Good news exists in Christian communities ministering to gay communities. New Testament professor Scot McKnight highlights an approach I've experienced in every community I lived in both in America and abroad. In A Fellowship of Differents, McKnight addresses how Christians biblically address "Sexual Bodies in a Church."
As is the case with most theologians, McKnight provides historical context to best understand Paul's letters to new believers. Common sexual practices ranged from same-sex relations, orgies, multiple partners, and only in Jewish communities fidelity and/or celibacy. Paul's teachings about marriage and sexual relations to the Ephesians and Corinthians were radical and contrarian to social norms: Christ followers must be celibate or faithful to one's spouse.
Not only were new believers to conform to these two choices, but Paul also instructed them "not to associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people" (1 Cor. 5). more >>
In a new book for mothers titled, Be The Best Mom You Can Be, Marina Slayton, a Christian mother of four and wife of former U.S. diplomat Gregory Slayton, has shared tips on parenting in the 21st century. It's a time, she says, when parents and children alike are facing new challenges such as growing hostility against Christianity and a higher rate of suicide, both of which have touched her family personally.
She asks probing questions such as:
How can we avoid the pitfalls of a secular culture? How do we raise children who are healthy emotionally and spiritually? What if we're doing it wrong? more >>
English Dictionary publishers are considering the possibility of adding a new honorific term alongside "Mr.," "Mrs." and "Miss."
Recently an assistant editor with the Oxford English Dictionary stated that the transgender title of "Mx" may soon be added to their list of honorific terms.
Real life American Sniper widow Taya Kyle recalls the heartbreaking moment she was forced to tell her two young children that their Navy SEAL father, Chris Kyle, had been killed in an interview set to air on ABC this week.
Taya Kyle, 40, recently opened up about her tragic loss in a sit-down with "Good Morning America" host Robin Roberts and the interview is said to be candid, heartbreaking and eye-opening. The war widow lost her husband Chris, widely considered to be the most lethal sniper in U.S. history for having 160 confirmed kills, two years ago and she recalled the moment that their two children learned the tragic news.
Last year, Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan became the first Ebola victim to die on American soil and six months later his family is still trying to make sense of his untimely death amid unanswered questions. Louise Troh, the 54-year-old former fiancée of Duncan, recently recalled how the deadly virus ruined her life and left her traumatized.
Forty-two-year-old Duncan lived with the former nursing assistant and her five children inside their Dallas apartment for one week after he traveled to the U.S. from Liberia on Sept. 20, but that all changed the moment he was diagnosed with Ebola on Sept. 30.
Troh claims she was completely shunned by the community, mischaracterized in the media and forced into a 21-day quarantine that would leave her traumatized and battling anxiety. more >>
NEW YORK — Christian author Joe Battaglia breaks down the "intellectual dishonesty of political correctness" in his new book The Politically Incorrect Jesus and he recently stopped by CP Voice to discuss his latest book further.
The writer, who is also the founder and president of Renaissance Communications and has had a hand in promoting such films as "The Passion" and "God's Not Dead" feels Christians need to rise above the politics and polemics of the day as Jesus did. He also explained that no cause should trump the mission of Christ in a Christian's life.
"As I say in the book, whenever we raise the flag higher than the cross we have a problem," Battaglia told CP Voice. "People get confused. Any flag or any cause. [Because] Christ said when He gets lifted up, not when a political party gets lifted up, not when an idea gets lifted up, not even when His best representatives get lifted up, but when He gets lifted up He will draw all men to Himself." more >>