Church: Horses can help cure homosexuality

Interesting story: An American church is promising gay men they will be cured of their homosexuality if they stroke horses. The Cowboy Church of Virginia, led by chief pastor Raymond Bell, believes homosexuality and other ‘addictions’ can be cured by Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. Horse therapy, in the right hands, can be used to help overcome fears, develop communication skills, and is generally beneficial to mental health. But Bell says the horses in his church, a cowboy ranch in the south, are part of teaching men to stop being gay and encourage them to be more masculine. ‘EAP can help any...
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The Filter (for the week of September 24)

It’s that time again folks… time for my friend Matt Steen and myself to dive into the world of what’s happening in the church and give you our weekly wrap-up of all-things churchy: Hit or Miss Jack Schaap faces 10 years after plea deal (0:26) Pastors are Hurting (2:45) Robert A. Schuller defaults on Home (6:22) That he is renting out for retreats… (June 2012) (9:26) It Has to Stop (11:06) Joel Osteen on Homosexuality (13:20) Is This a Social Statement? (20:02) Split Congregation Locks Some Members Out (22:55) Less Than 20% of Church Goers Read their Bible...
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Joel and Oprah

Tim Schraeder has written a wonderful synopsis of Joel Osteen’s appearance on Oprah’s new show over the weekend.  I think it’s worth your read. Some of the more interesting things to me: On preaching prosperity: Why would people think preaching prosperity is a bad thing? I don’t know who would say that you aren’t supposed to leave your children better off than you were. Prosperity isn’t just financial… it’s abundant life… body, soul, mind, and spirit. You can’t be a blessing if you are poor, broke and depressed. If you are poor, broke, and depressed is it because you...
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Best Argument?

I don’t mean to get all political.  That’s not the purpose of this post. But when it comes to homosexuality, and gay marriage in particular, culture has us pushed up against the wall. When the church disagrees with something that’s becoming socially acceptable, what is the best way to respond. Here, Rick Santorum, tries to respond with reason.  That clearly doesn’t work with this crowd of college students. And I’m sure that if he responded with a Biblical response as to why most Christians are opposed to gay marriage, it would have been much worse for him. I mean…...
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New NIV: Tougher on Homosexuality

According to the Christian Post, the latest version of the popular NIV Bible translation has had its verses on homosexuality reworded, making them clearer in denouncing the practice, according to Dr. Douglas J. Moo for Wheaton Collage, a theologian who helped with the translation says. “The 1984 NIV rendering … did not make clear whether homosexual activity per se was being condemned or whether only certain kinds of ‘offensive’ homosexual activity was being condemned.,” said Moo. “The updated NIV makes clear that the Greek words here indicate any kind of homosexual activity. The...
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Go away, gay.

A gay Tennessee couple said they were assaulted when they tried to attend church services at the Grace Fellowship Church in Fruitland last Wednesday, an attack that was prompted by one of the gay men’s father. “I went over to take the keys out of the ignition and all the sudden I hear someone say ‘sick’em,’” said Gibson County resident, Jerry Pittman Jr. “My uncle and two other deacons came over to the car per my dad’s request. My uncle smashed me in the door as the other deacon knocked my boyfriend back so he couldn’t help me, punching him in his...
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Well…how does this picture strike you? HT:
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Willow Creek Exodus

Willow Creek has ended its formal relationship with Exodus International. According to a write-up at Christianity today, the two sides are saying two different things: WILLOW CREEK Elder Scott Vaudrey says the decision was not intended as a social or political statement.  In fact, it was the result of “a season of reviewing and clarifying some of our affiliations with outside organizations.” EXODUS president Alan Chambers thinks differently though:  ”The choice to end our partnership is definitely something that shines a light on a disappointing trend within parts of the...
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Moral Revolution

Al Mohler recently wrote a post on how he feels the church in facing a moral revolution in the area of homosexuality.  Read this and see if you agree… The liberal churches and denominations have an easy way out of this predicament. They simply accommodate themselves to the new moral reality. By now the pattern is clear: These churches debate the issue, with conservatives arguing to retain the older morality and liberals arguing that the church must adapt to the new one. Eventually, the liberals win and the conservatives lose. Next, the denomination ordains openly gay candidates or decides to...
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New View?

In his June 15 comments at the SBC meeting, Mohler — president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. — said Christians have “not done well on this issue,” have told only “half the truth” regarding homosexuality and have practiced a “certain form of homophobia.” He went on to say it’s “clear that it’s more than a choice” and is “not something that people can just turn on and turn off.” He also was clear in calling homosexuality a sin. via Baptist Press Do you agree with Mohler? Is this a change in...
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