New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan said in an interview that he has "no sense of judgment" on NFL prospect Michael Sam who announced in February that he is gay, and also commented on Pope Francis' recent remarks that he could be open to civil unions.
"Good for him. I would have no sense of judgment on him. God bless ya … Look, the same Bible that … teaches us well about the virtues of chastity and the virtue of fidelity and marriage also tells us not to judge people. So I would say, 'Bravo,'" Dolan said on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday, when asked for his views on the issue.
Readers just can't seem to get enough of E.L. James' bestselling erotica Fifty Shades series, as the trilogy now has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. The salacious series, which counts Christians among its fans, marks that milestone amid anticipation of the movie adaptation being released next year.
Dannah Gresh, co-founder of Pure Freedom and who authored Pulling Back the Shades with Dr. Juli Slattery, said she was saddened to hear about Fifty Shades' latest milestone. Pulling Back the Shades: Erotica, Intimacy, and the Longings of a Woman's Heart is Gresh and Slattery's response to the pervasiveness of the erotica series, specifically among Christians.
"I'm sad because the book honors and glorifies bondage, dominance, sadism and machoism [or BDSM sex play]," Gresh told The Christian Post during a conference call with Slattery. Gresh added that the "saddest part" was knowing that Christian women consume the erotica series as much as women in the general public. more >>
The creators of the upcoming "Noah" biblical epic starring Russell Crowe have released a video trailer featuring an inside look at how they brought to life what is undeniably the movie's biggest prop and centerpiece — the massive ark that the Old Testament narrative says was built by Noah and his family to protect them and "all living creatures" from a worldwide flood.
"There was a huge issue of what is this ark gonna look like," says Director and co-writer Darren Aronofsky in the trailer. "The idea was let's go back to what God tells Noah in the Bible."
Aronofsky adds, "It basically describes a box. It doesn't talk about a bow. It doesn't have to navigate. It wasn't like Noah was trying to take the ship anywhere. It basically has to survive the flood." more >>
The Apostle Paul's exhortation to Christians of all marital statuses has confused more than a few believers hoping to align their lives with his teachings. Redeemer Presbyterian Church Pastor Tim Keller made an effort to answer questions regarding those verses found in the Bible specifically addressing singlehood and marriage at a recent conference.
"If you have a wife, do not seek to end the marriage. If you do not have a wife, do not seek to get married. But if you do get married, it is not a sin. And if a young woman gets married, it is not a sin. However, those who get married at this time will have troubles, and I am trying to spare you those problems. But let me say this, dear brothers and sisters: The time that remains is very short. So from now on, those with wives should not focus only on their marriage," Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 7:27-29 (NLT).
Speaking at S1NGLE, a conference organized by Redeemer Presbyterian Church's Family Ministries on Saturday, Keller sought to clarify what he described as "enigmatic verses to the average reader." more >>
Christian writer and intellectual Wesley Hill, who identifies as gay, has entered the fray of an increasingly meshed LGBT and church climate through his decision to pursue chastity.
The author of "Washed and Waiting" and professor at Trinity School of Ministry spoke about his decision and how his fellow unmarried straight and LGBT Christians ought to set boundaries at S1NGLE, a conference organized by Pastor Tim Keller's Redeemer Presbyterian Church's Family Ministries on Saturday.
Hill said that during adolesence, he first realized he would be forced to make some serious decisions about his sexuality and faith. more >>
Oral arguments in a lawsuit by an atheist organization against the placement of the "World Trade Center cross" at a museum on government property will take place later this week.
American Atheists will present their case before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday, arguing that the WTC cross does not belong in a museum on government leased property.
Two days after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, construction workers found a cross beam among the wreckage of the Twin Towers. more >>