We live in a time of the anti-hero. Too often, the good guys are the bad guys and vice versa. Celebrities are often held up as heroes, until we learn too much about them.
But to see a true hero, look at the real St. Patrick, who has a day dedicated in his honor. Unfortunately, many people only observe his holiday, March 17, by drinking themselves silly, which is totally contrary to the spirit of the man who Christianized Ireland.
In fact, Patrick shows what God can do through someone who is committed fully to Him. more >>
The Air Force Academy removed a Bible verse posted on a cadet's whiteboard after it determined the posting had offended other cadets, a spokesman for the academy said.
The cadet wrote the passage on the whiteboard posted outside his room. "I have been crucified with Christ therefore I no longer live, but Christ lives in me," the verse from Galatians read.
Mikey Weinstein, director of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, told me 29 cadets and four faculty and staff members contacted his organization to complain about the Christian passage. more >>
After having 19 children, Jim Bob Duggar of the TLC reality show "19 Kids and Counting," admits that he still treats his wife Michelle as a queen and demonstrates his love to her through actions so his sons can take notice.
"I try to open doors for her, take care of her, I try to show her that I love her and that I cherish her," said Jim Bob, during an interview with The Huffington Post. "By me setting that example for my sons for how to treat a lady, that gives them the example how to treat their future wife, or girlfriend or fiancée."
The Duggars were joined by their 19 children, daughter-in-law and grandchildren during the interview in which they promoted their show's eighth season, set to premiere April 1. more >>
"Noah" Director Darren Aronofsky recently said that his forthcoming Bible-themed flick is "the least biblical biblical film ever made."
"Noah is the least biblical biblical film ever made," Aronofsky told The New Yorker, according to The Guardian. He also commented on the poor test scores the film received from faith audiences as Paramount Pictures screened multiple versions of the film.
"I don't give a f*** about the test scores! My films are outside the scores," he was quoted as saying. "Ten men in a room trying to come up with their favorite ice cream are going to agree on vanilla. I'm the rocky road guy." more >>
I was thinking about family this week. In truth, I think about family a lot – my own, mostly. But recently, it was the stories of two very different families that caught my attention and reminded me of just how important family truly is.
Morris Catholic High School senior Rachel Canning was in court last week to sue her parents. The 18-year old is claiming that her parents abandoned her by throwing her out of their home. She also believes her parents were responsible for her eating disorder, alleging that her mother called her "fat."
Rachel wants her parents to provide immediate financial support that includes payment for college, medical bills, legal fees and weekly child support in the amount of $654.00. But the parents just are buying it. more >>
The Lenten season is upon us once more, and like many Christians, in an attempt to honor God's faithfulness to his Church and in the hopes of deepening my own faith I have decided to engage in a fast of sorts. Inspired by a good friend of mine, I will for the duration of Lent refrain from using any form of social media. For my friend, this means saying goodbye to Twitter. For me, it's all about Facebook.
It's been a little more than a week since I posted my last status update, informing the world (or at least my little corner of it) that I'd be absent from our virtual community for the next 40 days. In the past week, I can't begin to number how many times my computer mouse has absentmindedly gravitated towards the Facebook marker on my Internet toolbar. So far, my resolve has held, and with the extra time I've gained by not trolling my news feed I've had a bit of time to reflect on how radically social media has transformed everyday life. For better or worse, platforms like Twitter and Facebook have come to play a huge part in the social lives of many people.
Society today, for all our global connectedness, is actually much less social than our predecessors, at least in the traditional sense of the word. As hard as it may be for some of us to believe, there was a time not so long ago when accomplishing the tasks of daily life required extensive interaction with other people in the community. There was no Amazon.com, no Super Wal-Mart, and personal transportation didn't provide the same level of autonomous, anonymous efficiency that it does today. Many people walked where they needed to go, and knew their grocer and butcher and baker; neighbors actually knew each other's names and possibly even went to the same church. Regular attendance at community events and town meetings was viewed as both a social responsibility and an opportunity for fellowship. In other words, people were rooted to their communities, and this rootedness carried with it a ready-made social network. more >>