Before launching a recent women's conference, Jennie Allen, who is an author, mother of four, and former pastor's wife, compared herself to Frodo and the ring.
After she had just finished a two-day marathon screening of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, Allen said she could not help feel a little bit like the hobbit who had chosen to deliver the ring to Mordor.
"The ring wasn't his to wear. It wasn't his to own. He couldn't be seduced by the ring. He just had to get it to the place of where it's supposed to go. And that's how I've been feeling about If:Gathering—it's [about something] other than me. I just have to not mess it up," she told The Christian Post. more >>
Reacting to a report from the Guttmacher Institute that claims abortions are at an all-time low since the procedure became legal in 1973, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards says she's "proud" that the organization provides multiple forms of abortion services to its pregnant clients.
"Planned Parenthood is proud to provide abortion services for women who make the deeply personal decision to end a pregnancy, [and] we are proud to fight for a woman's right to make that decision without interference from politicians," said Richards, who once served as deputy chief of staff for House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, and is the daughter of former Democratic governor of Texas Ann Richards.
The Christian Post recently reported that the Guttmacher Institute, a research institute that supports abortion rights, will release a report in March in which it claims that the number of abortions had dropped in 2011 to its lowest point since 1973. more >>
An outdoor art installation at an all-female college in Massachusetts is drawing criticism from some members of the student body who argue the statue is unnerving and triggers "thoughts regarding sexual assault."
The statue, called "Sleepwalker," is a life-sized replica of a man sleepwalking in the snow wearing only his underwear. The statue, created using bronze and paint, is part of local sculptor Tony Matelli's exhibit, "New Gravity," currently being shown at the Davis Museum at the all-women school Wellesley College, located west of Boston.
The Davis Museum's website states that the museum intentionally chose to put "Sleepwalker" outside in order to draw students and faculty into Matelli's indoor exhibit. However, some students at the college have complained about the statue, going so far as to start a Change.org petition asking Wellesley President H. Kim Bottomly to have the statue moved indoors. more >>
A Canadian man whose pregnant wife was pronounced brain dead in December is choosing to fight for his preborn son's life by keeping his wife on life support.
Robyn Benson was five months pregnant with her first child, Iver, when she suffered a cerebral hemorrhage. Doctors were unable to save her life, but told her husband, Dylan, they would be able to keep her body functioning to give their son a fighting chance at life.
CNN host Piers Morgan has come under fire from advocates of the transgender community for referring to trans woman and writer Janet Mock as "formerly a man." Mock says she was simply "born a baby" and discovered her "girlhood" and "womanhood" as she grew.
Mock first appeared on a segment of Piers Morgan Live on Tuesday evening titled "From Boy to Girl" where she discussed her life and promoted her new book, Redefining Realness.
The trans woman said she took offense to Morgan referring to her as formerly a man during the show, but waited until it was over before raising concerns about it on Twitter. more >>
More than half of Christian singles say it does not matter who the primary breadwinner in the household is, but a large minority still believe the man should be the economic provider. A Bible scholar and a bishop disagreed on whether or not the husband should provide for the household, but both used Scripture to argue for male leadership.
"The American man is struggling – I think we will have a monument for the modern 21st Century man, and he will be on a couch, etched in stone, playing an X-Box," said Owen Strachan, vice president of The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood and assistant professor of Christian Theology and Church History at Kentucky's Boyce College. In an interview with The Christian Post on Wednesday, he argued that "men are called by God to take responsibility for provision for their families."
Bishop Harry R. Jackson, Jr., senior pastor of Hope Christian Church and presiding bishop of the International Communion of Evangelical Churches, disagreed. He argued that the biblical leadership of a husband does not require him to be the primary breadwinner, but rather the ship's captain of the home. "If your wife has a higher capacity, you have to act like the leader of a team, even though one of your teammates has an advantage," Jackson said. more >>