Pornography is an unspoken word in most congregations, but this powerful addiction is permeating Christian households, and is destroying marriages and parent-child relationships.
To combat the addiction to pornography, Pastor Jay Dennis of First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland, Fla., created his own program, "One Million Men Porn Free," because he wasn't able to find resource materials that he could use to defeat the devastating effects the lure of pornography had on members of his church.
"I led our church initially through this program in March and April of 2010," said Dennis, who leads a congregation of 9,000 members. "I met with our men for six Wednesday evening sessions, with the last session being the commitment rally. I also met with our women for one session and our parents for one session. The women's session was called 'What Men Wish Their Wives Knew About Pornography.' The parents' session was titled 'Protecting Your Child From Sexual Brokenness.'" more >>
Results of two polls recently published by the Washington Post suggesting that Americans are increasingly in favor of same-sex marriage and opposed to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) have come under criticism from the Pennsylvania Pastors' Network, which contends that the results "are likely skewed" in favor of the gay rights advocacy groups that commissioned them.
One of the polls, conducted for the Respect for Marriage Coalition, found that 75 percent of voters believe that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right. A breakdown of that number shows that 91 percent of Democrats, 75 percent of Independents and 56 percent of Republicans support this view. Regardless of their personal views on same-sex marriage, the poll also noted that 83 percent of Americans feel same-sex marriage would be legal nationally within five to ten years. Section 3 of DOMA, which the Obama administration recently urged the Supreme Court to strike down, defines marriage as between one man and one woman.
A national survey conducted for the Center for American Progress (CAP) and Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) said 59 percent of registered voters were against DOMA's Section 3. It also noted that opposition to DOMA's Section 3 was higher among African-Americans, 65 percent, and Hispanics, 61 percent, than it was for whites, 57 percent, according to the Washington Post. The poll also noted that a majority of voters felt DOMA discriminated against same-sex couples. more >>
Former married celebrity couple, Tiger Woods and Elin Nordergren, have sparked rumors of getting back together after being spotted together over the weekend.
Woods and Nordergren divorced after six years of marriage when numerous extramarital affairs on Woods' behalf were exposed in 2010, in one of the highest profile celebrity splits in recent history, as a host of sponsors also dumped Woods following the revelations.
At the time of the divorce, Woods apologized for his "irresponsible, selfish behavior" during a press conference. Following the public scandal and messy divorce that ensued, Woods is now reportedly determined to win back the mother of his children. more >>
As a single and divorced man, it took Pastor Duke Taber eight years and more than 185 rejection letters before finding a congregation that would consider him as leader of their church. Even after three years as the lead pastor of a small church in Pine Haven, Wyo., Taber said he still gets his "feathers ruffled" when someone attaches a stigma about singles.
"Honestly, I got a little frosted at a comment made by my friends concerning their pastoral search and the fact they wouldn't consider a single pastor," said Taber, who writes the popular blog, "Small Town Preacher – Big Time God."
It was during dinner with his friends who are in pastoral ministry and looking to retire when the discussion turned to their search for a replacement. "In the context of that conversation the statement was made, 'we would not consider someone who was not married,'" he explained. more >>
They are probably the only vegetables that don't make children squirm … because they only talk, sing, dance and don't have to be eaten. Now, kids can add party to that list of things they can do with these vegetables.
The popular Christian children's animated series, VeggieTales, will be hosting a family party in honor of their 20 years of teaching valuable life lessons to children from a Christian perspective at the World Changers Church in College Park, Ga., on Saturday Mar. 30, and everyone is invited.
"Children of all ages will enjoy a high energy song and dance spectacular filled with classic silly songs like 'The Hairbrush Song,' 'His Cheeseburger,' 'I Love My Lips' and 'Song of Cebu'," note the organizers of the party in a recent media release. more >>
A prominent U.K. cabinet minister has said that gay couples cannot provide a "warm and safe environment" in which to raise children, voicing his opposition to the recent parliament vote that went in favor of same-sex marriage.
"I regard marriage as an institution that has developed over many centuries, essentially for the provision of a warm and safe environment for the upbringing of children, which is clearly something that two same-sex partners can't do," said Welsh secretary David Jones, according to ITV. The Conservative MP insisted, however, that he is not homophobic and that he has "people in my life who are important to me who are gay".
Jones' comments come less than two weeks after a major vote on plans to change the traditional definition of marriage as between one man and one woman in the U.K. by 2015. MPs overwhelmingly supported the change by a 400-175 vote, with nearly half of conservatives voting in favor of same-sex marriage – inspired by Prime Minister David Cameron, the leader of the Conservative Party, who has been on the forefront of advocating for same-sex marriage. more >>