Wesley Seminary hosted a well attended panel on faith and race last evening, undoubtedly nobly intended, but frustratingly offering few if any clear pathways of hope. Several panelists mentioned the church's supposed "silence" about race. But I've attended official United Methodist governing bodies for my entire adult life, and this "silence" has actually been loud and repetitive across at least thirty years, doubtless much longer.
Repeated summons to remorse, confession, repentance, and reparation on race amid indignation and anxiety, have long been common fare in often guilt-ridden Mainline Protestantism, which remains not only overwhelmingly white, but the very whitest part of American Christianity, with United Methodism and its sister denominations having memberships less than ten percent racial and ethnic minorities.
Mainline governing bodies have tried to compensate by filling leadership positions disproportionately with minorities, sometimes instituting rigid quotas, yet still failing to racially diversify their overall memberships. And the Mainliners, in their political social justice witness, have advocated governmental policies aligned with the secular Left that end up hurting racial minority communities: larger welfare states, increased minimum wages, restrictions on effective law enforcement, resistance to private education, undermining traditional family structures and private charities rooted in churches. more >>
The arguments in many Western churches today over whether or not to abandon very clear biblical and historic Christian teaching against homosexual practice have raised the question of what other biblical boundaries for sexual ethics might also become up for grabs, after Scripture is abandoned as authoritative for morality.
Within America's second-largest Protestant denomination, the United Methodist Church, the main organization pushing the LGBTQ liberationist cause is the extraordinarily well-funded Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN).
In a recent article, RMN tackles the "slippery slope" argument, in its own way, in apparent hopes of refuting, "a few anti-gay Christians [who] have liberally used fallacious logic and hateful rhetoric." more >>
A LGBT activist group that seeks to change the United Methodist Church's official position on homosexuality has been accused of endorsing polyamory.
Reconciling Ministries Network, a pro-gay Methodist group, recently posted an article on its website that appeared to endorse polyamorous relationships.
Authored by the Rev. Dave Barnhart, the recent blog entry sought to argue against claims of slippery slope if gay marriage were legalized and embraced by the church. more >>
The head of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice recently blogged for The Huffington Post an ode to abortionists:
Every day doctors, nurses, medical assistants, abortion doulas, and receptionists risk their lives to make sure that those of us seeking an abortion are met with compassion and love.
I thank God for abortion providers. more >>
Below are remarks from Mark Tooley's February 19 address at Perimeter Church outside Atlanta.
Recently a Nashville area church pastor who professes to be evangelical made headlines by announcing his church's acceptance of same-sex couples. There was more media for a Portland area minister whose evangelical denomination cut ties with his church after he announced his support for same sex marriage and LGBTQ affirmation.
Debates over same sex marriage and homosexuality were previously until fairly recently reserved for historically liberal Mainline Protestant denominations, who've had a 40 year conversation over Christian sexual ethics, having already liberalized theologically in the 1920s or earlier. Those debates have fueled accelerated membership loss and eventually schism for the Mainline Protestants, who have imploded from 1 of 6 Americans 50 years ago to 1 of 16 Americans today, making them no longer Mainline but more accurately oldline or even sideline. more >>
Woods Chapel United Methodist Church in Lee's Summit, Missouri, is offering free prom dresses for the 11th-consecutive year with over 3,000 gowns in its collection.
Rachel Upp, communications director with Woods Chapel, told The Christian Post that the goal of the boutique, which will be held March 17-21, is to serve "young girls in our church and throughout the community."
"We want every girl to have a prom experience that she will remember forever — dressing up, finding the perfect dress, getting beautiful shoes, jewelry and handbags," she explained. "We think every girl deserves this dream and we make it free so that ALL girls have the opportunity. No matter their size — our dresses last year ranged in sizes from 0-32W." more >>