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‘Perfect love’ overcomes LGBT protest

Marty Duren writes at Kingdom in the Midst:

Recently the FIRE Church in Concord, NC, was to be the object of a protest by a local LGBT group. The protest, however, was abandoned when members of the LGBT community experienced “perfect love” from the church.

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Law Society bans discussion on marriage for ‘diversity’ sake

Religion Today reports:

The Law Society in London has banned a Christian organization, Christian Concern, from hosting an informal discussion at its headquarters on the issue of marriage entitled “One man. One woman. Making the case for marriage for the good of society,” according to Christians in Crisis.

The Law Society wrote in an email to Christian Concern, “The nature of your event has recently been drawn to our attention, and it is contrary to our diversity policy, espousing as it does an ethos which is opposed to same-sex marriage.”

The Law Society’s decision comes at a time when the debate over the UK government’s proposal to redefine marriage to include same-sex couples has reached fever pitch after more than half a million people have signed a petition opposing the plans.

Andrea Williams, CEO of Christian Concern, said she was not looking for another venue but asking the Law Society to honor its contract with the group. “How can the Law Society’s ‘diversity policy’ not include the protection and respect of a range of view on the issue of marriage?” she said.

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God’s heart for orphans: Summit VIII

Mission Network News reports:

Over 100 partners and 2,000 individuals gathered together last Thursday and Friday to discuss how to address one issue: orphan care.

Saddleback Church in southern California hosted the eighth annual Summit on May 3-4, conducted by the Christian Alliance for Orphans. Tiffany Taylor with Orphan Outreach says the entire conference was electrifying.

“The atmosphere was just so exciting with over 2,000 people from all across the nation gathered together, excited about helping orphans and making a difference for something that’s so close to God’s heart,” notes Taylor, who came early to the Summit to conduct special orphan care sessions.

For Orphan Outreach in particular, says Taylor, the two-day Summit VIII was enough to re-energize the team. The rejuvenation was highly welcome for all orphan care groups in attendance, who have the weight of reaching the world’s 153 million orphans on their shoulders. Work can get tiring, and the fellowship at the Summit along with the motivation of speakers like Francis Chan and Crawford Loritts were a breath of fresh air.

Much wider-reaching effects came from the Summit than just revitalization. Taylor says the urgency to help orphans grows every year in the hearts of those in attendance.

“As this conference has grown every year, we have really seen that more and more people are understanding about God’s heart for the orphan,” says Taylor.

“If you read the Bible and you want that to be your road map for life, it’s very clear that God wants us to be involved in the orphan’s life,” she adds. “Whether that’s adoption, whether that’s foster care or global orphan care (working with the orphans on the ground), the church has really come alive with this mission.”

As everyday believers and orphan ministries press on after the Summit — charged with God’s heart for the fatherless, pray that their passion would transform into lives changed. Taylor reminds us, “These orphans may not have a father, but they can know and have a personal relationship with their heavenly Father.”

Information about the 2013 summit, which will be held May 2-3 in Nashville, Tenn., is available at the Alliance for Orphans website.

Russell Moore on creating an “adoption culture” in your church.

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