Record – Newsletter

Winter 2011

Conservative Protestantism’s continuing antigay agenda “is likely to mean saving fewer souls.”  This is a conclusion of American Grace authors Robert D. Putnam of Harvard and David E. Campbell of Notre Dame.  Writing in the Los Angeles Times (Oct 17), they confirm a continuing cultural finding: that “intolerance of homosexuality” is proving to be “the single strongest factor” in church alienation on the part of Americans who came of age since 1990.  “Just as this generation moved to the left on most social issues – above all, homosexuality – many prominent religious leaders moved to the right, using the issue of same-sex marriage to mobilize [politically].  … Increasingly, young people saw religion as Read more →

Fall 2011

After an average of 16 years in mixed-orientation marriage, the same-sex oriented spouse is still same-sex oriented. On the basis of self-reports, there’s no shift toward heterosexual attraction on the part of the same-sex oriented spouse, even though there’s some participation in sex acts within the marriage.

When asked about frequency of sexual relations within these orientation-discordant marriages, same-sex oriented spouses reported a figure twice as high as that reported by the heterosexual oriented spouses. Read more →

Summer 2011

“Is the Church guilty of beating people with the Bible?” This is the question with which Southern Baptist seminary president Al Mohler begins a recent blog attacking those who say gay people get “clobbered” with Bible verses. Feigning shock, he says: “As strange as that argument might sound, it is actually a powerful weapon in the hands of those who are determined to normalize homosexuality and same-sex marriage within the Church.” Read more →

Spring 2011

Bloggers on the Religious Right attack bestselling author Philip Yancey for speaking at the 2011 Gay Christian Network conference. After the event, Yancey posted a response at Noting this “hammering … for [his] agreeing to speak”, he wrote: “I get tired of writing about this issue because it stirs up such a storm of controversy and little of the dialogue seems constructive. On the other hand, the church must keep engaging, and I know of no better way to engage than to hear the stories of Christians who are struggling personally with homosexuality. Some conservatives think the very term ‘Gay Christian’ is an oxymoron. I wish they could attend a gathering such as the one I spoke to last week and hear the stories I heard.” For over 30 years, other evangelical leaders (e.g., Lew Smedes, Nick Wolterstorff, Ros Rinker, Charlie Shedd, Letha Scanzoni) have voiced the very same wish at EC retreats. Yancey: “Rather than try to defend my decision just to speak to Gay Christians, I will quote here a letter from the head of GCN”, Justin Lee. Read more →

Winter 2010

“What was the most significant change in Christianity over the past decade?”  In response to this question from Christianity Today (December, 2009), John Stackhouse of Regent College answers: “The rapid collapse of Christian consensus against homosexual marriage in North America, including among evangelicals.”  

“What is the greatest moral issue in America today?”  In October, evangelical leaders responded to this Evangelical Leaders Survey question.  According to Leith Anderson, president of the poll’s sponsoring organization, the National Association of Evangelicals: “While there were some responses that specified secularization, homosexuality, pornography Read more →

Fall 2010

Anne Rice: “I quit being a Christian. … I remain committed to Christ … but not to being ‘Christian’ or to being part of Christianity. It’s simply impossible for me to ‘belong’ to this quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious, and deservedly infamous group.” The bestselling novelist, who turned from atheism to Christ in 1988, explains that the last straw for her was “Christian” hatred of gay people – what the polls find is the most prevalent stereotype of “Christians” in the public mind today. “No wonder people despise us, Christians, and think we are an ignorant and violent lot. I don’t blame them. This kind of thing makes me weep. Maybe commitment to Christ means not being a Christian. … My faith in Christ is central to my life. … But following Christ does not mean following his followers. Christ is infinitely more important than Christianity.” Read more →

Summer 2010

There’s a beautiful house for sale on St. Simons Island in Georgia. Over the years it was made even more beautiful by the loving companionship of the two women who made it their home from 1967 to the death of one of them in 1996.

In 1961, bestselling evangelical author and novelist Eugenia Price and her longtime companion, noted children’s author Joyce Blackburn, were driving back to Chicago from a book signing in Florida. They took a short side trip to St. Simons Island and knew right away that this would be where they would spend the rest of their days. In her St. Simons Memoir, Genie recalled Joyce’s drawing a “rough sketch” of their dream house “on the back of a Lippencott envelope.” After a quarter century together, she wrote of her partner’s “flare for holding together [Genie] herself”. Read more →

Spring 2010

A major proponent for Prop 8’s ban on gay marriage admits: “It is almost certainly true that gay and lesbian couples and their children would benefit from having gay marriage.” David Blankenhorn, founder of The Institute for American Values, acknowledged this under David Boise’s cross-examination in California in January. Blankenhorn went further. He granted that same-sex marriage is “a victory for the worthy ideas of tolerance and inclusion” and that it could even reduce anti-gay prejudice and hate crimes against homosexuals. Read more →

Fall 2009

“People who portray gay adults as godless, hedonistic, Christian-bashers are not working with the facts”, says evangelical pollster George Barna, founder of the research firm, The Barna Group. Reporting in July on a nationwide survey of 9,232 Americans over the last two years, Barna states: “A substantial majority of gays cite their faith as a central facet of their life, consider themselves to be Christian, and claim to have some type of meaningful personal commitment to Jesus Christ active in [their] life today.” Read more →

Summer 2009

“People like you should be shot and killed!” That’s what was shouted at Don Dent and Terry Tebedo when they visited Northwest Bible Church in Dallas in 1987. They vowed never to go back. Terry died of AIDS the following year.

Don has since become a serious Christian and has come to know a younger generation of Christians who are showing him God’s grace as it was not shown before. He’s learning from them and they’re learning from him. Read more →

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