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The Experience of Christian Parents of a Christian Gay Child

By Greg and Kelly Otis | May 20, 2019

When our adult son told us he was gay, we knew he was made unique to God’s plan and not condemned. Our family, secular friends and some Christian friends affirmed him. Our greatest disappointment was the response of the church.

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Mitch Randall, executive director of, explores the reactions of city and church to the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando on June 12, 2016 -- in which a shooter killed 49 people and wounded dozens more.

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Religious Community Divided Over Nomination of Ashcroft as Attorney General

By Robert Parham | January 10, 2001

America’s religious community holds sharply conflicting views about President-elect Bush’s nomination of Senator John D. Ashcroft of Missouri for attorney general. The religious right supports Ashcroft, who has a long record of opposing abortion and homosexuality. The religious left opposes him because of his opposition to the separation of church and state. Religious conservatives have […]

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The Ethics of Execution: Back to Jesus’ Way

By Glen Stassen | January 10, 2001

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article by Glen Stassen is reprinted with permission from Sojourners Online. To learn more about Sojourners, visit or call 800-714-7474. When you look at the history of the church’s entanglement with the death penalty, and then its recovery, gradually you realize the story is like a parable, a penetrating view […]

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“Temptation Island” Tests Television Values

By Sarah Griffith | January 9, 2001

A Fox television series debuting Jan. 10 has attracted critics for tempting “committed couples” to stray from their romantic partners by surrounding them with other attractive and available singles. “Critics have already begun blasting ‘Temptation Island’ based solely on its premise and titillating promotions, which feature scantily clad men and women and a voice-over describing […]

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Relationships as Contest in ‘Temptation Island’

By Cliff Vaughn | January 9, 2001

“The safest, easiest formula is that nothing succeeds like success,” wrote cultural critic Todd Gitlin in Inside Prime Time. The premiere of “Temptation Island” Jan. 10 offers evidence Fox television is employing that formula. “Following the success of ‘Survivor’ and ‘The Real World’ comes a provocative new series,” read the show’s Web site. The “flavor […]

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Taking a Pro-active and Positive Stance On Low-Fidelity Show

By Robert Parham | January 9, 2001

Congregational leaders will be tempted to blast “Temptation Island,” a six-episode television show about unmarried couples mingling with 26 exotic-looking singles. The first episode airs Wednesday night on Fox. While the show’s Web site says, “Give in to temptation,” congregational leaders should resist the predictable urge to attack this sexually charged, offensive and exploitative television […]

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