You have no doubt heard that the men of the US Supreme Court are making war on the interests of American women. You may, however, have some doubt as to which interests of which women. I maintain that there has been a War Among Women for the past 50 years or so. And most of the time, the Elite Women prevail over "everywoman". But not this time.
Let me tell you about a friend of mine named Katie. She is a brilliant attorney, who works part-time for a non-profit public interest legal organization. Katie has nine children, whom she homeschools. She lives out in the country in coastal California. By any reasonable reckoning, Katie, is "having it all:" big family, country living in one of the most beautiful places on earth, and meaningful, intellectually challenging work.
However, it is safe to say that Katie is highly unlikely to ever be appointed to the Supreme Court. She has other concerns. She does not have the single-minded focus on her legal career that would allow her to be a serious contender. more >>
"Yeah, yeah – singleness is a gift. But marriage is a greater gift! Don't you want someone that's going to be there for you all the time? How much longer do you think you can continue spending time alone? Don't you want kids? They are the heritage of the Lord, after all! It isn't good for man to be alone, two are better than one! The Bible says so!"
Sound familiar, single friends?
Even if it doesn't, and even if you don't find yourself feeling pressured by those around you to escape your oh-so-wretched solitary situation, there are pressures that rise up from within yourself. more >>
"Duck Dynasty" matriarch Kay Robertson opened up about her Christian family's history, revealing that her first son, Alan, who is a pastor, was born out of wedlock.
Robertson made the revelation during a recent interview in which she said she and husband Phil exchanged their church vows when she was just 16 years old. However, the two had their son before they were legally married four years later.
"Well, this is the first time I've shared this, aside from giving my testimony in church. When I made a vow to God and to Phil, it was March 22, 1964. It wasn't legal. That's the truth. We didn't do the legal papers until April 11, 1968, after Alan, my oldest, was born. Alan says, 'Yeah, I would be the B [bastard] in the family,'" said Robertson, reports US Weekly Magazine. more >>
Pastor Perry Noble doubted his salvation after getting addicted to porn, which began at the age of 14. However, he found ways to get over his lustful obsession after realizing that he was doomed to ruin his marriage and ministry if he continued to feed his flesh's desire.
In a guest blog post for XXXChurch.com, Noble, who leads NewSpring Church in Anderson, South Carolina, admitted that he did not consider porn to be a big deal at first, but now he realizes how big a deal it is.
"Porn was my 'secret sin' no one knew about. The struggle was real and emotionally and spiritually intense," writes Noble. "I doubted my salvation, I almost walked away from the ministry, I thought that God hated me…I just could not get control of the addiction." more >>
Are Christians who do not support immigration reform unwittingly helping human traffickers?
Maybe so, suggested Jenny Yang, the Vice President of Advocacy and Policy at the Christian advocacy and humanitarian group World Relief, who has spent the past couple years fighting for federal immigration reform.
"A lot of us evangelicals care about human trafficking, but a lot of us don't realize how much trafficking is tied to immigration," Yang told The Christian Post on Tuesday. "I would say that a broken immigration system is a trafficker's best friend, because traffickers abuse the fact that there's immigrants here without legal status and they underpay them or they enslave them or they abuse them." more >>
Even as an adult, I love fireworks — the small ones fascinate me, too. A few years ago, I had the opportunity to take in the moving and heart-stirring fireworks display in Washington, D.C. Our nation's capital seems to be the most fitting place for fireworks and all they represent: rocket's red glare, bombs bursting in air, freedom, honor, sacrifice, drama, wonder and celebration. I let my mind drift back to the courageous days of our forefathers. Lights, colors and sounds on the outside and feeling and emotion on the inside.
Throughout America this week, we celebrate our country's birthday and commemorate winning our freedom from England. Freedom is a wonderful feeling, a state (literally and figuratively) of mind and a privilege. I taught overseas in Kenya after the bombing of the U.S. Embassy, in Uganda while a civil war was raging, and in Iraq during the war and U.S. occupation in 2007. Until I visited and lived with people in these oppressed and persecuted areas, I really didn't understand the magnitude and insidious ramifications of persecution or the powerful meaning of freedom.
Freedom has a different meaning for each person, but the universal definition centers on messages such as; "I have no master." "I get to call the shots." "I am in control of my own destiny." Unfortunately, I have some bad news for you. If we look deep in our hearts, we are already aware of this sobering reality—we aren't really free. It's just a trick. We will always serve a master. God designed us—and wired into our DNA—the desire and need to worship Him. Satan knows how God wired us and takes advantage of this ingrained characteristic by putting many inadequate options in front of us. The first commandment, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me," is God's warning and instruction regarding Satan's insurgent attack on our hearts and minds. more >>