- Truth and Compassion in Action by Alan Shlemon: “Gay activists prepared to protest FIRE Church in Concord, North Carolina. Their event leader posted their plan on Facebook: ‘We will have a silent protest as the service is going and let them have it as they leave for the day. Remember we will be peaceful and respectful, something they don’t understand. We are going to STAND TOGETHER AS A COMMUNITY to show that our love is stronger than their hate.’ … When the protestors arrived, they were warmly greeted by church leaders who offered them water and snacks, shared the truth with them, and invited them to join the service. Within a short time, the protestors dispersed, explaining the church members were too kind and loving to protest…. The protest organizer called Brown’s radio show the next day to publically apologize for the protest. He said, ‘Once we got there Sunday morning, we were greeted with absolutely perfect love. I mean, it was fantastic.’ That’s why my presentation on homosexuality is subtitled ‘Truth and Compassion.’ It’s not just a clever title. It’s a specific strategy for how the body of Christ must move forward on this controversial topic.” (Read more)
- Do the Right Religious Answers Matter? by Brett Kunkle: “A Muslim, a Sikh, a Christian, and an atheist walked into a classroom. No, it’s not the beginning of a joke. It was the beginning of a panel discussion sponsored by Faith Beyond Belief, a Canadian apologetics organization, that I participated in last month at the University of Calgary. The four of us walked into a campus classroom to discuss if and why religious answers matter. We were sent five questions beforehand, to which we would offer a two to three minute response and then be given an opportunity to respond to our fellow panelists’ answers. Here are the five questions, with a brief sketch of my answers: (1) How would you define faith and/or religious beliefs? … (2) Are religious beliefs necessary in modern day Canada? … (3) Can there be a right religious answer? Why or why not? … (4) With so many religious beliefs in Canada, does it even matter if you have the “right one?” … (5) Are you intolerant if you think your religious views are the only right views?” (Read more)
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