Katy Perry opened up about her plans for the future, including non-traditional ideas for a family in an interview this week.
The 29-year-old pop star comes from a Christian background, with both parents becoming evangelical pastors during her childhood. In more recent years however, Perry has renounced her religious upbringing, even admitting that she is no longer a Christian today. In another deviation from her childhood, the singer said this week that she wants children someday, whether there is a man in her life or not.
U.S. bobsledder and Olympic hurdler Lori "Lolo" Jones has shared openly of her struggles in prior years of trying to accomplish things by her own strength, instead of relying completely on God. "That exhausted me. It broke me," she confessed to fans, moving many of them to reveal their own struggles.
"Be the kind of person who never gives up hope, regardless of how hopeless things seem, because your hope is in the Lord," Jones wrote on her Facebook page on Tuesday.
She went on to share, "My prayers have been on hope lately. The last few years without me knowing I began to lose hope that God answered my prayers. I continued to worship and love Him but I tried to do things in my own strength. That exhausted me. It broke me. Especially with the taunts of social media always reminding me of things I lacked. A gold medal, a husband, etc etc... But If I never get what I want, I have committed my life to you Lord." more >>
Braxton Caner, the 15-year-old son of apologist and Baptist college President Ergun Caner, has apparently committed suicide.
News of the tragedy spread Tuesday evening via Twitter and other social media outlets.
Caner is the president of Brewton-Parker College, an Evangelical college affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention in Mount Vernon, Georgia. He previously served as president of Arlington Baptist College in Texas and dean of the Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. more >>
Debate about religion in American public life existed well before America's independence. Many talk about religious freedom, the First Amendment, and mistakenly argue that the U.S. Constitution delineates a "separation of church and state." Yet, the highest court of the land, the U.S. Supreme Court has never formally defined what actually constitutes "religion." Nor has the Court ever defined "God." In fact, its standards for referring to "religion" evolve, change, and remain inconsistent.
For example, in 1890, the Court referred to religion in traditional theistic terms, referring to a "Creator."
By the 1960s, when interpreting the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, the Court referred to religion as it relates to both a person's belief in the existence of a particular God and another's disbelief in a particular God or belief in no God at all. When ruling on conscientious objector status, the Court expanded the concept of religion from believing in a "supreme being" to include "deeply held moral and ethical beliefs." more >>
"The modern world is full of the old Christian virtues gone mad. The virtues have gone mad because they have been isolated from each other and are wandering alone. Thus some scientists care for truth; and their truth is pitiless. Thus some humanitarians only care for pity; and their pity (I am sorry to say) is often untruthful." – G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
If this assessment was true in Gilbert Keith's day, how much more so today? What we consider Christian virtues have been pulled apart to the point of complete isolation. These virtues are meant to be grouped together as different facets of a complete individual, but as the deconstruction of our culture has progressed, they have been amputated and mutated as Chesterton describes.
The book of Philippians compiles a number of these virtues in one sublime verse. The Apostle Paul, speaking to the church in Philippi, advised them "whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things" (Phil 4:8, NKJV). Philippians is considered one of the high points of Pauline scripture for its portrayal of the mind of Christ, yet this nearly rendered gibberish in a world which has dismissed the existence of Truth outside of a petri dish. A world in which Justice is interchangeable with social outrage. more >>
Here I expose another big lie from Mideast Studies professors.
Is jizya-the money non-Muslims historically paid their Muslim conquerors-meant to buy them "protection," including from outside enemies, as modern Western academics maintain? Or was it simply extortion money meant to buy non-Muslims their lives, as Islam's scriptures mandate?
The word jizya appears in Koran 9:29: "Fight those among the People of the Book [Christians and Jews] who do not believe in Allah nor the Last Day, nor forbid what Allah and his Messenger have forbidden, nor embrace the religion of truth, until they pay the jizya with willing submission and feel themselves subdued (emphasis added)." more >>