Most American Christians are familiar with Catholicism and Protestantism as the two major Christian traditions, especially in the West. But did you know there is a third major branch of Christianity?
While it may be true that many traditional communities are not openly hostile to the LGBT community, one may nevertheless feel out-of-place simply for being gay or trans. Many churches simply do not offer opportunities for their LGBT individuals to flourish and offer their own gifts. In other words, many churches do not encourage their LGBT members to be, well, church. But it shouldn't be like this. All churches should welcome, appreciate, and care for LGBT persons—regardless of whether they approve of same-sex relationships or not. Here are six reasons why.
I’m just not getting anything out of it!" may be a common cry for many who find church boring. But I’m willing to bet much of this boredom stems from ignorance: We simply don’t know what church is all about! At least, that has been my experience. The fact is, the more I have learned about church, the less boring it has been. I have encountered four points in particular that have made me less bored—and even more excited—about going to church.
I'll be honest. The Bible is not always my favorite. Often, I'll read it and end up with even more questions. Sometimes, it has even scandalized my faith. The text is complex, dated, and sometimes just plain archaic. It seems so human. How can this be the Word of God, I think. What makes it worse is that there are SO many approaches to the Bible, both inside and outside the church. This makes it hard to nail down the exact nature of the book, to begin with.