Jessa Duggar released a love letter from husband Ben Seewald just in time for Valentine's Day.
"My Dearest Jessa, When you smile at me, it takes my breath away, like my heart has been touched by an angel," Ben wrote. "Your eyes sparkle like the first stars on a dark night. Your smile brightens my spirit like the first gleams of sunrise after a crisp autumn night in the Arkansas Ozarks. But the most wonderful thing about when you smile at me, is that it shines forth radiant beams of warmest love and affection … it's worth a thousand words, even the most eloquent words of affirmation. Your smile could melt the age old ice cap of Antarctica. I love you more than fondest words and fair speech can express."
The couple exchanged vows on Nov. 1, in front of family and friends gathered together in Arkansas. Making their ceremony unique was the fact that they saved their first kiss for a more private moment instead of in front of a crowd. Instead, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, Jessa's parents, provided the crowd with an-all important kiss. more >>
Just when you thought Rev. Danny Cortez would be busy avoiding controversy after he and his congregation were dismissed by the Southern Baptist Convention in 2014 for adopting a "third way" affirming same-sex unions, he has landed himself in hot water again.
This time, dissension arose during an interview between the "third way" pastor and another gay-affirming minister who finds holes in Cortez's logic on sexuality, Scripture, and polyamory. The host of the interview is Rev. Jeff Hood, who describes himself as "a Southerner, Queer, and Christian, I am a committed activist, visionary writer and radical prophetic voice to a closed society."
At the beginning of the interview Hood simply asks whether or not Cortez believes the Bible makes room for polyamory. Cortez starts off firmly rejecting polyamory relationships saying, "I don't see polyamory spoken of positively at all in scripture. When polyamory is mentioned, it is not approved or valued." Hood presses on, at one point even insinuating Jesus and His twelve disciples engaged in a polyamorous relationship. Again, Cortez denies polyamory and the idea that Jesus engaged in sexual relationships with His disciples. more >>
The effects of the '60s sexual revolution and subsequent rise of feminism on marriage, unwed childbearing, and single motherhood have been chronicled at length. But additional attention needs to be paid to the impact of feminism on a large segment of the male population. Far too many young men have failed to make a normal progression into adult roles of responsibility and self-sufficiency, roles generally associated with marriage and fatherhood.
My research indicates that from a low of just over 19 percent in 1966, the proportion of all men ages 20 to 54 who are unmarried is now more than one-half. Among younger men 20 to 34, more than 70 percent are now unmarried compared with just under 30 percent in this age group in the mid-1960s at the onset of the sexual revolution.
To hard-core radical feminists, this may represent a positive development — not a bug but a feature, as we say in the computer age. But to the millions of children growing up in fatherless homes aching for a connection to their biological father, it's another story altogether, a lonely painful story. Even liberal scholars have pretty much given up trying to paper over the exorbitant costs and consequences of raising children without a father. Moreover, while today's mothers are grateful that their daughters have fewer obstacles to achieving their full potential, they are, nevertheless, concerned about the risks and threats their sons face in an educational system and work-a-day world that devalues masculinity and is slanted against males. It goes without saying that male-female relationships can be risky; from potential false charges of rape to no-fault divorce, the risks –– financial and otherwise –– of male/female interactions have become very high indeed. more >>
Thirteen children and seven of them adopted – that's the stop-you-in-your-tracks story of two Christian families who say they are simply following biblical obedience.
After answering God's call to have domestic and international adoptions, friends and One: Impossible Starts Here co-authors, Suzanne Mayernick and Gwen Oatsvall, are prompting others not to let fear hold them back from doing the one thing God is urging them to do with their lives. Although biblical obedience may bring some uncomfortable changes, the Nashville moms assure readers it will also lead to so many unforeseen blessings.
"Four adoptions later, I can tell you now – and Scott would readily admit – he was initially an adamant 'no' every time," described Oatsvall, honestly sharing her husband's initial reaction to the idea. more >>
This is the first of three parts of an investigative series into reparative/conversion therapy.
As states consider banning reparative/conversion therapy, more questions are being asked about what exactly this practice is and what it involves. The Christian Post spoke with Chris Doyle, a psychotherapist and the director of the International Healing Foundation, who was able to explain what reparative/conversion therapy is and whether or not it's biblically based.
CP previously spoke with self-described former homosexual McKrae Game, who now leads a successful ministry geared toward those struggling with same-sex attraction. Game offered his testimony and experience that led to his being married to a woman and having two children. more >>
British members of parliament have voted in favor of a bill that paves the way for the creation of "three-parent" babies with the DNA from two women and one man, aimed at tackling genetic diseases. The approval comes despite concerns from the Church of England.
BBC News reported that 382 MPs in the House of Commons voted in favor of the bill, and 128 were against. While a vote at the House of Lords is also needed to take place before the bill becomes law, proponents said they expect it to pass, with the first babies from this process being born in 2016.
British Prime Minister David Cameron said that the idea is to allow parents with genetic diseases to give birth to healthy infants. more >>