For over ten years I lived the homosexual lifestyle and for 34 years I have not. And there are very good reasons for that difference. To those who suggest that I never was homosexual, my response is, "Does sleeping with over 1,000 men count?
Oh yes. I was homosexual, though like most, I never wanted to have such attractions. I saw the narcissism and arrested emotional development all around me, and in me. Guys flitting around like Peter Pan were sometimes cute and funny, and certainly nonthreatening, but I wanted to be a grown up. I wanted to be a man. I wanted to be strong, solid, stable and reliable.
I recognized the obsession with youth and beauty that drove their fantasies and lusts and knew that once I entered my thirties, the thrill of being wanted would quickly come to an end. I cringed at the epidemic of perverse sexual behaviors commonly practiced and celebrated by gay culture and wanted nothing to do with them. more >>
Men who have never had a positive father figure can learn how to embrace masculinity through the Bible's teachings, says Mars Hill associate pastor Dave Bruskas.
Much of what the Bible teaches, specifically the pastoral epistles found in the New Testament, is that men should learn how to take on their responsibilities by beginning at home. Although the pastoral epistles are letters written by Paul to Timothy with instructions on how to lead as a pastor, Bruskas notes that those passages provide insight on how to be a man whether an individual is called to be a pastor or not.
"Part of masculinity and being a man is what scripture would refer to as shepherding because you shepherd your wife and children. God has put in us an innate desire to do that. I think much of being a man, whether or not you have the office of an elder in a church or you're just really a faithful member is shepherding," said Bruskas, in an interview with pastor Mark Driscoll. more >>
Wearing a 49ers jersey to the Seahawks stadium was like going into the lions' den. Because of who I represented by wearing those colors, I faced jeers and cheers, love and hate, hugs and tossed mugs of beer, acceptance and rejection, affirmation and confrontation.
It was a NFL playoff game with a Super Bowl appearance in the balance, but my jersey taught me a lesson about "fandamonium"and the "brand" I represent. I'm hoping you will take a seat in the classroom as well.
The recent World Cup brought the world together, but make no mistake – every individual drew a line at their international border, marking their identity and proudly telegraphing how they would spend energy and express their loyalty. more >>
This article's headline might sound like I am missing the theological mark, but I challenge you to read on, then form your opinion.
As a psychiatrist, I apply a BioPsychoSpiritual model to help people explore and understand how God designed them, how the design got broken and how to restore it for joyful and fulfilled living.
So first, a few definitions. more >>
Archie Comics Publications, Inc. has garnered controversy over its latest edition of the Archie comic series, wherein the title character is killed by politically driven violence.
Released Wednesday, the latest "Life With Archie" comic concludes with Archie Andrews being killed while protecting a gay politician who was trying to advance a gun control measure.
Serita Jakes, first lady of The Potter's House megachurch in Dallas, where her husband, T.D. Jakes, is the lead pastor, draws from her personal and ministerial experiences to understand the struggles teenage girls of the current generation often face in her new book, The Princess Within For Teens.
Growing up as the daughter of a coal miner, Jakes experienced self-esteem issues that led her astray even though her peers encouraged her to embrace her potential.
As the leader of an all-girls program, Jakes has also witnessed the consequences that can happen when teenage girls are not empowered and encouraged to live life knowing they were made for God-given royalty, despite their circumstances. more >>