Corporal punishment is a sensitive subject. It is also becoming more controversial in today's culture. Recent charges brought against a popular NFL running back have surfaced it once again.
Decades ago I authored a book now titled, The Little Handbook of Loving Correction. It was formerly called, God, the Rod, and Your Child's Bod. I changed it out of cultural sensitivity.
This subject is very personal to me because I actually had a family member bring totally false accusations against me regarding this issue! A church I cofounded over 37 years ago was embroiled in a lawsuit dealing with "abuse" and even though I departed the church 23 years ago, my name was "thrown in the hopper." more >>
Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald are preparing to say "I do" this weekend, and photos of their wedding invitations have just been released.
Jessa and Ben have been engaged for a short time and are planning a rather low-key event compared to the elaborate wedding of sister Jill and her husband Derick Dillard. Jessa previously spoke of wanting to re-use her sister's wedding decorations for her own celebration in order to save on funds. The couple wants to spend the majority of their money on the honeymoon, which will be the first time they will be able to be alone together.
Per Duggar family tradition, Jessa and Ben practiced a traditional courtship and did not hold hands or have any physical contact except for a quick side-hug. They were always accompanied by guardians on their dates, which generally meant that one or more of Jill's brothers or sisters would be invited on the outing. More recently, Ben moved onto Duggar property, meaning he was closer to his bride-to-be, but the rules remained the same. They were never alone and only held hands once they were engaged. Ben and Jessa will exchange their first kiss at the wedding ceremony. more >>
"Dancing with the Stars" and "Duck Dynasty" star Sadie Robertson has spoken out about saving herself for marriage and not hiding behind her family's famous last name when it comes to her own faith.
"For my whole life I've kind of been shadowing what my family says," the 17-year-old told TVGuide.com. "They'll say something about my faith and I agree. But now, it's time for me to say, 'This is who I am as well.' I'm not hiding behind my family anymore. I'm sharing my faith by myself, which has helped me to be more bold and more confident saying things. It's the same God; it's the same faith. It's just my opportunity to share it in my words. And I have enjoyed it. It's been good for me and I've grown a lot form it."
Robertson has made a name for herself with her views and her appearance on "DWTS," which has brought her a great deal of publicity. She has also spoken about her relationship with Blake Coward, who was "raised in the same kind of family." The couple shares the decision to abstain from intimacy until marriage, but Robertson has said she is not 100 percent certain if Coward is "the one." more >>
In just over a week, the voices of voters around the nation will be heard on a variety of issues and on a sprawling slate of candidates. Voters in seven states will encounter gambling proposals on their ballots: Colorado, Massachusetts, California, South Dakota, Nebraska, Tennessee, and Kansas. The proposals take different approaches - in some states, additional lotteries are proposed, in others, gambling at racetracks, and in still others, the erecting of casinos or slot machines.
On each of these proposals, concerned voters should reject the expansion of gambling. While many contend that gambling is an economic boon for a state and that it increases tax revenue - sometimes even supposedly benefitting local school districts - there are much darker issues at play.
The social cost of gambling is simply too high to pay. And it's not one that voters need to bring into their communities, their neighborhoods, or their families. more >>
The daughter of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman being held on death row in Pakistan, has spoken out about the alleged torture her mother experienced at the hands of alleged Islamic zealots.
"My friends told me that people were torturing my mother at the fields where she used to work," Esham Masih, who was nine years old at the time, told Mail Online. "I rushed to the spot and found that she was being abused and tortured by men."
The beating allegedly began after Bibi encountered some Muslim workers in the field where they all worked. The women accused her of being unclean because of her Christian faith and later said that she made disparaging remarks against the prophet Mohammed. After the beating, Bibi was taken into custody and sentenced to be hanged. Her case has drawn international attention from Christian and women's rights organizations. more >>
What can you get for $10? In America, you can purchase birth control. In the regions controlled by ISIS, you can purchase a woman.
According to the United Nations, the Islamic State (ISIS) has imprisoned, abused, and sold at least 2,500 women and children for around $10 per person to recruit new militants to the Islamic State. ISIS has even set up shop in Iraq's second largest city, Mosul, to auction off abducted women.
Reports from community leaders reveal that ISIS is forcing women to convert and "marry" ISIS fighters, and rape has become a way to increase their ranks and promote the caliphate. In fact, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein of Jordan, said: "The array of violations and abuses perpetrated by ISIL and associated armed groups is staggering, and many of their acts may amount to war crimes or crimes against humanity." more >>