A prominent member of the charity Catholic Relief Services who's married to someone of the same sex has resigned from his position.
Rick Estridge, the vice president for overseas finance who had been with CRS for 16 years, announced his resignation Wednesday.
A California pastor who once went to church with Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, has described the celebrated Olympic athlete as once being a standout Christian who taught him a lot about Jesus Christ. He has also called on Christians not to turn their backs on the LGBT community and instead ask "what would Jesus do?"
Josh Cobia, now a musician and the pastor at Resonate Church in Santa Monica, Californnia, said he first met Bruce Jenner, 65, years ago after being approached by Life Change Community Church pastor Brad Johnson to minister at the nondenominational evangelical church. Life Change Community Church, recently renamed California Community Church and located in Agoura Hills, was co-founded by Johnson and Jenner's now ex-wife, Kris Jenner.
In a recent blog on his website, Cobia recalled once worshipping with America's most famous reality TV family (the Kardashian/Jenners) and noted Jenner as being the most committed to his faith amongst the unlikely clan. more >>
Southern Baptist Conference President Ronnie Floyd said Friday that "forgiveness and healing is available to all persons," including Josh Duggar of "19 Kids and Counting," who's embroiled in a scandal following revelations from an illegally leaked police report that detailed his confession to molesting four of his sisters and one baby sitter when he was a teenager.
The senior pastor of Cross Church in Northwest Arkansas spoke out once before on the recently leaked police report alleging that Josh molested five girls as a teenager. But after news broke Wednesday that the eldest Duggar son molested four of his sisters, Floyd told The Christian Post that his church was "deeply burdened."
"Cross Church strongly affirms the biblical truth that children are a treasure from the Lord and is unequivocally committed to the protection of children from abuse," said Floyd in an emailed statement to CP. "We are deeply burdened for all victims of child abuse, especially those harmed by sexual abuse." more >>
Famous figures Josh Duggar and Bruce (now Caitlyn) Jenner have captured the nation's headlines. Duggar's molestation of his sisters and a babysitter during his childhood is discovered. Jenner's transition from one gender identity to another is revealed. Both news stories unfolded right before our eyes. Both capture our fascination. Both bait our mouse clicks, every time. Why?
While Duggar and Jenner are two different people involved in two very different and morally inequivalent situations, they can still be illustrative of the dangers of the pursuit of celebrity.
The pursuit of celebrity is an idol that urges us on promising fulfillment, affirmation, and a claim in society. It doesn't always deliver. more >>
Concerned parents have withdrawn their children from a small private K-12 school housed in a Unitarian church in Minneapolis after the school's sex education teacher took her class on a field trip to a local novelty sex shop without first consulting parents and obtaining permission from them.
As reported by the The Star Tribune, Starri Hedges, the sex education teacher and director of the Gaia Democratic School, has come under the scrutiny of parents after she took about a dozen middle school and high school-aged students as young as 11 years old on a field trip to the nearby Smitten Kitten adult novelty store.
Hedges told the Tribune that she wanted to take the students to the store to provide them with a welcoming environment to learn about human sexual behaviors, as the class' sex education unit came to an end. more >>
A man who identifies as ex-transgender has expressed "caution" regarding former Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner's decision to change his gender identity to become "Caitlyn."
Walt Heyer, author and blogger with The Federalist, stated in an interview Tuesday with CNN that while Caitlyn Jenner may feel great at present "this doesn't always last."
"The surgeons can make it look like you changed genders but the fact of the matter is it's all cosmetic surgery. There's really no actual gender change," Heyer asserted during an interview with CNN's Carol Costello. more >>