watching Fox News and eating some deliciousness that my grandmother cooked up. It's been quite some time since I've been able to sit and visit with them, as I've been living in New Orleans for the past two years. But God's providence has brought me back home for the time being and allowed me to reconnect with them (and by connect with them, I mean live with them – since I'm still in the job-search stage of employment, lol).
My grandparents are genuine believers in Jesus, and I honestly believe that their cries to God on my behalf have more than something to do with the Lord radically changing my life five years ago. But they're very old school in their thought processes and terminology. When the subject of homosexuality came up in our conversation last night, my grandpa recalled a time a few years back (before I knew Christ) when he was arguing with other gay-affirming people in my family about my out-and-proud-gay-man situation. He told me that although these family members felt like what I was doing okay in the eyes of God, he would insist that "God did not make Matt, gay – it's his own choice!" more >>
An amendment to the rules of the United States' largest Presbyterian denomination to recognize gay marriage has gained considerable support in its regional bodies, with 51 of 172 presbyteries already voting in favor of redefining marriage to include same-sex couples. The denomination's remaining presbyteries having until June to cast their votes to make the final decision.
Over the weekend several presbyteries belonging to Presbyterian Church (USA) voted to approve Amendment 14-F, which would change the denomination's definition of marriage to include same-sex couples.
A "motion for reconsideration" has been filed on behalf of The Episcopal Church of South Carolina against a diocese that voted to break away from the denomination, and is seeking to take over the local church's properties that are estimated to be worth $500 million.
A group loyal to the national denomination, called The Episcopal Church in South Carolina, filed the motion against the Diocese of South Carolina, which earlier this month won a court judgement in which it retained ownership of dozens of church properties.
Although District Court Judge Diane Goodstein ruled on Feb. 4 that the Protestant Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina rightfully owns the church properties and not The Episcopal Church, it was expected that the national denomination was going to file a motion in an attempt to gain control of the church's assets. more >>
Former Mars Hill Bible Church pastor and best-selling author Rob Bell told media mogul Oprah Winfrey on Sunday that the American church is "moments away" from embracing gay marriage and thinks "it's inevitable."
Bell made the statement during a Valentine's weekend episode of Winfrey's "Super Soul Sunday" television show where he appeared with his wife, Kristen, to discuss marriage and their new book, The ZimZum of Love: A New Way of Understanding Marriage.
The same-sex marriage discussion portion of the episode, which can be viewed below, starts at around the 29-minute mark where Kristen begins reading an excerpt from the book. more >>
In the name of anti-discrimination, the City Council of Charlotte, North Carolina is poised to discriminate against people of conservative moral values, also imposing the struggles of a tiny minority on every man, woman, and child who lives or works in Charlotte or might happen to visit the city.
It's wake up time, Charlotte! It's not too late to make a change.
According to an in-depth review by a team of lawyers with the Alliance Defending Freedom, a new bill, which the City Council will vote on after a public meeting on Monday, February 23rd, "does not contain adequate safeguards for constitutionally protected speech and free exercise of religion." more >>
Cedric Hatcher, a Birmingham, Alabama-based street preacher, has come out swinging at fellow Christian leaders for not doing enough to publicly disapprove of same-sex marriage, which started taking place in that city and around the state last Monday.
Hatcher, described as "an outspoken street evangelist and regular at Birmingham City Hall" by the news website al.com on Feb. 11, gave an impassioned dissent of gay marriage during the public comment section of a meeting at Birmingham City Hall.
"It was one of the most comedic scenes I've ever seen in public, when I witnessed men with size 13 and 14 shoes out there kissing each other in the mouth in front of little kids," Hatcher said. "It was like a freak scene going on, that's what I call it." more >>