I knew I was attracted to the same sex when I was seven — in some capacity, anyway. I don't think it's physiologically possible to truly feel sexual attraction at such a young age. But I knew there was a drawing in me toward the same gender – and drawing that was more than what some would say is "natural" or "normal."
As I grew up in a rural Louisiana town and teenage hormones began to surge throughout my body, my drawing toward the same gender intensified — sexually and emotionally. While I was definitely not engulfed in the life of a church during my adolescence, I was raised in close enough proximity to religious things – and religious people – that I knew the Bible referenced to homosexuality as an abominable thing.
The Bible referenced to me as an abominable thing. That was my understanding anyway. And not only did the Bible paint people like me in the light of all that is grotesque, but so did the people around me. Family, friends, football coaches. Everyone. To be gay was to be gross. To be gay was to be wicked. To be gay was to be scum. more >>
The news that George Perdikis, co-founder of The Newsboys, has renounced the Lord and proclaimed himself an atheist brought shock and pain to believers who have been blessed by their music for years. But now, rather than attacking him as if he somehow sinned against us, we should be praying for his restoration and asking why it is that so many are falling away.
Of course, the good news is that worldwide, Jesus continues to build His church and the gates of hell are not prevailing against it, and there are far more coming to faith than falling away from the faith.
But in America and Europe, the large number of those turning away from the Lord or simply declaring themselves "nones" (having no religious affiliation) is a matter of real concern. more >>
Editor's note: This is the final part of a two-part interview with rapper, pastor, and author Trip Lee about his latest projects, his thoughts on U.S. Christianity, his new church plant, and his perspectives on race as a black man in America. Read part one here: Rapper Trip Lee, Self-Described 'Boring' Guy, Talks Finding Inspiration in Malcolm Gladwell, CS Lewis, and Jay-Z.
It is an "irresponsible argument" for critics of the claim that police officers are biased in their targeting of and interactions with black men to point to so-called black-on-black crime, according to Christian rapper, pastor, author, and thought leader Trip Lee. That only deflects from the real issue, he said in a recent interview in which he comments on race, the church, and how he identifies with Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
"I think what that shows is often an unwillingness to talk about this issue," Lee explained in a Jan. 14 phone interview with The Christian Post. "We'll do anything to avoid talking about this issue. How can I deflect? How can I blame-shift? How can I act like this isn't an issue itself? If I just point out the fact that black people hurt each other, too, then we can ignore the fact that other people harm black people. I think it's an irresponsible argument." more >>
Common Core is a "good idea gone bad," Mike Huckabee wrote in his new book, God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy. He explained what he meant by that in a Monday interview with the Christian Post, and talked about his plans for a presidential run in 2016 and why he wrote the book.
He begins the book by recalling the Summer of 2012 Chick-fil-A protests over owner Dan Cathy's defense of biblical marriage. Huckabee helped to organize an August 1 counter-protest of sorts at the time called "Chick-fil-a Appreciation Day," which led to a 200 percent increase in sales on that day. Later, Huckabee said, he was disappointed in Cathy for saying he would never publicly defend biblical marriage again.
"For many who had stood for free speech in showing appreciation for Chick-fil-A, it seemed the company was choosing to abandon them and opt for 'no speech,'" he wrote. more >>
World Vision, a leading Christian humanitarian aid organization, has partnered with what's described as a new "opportunity platform" that allows participants to compete for a chance to nab the job of their dreams, if only for a week or two.
The platform, DreamJobbing invites contestants to upload a one-minute video explaining why they want the job they're applying for and what makes them an excellent fit.
Opportunities that contestants can vie for include gigs with Nitro Circus in New Zealand for three weeks (as a tour reporter and not a performer, unfortunately), with CBS in Los Angeles as a reporter, or even as a backup singer for the one and only Michael Bolton during his tour. more >>
Seasoned evangelist Luis Palau will be joined by popular preacher Francis Chan and worship leader Kristian Stanfill and the Passion Band for a series of free events next month across the New York City metro area.
The events, held under the banner of the Re:New conference, takes place Feb. 10-13 for one night each in Wayne, New Jersey, and in New York City's Bronx, Manhattan, and Brooklyn boroughs.
The Palau Association, the Re:New organizers, explain in a press release shared with The Christian Post that the events "were created to help strengthen believers in their spiritual walk, build up their faith, grow their commitment to the local church, and reinforce the vital work being accomplished by churches in the New York City metro area." more >>