Actors Chris Pratt and Anna Faris wanted to start their family soon after getting married, but they never planned on a medical crisis bringing them closer together. Pratt recently opened up about the birth of his premature son Jack and how it restored his faith in God.
"We were scared for a long time," Pratt said of the time his son Jack spent in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit after being born nine weeks early. "We prayed a lot."
"It restored my faith in God, not that it needed to be restored, but it really defined it," Pratt told People magazine. "The baby was so beautiful to us, and I look back at the photos of him and it must have been jarring for other people to come in and see him, but to us he was so beautiful and perfect." more >>
Katy Perry opened up about her plans for the future, including non-traditional ideas for a family in an interview this week.
The 29-year-old pop star comes from a Christian background, with both parents becoming evangelical pastors during her childhood. In more recent years however, Perry has renounced her religious upbringing, even admitting that she is no longer a Christian today. In another deviation from her childhood, the singer said this week that she wants children someday, whether there is a man in her life or not.
The hit, made-for-Netflix, series "House of Cards" exhibits how men craving power will don a public mask in order for private gain. It's a story about men living with two faces: a public persona and a private will; an image vs reality; a means to an end.
Two-faced men live with the imminent tragedy that their house of cards will crash. One final straw can destroy everything, breaking the camel's back. Men living this way, will do virtually anything to protect their polished myth. Inner turmoil ensues. Character gets twisted. Relationships suffer. Self-protection takes over. Private division and destruction follow.
This dynamic can become even more oppressive for a Christ-following man. We want to present Christian, play the role and rarely, if ever, let anyone look under the hood. There can exist a disconnect between identity and activity; resulting in a synthetic versus authentic Christian witness that is one card away from collapse. more >>
A well-known former Roman Catholic priest, the Rev. Alberto Cutié, opened up to Oprah recently about his scandal five years ago, when he had a relationship with his future wife while still a priest.
Cutié updated Oprah on the recent episode of "Oprah: Where Are They Now?," sharing how happy he is being a father of two children under the age of three.
"Being a father is an incredible experience because people called me a father for many years but being a biological and spiritual father are two very different things," said Cutié. more >>
This is the third in a five-part debate series on same-sex marriage between James W. Doig and Robert P. George. It originally appeared on The Witherspoon Institute's Public Discourse. You can read Part One here and Part Two here.
Thanks for your thoughtful response to my initial comments. In your opening paragraphs, you ask that I provide a general account of what marriage is. To me, it is a continuing relationship between two individuals who commit their lives (including their sexual lives), their futures, and their fortunes to each other. The two individuals may be of opposite sexes or the same sex. If they have children-natural or adopted-that commitment extends to the children as well.
Some observers may want to extend the term marriage to other patterns of human relationships; I would not. However, I believe, as I understand you do, that some legal protections (filing joint income-tax returns, etc.) might be extended to individuals in some non-marital but stable relationships. more >>
Hope Hilley Carpenter, wife of Pastor Ron Carpenter, has addressed for the very first time their marital woes that were made public last year before the congregation she and her husband founded over 20 years ago. Mrs. Carpenter repented and apologized to members of Redemption World Outreach Center, but did not cite the specific sins or behavior she regards as stumbling blocks to her husband, family and church community.
This past Sunday, Pastor Carpenter took a few minutes before his wife joined him before the congregation to touch on his sermon series, "What Makes a Man?" Carpenter referenced Ephesians 5:25 and 1 Corinthians 13, the first a Bible passage that call on husbands to love their wives like Christ loved the Church, and the second a reminder to believers that love is the greatest virtue.
When Carpenter finally transitioned from his brief sermon to call his wife before the congregation, worshippers stood to their feet, many of them clapping and some of them hooting in joy, according to a video recording of the service. more >>