Treat was speaking in a recent conference in suburban Chicago called "Beauty, Order, and Mystery: The Christian Vision of Sexuality," organized by the Center for Pastor Theologians (CPT). As CPT board member Dr. John Yates III explained, this center was founded to reclaim the practice of "ecclesial theology," done by pastors within the communal context of the church, as much of the great theological writing of the past was done.Read more
I had the privilege last year of introducing you to Dr Robert Gagnon at Lambeth Palace. His position is well known.
Also Wolfhart Pannenberg wrote, 'the biblical assessments of homosexual practice are unambiguous in their rejection'. But scholars from the other side of the debate also agree: Dan Via: "Prof Gagnon and I are in substantial agreement that the biblical texts that deal specifically with homosexuality condemn it unconditionally"Read more
"The combination of seeing abortion victims sorted through for parts and my wife being pregnant destroyed me," he said. "She organized a protest and I've been in front of the clinic every Friday since."Read more
However, in recent years the accusation of 'homophobia' has been levelled not just at these unkind attitudes towards gay people, but also reasoned biblical convictions about problems associated with homosexual practice, and any expression of concern about the power and intolerance of pressure groups. We are told that no matter how compassionate a person is towards gay people, if we do not fully embrace the goodness of the gay identity and lifestyle we are homophobes.Read more
Terrified parents are beside themselves as they try to understand why their beautiful young daughter has suddenly declared she's really a boy, or why their once-masculine son has not only started wearing dresses and makeup, but also wants them to buy him bras. Parents of young female athletes are waking up to find biological men trouncing the females and snatching their trophies and scholarships.
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Many of them have said that even if we don't agree, we shouldn't make it a big deal. We can "agree to disagree," they say. Typically, they offer one of three reasons.
First, this issue, they say, is like the mode of baptism, or worship styles, or wine versus grape juice in the Lord's Supper. In other words, homosexuality is a matter of preference, an area where believers can respect one another's differences.Read more
Christians are locked in conflicts over basic questions. Is homosexuality a moral choice or a biological identity? Can LGBTQ people be received into church membership? Can they be certified, licensed or ordained for positions of ministerial leadership in the church? Can they marry same-sex partners and have their marriages recognized by the church?Read more
Still, some saw it coming. I turned 17 years old in 1976, facing my last year of high school and trying to figure out the world around me. An apologetic crisis had troubled me for a couple of years by then, and I needed help. I was already facing some of the issues and questions that would explode onto the American scene in coming decades.Read more
Many of my non-Christian and liberal friends find it bewildering that both evangelicals and Catholics voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump, a thrice-married casino operator infamous for his vulgar trash talk. I want to take a moment to explain to them directly why most Christians voted for him anyways. It's simple, really: Christians voted for Donald Trump because they felt that the threat a de facto third Obama term posed to Christian communities was an existential one.Read more
The film, 'Under Caesar's Sword', produced jointly by the US University of Notre Dame and the Religious Freedom Institute takes an in-depth look at how persecuted communities respond to repression.
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