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Broadway’s Anti-Gays Vote

Timothy Kincaid

March 10th, 2008

We have followed the story on Broadway Baptist in Fort Worth and their debate over whether to include gay people in their church directory. They decided to do away with the term “family” and allow individuals to have their pictures in “groups” instead. Sadly, this wasn’t enough of a rejection of gay families for some members.

But members were sharply divided last fall over whether gay couples should be pictured in the church’s 125th anniversary photo directory.

That fight led to a bigger one, over Dr. Younger. A group called Friends for the Future of Broadway accused him of ineffective leadership and of leading the church in too liberal a direction.

So they tried to oust the pastor. But the vote has been taken and the anti-gays just didn’t have enough votes.

The vote was 499 for retaining Brett Younger and 237 against, giving the pastor a two-thirds majority.

Let’s hope that their drama is over. We wish Pastor Younger continued support and we wish much healing for Broadway Baptist.

See also:
Broadway’s Pastor Calls It Quits
Broadway’s Anti-Gays Vote
Broadway Baptist Finds a Happy Compromise
Broadway Baptist Punts on Gay Members’ Photos
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March 11th, 2008 | LINK

Well, I doubt that it’s over. I’ve seen several church splits, and when there is s vote to oust a pastor, and the vote fails, the losers will leave. If the church has big debt, then those who remain will find ways to increase income, often making ill conceived compromisies.

Craig L. Adams
March 11th, 2008 | LINK

I also doubt that it’s over. Those disgruntled people who “lost” the vote will do something. They may leave as Barry suggests, or they may STAY and make life miserable for the pastor.

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