Defrocked United Methodist minister Frank Schaefer, who defied church law against same sex rites, has been reinstated by a church court on a technicality. See John Lomperis's analysis here.
Ironically, had Schaefer been immediately defrocked, the verdict likely would have stood. But the jury had suspended him for 30 days to allow him the chance to disavow further defiance, and his refusal provoked defrocking. Church appeals courts ruled this penalty punished him for future acts.
Schaefer has already quit Pennsylvania, where of course he left his local church in shambles, and now heads a small ministry in the fast declining and ultra liberal United Methodist region in Southern California. Good luck! more >>
There's a new kind of Gay Christian. Most of us are aware of the Justin Lees and the Matthew Vines, but, unlike those guys and like myself, these new Gay Christians hold fast to the truth of Scripture regarding the sinfulness of homosexual behavior. They aren't out there practicing homosexual behavior. They aren't engaging in dating relationships with people of the same gender or seeking to do so. Celibacy is the path that they have chosen in light of their current sexual inclinations and their simultaneous, and stronger, desire to submit themselves to the Lordship of Christ.
These people are most definitely my brothers and sisters in Christ. I would hesitate to make such a claim about Matthew Vines or Justin Lee, but these folks– like Julie Rodgers or Matt Jones or Wesley Hill — I am confident I will stand with side by side in the age to come as we rejoice forever in the life Christ has purchased for us with His own life. But I strongly disagree with their chosen terminologies used to describe who they are.
I refuse to call myself a Gay Christian. Here are a few reasons why: more >>
In late summer, the California Department of Managed Health Care sent a chilling letter to all private health care insurers in the state, ordering them to cover all elective abortions - immediately. Naturally, many California churches insure their staff members under these policies.
According to an October complaint filed by Alliance Defending Freedom and Life Legal Defense Foundation on behalf of several California churches, "the insurers were instructed to…remove any limitations on health coverage for abortions." The insurance companies could not, for any reason, deny coverage to a woman for her abortion.
As the complaint states, "DMHC ordered elective abortion coverage into these churches' health insurance plans." more >>
New York — This year's Movement Day event for Christian leaders took place in New York City last week and used one of its sessions to demonstrate the importance of effective partnerships between faith communities and civic leaders.
One of the standout speakers from the session was former Philadelphia Mayor W. Wilson Goode Sr., president of the Palau Association, who discussed Amachi, a program he founded to mentor and build relationships with the children of incarcerated parents. This particular cause is close to his heart, because he, too, was a child of a father who served time in prison.
Amachi has already accomplished great feats across the country by pairing up 300,000 children of incarcerated parents with adult mentors. more >>
Corporal punishment is a sensitive subject. It is also becoming more controversial in today's culture. Recent charges brought against a popular NFL running back have surfaced it once again.
Decades ago I authored a book now titled, The Little Handbook of Loving Correction. It was formerly called, God, the Rod, and Your Child's Bod. I changed it out of cultural sensitivity.
This subject is very personal to me because I actually had a family member bring totally false accusations against me regarding this issue! A church I cofounded over 37 years ago was embroiled in a lawsuit dealing with "abuse" and even though I departed the church 23 years ago, my name was "thrown in the hopper." more >>
Houston's lesbian mayor Annise Parker's recent actions exemplify history repeating itself, the necessity for understanding context, and realizing that the simplest solution is found amidst child's play.
Parker and gay agenda supporters immediately bring to mind the children's game, Simon Says, and other themes from children's rhymes. The game's primary rule, "Do what I say, Not what I do," is designed to teach children to observe and differentiate between commands and actions. The same skills are necessary for adults. The definitions of tolerance, equality, morality, or societal and behavioral norms differ depending on who uses them.
For example, regarding Houston's Equal Rights Ordinance, nearly triple the number of required signatures were obtained to petition for its repeal. Yet Parker and Houston's city attorney redefined the requirement and rejected the petition. In response, Houstonians sued. Parker countered, by subpoenaing Christian ministers' sermons and emails, then revised it to "speeches and presentations." more >>