Editor's Note: This is the second part in a series on surrogacy, titled "Renting a Womb." Read Part 1 here.
Although not specifically mentioned in the Bible, the act of surrogacy in order to produce a baby should be considered unethical, says Scott B. Rae, professor of Philosophy of Religion and Ethics at Biola University.
Surrogacy, Rae argued, diminishes a woman's role in procreation. The woman, he said, is reduced to a "baby breeder." more >>
Students enrolled in one Central Michigan University course are studying zombies, and will be examining biblical texts as well as the apocalyptic themes found in popular books and movies.
The course, titled "From Revelation to 'The Walking Dead,'" is being taught by philosophy and religion professor Kelly Murphy. Murphy is a fan of AMC's hit show "The Walking Dead," according to a press release, and has always wanted to teach an apocalyptic literature course.
"The prevalence of apocalyptic stories in various media gives us a window into what people are worrying about, what they hope for and how they imagine they would react in the face of a cataclysmic event," said Murphy. "In the same way, we can read the Book of Revelation or other ancient apocalyptic texts and learn what ancient Jewish and Christian groups were concerned about and what kind of world they hoped might exist." more >>
Bryan Ganey is celebrating. "I lost 400 pounds in four years without any surgery or diet program!" he says. He also was $60,000 in debt and paid that off too, exclaiming, "American Express-I finally left home without it!"
Overeating and overspending, this Christian finally came to the place where he realized time was running out and it was time for change. Are we approaching this same place in the church today?
Today I spoke with a man who is being installed as the pastor of a historic church in our area. After 164 years operating one way, he challenged them to change their bylaws to align with Scripture. They followed his courageous lead to "trim the fat" in a time of civilizational crisis. more >>
Justin Vollmar, a pastor who has been running the Virtual Deaf Church online for the last four years, made a shocking announcement to his followers Friday declaring he has become an atheist because there is "NO GOD" and Christianity is "all nonsense."
Vollmar explained his decision in a blunt and blasphemous YouTube video Friday during which he renounced Christian teachings of the existence of the Holy Spirit, Jesus is the Son of God and that His mother was a virgin at the time of His birth.
"This may shock you completely," signed Vollmar in the run-up to his revelation made through subtitles. "Yes, I have become an atheist." more >>
You've heard it said, "We are all God's children." This rings flowery and nice. It's an insidious lie.
Indeed, God both created and loves – in a way most unfathomable – everyone who ever lived. He wove us together in our mother's womb and numbered our every hair. But God the Father has only one begotten Son. The rest of us, in order to become one of God's children, must be adopted – in, by and through – the One Who is the Son: Jesus Christ. Those who are not adopted are not children of God. Christ and Christ alone is "the way, the truth and the life."
Indeed, to become a child of God, we must ask God – through Christ – to adopt us. We mustn't just believe upon Him – for "Even the demons believe that" (see James 2:19) – but, rather, we must also accept Him. We must follow Jesus, the one true God, as our only God. "But to all who believed him and accepted him (Jesus), he gave the right to become children of God." (John 1:12) more >>
The sons of Martin Luther King Jr., acting as representatives of his estate, are suing their sister so that she will hand over the civil rights leader's Bible and Nobel Peace Prize medal, which she says her brothers want to sell.
Bernice King, CEO of The King Center, said during a press conference Thursday that her brothers, Martin Luther King III and Dexter King, want to sell the Bible and medal despite her belief that her father would not have wanted them to do so, according to video posted to the USA Today website.
"I take this strong position for my father, because daddy is not here to say himself, 'My Bible and my medals are never to be sold,'" she said. more >>