Commercial and bureaucratic hindrances collided with an uncontrollable reality: the faith of many players.
A think tank analysed the programme of last year’s Swedish LGBT festival and found an alarming collision with public health policies. Per Ewert of the Clapham Institutet says the findings show the ‘colourful darkness’ of the movement.
John Stevens, National Director of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches in the UK, examines the particular challenges to sexual integrity that Christian leaders face.
“The reasons why somebody might have sex with a prostitute are very different from the reasons why somebody might want to have an affair with a member of their congregation”. An analysis by John Stevens, National Director of FIEC (UK).
Mark Yarhouse, Professor of Psychology from Regent University, addressed the topic of pastoral care and counseling for people who struggle with LGBT+ issues.
Psychiatrists Pablo Martinez and Glynn Harrison analysed the evolution of the sexual revolution and contrasted it with the biblical narrative. The conference was attended by 180 Spanish professionals in the fields of medicine, psychology, education and nursing.
“We want to be like that drop of water that pierces the rock, to break the harshness of a sexsist society", says Asun Quintana, Women Counselour of the Evangelical Council of Madrid.
Lorna Ashworth leaves the Archbishop’s Council saying the Church of England should be “following the unadulterated teaching of Christ even when it contradicts the spirit of the age”.
Steve Chalke and Jayne Ozanne among the signatories of the “Christians United” statement promoting LGBT+ inclusion in churches.
Personal journeys, radical agendas and perplexing dilemmas.
Pastor Sam Allberry defends biblical vision of marriage at Church of England General Synod. Read the transcript of his testimony.
Transgenderism is the next major issue that Christians are going to have to come to grips with – theologically, morally, medically, legally and pastorally. Many in our churches have been taken by surprise.
“It is known that a good part of the women who are recruited for prostitution are minors”, says sociologist Richard Poulin.
More psychological and material help should be offered to young couples, Christian organisations say. The 1975 abortion law needs to be reconsidered.
“We commit ourselves afresh to care pastorally for those who are same-sex attracted”, says a statement issued in Cairo (Egypt).
Across Western Europe and the US, those who hold to traditional Christian sexual ethics not only find themselves on the wrong side of popular opinion, but allegedly on the “wrong side of history” too.
Stefan Gustavsson (Sweden) on how society misinterprets what Chrisitanity says about homosexuality.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby hopes the crucial meeting happening in London will not end in a split. An alternative communion of leaders from the Global South emerges.