After much soul searching, Focus on the Family's media discernment arm, Plugged In, decided to review this film. Paul Asay explains why in a post on the Plugged In Blog. Here's some of what he had to say:
Allan Edwards is a pastor with the Presbyterian Church in America. He's also married to Leeanne Edwards and the couple is expecting their first child in July.
One of our nation's leading Christian publishers conducted a survey asking respondents to name the most influential book they had read in the past year. A startling number of women – Christian women – said "Fifty Shades of Grey" was their favorite book of the year.
As your child enters adolescence, your parenting approach will likely have to shift into a few different gears. There's a lot going on, after all. Not only is the whirlwind of puberty at your child's doorstep, but his or her world is shifting. Family often becomes an afterthought, while friends and independence take top priority.
You've probably noticed that you and your spouse don't always see eye-to-eye. Maybe he talks too much – or not enough. She feels hot while you're shivering cold. Or maybe leaving early is rare because your spouse is always running late.
I think almost every parent can relate to this scenario:
Have you ever ridden one of those amusement park rides that spin at dizzying speeds just before the floor drops out? They leave you glued to the wall, holding on for dear life.
Unfortunately, even good parents might one day see their adult children make poor choices. Here at Focus we've spoken with many heartbroken moms and dads who are grappling to understand and respond well to their grown kids' decisions.
Welcome to 2015. We are, indeed, living in a new era, where the mores and cultural norms are quickly shifting beneath our feet. When a person is labeled "anti-gay" for simply believing what our faith teaches, we know we've entered new territory.
Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, recently celebrated 70 years of marriage, making them the longest-married presidential couple in U.S. history. Their marriage isn't just long-lasting – by all accounts, it's a happy union characterized by both love and friendship.
When John and Lisa Henderson grew weary of the poor behavior of their three boys, ages 5, 8, and 11, the couple decided upon a radical remedy. They decided to "cancel" Christmas. After months of working with their boys to help them curb a growing sense of entitlement and bad behavior, the parents decided to take the money they would have spent on presents and instead "put it towards service projects and giving gifts to others."
We've all suffered heartache. Even if we grew up in a loving home, we were raised by imperfect people who made mistakes, no matter how well-intentioned they may have been. So none of us escapes completely unscathed. It's the reality of being born into a fallen world.
They say opposites attract. And at first, the differences are what make each other loveable. That's why the introvert marries an extrovert. The spender decides to get hitched with someone who's really thrifty. But after the wedding comes… life. And what was once cute is now irritating.
On a recent program, the first in our two-part broadcast, "Game Plan for Having a Happier Family," our guest, author Dr. Kevin Leman, challenged parents with something of a brainteaser: Imagine your 14-year-old son announces he just gave the $200 he earned last summer to his buddy.
Today I want to share with you stories from the husbands and wives who, through God's grace, experienced a transformation in their marriages after seeking help at Focus on the Family's National Institute of Marriage, as it's now known.
Yesterday I wrote about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from the perspective of military marriages – what might couples expect after a war veteran returns home. Today I'm continuing this two-part series by sharing how couples can work through PTSD in a way that will make the marriage stronger than it ever was before.
With Veterans Day today, it's hard for us at Focus on the Family to forget the many sacrifices the men and women of our armed forces make.
People of faith do not forfeit their freedoms of speech and religion when they go into business. Public accommodations laws that elevate homosexual behavior to a protected status have been used to punish churches, wedding photographers, bakers, florists, wedding venues, faith-based adoption agencies, and even t-shirt makers in various states for refusing to participate in or promote an event or message that violated their conscience.
MONEY magazine recently released its list of "Best Places to Live in America" for 2014, and Castle Rock, Colo., a town just north of Colorado Springs, was number four on the list. We can't all live in Castle Rock – but we can take steps to make our home a great place to live.
It's a disturbing trend taking place on university campuses around the nation. Thanks to a 2010 Supreme Court decision, state universities are now allowed to restrict "belief organizations from requiring belief."
You have three jars, each one partially filled, one with sand, one with water, and one with large rocks. The challenge? Fit the contents of all three jars into only one. Some people might start with the sand because it would seem to take up less space.
Today I want to share with you additional research that suggests another helpful dimension to helping your kids inherit your faith.
Last week I introduced a series by Bruce Hausknecht, Focus' judicial analyst, on two cases currently before the U.S. Supreme Court. These cases can potentially have far-reaching implication on the state of religious liberties in our country, which is why it's important that Christians understand what's going on – and what's at stake.
As believers, we need to get past the mentality that the only way to serve God completely is to go into ministry. Serving God isn't a race where those in full-time ministry get a head start. It's about being faithful to shine our light wherever it is God's called us to be. It's about knowing that, whether God has planted us in a ministry or a "secular" environment, we can be faithful witnesses to Him.
I believe the Board of World Vision had the best of intentions when they cited a desire for "unity" in making their original decision. But however well-intentioned, nothing is more important than adherence and faithfulness to the clear teachings of Christ. No matter how hard culture tugs, we cannot relinquish God's truth.