Evangelical men who remain abstinent have a difficult time when it comes to sex after marriage because most lack support within the church to openly discuss their newfound sex lives and oftentimes still deal with confusion and temptations, says Sarah Diefendorf, a Seattle-based sociologist.
In 2008, Diefendorf began going to weekly support group meetings comprised of 15 men affiliated with an unidentified, southwestern megachurch. Each man had pledged to remain a virgin until marriage but once Diefendorf caught up with them in 2012, their support group had disintegrated and many admitted that they still wrestled with establishing a healthy sex life.
Diefendorf asserts Christian men "still struggle with issues like excessive pornography viewing, masturbation. A few of them were worried that they might want to have an affair. They're still struggling with these things, but they no longer have an outlet to work through them …," said Diefendorf in an interview with New Republic. more >>
The parents of American journalist James Foley have said that they are "so proud" of their son and know that he is in Heaven, after he was brutally murdered by members of Jihadist group ISIS.
"We know Jimmy's free," John Foley said in front of his family's home in Rochester, New Hampshire on Wednesday. "He's finally free. And we know he's in God's hands … and we know he's in Heaven."
James had been captured by militants while reporting in Syria nearly two years ago. It was revealed yesterday that the Obama administration had authorized a secret military mission to try and recover Foley and other Americans being held in Syria. However, they were unable to locate the hostages after Foley and a number of other abducted journalists were moved just hours or days before. more >>
Christian couples should marry sooner, an ethicist and a pastor with the largest Protestant denomination in the United States argue.
Andrew Walker, director of policy studies for the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, and Jon Akin, senior pastor of Fairview Church in Lebanon, Tennessee, made the argument in a column for the Baptist Press earlier this week. While not advocating a specific age for marriage and noting the diverse situations for people, young people should still look toward marriage sooner, they said.
"We do not advocate a specific age; rather, we believe that young people should make themselves 'marry-able' younger," wrote Walker and Akin. more >>
Your daughter has turned Sweet 16. Like many her age, a rite of passage is going to a concert or music festival with friends to enjoy the songs, atmosphere and just have some good clean fun.
You say: "Sweetie, your outfit is so cool and I know you'll have a good time. Stay close with your friends and don't worry. Lollapalooza...Grant Park... Chicago's music festival has some of the biggest names. The weekend is going to be a blast!"
A hug, a tender kiss on the forehead and off she goes like multitudes of teens today. Her 12-year-old sister cuddles her teddy bear, watching admiringly in the background and thinks to herself, "It won't be long till I can go with Sis. She promised to bring me back some of the band's "merch"- maybe a CD, hoodie or a poster." more >>
"19 Kids & Counting" star, and newlywed, Jill Duggar is pregnant with her first child, the reality star revealed.
Jill, 23, and husband Derick, 25, were married on June 21 in front of family and friends. They shared their first kiss at the ceremony and then took a honeymoon to celebrate the occasion.
Michael Brown's funeral has been set for Monday, Aug. 25 in St. Louis, Missouri, his family's attorney announced; it will be a public funeral with national figures taking part in order to remind people why there are protests being held in Ferguson.
"Everybody needs to take a break [from the protests]," Brown family attorney Anthony Gray told the Los Angeles Times. "We've got a big memorial service that needs to be planned. [The violent protests] divert all of the attention from [the family] honoring their child and allowing him to begin to process to rest in peace. That's not how they want him to be remembered. They do not want that to be their son's legacy."
The memorial service will be held at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist church in St. Louis. The Rev. Al Sharpton will deliver the eulogy and Rev. Michael Jones will officiate, KMOV reported. more >>