Synod, other advocates speak for religious liberty in secularized military

U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Madrid allegedly was punished because of his religious beliefs about marriage and sexuality.

LYF Youth Poll results reflect headlines, scriptural stance

Participants at every triennial LCMS Youth Gathering since 1980 take the poll that helps inform the Church and aids in developing youth-ministry resources and events.

LCMS awaits response from DoD in request to protect troops’ religious freedom

It remains unclear if Department of Defense (DoD) officials will respond to the Synod’s Sept. 8 request to ensure protections for chaplains, service members and others, following the DoD’s recently mandated LGBT policies.

Protecting troops’ religious freedom: LCMS calls for clear DoD guidance

The Synod sends a formal request to the Secretary of Defense to ensure specific protections for chaplains, service members and other defense personnel, as Christian service members face increasing pressures in today’s military.

Anderson addresses convention on religious liberty, traditional marriage

In light of current adversity against religious liberty, Dr. Ryan Anderson encourages convention-goers “to live out the truth in our own lives.”

United Methodist leadership recommends deferral of LGBT decisions

The recommendation concerns whether to accept LGBT clergy and allow same-sex marriage.

Religious groups react to Boy Scouts’ vote to drop ban on gay adults

What are Southern Baptists, Roman Catholics, United Methodists and others saying about the Boy Scouts action?

Harrison, Day on Boy Scouts action: ‘It is a sad day’

The Boy Scouts of America’s announcement that it is lifting its ban on gay Scout leaders “raises concern for many LCMS congregations,” say the Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison and the Rev. Bart Day.

God’s Gift of Sexuality Task Force offers resources

The resources are designed to provide hope and healing for those struggling with same-sex attraction, and offer support for their families.

LCMS U director offers encouragement, hope in wake of SCOTUS marriage ruling

LCMS U director reminds college students: “God has a habit of working great things out of dark moments.”

Millennials: the ‘don’t judge generation’ on sexual morality

More than half of 18- to 35-year-olds say that in some situations having an abortion is the “most responsible decision.”

Religion loses clout: Why many say that’s a bad thing

More Americans today say religion’s influence is losing ground just when they want it to play a stronger role in public life and politics.

Uganda’s Anglican leader doubles down on anti-gay law

Anglican Archbishop Stanley Ntagali calls the decision a disappointment for the Church of Uganda, religious leaders and many Ugandans.

Is There Hope for America?

It is ultimately the Lord, Scripture teaches, Who causes kingdoms to rise and fall; the Potter shapes the clay. And irrespective of their form of government, He blesses when He sees fit, allows bad things to happen and wicked men to prosper, in order to drive people to repentance and faith.

San Francisco archbishop defends decision to join rally

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone says taking part in the March for Marriage in Washington is not “anti-LGBT … anti-anyone or anti-anything.”

Lawsuit challenges North Dakota gay marriage ban

North Dakota becomes the last of 31 states to have its ban on same-sex marriage challenged as unconstitutional.