All posts from “Politics”

50 Years Ago: "I Have a Dream."

August 28, 2013 10:00 AM

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Egyptian Christians and Prophetic Politics

July 8, 2013 10:10 AM

The aftermath of 2010/11's Arab Spring revolutions had deeply mixed results for Christians across the Middle East. The political unrest (usually sparked for worthy motives) frequently suspended laws or enforcement energy that protected vulnerable churches and Christian communities. This...

(Still) Be Careful What You Worship on July 4

July 4, 2013 8:00 AM

This classic Ur post is as relevant as it was when Bob wrote it three years ago. It received over 70 comments, many of which were thoughtful and compelling enough in their own right for me to share them...

Evangelicals Are Too Political & Other Popular Myths

July 2, 2013 8:20 AM

Since the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8 last week, it seems everyone with a keyboard has been analyzing the implications of the decisions. What does it mean for the gay...

Is Church Tax Exemption Muzzling the Gospel?

June 12, 2013 11:42 AM

With religious freedom a major topic of national discussion, it was only a matter of time before the issue of church tax-exempt status came up. In a recent speech to a gathering of SBC pastors, ex-pastor, former presidential candidate,...

Friday Five Interview: Russell Moore

May 10, 2013 5:00 AM

For today's entry in the Friday Five interview series, we catch up with Russell Moore, the recently-elected president of the Southern Baptist’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, replacing the recently retired Richard Land. Prior to accepting this position, he was...

The Potential of Partnerships

May 7, 2013 8:15 AM

Enjoy this post from former Obama faith staffer Michael Wear. Be sure to also read Ur’s recent interview with Michael. -Paul Today, partnership—a simple, benign idea in general—is perhaps one of the most counter-cultural concepts in practice. Division and polarization...

Friday Five Interview: Eric Metaxas

April 19, 2013 2:05 PM

For today's entry in the Friday Five interview series, we catch up with Eric Metaxas. Eric is the author of bestselling biographies on Dietrich Bonhoeffer and William Wilberforce. He was the keynote speaker at the 2012 White House Prayer Breakfast....

Friday Five: Michael Wear

April 12, 2013 5:01 AM

For today's entry in the Friday Five interview series, we catch up with Michael Wear. Michael was the faith outreach director for President Obama's 2012 relection campaign and until recently served in the White House Office of Faith and Community...

Why the Giglio Debacle isn’t the end of Public Evangelicalism

January 18, 2013 3:58 PM

On January 10th, Louie Giglio declined the invitation to pray the benediction at the Presidential Inauguration over pressure relating to an "anti-gay” sermon that he preached almost twenty years ago. Depending on who you’re talking with, Giglio’s move was either...

Pastors Share Post-Election Sermon Plans

November 8, 2012 2:36 PM

Even as President Barack Obama celebrates being re-elected, it’s clear he faces the monumental task of leading a deeply divided nation. Though the president won a decisive number of the electoral votes, the popular vote told a different story....

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...

Ur Video: Are Mormons Christians?

April 26, 2012 12:00 AM

Most evangelicals vote for Republican candidates, and for the last three decades the Republican Party has coveted evangelical votes by emphasizing the GOP's close link to Christian faith and values. But with Mitt Romney now the Republican candidate for President,...

Ur Video: Miroslav Volf on Public Faith

April 18, 2012 12:00 AM

We are entering into another presidential election, which means Christian voices will be invited into the political discourse. Some of these voices will make us proud, and others may not. So how should we think about Christian engagement in the...

Christianism Leads to Atheism

March 22, 2012 12:00 AM

As I get around the country there is one question I hear from pastors more than any other: How do we reach young people? They don’t need research from Barna, Lifeway, Pew, and Gallup to tell them young people are...

Most Popular Posts of 2011

December 30, 2011 12:00 AM

Another year of conversation is coming to an end on Out of Ur. Thanks to all of our writers, contributors, and commenters. It's been a great year. Like many others, Urbanites were caught up in the controversy surrounding Rob Bell...

Supreme Court Kicks Churches Out of NYC Schools- Is Yours Next?

December 13, 2011 12:00 AM

Last week the Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal by an evangelical church regarding the ban against churches using public schools in New York City. The court's refusal to hear the case allows a lower court ruling to stand...

Shane Claiborne: A Devotion for Wall Street

October 26, 2011 12:00 AM

A reporter recently asked me, “As a Christian leader, does your faith have anything to say about Wall Street?” I said, “How much time do you have?” Theologian Karl Barth said, “We have to read the Bible in one hand,...

Shane Claiborne: Death Interrupted

September 21, 2011 12:00 AM

Last week death was interrupted. Duane Buck was set for execution. His execution would have been the second last week and the eleventh this year in Texas alone… and two more executions are scheduled soon. When Presidential candidate Rick Perry...

Jesus, Bombs, & Ice Cream

August 17, 2011 12:00 AM

I was in Baghdad in March 2003, where I lived as a Christian and as a peacemaker during the “shock-and-awe” bombing. I spent time with families, volunteered in hospitals, and learned to sing “Amazing Grace”… in Arabic. There is one...

Why I Don't Sing the "Star Spangled Banner"

July 5, 2011 12:00 AM

I choose to belong to a strange tribe. Goshen College, my alma mater, made national news last month when its board of directors decided that the “Star Spangled Banner” would not be played before athletic events. As could be expected,...

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...

Do Christianity & Capitalism Clash?

April 21, 2011 12:00 AM

A poll conducted by Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with Religion News Service was released this week that finds more Americans (44 percent) believe Christian values are at odds with capitalism than believe they are compatible (36 percent). However,...

Ur Video: President Obama on the Resurrection

April 20, 2011 12:00 AM

Yesterday President Obama hosted the 2nd annual Easter Prayer Breakfast at the White House. Here's a video with his remarks, and how the resurrection puts things in perspective. In attendance were Tim Keller, Louie Giglio, Gabe Lyons, Kevin Palau, T.D....

Give to Uncle Sam What is Uncle Sam's

March 21, 2011 12:00 AM

Imagine what would happen if a massive popular movement of ordinary Americans decided to voice their concern about military spending – by withholding $10.40 from their 1040 tax forms this year? A simple, small, symbolic, but concrete gesture of protest...

Url's Links of the Week

January 6, 2011 12:00 AM

Urbanites...this is your leader. Here are the links you should be reading this week. Live long and proselytize. -Url, out. Is the Constitution God-inspired? Republicans took control of the House of Representatives yesterday, and their first official act was the...

The Top 10 of '10

December 28, 2010 12:00 AM

Well Urbanites, as another year draws to an end it's time to look back. Here are the most commented upon (a.k.a. the most argued about) post from the last 12 months. There plenty of politics in here covering the health...

Ur Photo: Shane Claiborne for President?

December 6, 2010 12:00 AM

Consider this the Ur version of TMZ. Last week Shane Claiborne attended a meeting at the White House with other Christian leaders to discuss the administration's fatherhood initiatives. The urban monastic leader is usually seen in a t-shirt and baggy...

Political Code Language

November 1, 2010 12:00 AM

There is a sinister trend gaining momentum in the days leading up to the mid-term elections. It is not initially obvious to many of us, but it has significant implications for the American church. The code language associated with this...

Out of Context: Mark Dever

July 15, 2010 12:00 AM

This excerpt is taken from "Always Personal, Never Private" in the Summer issue of Leadership. "We have a special responsibility to make sure our brothers and sisters in Christ are cared for. Beyond that it is appropriate to care for...

Beyond Bono

July 8, 2010 12:00 AM

The summer issue of Leadership is about a week away from mailboxes. The theme is "Beyond Bono: Doing justice God's way is more than a fad." In the last few years, there has been a dramatic rise in pop-cultural engagement...

Segregated Churches and Immigration

May 13, 2010 12:00 AM

The national debate (or is it an argument?) about immigration has provided a huge opportunity for churches to proclaim and demonstrate the Gospel to an anxious country. However, rather than responding with courage and grace, many of us have either...

The Hansen Report: Is 26 the New 18?

April 14, 2010 12:00 AM

Following this blog, I figured the best way to rack up comments was to write about health care. So I thought I might explore one element of the recently enacted health-reform legislation that grabbed my attention as a prospective...

Glenn Beck is Not the Enemy

April 5, 2010 12:00 AM

The email provided a helpful link and instructed me to “Tell Glenn Beck: I’m a social justice Christian.” The blunt Fox News pundit had recently outed “social justice” as code language for socialism. According to Beck, should you uncover this...

Jesus and the Health Care Bill

March 22, 2010 10:00 AM

This morning—the day after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the health-care measure—I feel a sense of gladness. I am glad that millions of Americans, many of them children, will have access to health insurance. I am glad that people...

How Not to Talk about Justice

March 9, 2010 12:00 AM

Back in January I wrote a post on “The Battle Lines Over Justice.” As more evangelicals are rediscovering the sections of the Bible that highlight God’s compassion for the broken and abused in this world, there is a fearful response...

Ur Video: Is Environmentalism a Religion?

December 16, 2009 12:00 AM

This week leaders from throughout the world are meeting in Copenhagen to discuss the impact of global warming. The issue is still hotly debated in the US (pun intended), while polls in many other secular Western nations reveal wider agreement...

Al Mohler Defends Obama...Sort of

September 8, 2009 12:00 AM

Al Mohler, the outspoken president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, has written about the controversy surrounding President Barack Obama's address to school children today. Normally Out of Ur doesn't venture into the political fray, but in this case Mohler...

Rocking the White Citadel

September 4, 2009 12:00 AM

My life and worldview will never be the same after living seven years in Uganda. My wife and children, our mission team members, and I all made friends with and learned from people who were struggling out of poverty but...

Skye Jethani: Generation of Sarcasm

August 19, 2009 12:00 AM

A poll conducted by Time has revealed that The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart is the most trusted news anchor in America. He beat Brian Williams, Charlie Gibson, and Katie Couric. Walter Cronkite, having just entered his grave, must already be...

Miss California and the Politics of Sexual Redemption

July 20, 2009 12:00 AM

I know this is little late, but for me, nothing illustrates the current state of the church's witness in regard to sexual issues in America better than the Ms. California/USA pageant episode a couple months ago. It was an embarrassing...

Skye Jethani: Tortured Conscience

May 15, 2009 12:00 AM

A political dissident is arrested for leading a movement that threatens the stability of a region. He is ambushed and apprehended by his enemies, detained without a public trail, and tortured by soldiers at the command of their political leaders....

The Hansen Report: Community or Bust?

May 10, 2009 8:00 AM

The CNN headline echoed hopeful reflection I've been hearing in churches: "Shaky economy forces Americans to rediscover community." Optimistic Christians suppose the community they will rediscover is a local church that demonstrates how putting your faith in markets or government...

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...

Welcome to a Third Culture World

January 23, 2009 12:00 AM

by Dave Gibbons It's just the beginning. With the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th president we are seeing what many consider a dream fulfilled. Of course there are still conflicts, and there still is racism, prejudice, and stereotyping...

What Rick Warren Prayed for a New President

January 21, 2009 1:24 PM

Our previous post was Mark Labberton's reflection on how to pray for a new president. Rick Warren had the opportunity to do exactly that in a very public way as he offered the invocation at the inauguration of Barack Obama...

What to Pray for a New President

January 19, 2009 12:00 AM

by Mark Labberton There is no better time to renew our commitment to "pray for our leaders," than the start of a new presidential administration. Barack Obama needs our prayers and we should give them freely and eagerly no matter...

Rick Warren at Obama's Inaugural

December 22, 2008 12:00 AM

Unless you've been hibernating (which isn't a bad idea given the economy and weather lately), you know that President-elect Barack Obama has asked Rick Warren to pray at his inauguration. The news networks (apparently needing something controversial to fill up...

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...

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream for the American Church

November 14, 2008 12:00 AM

by Skye Jethani Amazing. How else can you describe what happened last week when Barack Obama became the first African American elected President of the United States? However you voted, whatever your politics, the election reveals something about the progress...

John Ortberg's Lessons from the Election

November 11, 2008 12:00 AM

by John Ortberg My son has a bumper sticker on his car that reads: "I poke badgers with spoons." Its significance is not self-evident to everybody who reads it, so let me tell you the story. It comes from a...

The Hansen Report: The Day After

November 4, 2008 3:50 PM

The view of America from Manhattan was pretty bleak on the morning after November 2, 2004. New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, typically a levelheaded observer of world affairs, watched America become "two nations under God." "We don't just disagree...

Why I am Hopeful

October 20, 2008 12:00 AM

Has the economy got you worried? When pundits are throwing around statements like, "The worst market since the Great Depression," it's natural to get concerned. But Andy Crouch has a different take. He's written a really insightful article for our...

Decision '08

October 17, 2008 9:14 AM

Election time again and, once more, we face a big decision. No, not the decision about our vote. That one is big, but this one is even bigger. It's the decision about our integrity. I watch in amazement as...

Urban Exile: Suburban vs. Urban Church Politics

October 7, 2008 12:00 AM

by David Swanson As on any other Tuesday, my wife and I hosted our weekly small group on Election Day of 2004. A quick scan of the TV stations after the Bible study showed that we'd have to wait until...

The Hansen Report: Modern versus Postmodern Politics

October 2, 2008 2:33 PM

You can listen to every stump speech and read every position paper, but nothing compares to evaluating presidential candidates side-by-side during a debate. Their contrasting styles and views emerge in ways you hadn't noticed during the long primary season. The...

Pastors Defy the IRS

September 29, 2008 12:00 AM

This election season, a group of about 30 pastors plans to challenge the IRS law that prohibits churches from endorsing a political candidate from the pulpit. As part of the "Pulpit Initiative," organized by the Alliance Defense Fund, many of...

Scot McKnight: The Eschatology of Politics

September 26, 2008 12:00 AM

by Scot McKnight Somewhere between 6pm and 8pm, Central Time, on November 4th, 2008, the eschatology of American evangelicals will become clear. If John McCain wins and the evangelical becomes delirious or confident that the Golden Days are about to...

Out of Context: Gregory Boyd

September 11, 2008 12:00 AM

"It's not an issue of whether or not we should engage moral evil and politics, but is it our primary job? It's not the main job of the church to be running the government or to influence legislation. The...

The Hansen Report: Where Are You From?

September 4, 2008 12:02 PM

Where are you from? No, where are you from from? If you live in a suburban or urban area, you have probably asked and answered these questions countless times. The follow-up question is meant to uncover something about your conversation...

Out of Context: Efrem Smith

September 4, 2008 12:00 AM

"People cannot tell the difference between a conservative evangelical message and Rush Limbaugh, or a mainline Protestant message and Howard Dean. Because of the media, any news item related to a major social issue...is politicized in 24 hours. By...

The Church & Politics Quiz

August 26, 2008 12:00 AM

Where I grew up in the South, the three big holidays on the church calendar were Christmas, Easter, and Fourth of July Sunday. Now I live near Chicago, where many churches let Independence Day slip by without a word from...

Olympic Shifts

August 22, 2008 12:00 AM

Shifts happen all the time - shifts in economics, politics, theology, church, and culture. But we usually don't comprehend the full nature of the shift until much later. One subtle shift happened in Beijing last week. You may have missed...

Out of Context: Shane Claiborne

August 21, 2008 12:00 AM

"If there's anything I've learned from both conservatives and liberals, it's that you can have all the right political answers and still be mean. And nobody wants to listen to you if you're mean. One of the things we...

The Hansen Report: Warren, Obama, and McCain

August 19, 2008 8:35 AM

I'm not Rick Warren's biggest fan. Don't get me wrong; I admire his godly character and zeal to claim this world for Christ. But I could live without the hokey acronyms and, especially, his "felt needs" approach to evangelism....

Out of Context: Mark Dever

July 31, 2008 12:00 AM

"Too many Christians today are trying to improve on the gospel. The gospel is what it is: the Cross of Christ. Christians on both the political right and the left are downplaying the effects of the Fall, and instead...

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...

God and/or Country?

July 3, 2008 12:00 AM

I've got a special treat for you to commemorate Independence Day - a preview of the summer issue of Leadership due out later this month. The issue focuses on the intersection of church ministry and politics (not an irrelevant subject...

From Useful Idiots to Political Misfits

May 14, 2008 12:00 AM

What is an "evangelical"? According to almost 80 prominent pastors, theologians, and activists, the word "evangelical" has become "a term that, in recent years, has often been used politically, culturally, socially - and even as a marketing demographic." The group...

John Ortberg on Religion AND Politics

May 6, 2008 12:00 AM

Anybody but me notice that this is an election year? I have loved politics since I was a kid; one of my first and favorite books was a little Cold War classic called Being an American Can Be Fun....

Book Review: Jesus for President (Part 3)

April 15, 2008 12:00 AM

Let's make a couple of assumptions about a church leader who reads Jesus for President. First, he or she actually finishes the book despite the occasional punch in the gut. Second, that this same church leader agrees (on some...

Book Review: Jesus for President (Part 2)

April 2, 2008 12:00 AM

A few months ago, while visiting a church out of state, I had a moment of crisis. Just before the sermon, the pastor stood to give the announcements. After wrapping up, he invited a young man in military uniform...

Book Review: Jesus for President (Part 1)

March 28, 2008 12:00 AM

We are seeing more and more that the church has fallen in love with the state and that this love affair is killing the church's imagination. The powerful benefits and temptations of running the world's largest superpower have bent...

Save the Planet, Save Your Soul

March 19, 2008 12:00 AM

In the early 1970s, conservative Protestants hit the streets to protest the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision to legalize abortion. When they arrived with signs in hand, they discovered that Catholics had beaten them to the picket line. Since...

The Audacity of Rev. Jeremiah Wright

March 17, 2008 12:00 AM

For months presidential hopeful Barack Obama has been trying to dispel rumors that he is a Muslim. The good news for the Illinois Senator is that virtually everyone in the country now knows he's a Christian. The bad news for...

The God Strategy

January 30, 2008 12:00 AM

With the presidential campaign in full swing, politics has been a more frequent issue on Out of Ur, but that does not fully account for our interest in the subject. This time around religion is playing a much more prominent...

Politics from the Pulpit

January 7, 2008 12:00 AM

The race is on for the White House and it began with excitement last week in Iowa. Tomorrow it's New Hampshire's turn, and on February 5, "Super Tuesday," near half of the country will be voting to select the...

Are You Ready for a Mormon President?

December 7, 2007 12:00 AM

From time to time this blog has addressed issues of faith and politics. In September, Isaac Canales shared his views about the church's response to illegal immigration. Brian McLaren has spoken here about the demise of the Religious Right. And...

Lifestyles of the Rich and Religious

November 9, 2007 12:00 AM

I come from a diverse family where few are Christians and even fewer venture into the curious sub-culture of evangelicalism. For this reason a number of my relatives have an impression of Christianity based largely upon what they see while...

The Gap between Rhetoric and Reality

September 21, 2007 12:00 AM

You may think writing a sermon every week is challenging work, but imagine writing speeches everyday for the leader of the free world. That was Michael Gerson's job for six years under President George W. Bush. Last night I attended...

Alien Nation

September 11, 2007 12:00 AM

We are putting the finishing touches on the next issue of Leadership built around the theme of ministering to people on the margins. Isaac Canales, pastor of Mission Ebenezer Family Church in Carson, California, has sent us this provocative article...

Faith & Politics After the Religious Right (Part 2)

June 19, 2007 12:00 AM

Brian McLaren believes the Religious Right movement has lost credibility, but what will replace it? In part 1 of our interview McLaren called for a more mature Chrisitian engagement with politics, and warned about linking political ideology with our identity...

Faith & Politics after the Religious Right

June 14, 2007 12:00 AM

Last month the politically polarizing founder of the Moral Majority, Rev. Jerry Falwell, died. Falwell has been credited with mobilizing millions of evangelicals to engage the political process. The religious right, as the movement came to be called, has been...

Gordon MacDonald's 2008 Questions

March 6, 2007 12:00 AM

A bumper sticker I saw the other day asked, "Is it 2008 yet?" From the other stickers on the car, I surmised the political change the driver wanted - and soon. My reaction, after the chuckle, was the desire to...

Forecasting the Future

February 2, 2007 12:00 AM

I have just finished reading James Martin's The Meaning of the 21st Century. And - in my opinion anyway - every person who seeks to influence others to the Christian way ought to be conversant with this book. Don't expect...

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....

The Body Politic

November 1, 2006 12:00 AM

Last night I received an automated phone call warning that the Democrat running for Congress in my district wants to take my house and give it to illegal immigrants. I've received similarly ridiculous calls about the Republican candidate - apparently...

Preventing the End of the World

October 10, 2006 12:00 AM

The world is shrinking. One can hardly go a day without hearing about events in Iraq, Afghanistan, South Korea, or Israel. Recently leaders from around the world gathered in New York for President Clinton's Global Initiative Conference to discuss the...

Reaching the Liberal Next Door: Are conservative politics a barrier to the gospel?

July 21, 2006 12:00 AM

Last March, the conversation on Ur heated up when Greg Boyd posted excerpts from his book The Myth of a Christian Nation (Zondervan, 2006). Boyd believes the mission of the gospel is jeopardized when we confuse God's mission with our...

Is Emergent the New Christian Left? Tony Jones responds to the critics

May 23, 2006 12:00 AM

In December, Brian McLaren was arrested along with 115 other activists while peacefully protesting the federal budget that he believes unfairly treats the poor. As one of the most visible participants in Emergent Village, McLaren's increasingly outspoken political views has...

Kingdom Confusion 2: The danger of believing in a Christian America

March 31, 2006 12:00 AM

When Gregory Boyd, pastor of Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, Minnesota, preached about the danger of mingling the mission of the church with conservative politics he ignited passionate responses on both sides, and 1,000 people left the church. In...

Kingdom Confusion: Is the quest for political power destroying the church?

March 29, 2006 12:00 AM

Midterm elections are heating up across the country, and many analysts expect evangelical voters to remain a potent political force. But not everyone is encouraged by the church's ascent in recent years to political power. Gregory Boyd, senior pastor of...

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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