Christian blogger Jessica Turner's post encouraging her fellow mothers to don a swimsuit this summer has gone viral.
Writing on her blog, The Mom Creative, Turner noted that she was saddened that so many of her friends avoided swimsuits and instead "only put their feet in the pool," or were "concerned about what they look like and what others will think to embrace the joy of swimming with their kids."
"When women stay on the sidelines because of insecurity, we are modeling unhealthy behavior to our children and we are missing out," argued Turner. "Your swimsuit does not define you." more >>
The Hobby Lobby case unfolds like a modern-day David versus Goliath: David Green, the evangelical conservative founder of this arts and craft chain, challenges the powerful Obama Administration over a facet of the unpopular Affordable Care Act (ACA) that requires all employers to cover the costs of contraceptives and abortifacients, which business owners of faith find morally reprehensible. Under the ACA, refusal to comply brings a daily fine that could threaten their very existence. Now, in the temple of the Supreme Court–today's culture battlefield–Hobby Lobby confronts the Obama Administration, arguing that they should not be forced to violate their principles just to stay in business.
Undoubtedly, religious freedom advocates would claim a ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby as a huge victory. It would expand the rights of employers of faith and create a precedent to fight other forms of government coercion and compulsion.
But would a win for this David be a victory for what really matters? more >>
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. — Jeremiah 29:13
I would like to buy three dollars' worth of God, please. Not enough to explode my soul or disturb my sleep, but just enough to equal a cup of warm milk, or a snooze in the sunshine...I want ecstasy, not transformation. I want the warmth of the womb, not a new birth. I want a pound of the eternal in a paper sack. I would like to buy three pounds of God, please" — Wilbur Reese
Recently, I shared with our congregation that one of the most difficult challenges associated with pastoring is not sermon preparation or taxing counseling appointments, but witnessing the tragic results of spiritual dehydration— people dying spiritually with living water just steps away. more >>
In the second part of The Christian Post's interview with McKrae Game, president and founder of Hope for Wholeness, the ordained Southern Baptist minister explains why people should stop using the term "gay Christian" and how his organization differs from Exodus International, which closed last year after serving people with unwanted same-sex attraction for 37 years. Game, who left the homosexual lifestyle, also acknowledges that he is living in "denial," though he defines the term differently. Part one of the interview can be read here.
CP: Let's talk about the term "gay Christian." How do you feel about it, and is there a better term that we should be using?
Game: I do not like the term. I'm not a person who is politically correct. I don't say things to try and make people like me or anything like that. But I read the book Washed and Waiting by Wesley Hill to try and understand these growing groups of people — I'm obviously not one of them — who call themselves gay Christians. more >>
A major document by the Vatican has said that unjust discrimination against gay people needs to be avoided and that children of same-sex unions must be cared for as any other, but it still maintains opposition to same-sex couples adopting children and has affirmed traditional teachings on marriage.
The Instrumentum Laboris is a result of Pope Francis' call in October 2013 for Roman Catholic bishops around the world to convene and discuss matters of family and the Christian faith.
"On unions of persons of the same sex, the responses of the bishops' conferences refer to Church teaching. 'There are absolutely no grounds for considering homosexual unions to be in any way similar or even remotely analogous to God's plan for marriage and family. [...] Nonetheless, according to the teaching of the Church, men and women with homosexual tendencies 'must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided,'" the lengthy document reads. more >>
Since Ronald Reagan's sweeping victory in the 1980 presidential election, conservatives and people of faith have been the largest and most reliable voting block for the Republican Party. The GOP's longtime commitment to traditional values with a platform that doesn't mind placing those values front and center has made it the natural political home for people of faith.
In the last two elections however, faith voters haven't voted for the Republican candidate in the numbers or percentages that were typical in prior election cycles. As a result, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus made a commitment last year not only engage non-traditional voters for our party, but also to re-engage our party's base. In the Chairman's words, "we can't just parachute in a few months before an election and expect to win the vote."
Currently there are an estimated eighty-nine million evangelicals who are eligible to vote in the US, but only about one-third of them cast a vote in the average election due to frustration with the direction of our country; and those numbers don't take into account millions of other faith-minded conservatives. more >>