In case you didn't know it, if you are a conservative Christian, you are just like Boko Haram and ISIS. At least, that's what the secularists are saying. More absurd still, they actually believe this.
Of course, secularism has been waging war against religion for centuries, but more recently, in America and Europe, the rhetoric of secularism has become more extreme and shrill.
When the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby, critics complained that the Court's eminently reasonable decision was "anti-scientific." more >>
"7th Heaven" star Beverley Mitchell is pregnant with her second child and recently announced that she and husband Michael Cameron will welcome a baby boy next year.
"Yep, it's a boy! So excited that Kenzie is going to have a little BROTHER! We are thrilled and looking forward to a lifetime of adventures!" Mitchell posted to Twitter this week, along with a photograph of her family of three.
Mitchell and Cameron were married in 2008 in Italy, then announced that they were expecting their first child in 2012. They welcomed daughter, Kenzie, nine months later and have been enjoying every moment of parenthood. more >>
Concerning religious trends and surveys—especially among younger Evangelicals—continue to serve as doleful reminders that aggrieved outrage and resentful rebellion is en vogue, while faithful Christian discipleship is out of style.
It is undeniable that Evangelicals are drifting further away from the traditional Christian teachings cherished and defended by our parents and grandparents. According to a 2008 Pew Research study, Baptists have experienced the greatest net loss of childhood members within the Protestant tradition with a childhood and current religion net change of -3.7. The Catholic Church is the only other Christian tradition with a greater loss, with a net change of -7.5 in children abandoning their faith.
Numbers are important, but stories behind the data are more telling. As a Sunday school teacher, I see this young Evangelical resentment and desertion in action. Of course, the easy part of my teaching responsibilities is sharing the Gospel with middle school-aged students. The hard, heart-breaking part comes later, when I ask my students if they will make a confession of faith in Jesus Christ and their answer is, "I'm still searching." more >>
A provocative new ad by T-shirt company FCKH8, that features kids cursing in the name of feminism, has been yanked from social network site YouTube, and the company hit back at criticism today.
In the ad, entitled "F-Bombs For Feminism: Potty-Mouth Princesses Use Bad Word for Good Cause," five young girls (ages 6 -13) are featured wearing princess costumes and cursing while protesting sexism. They are seen angrily mouthing off about gender inequality and one even casually flips the bird to the camera for shock value.
"What is more offensive? A little girl saying f--- or the f------ unequal and sexist way society treats girls and women?" the girls ask in the 2:35minute clip. more >>
This culture is obsessed with sex. Even burger ads sometimes use sex to sell their product. Pornography is rampant. Gender confusion rules the day. Some even want laws to let men use the ladies' room. And if you are a pastor and don't agree, they may subpoena your sermons.
Tragically, the church is not immune from sexual problems. Every so often another prominent minister falls publically because of private sexual sin. Dr. Mark Laaser of faithfulandtrue.com says pastors can be vulnerable because of loneliness: "The ministry in whatever denomination or form is sometimes a very lonely profession."
He notes, "Fantasy is the cornerstone of sexual addiction. All sex addicts and all people who get into trouble with adultery, to a certain extent, have problems with fantasy. Fantasy is an attempt by addicts to heal any woundedness of their spirit. So if they're lonely, they're going to find a fantasy that helps them feel a lot less lonely." more >>
After spending a decade on the phones counseling depressed, down, and suicidal people I have come to the conclusion that suicide (in some form) is a thought all men have pondered.
From "I wish I wasn't here" to "everybody would be better off without me" to "I want the pain to end", all men have wanted dramatic relief at some time in their lives. Unfortunately, while more women attempt suicide, it's men who are more successful taking their own lives. It's the final step in the plan for destruction, set in motion by our enemy. All too often, the thoughts, circumstances, sadness or brain trauma that lead up to suicide, get suppressed momentarily, only to be resurfaced more effectively.
Hope gets lost. The decision of self-demolition ensues. Yet…There is hope, and there is life. It's just one call away. And, it comes with a promise. The key word to remember is "yet." more >>