A United Methodist Church bishop believes that disagreements among Christians about LGBT issues and gay marriage are "destroying the very soul" of the church, creating conflict and discord where there should be unity.
"Disagreements among us have led to unbridled acrimony that has led to seeing those with whom we disagree as being other than fully human or as really or truly Christians," said Bishop Gregory Palmer of UMC's West Ohio Conference, according to The Columbus Dispatch.
"Our capacity to turn on each another is destroying the very soul of this church, and our willingness to turn on each other rather than toward each other is under-serving our mission," he added. more >>
When it comes to swaying New Yorkers to boycott Chick-fil-A restaurants within the city because of the company's Christian-owners' stance on homosexuality and gay marriage, it appears that Mayor Bill de Blasio's goose is cooked.
Despite the mayor urging New Yorkers to avoid Chick-fil-A restaurants in the city last week, the popular fast-food chain's two Manhattan locations are bustling with business and are seeing long lines that snake around the block, reports FoxNews Insider.
The Christian-owned chicken chain has been so successful in the Empire State that it plans to open 12 new locations over the next year. more >>
A Harvard law professor suggests that conservative and religious objectors to same-sex marriage need to be treated like Nazis were treated following World War II.
Professor Mark Tushnet, a constitutional law scholar and the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Harvard Law School in Massachusetts, wrote in a recent blog post that liberals should begin abandoning what he calls "defensive-crouch liberalism" and push forward previously rejected items on the liberal agenda now that Democrats seem to be in control of federal appeals courts and district courts, and poised to take a majority in the Supreme Court.
Tushnet added that liberals don't need to worry anymore about conservatives, who previously had the ability to overturn lower court rulings with a majority on the Supreme Court, now that Justice Antonin Scalia's passing has split the Supreme Court. more >>
The African Methodist Episcopal Church said Wednesday that the Rev. Jamal H. Bryant, leader of Northwest Baltimore's Empowerment Temple Church, did not face a disciplinary trial in 2008 after a scandalous affair ruined his marriage because no one came forward with a complaint against him.
Bryant is now facing fresh allegations from a 34-year-old California woman who claims that he fathered a son with her last summer and has not consistently maintained child support payments.
"Rev. Bryant was never charged through the church system with anything," said Jeffrey Cooper, chief information officer for the AME church, in an interview with The Christian Post Wednesday on whether or not pastors found guilty of adultery should face a lifetime ban from the pulpit. more >>
A minority of pastors, just about one in four, believe pastors who commit adultery should face a permanent ban from the pulpit, according to a new survey by LifeWay Research.
In the recent telephone survey of 1,000 Protestant senior pastors by the Nashville-based LifeWay Research, participants were asked four questions about how to handle allegations of misconduct.
The questions included: Should a pastor step down during a church investigation; when, how, and whether the congregation should be informed about allegations of misconduct; and whether a pastor who commits adultery can return to the pulpit. more >>
A high-profile Baptist minister in the U.K. who last week applied to issue same-sex marriage licenses has been criticized by leading American creationist Ken Ham, who called the decision a "flagrant disobedience of God's Word."
While Ham did not identify the pastor by name, Pastor Steve Chalke of Oasis Church in Waterloo, London, made news when he announced that his ministry will seek to be LGBT inclusive, and applied to issue gay marriage licenses.
Gay marriage was made legal in England, Scotland and Wales in 2013, although individual churches were left with the option to decide on their own whether they would condone same-sex marriage. more >>