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Bishop Ken Carter, episcopal leader of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church, performs communion. (Photo courtesy of the Florida Conference)

UM Bishop Ken Carter: Local Option “A Step Forward”

August 23, 2014

In an interview with Ministry Matters, Bishop Ken Carter said that he believes “the conversation about the local option is a step forward.”

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How to Shrink Your Church in One Easy Step

August 22, 2014

Every major American church that has taken steps towards liberalization on sexual issues has seen a steep decline in membership.

Philadelphia-area clergy gather to participate in a same-sex union blessing ceremony at Arch Street United Methodist Church (photo: UMNS).

BREAKING: Complaint Filed Against Philadelphia 36

July 3, 2014

Formal complaints have now been filed against the 36 renegade United Methodist ministers who jointly presided over a publicity-stunt same-sex union ceremony last fall are now facing formal complaints.

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PCUSA General Assembly Votes to Allow Gay Marriage

June 19, 2014

The 2014 Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly has voted to approve two measures to allow ministers to perform same-sex marriages.

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Something Rotten? The State of Religious Freedom in Denmark

June 18, 2014

Is something rotten in the state of Denmark with regards to same-sex marriage and religious liberty?

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Is Biological Determinism on its Way Out?

June 12, 2014

Without the bedrock of biological determinism, the LGBTQ movement loses its legal luster. The assembling power of “discrimination” becomes, instead, the rather ignorable whimper of disagreement.

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Liberian Council of Churches Rejects Same Sex Marriage

June 11, 2014

The Liberian Council of Churches on May 28 issued a statement rejecting homosexuality and same-sex marriage. The Liberian Council of Churches is a collaboration of 19 member churches and denominations and 10 organizations within the West African country.

Retired Bishop Gene Robinson of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire was the first openly partnered homosexual bishop in the worldwide Anglican Communion.

Thoughts on Bishop Gene Robinson’s divorce

May 4, 2014

I cannot condone the relationship Bishop Robinson was in, but my heart is not made of stone, and, so, naturally, I cannot help but feel pity for the sense of loss he and his former legal partner Mark Andrew naturally feel. Yet the sad reality is that retired Bishop Robinson’s kind of thinking about what marriage is exemplifies the perfect embodiment of the desacralization of society and of the world itself within the progressive worldview. This worldview does not entail merely the creation of a hitherto unrecognized form of marriage, but the desacralization of the very concept or idea itself into something that hardly resembles a marriage.

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IRD SYMPOSIUM: The Church and the Millennials

April 14, 2014

The Greek word for “Symposium” originally meant to gather and drink together. Unfortunately, that is not what we have been doing the past two weeks here at the IRD. We have, however,  managed to…

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Gay Weddings & Conscientious Objection

March 3, 2014

Jonathan Merritt’s latest contribution to Christian moral theology is a piece titled Does the Bible prohibit providing services at same sex weddings? Joe Carter provides a devastating response in Since Jesus ate with sinners do I have to eat at the strip club’s buffet? Mr. Carter so thoroughly demolishes Merritt’s and Kiersten Powers’ argument that “Since Jesus [had dinner with/partied with/hung out with] sinners in the places where they congregated, we should do so too” that it would seem the case is closed.

Retired Episcopal Church Bishop Gene Robinson and recently defrocked United Methodist Pastor Frank Schaefer appeared and Hardball with Chris Matthews recently. (Photo Credit: Hardball/MSNBC)

Gene Robinson on Schaefer Trial: “Enough people will become fed up … the rules will change”

December 20, 2013

In advance of his defrocking Thursday by Eastern Pennsylvania United Methodist Church officials, embattled Pastor Frank Schaefer joined MSNBC host Chris Matthews and retired Episcopal Church Bishop Gene Robinson on Hardball Wednesday night to make his case.

A photo of two lesbian United Methodist clergy who were recently married in a Seattle Area church, Rev. Joanne Brown (left) and Rev. Christie Brown (left). (United Methodist News Service)

UMC District Superintendent Marries Lesbian Pastors

December 18, 2013

The UMC’s official blog reported Monday on yet another gay wedding officiated by a United Methodist minister. But in a shocking first, both members of the same-sex couple are also ordained United Methodist ministers.