Jonathan Merritt’s Testimony

Just to add another testimony into the mix, here’s celibate Jonathan Merritt who was famously outed recently.

When I was about 10 years old, the isolation of my pain almost killed me as thoughts of suicide plagued my mind. I was so suffocated by my secret that I believed only death would provide me the . . . → Read More: Jonathan Merritt’s Testimony

The Archbishop on Same-Sex Marriage on LBC

Perhaps the most interesting part of the hour long phone on LBC with Justin Welby this morning was the full answer to the final question.

A gay christian listening to you though may have heard the message that he or she can’t marry their partner in their church because of the conniptions it would . . . → Read More: The Archbishop on Same-Sex Marriage on LBC

+Chelmsford’s Diocesan Synod Address

I thought this address to Chelmsford’s Diocesan Synod was actually really good. First, on mission and evangelism +Stephen sounds like a Bishop who actually means and does what he says. Secondly, on human sexuality, he indicates the right kind of path forward.

On the issue of human sexuality I want you to know that . . . → Read More: +Chelmsford’s Diocesan Synod Address

Church in Wales - Homosexuality

Find below the report from the Standing Doctrinal Commission of the Church in Wales on Same-Sex Partnership.

Report Executive Summary Procedural Note

I’ll post a fuller analysis later, but two things stick out straight away.

First, the report has an inadequate theology of the Fall. For example, sections 49 to 51 read,

If further, more . . . → Read More: Church in Wales – Homosexuality

Listening to Stories

Andy Marshall, a gay Church of England priest, has written a personal piece in response to the Bishops’ Pastoral Statement on Gay Marriage. It’s fascinating, not just as a unique account of one man’s experiences, but also as a sobering reminder of what Conservatives need to engage with on this issue.

I came to faith . . . → Read More: Listening to Stories

Nobody's Born Gay

Say the gay scientists. No, seriously.

Knowing about the phantom gay past when everyone else is certain gayness has always existed can be frustrating. Gay history professor Dr. John D’Emilio (University of Illinois-Chicago) once lamented that even while gay historical scholarship accepts the “core assumptions” of the social-construction idea, “the essentialist notion that gays constitute . . . → Read More: Nobody’s Born Gay

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