On September 22, Brian McLaren, one of the most influential voices in the emerging church, performed the civil “wedding” ceremony for his homosexual son Trevor. The ceremony was held at the Woodend Sanctuary of the Audubon Naturalist Society in Chevy Chase, Maryland (“Weddings/Celebrations,” New York Times, Sept. 23, 2012). In 2006, McLaren said, “Frankly, many of us don’t know what we should think about homosexuality. ... We aren't sure if or where lines are to be drawn, nor do we know how to enforce with fairness whatever lines are drawn. ... Perhaps we need a five-year moratorium on making pronouncements” (“Brian McLaren on the Homosexual Question,” Jan. 23, 2006, http://blog.christianitytoday.com/outofur/archives/2006/01/brian_mclaren_o.html). In a 2004 interview with Candace Chellew-Hodge for Whosoever, a homosexual publication, popular emerging writer Philip Yancy said, “When it gets to particular matters of policy, like ordaining gay and lesbian ministers, I’m confused, like a lot of people (“Amazed by Grace,” Whosoever online magazine). Doug Pagitt said, “It we have a theology formed in a worldview that sees sexuality as sin, our means, intentions, and explanations of sexuality will be affected” (Listening to the Beliefs of Emerging Churches, p. 140). Chris Seay said that churches should “approach homosexuals without condemnation but with God’s love and the gospel” (ChurchRelevance.com, June 19, 2007). Spencer Burke believes that “the evangelical church may be wrong about homosexuality” (http://www.zondervan.com/media/samples/pdf/0310253861_samptxt.pdf#search='spencer%20burke%20homosexuality). Tony Campolo’s wife, Peggy, is affiliated with the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists, the mission of which is “to create and support a community of churches, organizations and individuals committed to the inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons in the full life and mission of Baptist churches.” She advises homosexuals to “ask the Holy Spirit to give you a sense of God’s timing” about “coming out” and says, “I can celebrate the committed monogamous partnerships of my gay brothers and lesbian sisters” (The InSpiriter, Summer 2000).
(Friday Church News Notes, September 28, 2012, www.wayoflife.org, email@example.com, 866-295-4143)
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