The Heartbreak and Hope of Church Schisms

The Heartbreak and Hope of Church Schisms

The United Methodist Church, with 80 million members, is undergoing a schism centered primarily around LGBTQ+ equality. Conservatives hold to a “traditional” understanding of sexuality and marriage, while progressives advocate for all Methodists’ inclusivity and...
Baylor Must Be Safe Harbor for All Students

Baylor Must Be Safe Harbor for All Students

I came out of the closet as a gay man in 1981 at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. I guess I’ve always known I was different but wasn’t sure what it was. The product of a Baptist upbringing in a large metro church, my chief concern was being the best Baptist I could...
‘Marriage, Sex and Procreation’

‘Marriage, Sex and Procreation’

Editor’s Note: The following is an adapted excerpt from Schafer’s book, “Marriage, Sex and Procreation: Contemporary Revisions to Augustine’s Theology of Marriage,” (Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2019). It is used with permission. The book is available to purchase...