The Atlantic: The mainline denomination voted on Tuesday to toughen its teachings against homosexuality, same-sex marriage, and LGBTQ clergy. It must now decide whether it will stay together.
Christianity Today: United Methodists vote to keep traditional marriage stance
The New York Times: United Methodists tighten ban on same-sex marriage and gay clergy
United Methodist News Service: United Methodists tried to come to terms with a General Conference that was meant to unify but instead underscored divisions and had all sides acknowledging a high level of pain.
Religion News Service: Bishop Will Willimon on why no plan can unite United Methodists
Aeon: Any translation of the Bible that does not convey at least something of the stylistic brilliance of the original is a betrayal of it, and such has been the case of all the English versions done by committee in the modern period, says Robert Alter.
Religion & Politics: In his new book, "Faith and Struggle in the Lives of Four African Americans," Randal Maurice Jelks argues that the individual narrative of faith is a neglected element in black biography.
Religion News Service: A Southern Baptist working group urged a cautious approach in investigating churches linked to allegations of sex abuse but has agreed that three of 10 churches named by SBC President J.D. Greear last week should be investigated.