Bishop Leila Ortiz

Lutheran ‘Love’: ELCA Bishop Leila Ortiz Praises Polyamory

August 9, 2019

Bishop-elect Leila Ortiz of the ECLA Metropolitan Washington, D.C., Synod shares her acceptance of the lifestyle of a polyamorous “throuple” she pastors, assuring: “I’m very grounded in my faith.”

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Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali on the Needs of Pakistan’s Christian Minority

August 9, 2019

For Christians in Pakistan, decimated and beleaguered by the currents of Islamism, and many needing support in the faith where it may not be readily available from churches, modern telecommunication offers new abilities to convey the Christian gospel and enrich and strengthen their faith.

Christian Nationalism

Left-Wing Church Leaders Condemn “Christian Nationalism”

August 8, 2019

A group of left-wing Christian officials publish a declaration against “Christian nationalism” asserting a distortion of the Christian faith and constitutional democracy.

ELCA Assembly

ELCA Assembly 2019: Guns, Gender Identity, and Native “Colonized History”

August 7, 2019

Among the progressive proposals at the upcoming Lutheran governing assembly are memorials addressing firearms, immigration, and gender identity.

Robert Louis Wilken

The Christian Origins of Religious Freedom

August 6, 2019

While it is undoubtedly true that deism and rationalism figured in the American Revolution and the American ideal of freedom, Wilken is surely correct that the American founders were strongly influenced by the burden of the Christian duty to God, felt so strongly by the original colonists and their descendants at the time of the revolution.


Joshua Harris Denounces Christianity, Doesn’t Distort It

August 5, 2019

Perhaps it is better for Harris to publically denounce the faith altogether (and hopefully temporarily) than to distort it and mislead another generation of young Evangelicals.

joshua harris

Joshua Harris, Author and Former Pastor, Says Goodbye to Christianity

August 2, 2019

Well-known relationship and sexual purity author Joshua Harris, best known for his book “I Kissed Dating Goodbye,” recently announced he is no longer a Christian and is planning to divorce his wife. Guest writer Abri Nelson reacts and suggests where we go from here.


Karen Oliveto Begins Damage Control Over Separation Brochure

August 1, 2019

Over the past few weeks much has been developing in the Mountain Sky Conference (MSC) of the United Methodist Church (UMC). Their recent annual conference meeting voted to both reject the Traditional Plan and…


Methodism’s Yalta?

July 30, 2019

Recently I participated in a gathering hosted by three United Methodist bishops for dialogue among conservatives, liberals and self-identified centrists. Our topic was the impending division of the United Methodist Church. The day-long conversation…

Emory

Emory Hire of Unitarian Universalist Dean Continues Trend in UMC Affiliated Schools

July 29, 2019

Emory University, a school officially affiliated with the UMC, recently hired the Rev. Gregory W. McGonigle, a Unitarian Universalist, as its new university chaplain and dean of spiritual and religious life. His hiring is another step away from Emory’s Methodist heritage to form a post-Christian, pluralistic, and interfaith environment.

Robert George

Robert George Speaks on Restoring the Natural Law Basis of Human Rights – Part 2

July 26, 2019

Natural law involves thinking seriously about the human good to arrive at a theory of human rights. Princeton Professor Robert George believes that only the “hard road” of assessing the human good to determine human rights is satisfactory.

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Western Jurisdiction Exiting the UMC?

July 25, 2019

In several liberal annual conferences, there is open talk of leaving the United Methodist denomination. Within the Western Jurisdiction, some officials are going further, discussing taking the entire regional jurisdiction with them.