Daily Archives: November 1, 2014

Southern Baptists Embrace Gay Community

Southern Baptists, Openly ‘Gay Christians’ Break Bread at Conference

Wall Street Journal
Courtesy of Christian News Network

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—A gathering of Southern Baptists here opened this week with Albert Mohler, stalwart head of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, apologizing for “denying the reality of sexual orientation,” but saying orientation “can change.”

It closed with a pastor saying “no one goes to hell for being homosexual,” but he added Christians must remind homosexual friends and family members that “the day of judgment is coming.”

The statements from the largest and one of the most conservative Protestant denominations made waves in the religious and gay communities. Some praised the Southern Baptist Convention for softening its tone and message when discussing homosexuals. Critics complained that nothing really had changed.

But others who attended said a shift was taking place. In private meetings and one-on-one encounters during the week, Southern Baptists and gay-rights advocates said they established relationships they hope will carry both sides through a time of deep cultural change, particularly as the church navigates issues such as the increasing acceptance of same-sex ‘marriage’. Click here to continue reading.

Polemics Report

Southern Baptists break bread with gay community.

Baptists strike new tone on homosexuality.

Some praised the Southern Baptist Convention for softening its tone and message when discussing homosexuals.

[The conference] made waves in the religious and gay communities.

A shift was taking place.

It feels like a new era.

These are all characterizations of a meeting held by the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, led by Russell Moore, along with (a certain number of representatives at least) of the so-called “gay community” as written about in the Wall Street Journal. Most of those characterizations were made by gay activists, including Justin Lee and Matthew Vines.

Here’s a rundown of the highlights:

  • Dr. Al Mohler apologized (presumptively, on behalf of Southern Baptists) for “denying the reality of sexual orientation.”
  • The crowd was told that “no one goes to hell for being a homosexual.”
  • The meetings…

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Happy All Saints Day!

Zwinglius Redivivus

This is the day the Church Universal remembers all the departed Saints with gratitude and respect.  I’d like to take a moment to give thanks to God for Sts Jerome, Calvin, Zwingli, Luther, Melanchthon, Bucer, Vermigli, Bullinger, Oecolampadius, Beza, and Farel.  If ever there were a list of Saints deserving of remembrance on this glorious day, these are the folk.

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Mars Hill Megachurch is Dead

Zwinglius Redivivus

The Christian Post reports

The Seattle-based megachurch Mars Hill, once led by pastor Mark Driscoll, has begun the process of dissolving, and its 13 regional congregations have been asked to either go independent, merge with another church, or disband entirely, announced Dave Bruskas, the churches teaching pastor while in transition, at noon on Friday.

Although Driscoll was not mentioned in the “Local Mission, Local Churches” blogpost on the church’s website released as a letter to Mars Hill by Bruskas, the normally outspoken pastor resigned on Oct. 14 from the multi-city megachurch he and his wife helped found 18 years ago after a series of calls were made for him to step down from ministry due to his admitted “divisive” leadership style.

They should have been autonomous churches in the first place.  They should have been planted as mission churches and not as part of some grand scheme by…

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The Seventh Sola Blog: Apologies for Apologetics?

 

Light at the Tunnel’s End?

No, I’m not really making apologies for Christian apologetics. This actually will be a little repeat of a case I’ve made before to try and bridge two vehement camps on the subject—evidentialists and presuppositionalists. If I have an apology, it’s that so much energy gets wasted between the two camps arguing with each other that they miss great opportunities to compliment each other in reaching out to the lost.

To me, it is not an “either or” proposition. It’s “both and.” Let me explain. Read more

IW News Brief: Rotherham Rape Horror, Shari’a Police, and More

by David J. Rusin

http://www.islamist-watch.org/blog/2014/10/iw-news-brief-rotherham-rape-horror-sharia-police

Islamist Watch (IW) maintains an extensive archive of news items on nonviolent Islamism in the Western world. The complete collection can be found here; lists organized by topic are accessible on the right side of the IW homepage.

The following are some of the recent developments covered in the IW database:

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