A secular organization has released a poll which states that over a third of Americans support removing the phrase "Under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance.
The American Humanist Association released on Tuesday a study done for their organization by The Seidewitz Group indicating that 34 percent of Americans support removing the phrase.
The patriarch of the "Duck Dynasty" clan, Phil Robertson, says he does not hate homosexuals or anyone for that matter, despite his comments regarding homosexuality that got him temporarily suspended from the A&E Network last year.
Robertson recently began promoting his new book, unPHILtered: The Way I See It, in which he addresses the comments made to GQ Magazine regarding the Bible condemning the gay lifestyle as a sin. While speaking about his book, he also noted that his opinion about gay individuals is similar to that of Jesus' view.
A self-professed evangelical Christian who runs a website dedicated to informing believers about evolution appeared on the Bad Christian podcast this week where he discussed why debating about the topic could hurt the Gospel.
God of Evolution.com creator, Tyler Francke, believes strongly that evolution and the Bible do not contradict each other and said that an old Earth and the evolutionary theory make the most sense to him after observing the available evidence in various forms of science.
"I think that evolution can be everything that the scientific evidence indicates that it is and that Christianity can be everything that the Bible says it is and should be and that those two do not need to come into any type of conflict just because of what those things say," said Francke during the podcast. more >>
There was a time earlier on in my Christian life where I was quite the zealous little theology cop. I would blast Joel Osteen and the likes of him with their biblically deficient statements about God on my blog, twitter, Facebook — any outlet I could find. I thought it was my job to stand firm and "defend God's truth," calling out every bit of erroneous teaching I came across. I'm not that person anymore.
Don't get me wrong, I definitely think that there is a place for exposing false teaching (and to be clear, I think that most of what I've heard of Joel Osteen's teaching is false). But I think it needs to be done out of a love for Christ and a desire for people to know Him in truth, not out of a egocentric desire to just be "right."
So, before I go into Victoria Osteen's comments, I want to say that my intention is not to put her on blast or to publicly declare her a blasphemous bimbo. There's enough of that on the Internet already. My intention is to discuss the cheap view of God that fuels the kind of comments she made in that video. more >>
The news of three different celebrity weddings dominated Labor Day Weekend this year, but none of the nuptials took place in the church.
First, former "The View" co-host Jenny McCarthy wed Donnie Wahlberg on Saturday, Aug. 30 in St. Charles, Illinois at Hotel Baker. According to reports, friends and family of the couple were spotted in St. Cloud on Saturday, including Wahlberg's brother Paul as well as his former New Kids on the Block band mates Jordan Knight and Danny Wood.
McCarthy was raised in a Catholic household and has even admitted early intentions to become a nun, but it is unknown if she still identifies with Catholicism. After the birth of her son Evan and his Autism diagnosis, McCarthy admitted to praying to a wide variety of Catholic saints. more >>
It was the summer of 2011. We were visiting friends in North Carolina one weekend for a lovely wedding on the beach. Our strong-willed, opinionated and hyper-inquisitive children, a boy and two girls, were, at the time, 10, 7 and 6 respectively. My gorgeous, though Chicago-tough and Sicilian-sassy, wife and I were at lunch with the kids at a little seaside café the following day. A late morning ocean breeze puffed through the eatery's open bay windows, filling our nostrils with that salty pong of damp sand and faint sea life, forecasting a beautiful day ahead.
We were discussing the wedding ceremony from the previous day. The blushing bride, a delightful young woman, happened to be about eight months pregnant and, to my knowledge, had not been the beneficiary of a second immaculate conception.
As the tsunami bursts forth from still waters without warning, our youngest daughter's face abruptly took on an air of contemplative curiosity. She looked to me and asked, "Dad, how can she (the bride) already have a baby in her tummy if they're not married yet?" more >>