Pastor John Pavlovitz recently caused a stir with a blog post entitled "If I Have Gay Children: Four Promises From a Christian Pastor/Parent," in which he issued statements of support for his two children should they be homosexual.
Pavlovitz's four promises are the following: "If I have gay children, you'll all know it. If I have gay children, I'll pray for them, I'll love them, and if I have gay children, most likely; I have gay children." The father of two wanted to write the post in response to hearing stories of children's pain when coming out to their parents. He also wanted to provide a Christian response for those searching for reassurance.
"I wrote the post because I've been in ministry for 18 years and have seen many LGBT people be mistreated and damaged by the Church, and with a lack of decency. I wanted to share a different sentiment from a Christian and pastor," he told The Christian Post. more >>
Jill Duggar and husband Derick Dillard are preparing for their first child in a unique way—by writing out Bible verses for support and encouragement during labor and delivery.
Duggar became pregnant just weeks after saying "I do" to Dillard; the couple made a vow to accept any and all children God chose to bless them with. And they are prepping for labor and delivery by writing out encouraging Bible verses to focus on during labor and delivery. Duggar posted a photo of her work online, along with an updated photo of her pregnancy progression.
Some of the verses included Isaiah 26:3, which reads: "You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in You." And 1 Chronicles 4:10, "Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, 'Oh, that You would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let Your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.' And God granted this request." more >>
Carrie Underwood opened up about being an outspoken Christian in the music industry this week amidst the release of her new faith-filled single, "Something In The Water."
The brand-new song features major Christian themes including conversion, baptism, and keeping the faith, with lyrics that include, "I followed that preacher down to the river and now I am changed, and now I'm stronger, there must have been something in the water."
Speaking about the new single and her career, which started after winning "American Idol" in 2005 and led to the hit single, "Jesus Take The Wheel," Underwood reflected on her faith in the country music world. more >>
A Washington, D.C.-based secular organization has sent a complaint to a Georgia school district over its high school having a stone statue that has religious statements including Bible verses listed on it.
The American Humanist Association sent the Madison County School District a letter of complaint regarding the statue, which is at the school district's high school.
Sent to Madison County Superintendent Allen McCannon and Madison High School Principal George Bullock, the letter said the statue violates the Establishment Clause. more >>
It is believe that in today's day and age, we all need a huge amount of money to live. Well, we all know that money is essential to survive in this world. The quote "money is the root of all evil" has been misquoted for many generations.
"For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows." (1 Timothy 6:10)
It is simply the "love of" money that makes us fall into temptation. Having money isn't in itself a bad thing. But just as it can be used for good, it can be used for bad, like other life materials. more >>
Don't judge me. The use of these three words to deflect perceived unwarranted criticism, is indeed biblical, according to one megachurch pastor. The problem is, as with many popular and oft-quoted Bible verses (like Jeremiah 29:11, Philippians 4:13, Romans 8:28 for example), is that Jesus' words in Matthew 7 are usually taken out of context.
In Matthew 7:1-2, Jesus says, "Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."
While the full context of Jesus' remarks run from verses 1-6, the most frequently quoted part of his teaching in this particular Bible passage usually includes just the first three words — used either lightly or in sincerity. more >>