Near the end of my pastoral tenure a shift happened I had never experienced in 20 years of ministry. After a sermon in which I addressed men and lust a woman approached me and asked, "When are you going to start challenging women in this area? Don't you think we struggle with lust, too?"
Why is calamity, the time we most need God's presence in pain, a time we tend to mouth off? Why, when pain and agony are all around, do we think theological pronouncements are the best response?
The home schoolteacher who taught my children is retiring after a stellar twenty-three year career.
A joint statement from the Sothern Baptist's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission North American Missions Board has been issued on religious freedom on the military.
As cultural debates continue to roll regarding the sanctity of human life, validity of same-sex marriage, the acceptance of infanticide, genetic modification and--coming to a theater near you--whatever is next, it is crystal clear that many self-identified Christians are ill equipped for public debate.
When I was in middle school and "pre-marital sex" was discussed at our Wednesday night gatherings it was safe to assume almost all in attendance were virgins. But, the times have changed.
Warning: A graphic wartime picture is included in this post.
Over the course of this week my friend Z has been sharing her story of surviving the sex trade. Trafficked by her father beginning in middle school his actions and control dominated her even as she went to college. Today is the final segment.
This is the 3rd part of the story of a sex trafficking survivor, my friend Z. In the intro she explained the reasons for telling her story, and in the previous part she began recounting the sexual abuse received from her father. Today she shares certain portions of the abuse that can only be described as utterly depraved, animalistic and demonic.
This is the second part of Z's story of surviving sex trafficking. In the introductory first part Z explained why she has decided to tell her story.
Readers of this column know my concern for biblical justice issues. I remain convinced our loss of substantial believability as followers of Christ owes to our wrongful pursuit of political power. In this pursuit believers have allowed issues addressed throughout the Bible to go unaddressed.
A few internet articles empowered by social media last week proclaimed California Democrat Jackie Speier wants to federalize a state law to prohibit counseling to change a person's sexual orientation. Under the bill's language, a mental health counselor could be sanctioned if there was an attempt to get a gay individual to change his or her behavior or speak negatively about their behavior as it relates to sexuality.
Planned Parenthood has worked tirelessly to ensure the long-term viability of abortion-on-demand in America. With a mantra of "between a woman and her doctor" they have earned the title of America's largest abortion mill. Perhaps now they will also become America's largest infanticide provider as well.
In response to a question at the recent Starbucks corporation shareholders meeting, CEO Howard Schultz reiterated his and the company's support for workplace diversity. This includes support for same-sex marriage.
A friendly exchange over the weekend addressed whether abortion is "the human rights issue of our day." It will be obvious to most that I believe abortion to be a human rights issue. My challenge concerned the use of the word the.