All posts from “Homosexuality”

The Quantum Pope

August 5, 2013 11:17 AM

I love quantum physics and I love popes. While I was a physics major in college, I created a Facebook group called “Baptists Who Like Catholic Things.” When Pope Francis began making some unusual headlines a few months ago,...

Love Closed Down Exodus International

June 20, 2013 9:45 AM

Late yesterday, Exodus International, the 37-year-old benchmark for Christian “ex-gay” ministry, apologized to people it had hurt and announced its closing (and transformation to a new ministry). The official statements (apology and announcement of closing) are national news. In his...

Why the Church Should Still Publicly Oppose Gay Marriage

May 29, 2012 12:00 AM

In a previous post, we presented reasons churches should NOT oppose gay marriage. Now we present Matthew Lee Anderson's case for churches to oppose same-sex marriage legislation. Few aspects of our public witness on ethical and political questions are as...

Joel Hunter Responds to Obama's Gay Marriage Endorsement

May 18, 2012 12:00 AM

Last week President Obama publicly acknowledged his support for same sex marriage in an interview with ABC News. Shortly before the interview, the president called Dr. Joel Hunter, pastor of Northland Church near Orlando and a spiritual adviser to the...

Obama Endorses Same Sex Marriage--Now What?

May 10, 2012 12:00 AM

Everyone thought he would wait until after the election. After all, same-sex marriage is still a wedge issue in most of the country. With just over half of Americans now supporting gay marriage, and with many religious conservatives already distrustful...

Andy Stanley, Al Mohler, and Homosexuality

May 8, 2012 12:00 AM

Recently North Point Community Church's senior pastor Andy Stanley preached a sermon about the theological tension that is needed to live in the Way of the Christian faith. (Listen at North Point's website. The controversial section begins about 24 minutes...

Would You Attend a Same-Sex Marriage Ceremony? (Revisited)

October 19, 2011 12:00 AM

Last week I wrote a brief report about Al Mohler's dissatisfaction with Joel Osteen's answers during his CNN interview with Piers Morgan. Osteen said that while he would not officiate a same-sex marriage ceremony, he was open to attending one...

Would You Attend a Same-Sex Marriage Ceremony?

October 13, 2011 12:00 AM

Al Mohler is mopping the floor with Joel Osteen's perfectly quaffed hair. Last week Osteen and his wife were interviewed by CNN's Piers Morgan to promote his new book Every Day A Friday, How To Be Happier 7 Days a...

Stay Classy, Willow Creek

August 14, 2011 12:00 AM

Last week was the Willow Creek Association’s Global Leadership Summit. The annual conference is a convergence of business, government, social, and church leaders curated by the WCA and headlined by Bill Hybels. Past Summits have featured speakers like Bill Clinton,...

Q Portland: Day Two

April 29, 2011 12:00 AM

"What was the highlight of the conference?" I asked another attendee. I wondered if it was Kevin Kelly, "senior maverick" at Wired Magazine, talking about technology and theology. Or maybe actor/director Mark Ruffalo talking about faith in Hollywood. "I...

Url's Links of the Week

February 11, 2011 12:00 AM

Urthlings, This is your leader. Here are the links and videos you may have missed this week. Consume them and be disturbed. Live well and evangelize. Url Michelle Obama tells churches to eat better. The First Lady marked the first...

Ur Video: Ted Haggard Scolds Evangelicals

January 13, 2011 12:00 AM

With a new church and a new documentary airing on TLC January 16 (Ted Haggard: Scandalous), Haggard is back in the media spotlight. In this clip from an interview with ABC News, Haggard shares his new thoughts about the evangelical...

Beyond "Us versus Them"

July 15, 2009 12:00 AM

When Andrew Marin's three best friends "came out" to him in three consecutive months, the self-proclaimed "Bible-banging homophobe" wanted desperately to understand his friends' experience. So he moved to Boystown, a Chicago neighborhood populated primarily by GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual,...

Q & A: Rick Warren

April 9, 2009 12:00 AM

Sarah Pulliam at Christianity Today has just posted her interview with Rick Warren. He talks about the controversy surrounding his invocation at President Obama's inauguration, the uproar over his support of Proposition 8 in California banning same-sex marriage, and the...

A Win-Win on Same-Sex Marriage

December 12, 2008 12:00 AM

by Bob Hyatt An excerpt: ...the state needs to get out of the "marriage" business. It should recognize that as long as it uses that term and continues to privilege certain types of relationships over others this issue is going...

Tony Jones Blesses Gay Marriage & Ordination

November 26, 2008 12:00 AM

Tony Jones, the former national coordinator of Emergent Village and the author of The New Christians, has articulated his beliefs about homosexuality on his blog. Jones, along with other Emergent leaders, has been questioned for years about his views on...

Audio Ur: Dan Kimball on Gay Marriage

July 9, 2008 12:00 AM

Last month the California Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage. Some are predicting that the California ruling will open the door to gay marriage throughout the country. How should church leaders respond? Skye Jethani, managing editor of Leadership, recently spoke...

A Big Can of Worms

February 27, 2008 8:43 AM

David Swanson agreed to leave frozen Chicagoland to labor in sunny San Diego at this year's National Pastors Convention. He'll be sending us updates throughout the week of the goings on there. This is his first post. I arrived...

The Alternative After-Lifestyle

October 23, 2007 12:00 AM

In August, leaders at High Point Church in Arlington, Texas, "cancelled a memorial service for a Navy veteran shortly before it was to start because the deceased was gay." That is how the event was described by the Associated Press....

Sundance Film Festival: Report 1

January 22, 2007 12:00 AM

For ten days each winter filmmakers and film-lovers descend upon Park City, Utah, for a movie-watching frenzy. The Sundance Film Festival has been taking place since 1978 and has evolved into one of the premier independent film festivals in the...

The Top 10 Posts of 2006

December 29, 2006 12:00 AM

These ten blog posts were not chosen by Leadership's editors, but by the thousands of visitors to Out of Ur every month. Thanks for contributing to the conversation this year. In order of popularity, here's a look back at the...

AIDS Activism Makes Strange Bedfellows

December 1, 2006 12:00 AM

This morning I attended a prayer breakfast in my town for World AIDS Day. Despite the blizzard conditions, leaders from local churches, schools, and relief organizations gathered for the event. More than a few people remarked about the odd group....

Old Men Will Dream Dreams (Revisited): Was it really the voice of God?

September 29, 2006 12:00 AM

Last month we shared the disturbing late night experience of Pastor Nick Overduin. While sleeping in his study Overduin had a frightening encounter with "The Voice." His experience started a conversation about our openness and skepticism toward the supernatural. Nick...

Old Men Will Dream Dreams: This pastor doesn’t advocate hearing voices, but he happened to hear one

August 18, 2006 12:00 AM

All pastors are crazy; I've known that since seminary. Some pastors, however, have fewer cards in their decks than others. Nick Overduin, pastor of Toronto First Christian Reformed Church, began to question his own sanity after an experience that was...

The Hidden Blessing of Brokeback Mountain

February 6, 2006 12:00 AM

Last week the Oscar nominations were announced and Brokeback Mountain, popularly known as the "gay cowboy movie," has been nominated for more awards than any other film. Although not a financial blockbuster, the film has been heralded by critics as...

Brian McLaren on the Homosexual Question 4: McLaren's Response

January 30, 2006 12:00 AM

I read with interest - and some pain - the first few days' worth of responses to my article. I thought that some readers would be interested in a few of my responses to their responses. Before beginning though, I...

Brian McLaren on the Homosexual Question 3: A Prologue and Rant by Mark Driscoll

January 27, 2006 12:00 AM

Hundreds of readers have posted comments about Brian McLaren's article on forming a pastoral response to the "homosexual question." One such reader was Pastor Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church in Seattle. As "one of the 50 most influential pastors...

Brian McLaren on the Homosexual Question 2: A Blogger's Response

January 26, 2006 12:00 AM

Since posting Brian McLaren's commentary about homosexuality we've had difficulty keeping pace with the responses being written. Reading through the comments reveals why homosexuality is known as a "wedge issue" in our culture. Our readers appear divided between heralding McLaren...

Brian McLaren on the Homosexual Question: Finding a Pastoral Response

January 23, 2006 12:00 AM

In his prominent role as author, theologian, speaker, and leader of the emergent conversation some forget that Brian McLaren is also a pastor. In the latest issue of Leadership Journal, which focuses on ministry in a sexually charged culture, Brian...

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