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  • 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 (2 years 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

  • New book: Homosexuals & everyone else need Gospel

    by Annie Corser & Art Toalston, posted Friday, February 19, 2016 (2 years ago)

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- The Gospel demands change for homosexuals just as it demands change for all people, two Baptist collegiate professors write in a new book, "Transforming Homosexuality: What the Bible Says About Sexual Orientation and Change."

    "If we withhold that truth from them out of fear of offending them, then we don't love them. We cut them off from salvation," Denny Burk and Heath Lambert write. "The only way for them to be saved is to receive Christ. The only way to receive Christ is by repentance and faith." Read More

  • LGBT K-12 school proposed for Georgia

    by Joe Westbury/Christian Index , posted Friday, January 08, 2016 (2 years ago)

    DALTON, Ga. (BP) -- A new school for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students in grades K-12 is being established in Atlanta as a safe zone for such students being bullied in traditional schools. But a Georgia Baptist leader is asking if a 5-year-old kindergarten student can identify as being LGBT -- or even a first or second grader, for that matter. Read More

  • Catholic school ordered to hire gay employees

    by Daniel James Devine/WORLD News Service, posted Monday, January 04, 2016 (2 years ago)

    MILTON, Mass. (BP) -- A Massachusetts state court ruled in mid-December that a Catholic school may not deny employment to a homosexual, a decision activists hail as the first of its kind in the country.

    Fontbonne Academy, an all-girls college preparatory school in Milton, offered Matthew Barrett a job as a food service director in the summer of 2013. But when Barrett filled out a new employee form and listed his "husband" as an emergency contact, school administrators rescinded the offer, citing Catholic belief that marriage is between a man and woman. Read More

  • Lutheran group severs relationship with Scouts

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, December 02, 2015 (2 years ago)

    ST. LOUIS (BP) -- The second largest Lutheran denomination in America has severed its official relationship with the Boy Scouts of America based on concerns over the BSA's decision this summer to allow openly homosexual Scout leaders.

    The Lutheran Church -- Missouri Synod (LCMS), a theologically conservative denomination with 2.1 million members, said in a news release it "no longer seems tenable" to abide by a 2013 Memorandum of Understanding with the BSA, in which the two organizations pledged to "work cooperatively" to "establish and nurture Scout units as an expression of the nurture and outreach ministry of The Lutheran Church -- Missouri Synod." The release was issued by LCMS President Matthew Harrison and Bart Day, executive director of the LCMS Office of National Mission. Read More