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  • Gay-affirming churches trigger BGCT response

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, November 16, 2016 (one year ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- In response to messenger actions at the Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting Nov. 15, convention leaders will ask the BGCT Executive Board to consider withdrawing fellowship from two churches that permit practicing homosexuals to be members.

    The congregations at issue are First Baptist Church in Austin, Texas, and Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas. Neither church cooperates with the Southern Baptist Convention or the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. Read More

  • Pro-gay 'shame list' heavy on Baptist colleges

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, August 30, 2016 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Nearly a third of the 102 institutions of higher education on a pro-homosexual activist group's list of "the absolute worst colleges for [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender] youth" have Southern Baptist ties.

    All schools on the list, which was published Aug. 29 by the college-focused organization Campus Pride, have a religious affiliation, with the vast majority affirming historic, orthodox Christianity. Thirty-one institutions listed (30.4%) cooperate either with the Southern Baptist Convention or a Baptist state convention that partners with the SBC. Read More

  • Sexual identity report lauded as pastor resource

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, August 24, 2016 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A report by two Johns Hopkins psychiatry scholars debunking myths about homosexuality and transgenderism has been cited by a pastor who specializes in mental health care issues as a valuable aid for ministry to those struggling with sexual identity. Read More

  • LGBT history lessons planned for Calif. students

    by Molly Hulsey/WORLD News Service, posted Tuesday, July 26, 2016 (one year ago)

    CALIFORNIA (BP) -- California revamped its social-science education guidelines in July to incorporate lessons on historic lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender individuals and social movements in the approved curriculum. The decision garnered almost unanimous support at a public meeting and across the state, but some Californians are concerned about its long-term impact on their children. Read More

  • United Methodists elect first openly gay bishop

    by Ciera Horton/WORLD News Service, posted Monday, July 25, 2016 (one year ago)

    ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- The United Methodist Church's (UMC) Western Jurisdiction unanimously elected the denomination's first openly lesbian bishop on July 15, going against the UMC"s official stance on homosexuality.

    The Rev. Karen Oliveto's election follows long-term disputes within the 12.7 million-member UMC about homosexuality, furthering concerns of an impending church division.

    "This election raises significant concerns and questions of church polity and ... Read More

  • Christian dating site open to same-sex relationships

    by Ciera Horton/WORLD News Service, posted Monday, July 11, 2016 (one year ago)

    ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- ChristianMingle, a dating website targeting Christian singles, has agreed to open its matchmaking service to clients seeking same-sex relationships. The agreement came as part of a settlement in a lawsuit filed by two gay men who claimed the company's focus on heterosexual relationships discriminated against them.

    Conservatives denounced the decision as a strike against religious liberty and an unnecessary interference in private business. "Early on in their quest to legalize homosexual marriage, advocates assured us that it would not infringe on the ... Read More

  • 'I was born this way' countered by MBTS prof.

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, July 07, 2016 (one year ago)

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) -- Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary professor Alan Branch has a friend whose brother explained his decision to embrace a homosexual lifestyle by stating, "I have a male body, but I have a female brain. That's why I'm attracted to men."

    Branch, professor of Christian ethics, classifies that pronouncement as a version of the increasingly common argument that homosexual acts are morally legitimate because homosexuality is "hard-wired into who [some people] are from birth." As Branch sees it, the argument has been articulated in settings as diverse as the halls of academia, the lyrics of pop singer Lady Gaga and casual family conversations Read More

  • Baptists praise UMC reversal on abortion

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, May 24, 2016 (one year ago)

    "Christians of all denominations should praise God for the [UMC's] historic repudiation of abortion." -- Russell Moore
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist leaders hailed the United Methodist Church's reversal of its support for abortion rights at its latest conference -- a step taken by the Southern Baptist Convention decades before.

    Delegates to the UMC's General Conference, held every four years, voted to remove the denomination's entities from an ... Read More

  • Student expelled for views on homosexuality

    by Samantha Gobba, posted Monday, May 02, 2016 (one year ago)

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (BP) -- Former Missouri State University student Andrew Cash is suing the college for expelling him from the school's counseling program based on his opposition to same-sex relationships.

    Cash, who began his master's in counseling in 2007, was expelled from the program in 2014 for expressing his views on counseling homosexual couples on relationship issues. Read More

  • NYC bathroom order called 'one-way tolerance'

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, March 08, 2016 (one year ago)

    NEW YORK (BP) -- A New York City executive order underscoring the requirement that city agencies allow transgender persons to use any restroom they choose is among the latest round of cultural challenges to which believers are responding. Read More