Now as he [Saul] was going along and approaching Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” He asked, “Who are you, Lord?” The reply came, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.
Four years ago our daughter came out to us as bi. She was 20. My first thoughts were that we'd never be the same in the church. No kidding.
Today's church, the Body of Christ, is at a crossroads. Some denominations are trying to wear an accommodating mask under the guise of phrases like "hate the sin, love the sinner," but upon closer examination, we see that these words have a less-than-Christ-like tone.
How can love be a sin?
Personally, I am tired of religious irony. My own snarky, judgmental attitude about a Christian mega church, no matter how much in check I was able to keep it in the moment, almost kept me from making a beautiful discovery about the depth and capacity of the human heart.
When I walked into Overlake Christian Church, I half expected the walls to come crashing in.
A few years ago when I was new to working as an advocate for inclusion and equality for all in faith communities, Ross Murray from GLAAD taught me that people generally move from active opposition to silence to tolerance to acceptance and then to advocacy.
Do you know what the word “evangelical” means? Contrary to what many believe, it has nothing to do with judgment or dogma. The term stems from the Greek word eugangelion, meaning "gospel," or the good news of Jesus and the redemption he brings to the world.
Dave Ferrell is a tall white haired Texan. He is a life-long Pentecostal, and he has a gay son.
“Love the sinner. Hate the sin.”
How many times do we hear this, particularly in response to the debate over homosexuality in the church? I cannot count the number of comments and conversations that begin something like this:
"As Christians, we love everyone. We love the sinner, but hate the sin. Haven’t you read the following Bible verses...?"
In a stunningly eloquent theological statement, Rev. Steve Chalke, a prominent evangelical Christian leader in the United Kingdom, has announced his support of same-sex relationships. Click through to read his entire statement, but here are a few of the highlights:
As the executive director of The Gay Christian Network (GCN), I'm often asked for advice on a situation we all face sooner or later—that uncomfortable conversation with a Christian friend or family member whose views on the LGBT community are, shall we say, less than charitable. (You know the type.)