Tag Archives: church

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How the Resurrection Ruined Christianity

“I need you to talk with an ordination candidate for moment. He has a question for you.” The voice on the phone was the pastor whose independent Atlanta, Georgia-based church had ordained me just over a decade ago. “Sure,” I said, not at all sure

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Black Churches Divided over Same-Sex Marriage

Recently, Sightings picked up on some lines written by the influential Evangelical-oriented author, Eric Metaxas. “Not so fast,” he wisely enough cautioned those who consider legalized, same-sex marriage to be inevitable. And yet, hours after he posted this alert, the United States Supreme Court issued

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There Must Be No Homophobic Churches

“O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.” (Isaiah 3:12) “… he looked for judgment, but behold oppression; for righteousness, but behold a cry.” (Isaiah 5:7) About twenty years ago, I was asked by a

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The Public Pool

Every day, in our society, we see examples of gross injustice. We bemoan what seems, to most of us, a growing trend. But we don’t quite know how to make sense of it. What the talking heads who comment on the problem all too often

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Evangelicals Change and Make Changes

The familiar “Protestant-Catholic-Jew” mantra no longer defines American religion. Politicians, bloggers, statisticians, and demographers now conventionally add “Evangelical” to the classifying. When Will Herberg wrote the canonical book Protestant-Catholic-Jew in the mid-fifties, Evangelicals appeared to be marginal at best. In recent decades they make the

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Queen Esther Goes to A.A.

Often in our lives, we find we must minister both in what we say and what we do. And we must do that wherever the opportunity presents itself. LGBT Christians tend to feel inhibited about sharing the gospel. Who will listen to us? There are

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Gay Marriage Tidewater

David Cole captures readers’ attention with the observation that “the gay rights movement has achieved more swiftly than any other individual rights movement in history, not merely the impossible but the unthinkable.” A few years ago, writes Cole, “those who fought for the right to