Matt Chandler, lead pastor of The Village Church in Texas, recently preached against abortion from the pulpit, doing what many U.S. pastors apparently avoid like the plague, according to a survey's findings and the observation of some Christian leaders.
Chandler, married father of three, president of the church-planting Acts 29 Network, and co-author of such books as The Explicit Gospel and the upcoming The Mingling of Souls, took on the subject of abortion late last month as part of an on-going sermon series.
It was just in December when Chandler shared a stage with respected theologian and former pastor John Piper, who stated his belief that "there are cowards in the pulpit who won't touch the subject of abortion with a 10-foot pole." more >>
In the summer of 2009, thousands of Iranians took to the streets to protest what was almost certainly a rigged presidential election. The protests were quickly dubbed the "Twitter Revolution," because protestors were able to use the well-known social network to communicate with one another and with the world. TIME magazine said of Twitter at the time:
"What began as a toy for online flirtation is suddenly being put to much more serious uses. After the  election in Iran, cries of protest from supporters of opposition candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi arose in all possible media, but the loudest cries were heard in a medium that didn't even exist the last time Iran had an election."
Eighteen months after the start of the Iranian uprising, millions of Egyptian protestors—many of who communicated with one another through Facebook and other social media platforms—flooded Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo to demand the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak. After 18 days of protests, Mubarak abdicated, Egypt's constitution was suspended and its parliament disbanded. more >>
People are incapable of weighing decisions based values and morality when they're watching porn because that part of the brain is turned off, according to Dr. David Greenfield, a psychologist and director of the Center for Internet and Technology Addiction at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.
"When you're in a sexual arousal process where you're looking at pornography, you're activating limbic parts of the brain," he told VICE. "By doing so, the connection to prefrontal cortex — where decisions are weighed by values and morality — is cut off."
The Christian Post spoke to Greenfield who elaborated more on this point. more >>
The Duggar family's cousin, Amy, has revealed that she was, in fact, born out of wedlock but quickly added that she would rather have that knowledge be public than her mother should have had an abortion.
"The tabloids are telling the truth," Amy shared on Instagram, "my mom and dad did have me out of wedlock. Just because we are Christians doesn't make us perfect, it just makes us forgiven. Just because I share the Duggar name doesn't mean my life is perfect!"
Amy has long been known for her differing opinions and actions on the hit series "19 Kids & Counting," which features her conservative cousins. However, she and her mother and father still remain in the same faith in God. Amy has sought out a music career and that storyline was featured on the series, and Amy remains committed to making her own way in the world. As for her illegitimate birth, Amy remains unfazed but certainly grateful for her parents' decision. more >>
Bobbi Kristina Brown is in a medically-induced coma after being found face-down in her bathtub in Atlanta, Georgia, on Saturday morning.
Reports state that Brown's husband, Nick Gordon, and a friend found the 21-year-old in the tub. It's unknown how long she had been in the water before being found but Gordon immediately began CPR until help could arrive and is now in a medically-induced coma due to reported swelling on the brain. It's been nearly three years since Brown's mother, Whitney Houston, was found dead in her own bathtub, which many believe may have been a factor in Brown's incident.
"Privacy is requested in this matter," Brown's father, Bobby, said in a statement. "Please allow for my family to deal with this matter and give my daughter the love and support she needs at this time." more >>
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who's expected to run for president in 2016, says gay marriage isn't a political issue, but a biblical issue.
"This is not a political issue," Huckabee said on CNN's "State of the Union." "It is a biblical issue. And as a biblical issue — unless I get a new version of the Scriptures, it's really not my place to say, OK, I'm just going to evolve. It's like asking someone who's Jewish to start serving bacon-wrapped shrimp in their deli. We don't want to do that — I mean, we're not going to do that. Or like asking a Muslim to serve up something that is offensive to him, or to have dogs in his backyard. We're so sensitive to make sure we don't offend certain religions, but then we act like Christians can't have the convictions that they've had for 2,000 years."
Huckabee, a former Baptist pastor, is considering a 2016 presidential run within the Republican party, which could see a number of candidates vying for the Republican nomination. He's been outspoken on several topics but has always linked his comments to his personal faith and Christianity as a whole. more >>