Men are notorious for nurturing superficial friendships that center around the safer subjects of sports, business, sex and almost anything other than what's most important.
We men protect our reputation and ego by surrounding ourselves with other men who want the same thing, and don't want to expose any true vulnerabilities or be held accountable for behaviors. "How's work going?" "Did you see the game last night?" is easier than "How's the marriage?"
Over the last 15 years Every Man Ministries surveys reveal that only 1 in 10 men over 30 years have someone in their lives they would call a "true friend" who knows them at a deep or personal level. The irony of this reality is that we also know the margin of victory for men at the personal level is often… one other man, who is a true friend, who "gets under the rock" with you on the deep issues of life. more >>
Melissa Rodriguez is the only 30-something, never-married female without kids at her 200-person church. In fact, when her Miami-based church tried to start a single's ministry, her dad was the only man who showed up.
To find solidarity in her current status, Rodriguez has turned online and become an avid listener of the Boundless podcast, Focus on the Family's weekly program geared towards all things "young adults." Next month, she'll be heading the furthest west than she's ever traveled to meet this digital community in person, thanks to Pursuit, Focus' inaugural conference geared specifically towards singles.
"I'm just really excited to go to Pursuit and meet people," Rodriguez said last month after she called into the podcast. The Florida resident shared that she had even printed out a picture of FotF and been regularly praying over it. more >>
In the midst of an unprecedented number of unaccompanied Central American children migrating across the Mexican-American border, Conservative and progressive Evangelicals have called upon Congress to authorize additional funds to address the crisis. The letter, signed by the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference's Samuel Rodriguez, Sojourners' Jim Wallis, and World Vision's Richard Stearns, also asks the legislative branch to resist calls to weaken a human trafficking bill.
"Children are vulnerable even in the best of circumstances and warrant special protection beyond that offered to adults," stated the Evangelical Immigration Table letter. "This vulnerability is compounded among children who flee situations of criminal gangs, sexual violence, trauma and extreme poverty, without their parents to accompany them. Evangelicals are guided by Jesus' admonitions to welcome and protect children."
The White House suggested recently that it might be open to modifying a 2008 trafficking law, which currently allows migrant children to stay in the country for up to several years before receiving a hearing, but Evangelicals pushed back against any sort of amendment to the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act more >>
Update: July 22, 2014, 2:25 pm ET
The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, in Richmond, Virginia issued a ruling not long after the Washington, DC court upholding the subsidies.
A three judge panel for a federal appeals court may have delivered a serious blow to the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare." more >>
Most veterans get most of their medical care from private doctors through Medicare or private insurance. Just think what those secret waiting lists would be like if they didn't!
Still, a VA-like system for all has been proposed as a replacement for our unsustainable current system-at least until the recent scandals broke. One enormous difference between the VA and Medicare is that veterans are free to go elsewhere-if they pay privately. Some veterans use their VA doctor only to get free medications.
Medicare patients, on the other hand, are trapped. There is virtually no private coverage available to persons over 65 to replace Medicare-President Lyndon Johnson wiped it out to prevent competition with "his" beloved system. There are only policies to "supplement" Medicare. more >>
From behind a smoking sniper rifle high atop his ivory tower peers the secular-"progressive." He surveys his many victims, strewn across the American landscape below and mockingly sneers, "War on Christianity? What war on Christianity?"
He then resumes shooting, all the while insisting that those uncooperative Christians who scatter for cover behind the word of God and the U.S. Constitution somehow suffer from a "persecution complex" (the baker, the photographer, the florist, the innkeeper, the Christian school administrator, etc.).
Though there are many, it is plain for all to see that abortion and "sexual liberation" remain the two principal theaters in the ongoing culture war battlefront. more >>