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Religious Liberty vs. LGBT Rights: How the Church Is Missing the Point, Ignoring the Gospel, and Losing a Generation

Rod Snyder | Posted 03.27.2015 | Religion
Rod Snyder

Earlier today a bill was signed into law in Indiana that will allow business owners to deny services to LGBT people based on religious objections. This comes on the heels of legislation enacted in Arkansas last month that prohibits local communities from implementing non-discrimination policies for LGBT people.

A Christian Oligarchy to Call Our Own

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 03.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

The disparity in power between a corporation and its employees is huge, and only widening. Now imagine they have both the ability to enforce their religious beliefs on its employees and control the government.

Reflections on Scientific and Evangelical "Perceptions"

Greg Cootsona | Posted 03.17.2015 | Religion
Greg Cootsona

As the immensely influential early Christian thinker Augustine commented: "Let every good and true Christian understand that wherever truth may be found it belongs to the Master." I wish I had said that. I also wish that any believer would nod in agreement.

Prominent Megachurch Stops Asking Gay Christians To Be Celibate

Religion News Service | Kimberly Winston | Posted 03.17.2015 | Religion

(RNS) A prominent evangelical Christian church in San Francisco has announced it will no longer ask members who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgen...

70 Percent Of Evangelicals Believe Religion And Science Are Not In Conflict

Religion News Service | Cathy Lynn Grossman | Posted 03.16.2015 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) The sociologist who busted myths last year with her study finding that the majority of scientists are religious, not God-denying athe...

Billy Graham Has A 'Rapid Response Team' Working In Ferguson

Reuters | Richard Valdmanis | Posted 03.16.2015 | Religion

Hours after two police officers were shot at a protest in Ferguson, Missouri, last week, a black Kenworth truck in North Carolina hauling a collaps...

Rachel Held Evans Defends Leaving Evangelicals For Episcopalians

Religion News Service | Jonathan Merritt | Posted 03.10.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Rachel Held Evans has grown into a powerful voice in American Christianity, first as the author of “Evolving in Monkey Town” and later with ...

Evangelical Churches Grapple With Including Gay People

Religion News Service | Heidi Hall | Posted 03.03.2015 | Religion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) Pastor Stan Mitchell's announcement that his evangelical GracePointe Church would fully affirm gay members met with a standing ...

Pope Francis

Martin Marty | Posted 02.23.2015 | Religion
Martin Marty

Depressed, weary, or frightened by stories of USIS and ISIS and other horrors, plus by debates over "religious extremism" and the role of Islam, we focus instead on the not-unimportant figure of Pope Francis, who makes news and inspires reflection.

Former Megachurch Pastor Rob Bell: A Church That Doesn't Support Gay Marriage Is "Irrelevant"

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 02.21.2015 | Religion

Rob Bell, the widely popular and controversial former megachurch pastor, is now convinced that a church doesn’t support same-sex marriage will "cont...

Black Christian Leaders Changing the World (Part 2 of 3)

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon | Posted 03.02.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon

This is the second installment of a three-part series highlighting a few of the many Black Christian leaders I've had the privilege of learning from throughout my career.

Evangelicals Pull Support For Portland's Christ Church Over LGBT Stance

Religion News Service | Kevin Eckstrom | Posted 03.05.2015 | Religion

(RNS) An up-and-coming evangelical pastor has been told his denomination will no longer support his new church in Portland, Ore., because of his suppo...

If God Could Only Calculate: International Adoption, Family Preservation and Money

Frank Ligtvoet | Posted 02.10.2015 | Impact
Frank Ligtvoet

I know that God is almighty and just and leads his flock to do the right thing. I don't doubt him in general in his work in international child care, even after my calculations.

Reading The Bible Like We Read The Quran

Zack Hunt | Posted 02.10.2015 | Religion
Zack Hunt

Only 0.6% of the population in the United States is Muslim. Most of us in the 99% haven't even held a Quran in our hands. Yet, remarkably, we are a country full of Islamic experts; many of whom are self-professed Christians.

Black Evangelical Leaders Who Are Changing the World

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon | Posted 02.09.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon

I've had the privilege of working alongside a prodigious group of Black Christian leaders throughout my career as a social justice activist. Their lives and ministries have shaped me deeply and continue to do so as I grow in my own ministry of racial reconciliation and justice.

Candomblé, Afro-Brazilian Religion, Struggles Against Evangelical Hostility

www.washingtonpost.com | Posted 02.06.2015 | Religion

SANTA CRUZ, Brazil — The religious ceremony had only just begun when Caroline Linhares unleashed a long, guttural roar, clearly audible over the dru...

Top Catholics And Evangelicals: Gay Marriage Worse Than Divorce Or Cohabitation

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 02.04.2015 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) A high-profile alliance of conservative Catholics and evangelical Protestants is set to issue a sweeping manifesto against gay marriage...

Gender Sovereignty: A Spiritual Declaration of Independence from the Gender Wars

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 03.25.2015 | Gay Voices
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

If the unconditional love one would think a parent would have for a child instinctively is not enough, and the unconditional love evangelical Christians claim to believe God has for all people is not enough, then let us declare a spiritual revolution and claim our sovereignty as trans people.

If The Supreme Court Legalizes Gay Marriage In 2015, How Will Evangelicals Respond?

Religion News Service | Jonathan Merritt | Posted 01.17.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Ten years after Massachusetts became the first state to allow same-sex marriage, gay and lesbian Americans can be wed in 35 states and the Distr...

Could Charlie Hebdo Happen Here?

Rev. Richard Cizik | Posted 03.17.2015 | Religion
Rev. Richard Cizik

The killing in France of cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo who satirized the Prophet, among other religious figures, immediately prompted me to question whether something similar could happen in America. Could someone from my faith engage in such heinous violence?

MEvangelicals: Faith in the Rand Scheme of Things

Russ Pierson | Posted 03.13.2015 | Politics
Russ Pierson

Reagan-era conservatism is a far cry removed from the Ayn Rand-infused Libertarian ideals the MEvangelicals often flirt with these days.

The Army Chaplain Who Came Back From War And Lost His Faith

NPR | John Burnett | Posted 01.12.2015 | Religion

David Peters' life was supposed to be one continuous arc of piety and service. But for the U.S. Army chaplain, it's ended up a more circuitous rout...

Truly Bad Grits: The GOP's Curse of the South

Steven Kurlander | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics
Steven Kurlander

With convening of the 114th Congress and the swearing in this week of new governors and state representatives, the GOP on paper is sitting very pretty in the Capitol and the nation's statehouses.

Musical Artist Fernando Ortega On Doubt, Racism and the Gospel of Jesus Christ

Ryan Thomas Neace | Posted 03.10.2015 | Religion
Ryan Thomas Neace

Fernando Ortega is a profoundly gifted musician, singer and songwriter, who grew up in New Mexico near the Rio Grande, and spent time in Ecuador and Barbados due to his father's work with the U.S. Department of State.

On Martin Luther King Day: Questions for Evangelicals

David Moore | Posted 03.09.2015 | Religion
David Moore

I have concluded that America's Evangelical church covers up America's structural racism, helps to hide it, and is thereby complicit in the abuse.