Whenever the church forgets its true role, and becomes tyrannical in judging others' spirituality or self-righteous in celebrating its own sovereignty, it stands in danger of becoming an empty vessel.
When Newsweek famously dubbed Barack Obama "the first gay president" of the United States, the phrase didn't really refer to Obama's sexuality but to his positive attitude toward gay people. So should Pope Francis likewise be considered "the first gay pope"?
A steady diet of watching movies such as Ted and Saw through Saw VI may keep young people out of the pews, suggests a new study of R-rated films and religiosity.
We are so fortunate to now be able to bless all those who stand under the wedding canopy without question of their sexual orientation.
You are not only good enough, you are GOD enough. Forgive us for taking so long to unlearn what we've learned down here.
Ackely's termination from APU is one more example of the growing fallout within the evangelical Christian community over issues of gender and sexuality. Here he is, for the first time after losing his job at APU, in his own words.
Real transformation within families, groups of friends, communities, corporations, institutions, governments, and communities of faith is an inside job. Change is found in the smallest choices we make every day about how we treat each other.
Too often, quoting the Bible to someone serves as the easy way out. The way to either end a conversation, trump whatever else the other person has to say, or provide a quick "comfort" so we can then move along. The Bible should not be used this way.
It's really simple: The homosexual agenda, indeed the LGBTQ agenda, is the human agenda: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. If you oppose that, then you are a bigot, even if you believe that the creator of the universe agrees with you.
Robert's question was indeed quick: "Does this word condemn me?" But the answer is one that the experts still disagree on. The Greek word in question, "arsenokoites," has bedeviled translators for centuries, and I doubt it will ever be settled, but let's take a look at it.
Although Seventh-day Adventist institutions of higher education do not suspend or expel LGBT students like some religiously affiliated institutions do, there is still little to no official support for this community. Why is that?
Years of counseling, desperate attempts to pray my gay away, countless hours reading resources and seeking solidarity through the infamous Exodus International and a biblical theology degree later, I found myself crumbling under the weight of an existential crisis.
A few years ago I was introduced to the concept of queer theology. I was inspired to share some of what I've learned from one of my favorite queer theologians, Peterson Toscano, in poem form.
It amazes me how many of my dear friends in the South perceive this one sin as a conscious choice, but not the other 660-plus sins listed in the Bible. All anti-gay arguments are based solely on personal prejudice, and this is easy to prove.
I have recently been informed that I am being asked to leave my university teaching post of 15 years for "violating Christian values" as a Christian theology professor and ordained minister who identifies as transgender.
As a person who has characteristics of both of the conventional binary genders, I cannot help but embrace the creation account not as a principle that exclusively upholds heterosexuality but as an affirmation of the importance and blessedness of human partnership.