How Should the Church Respond to the LGBT Community?

In this episode of Exploring Hope, Keith Whitfield and Ed Stetzer discuss how the Church responds to the LGBT community. In this “new normal” after the Obergefell v. Hodges SCOTUS decision how do Christians love our fellow image bearers well?

In Case You Missed It: Supreme Court Edition

Today, the Supreme Court handed down its 5-4 decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide. In case you (somehow) missed it, here are some of the more helpful summaries and responses to the decision. Responses against and in favor are included below.

1) For the full decision, read it here. The summary of the decision: “The Fourteenth Amendment requires a State to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-State.”

2) At the Daily Signal, Ryan Anderson provides his take on how to respond to what he calls “judicial activism” at play in this case.

3) Russ Moore offers a balanced, hopeful, and biblical response to the decision: the church should not cave nor panic.

4) At the Atlantic, David Perry discusses how, in their eyes, the Court established a new right on the basis of the history of marriage.

5) President Obama and the White House celebrate. See Twitter (@WhiteHouse, @HuffingtonPost, @nytimes, etc), the Internet at large, or this article.

6) At TGC, Trevin Wax culls the top 10 quotes from the dissenting justices.


In Case You Missed It

This week, the Supreme Court heard arguments for and against states’ rights to ban same-sex marriage. The online coverage and commentary, of course, was extensive. Here are a few of the more helpful pieces we read:

1)  At SCOTUS blog, Amy Howe explained the case and the questions before the court in plain English. A helpful post for you to understand the arguments and potential rulings.

2) Al Mohler discussed the foreboding language of the U.S. Solicitor General on religious liberty “issues” related to those who oppose same-sex marriage.

3) On Tuesday–the day of the Supreme Court hearing–Russ Moore offered his reflections on and prayers for the Supreme Court and the U.S. 

We read many other good pieces this week. Here are just a couple that caught our eye:

4) From the Federalist, former transgender man Walt Heyer argues that Bruce Jenner should try to change his mind, not the world.

5) At SEND Network, Ryan West describes the hope many Southern Baptist churches seek to bring to Baltimore in the midst of recent riots and unrest.