I began blogging in 2011 for a specific reason: to bring a very private issue in my life to public light. Homosexuality, same-sex attraction, "being gay" — whatever you want to call it — has always shared the living room of my soul.
Some seasons it has been a friend, some seasons it's been a foe, but in every season, it's been persistently present. Whether I have loved it or hated it or enjoyed it or been pained by it, it's been here. It's always been right here with me.
Coming to Jesus didn't change that. more >>
Evangelical preacher the Rev. Franklin Graham met with Russian Orthodox leader Patriarch Kirill of Moscow earlier this week, where the two discussed issues pertaining to gay marriage, the secularization in the West, and Christian persecution.
"We discussed the persecution of the church worldwide, especially in countries like Syria, and the need to protect Christians. We discussed the refugee crisis and how the church can help these people who are fleeing for their lives," Graham said about the meeting on his Facebook page on Wednesday.
"And we talked about the need to reach a younger generation brought up in secular schools surrounded by a secular culture who know nothing of God and His love for them. I appreciate Patriarch Kirill's very clear moral voice on issues of marriage, family, and the sanctity of life," he added. more >>
LGBT-owned businesses, including BMP T-Shirts, on Thursday expressed support for a Kentucky-based Christian print shop owner who refused to print pro-LGBT T-shirts, even as the local Human Rights Commission has appealed a court ruling that said the printer cannot be forced to violate his religious beliefs or to attend government-mandated "diversity training."
"No one should be forced to do something against what they believe in," said Diane DiGeloromo, one owner of BMP T-shirts, a lesbian-owned business, according to a statement issued by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which, along with scholars and businesses, came to the defense of Blaine Adamson, the owner of a Lexington print shop called Hands on Originals.
"If we were approached by an organization such as the [controversial] Westboro Baptist Church, I highly doubt we would be doing business with them, and we would be very angry if we were forced to print anti-gay T-shirts," DiGeloromo said. "This isn't a gay or straight issue. This is a human issue." more >>
Dr. Ben Carson was hit with some tough questioning in Wednesday's presidential debate that led him to address his opposition to gay marriage.
The 64-year-old retired neurosurgeon was asked by CNBC's Carl Quintanilla about his role as a board member of Costco, one of the world's largest warehouse retail stores. The moderator pointed out that a marketing study found Costco to be No. 1 "gay-friendly" brand in America, as it extends benefits to same-sex spouses.
Carson was asked how he could be on the board of a company that has an employment policy that counters his own Seventh-day Adventist view on homosexuality. more >>
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The LGBT agenda will not outlast Christian witness, according to Michael Brown, founder and president of FIRE School of Ministry, who believes "the gay revolution has within itself the seeds of self-destruction."
Speaking at the Southern Evangelical Seminary's annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics at Calvary Church earlier this month, Brown said while many churches don't want to address issues pertaining to LGBT culture and rights, he believes they "absolutely must be addressed."
Calling for compassion for people who identify as LGBT, Brown advises Christians to "resist the gay activist agenda with courage," but to do so with "hearts of compassion and backbones of steel," which he says are not negotiable in the struggle for the culture and staying faithful to the Christian witness. more >>
WASHINGTON — The trend of illiberal liberals shutting down open debate is similar to certain forms of religious zealotry, a diverse set of panelists argued.
Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore compared liberals' growing intolerance toward religious views on college campuses to certain fundamentalist Christians' dissent of heretics. Though representing diverse political and theological viewpoints, the other panelists made similar arguments.
The Tuesday afternoon panel, Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, liberal pundit Kirsten Powers and atheist Pitzer College sociology professor Phil Zuckerman, was hosted by Georgetown University's Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs. Religious Freedom Project Associate Director Timothy Shah moderated. more >>