Congregants of North Carolina's popular Westminster Presbyterian Church were shocked to learn two weeks ago that their new pastor, the Rev. Reggie Weaver and his wife, Ashley-Anne Masters, are getting ready to divorce because he had been cheating on her with another woman in the nine months he has been head of the 2,000-member congregation.
The news also came as a shock to many others in Presbyterian circles where Weaver was seen as a rising star, according to a News & Record report.
Weaver made the revelation in an apology letter to members of his congregation highlighting that his mistress was not a member of his congregation and that he and Ashley-Anne have already started the divorce process. more >>
As a federal judge is scheduled to issue his ruling Monday on a constitutional challenge to Oregon's same-sex marriage ban, officials are prepared to issue marriage licenses immediately if a stay is not put on the decision. The state is not defending the state's voter-approved ban.
U.S. District Judge Michael McShane will publish his decision at noon Monday, according to The Associated Press.
Officials in Multnomah County say they are prepared to begin issuing marriage licenses immediately if the ruling calls for it. more >>
In 1831, a French aristocrat named Alexis de Tocqueville arrived in America and spent several years travelling and studying life in the communities of the new nation.
He produced a book called Democracy in America which Harvard professor of government Harvey Mansfield calls "at once the best book ever written on democracy and the best book ever written on America."
Tocqueville looked at America with open eyes and saw its strengths and its flaws. He reported with honesty about the human damage caused by slavery. But he also saw the beginnings of a great country in which human potential could be realized through freedom. And he recognized the crucial role that morals and religion play in making this possible. more >>
As much I as I am constantly tackling controversial subjects, I am also working for the unity of the Body, trying to major on the majors on my radio show (which reaches quite a diverse audience) and often interacting privately with those with whom I differ. Yet I recognize that sometimes, division for the sake of truth can be healthy. Now is one of those times.
This past Wednesday, May 14th, I gave a lecture at the Family Research Council in Washington, DC, from noon-1:00 PM. It was also aired via live webcast and the talk focused on issues related to my latest book Can You Be Gay and Christian?
Shortly before the lecture, I was informed that, at the exact same time and also live online, there would be a panel discussing Matthew Vines' new book God and the Gay Christian, with participation from Rachel Held Evans, Tony Jones, and Jay Bakker, all of whom highly praised the book. more >>
It's messy. That's the only way I can describe to you the public debate between traditional and same-sex marriage. Trust me. Working for a pro-family non-profit in Washington D.C., I learned fast that death threats and harassing phone calls from gay activists were the norm.
Inside church sanctuaries, a similar struggle is brewing. Oh, there are less death threats to be sure. But the struggle to preserve marriage and sexuality between on man and one woman is just as messy on the inside as it is on the outside of our churches.
We can't ignore the "gay Christian" debate. For too long, I've seen pastors avoid the "politically charged" same-sex marriage issue. From the pulpit, they say things like, "Don't worry about marriage out there. Just defend God's design for marriage by living out yours well." These pastors have good intentions. But in their dodge ball efforts to not offend liberal members of their congregations, they have created a gaping hole in theological understanding of sexuality and marriage, especially among young Christians. more >>
A group of about 100 African American pastors in Michigan have denounced the comparison being made between civil rights and "gays rights."
Holding a press conference Wednesday morning in Detroit, the group stated their intention of helping to defend Michigan's marriage amendment, which was recently declared unconstitutional.