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Baptists have been my spiritual tribe as I walked my faith journey. From running through the halls of exciting Eastwood Baptist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and attending Baptist summer camps to being trained by Baptist seminaries and employed by Baptist congregations and organizations, I have felt my Baptist pride swell with each passing year. Over […] Read More

It was 6:30 a.m. June 14, and a historic moment was minutes away. Nathan Russell and I met outside the Reunion E Conference Room at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Dallas. We were co-leading the creation of the Affirming Network within the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) and were about to open the doors to the […] Read More

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Jack Phillips, the Colorado baker at Masterpiece Cakeshop, on June 4, 2018. In a 7-2 judgment, the justices weighed the merits of this specific case, ruling that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission violated the Free Exercise Clause. They did not, however, decide that all business owners with […] Read More

The debate taking place within churches across denominational lines regarding the inclusion of LGBTQ individuals and their relationships is more than familiar by now. On one side, there are traditionalists arguing in favor of maintaining the church’s position of recognizing marriage and celibacy as the only licit options for Christians. On the other side, there […] Read More

Democrats participated Thursday night in a first-ever televised forum by presidential candidates focusing exclusively on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues. The forum, held is <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />Los Angeles, was co-sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign, a gay-rights group that has become increasingly influential in Democratic politics, and the gay-orientated […] Read More

The Southern Baptist Convention is hiring a minister specializing in “gender issues” to help churches reach out and minister to homosexuals, without condoning same-sex relationships. On Friday, Bob Stith, after retiring as pastor of <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />CarrollBaptistChurch in Southlake, Texas, becomes director of Southern Baptists’ Ministry to Homosexuals Task Force.<?xml:namespace […] Read More

A Southern Baptist leader assailed from both the left and right for suggesting there may be some biological cause for homosexual orientation and supporting the use of prenatal treatment to reverse it if any medical test or treatment is found blamed much of the furor on headlines he said were misleading. “If I saw a […] Read More

A second group canceled plans to rent LifeWay Glorieta Conference Center in response to a recently publicized policy banning groups using the Southern Baptist Convention-owned facility from promoting homosexuality. According to The New Mexican, Sante Fe College administrators decided this week to hold graduation ceremonies on campus instead of the Southern Baptist Convention-owned facility, where […] Read More

To my gay bothers and sisters, may the grace of our Lord Jesus be with you. I’ve received numerous communiques demanding an apology for a previous column I penned. And I agree. But if any apology is due, it should be to be made to the gay community. I am sorry if I inadvertently made […] Read More