An agency within the United Methodist Church says its aiming to help gay youth by seeking to lift the Mainline denomination's ban on funding groups that promote homosexuality.
Timothy L. Bias, general secretary for the United Methodist Discipleship Ministries, told The Christian Post that the reason for crafting legislation to amend the denomination's Book of Discipline is to allow the agency to "provide resources aimed at preventing teen suicide, particularly among youth who feel marginalized by their sexual identity."
"If the legislation is approved, our agency, among others, can then develop resources and programs for the LGBTQ community, preventing despair and hopelessness," said Bias. more >>
The Vatican has clarified in a statement that despite a recent news story of Pope Francis blessing Italian author Francesca Pardi, a lesbian who has written a children's book with positive depictions of gay families, the Roman Catholic Church's doctrine opposing gay marriage has not changed.
"The blessing of the pope at the end of the letter was directed to the person, not at any possible teachings that are not in line with the doctrine of the church … which hasn't changed a bit as the Holy Father has repeated even recently," said Vatican spokesman the Rev. Ciro Benedettini, according to Religion News Service on Monday.
Pardi, who lives in Milan, said that she wrote to Francis and was surprised when she received a letter back, in which the pope's staff conveys his blessing. more >>
After putting his career on hold to focus on his family, Dathan Thigpen, the season eight winner of "Sunday Best All Stars," believes God has redeemed all the gospel singer believed was lost.
Thigpen, the 34-year-old Jackson native, is a husband of seven years and father of two who believes God has honored him for choosing to halt his music aspirations for three years in order to focus on family during a rocky time in his marriage.
Devoting more of his time to family also meant the father of 3- and 5-year-old boys would lose out on furthering his singing career. more >>
The Reverend Franklin Graham has denounced recent remarks by Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton comparing Republicans to terrorists.
In a Facebook message posted on Saturday, the head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association stated that Clinton "crossed the line" with her remarks.
"Hillary Clinton crossed the line this week when she said that GOP candidates were like 'terrorists,' because they were supporting the defunding of Planned Parenthood's abortion clinics across the country," wrote Rev. Graham. more >>
Because of the AshleyMadison.com cyber hack, there is a massive amount of upheaval in the homes of many who were registered in the database.
I read sadly last week, as many did, about Josh Duggar who admitted to having extramarital affairs — thanks in part to the morally corrupt website whose motto is "Life is short. Have an affair."
A better slogan to their website could have been "Life is short. We will help you ruin yours." more >>
A group of students in Duke University's freshman class are speaking out publicly about their refusal to read a novel that was selected as the freshman summer reading book because the book's pornographic content violates their Christian beliefs and moral principles.
In April, Duke University announced that the book, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, an autobiographical novel written by New York Times best-selling author Alison Bechdel about her relationship with her father, was the one book selected from a list of six titles to be the class of 2019's "Common Experience" summer reading book.
Although Duke's summer reading program is not required, the purpose behind the program is to give incoming students the opportunity to discuss the book in small groups during their orientation before school starts. A special printing of the book was mailed over the summer to all incoming freshman. more >>