SYMPOSIUM: Why Churches That Oppose Same-Sex Marriage Attract Young Christians Students Like Me

by (@TheIRD) April 5, 2014

Research has shown that while the rest of the U.S. has become more accepting of same-sex marriage, Evangelicals have stood firm in their convictions and this is true for older as well as for younger Evangelicals.

World Vision Withdraws From the Brink

by (@markdtooley) March 28, 2014

World Vision’s Monday policy was a muddle from the start and seemed like the construction of a clueless secular public relations firm.

Lesbian Activist to Chair UMC Review of Frank Schaefer’s Latest Church-Draining Appeal

by (@JohnLomperis) March 21, 2014

Frank Schaefer was recently defrocked for refusing to respect the UMC’s ban on blessing same-sex unions. But now his appeal will be heard by another official UMC leadership body, whose chair is a lesbian activist.

LGBT Group: ‘Racism’ Behind Talbert Complaints

by (@HashtagGriswold) March 20, 2014

Official complaints have been filed against retired United Methodist bishop Melvin Talbert after he officiatied a same-sex marriage in Alabama. But according to his biggest defender Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN), the complaints reveal an institutional racism in the UMC.

Complaints Filed Against Bishop Talbert, Shrouded in Mystery

by (@JohnLomperis) March 19, 2014

Formal complaints have finally been filed against retired United Methodist Bishop Melvin Talbert of San Francisco. But much of the process remains intentionally hidden from public view.

Liberal United Methodists Demand “Autonomy” – But With Conservatives Paying their Bills

by (@JohnLomperis) February 21, 2014

The Pacific Northwest Conference escalates its history of demanding “autonomy” from the United Methodist Church. What does this mean for the rest of the denomination?

Catholics, Protestants, Virginia & Marriage Debate

by (@markdtooley) February 5, 2014

Very often Catholic leaders are more succinctly articulate when speaking from a faith perspective on public policy issues than are we Protestants and Evangelicals. A recent example is a response by the Catholic bishops of Virginia to their state’s new liberal attorney general, who’s unilaterally decided not to defend Virginia’s definition of marriage as man […]

Foundry UMC Celebrates Defrocked Ministers

by (@HashtagGriswold) January 28, 2014

Frank Schaeffer, Beth Stroud, and Jimmy Creech were each defrocked for their rebellion against the United Methodist Church’s stance on homosexuality. But this Sunday, one D.C. UMC congregation celebrated all three.

UM Voices: Duck Dynasty, Defrockings, and Free Speech

by (@TheIRD) December 24, 2013

Phil Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” and Frank Schaefer of the United Methodist Church are on opposite sides of current debates about homosexuality practice, but the hot-button issue was at the heart of both of them getting fired recently. Shane Raynor discusses differences in the two cases, the free-speech implications involved, and the need for Christians to offer hope to same-sex-attracted people.

Defrocked and Defiant Frank Schaefer Takes to Foundry Pulpit

by (@JeffreyHWalton) December 23, 2013

Despite expressing discouragement at his own defrocking, Frank Schaefer struck a defiant tone in his Sunday sermon message, refusing to promise not to conduct further same-sex weddings and declaring “this is not the time to give up the fight – this is the time to intensify the fight.”