In preparation for my upcoming marriage, I have set out researching deeper into Fertility Awareness Methods (FAM) or more commonly called Natural Family Planning (NFP), a birth control method based on the natural observation of signs and symptoms of a woman's ovulation cycle. No chemicals. No treatments. No devices. I'll be honest; NFP is a complex method that takes discipline and commitment. But what NFP does offer is an alternative method to the negative ethical, physical and emotional effects that lurk behind the convenience of the Pill.
I've shared my own thoughts on the need for Evangelicals to stop considering NFP as solely "Catholic" in an op-ed entitled "Why Aren't Evangelicals Talking About Natural Family Planning?" Why Evangelicals haven't collectively considered NFP as a viable alternative chemical contraception, I'll never know. So I was especially surprised to read CNN's report covering NFP's recent rise in popularity among secular women.
In the CNN article entitled, "For Birth Control, What's Old is New Again," author Nadia Kounang notes the "growing movement of young women who are saying no to hormonal birth control and yes to a kind of birth control that sounds at first like a real throwback with a little extra high-tech twist." more >>
New Jersey's Superior Court will soon hear arguments regarding two motions in a lawsuit leveled against a Jewish group that offers therapy to change a person's sexual orientation from homosexual to heterosexual.
Two motions were filed on behalf of JONAH International in its legal battle against the Montgomery, Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center, which is known for labeling faith-based organizatons as "hate groups" due to their opposition to homosexuality and pro-gay agendas.
The SPLC also filed parallel motions against JONAH on behalf of its clients, which Arthur Goldberg, co-director of JONAH, described as "misguided motions [that] are based on the false assumption that homosexuality is a 'normal variant of human sexuality' and that sexual orientation cannot 'change.'" more >>
For years XXXchurch.com founder Craig Gross has been passionate about helping Christians struggling with pornography addiction and evangelizing men and women working in the porn industry. Now he has a new passion: to break Christians' silence about sex.
"When you come into marriage, there still seems to be this off-limits talk about sex where I haven't told my wife this is what I like or I like to do this," Gross shared with The Christian Post.
Together with his wife, Jeanette, and Dave and Ashley Willis of Strongermarriages.org, they recently launched the Best Sex Life Now video series to help Christian couples work on their sex life. more >>
Seven homeschool children, whose parents claim were unjustly removed from their custody by the state of Arkansas earlier this month on child abuse allegations, still remain in the state's custody after a court ruled there was probable cause to keep the children until after the parents could be judged in a mid-Feburary trial.
On Jan. 12, state and local police officers removed the seven Stanley children from their parents' home after conducting a five-hour warranted search in light of alleged child abuse complaints filed by the Stanleys' neighbors.
After the police found a legal but somewhat dangerous substance called Miracle Mineral Solution — which is known to be a remedy for cancer and AIDS — in the home, the police took the seven children and told the parents that they would be returned after 72 hours, according to their father, Hal Stanley. more >>
A Christian blogger under fire for saying women who wear leggings inadvertently risk tempting members of the opposite sex, says that she and her husband are under attack from Satan.
Oregon resident Veronica Partridge, 25, sparked a firestorm of criticism earlier this month when she said she had chosen to stop wearing leggings as pants in public to honor her Christian faith in a candid blog post that went viral.
While supporters have praised the married mother of one for promoting modesty, her Facebook page has been flooded with criticism from people who say that her post promotes gender stereotypes and sexism. more >>
During the President's State of the Union address this week, he proposed a plan for restructuring the tax code to help middle class families. While initially appealing, his proposals are decidedly one sided. I expressed my displeasure with the plan here, but wanted to take the opportunity to interview my friend Brad Wilcox, one of the nation's foremost sociologists on family structure, who also expressed frustration with the President's plan in a series of tweets. Wilcox is the Director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Family Studies, and a Visiting Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. You can follow him on twitter here.
Walker: During this week's State of the Union, you tweeted in disappointment that the President's tax relief plan for middle class families–which would triple the child-care tax credit to $3000 and add a dual-earner credit of $500–excluded any specific policies for households with a stay-at-home-parent. Why were you disappointed?
Wilcox: The president could have easily chosen to offer a tax reform plan that served all low-income and middle-class families. Instead, he offered a plan that serves only families headed by two earners. There's no place for the traditional family in the president's plan. What's more: the President's proposed dual-earner credit provides no relief to middle-class families headed by a single parent. more >>