Devon Franklin and his wife, Meagan Good, often speak about the importance of living a celibate lifestyle before marriage, but Franklin has admitted that he didn't always practice what he preaches.
Franklin, the minister and Hollywood executive, joined his wife on an episode of "SuperSoul Sunday" where they were interviewed by media magnate Oprah Winfrey. The couple's union came about after each decided to wait until marriage to have sex — a principle outlined in their latest book, The Wait: A Powerful Practice for Finding the Love of Your Life and the Life You Love.
Before marrying Good, Franklin was celibate for over a decade. Even though he was raised in the church, Franklin said the decision to take a vow of celibacy wasn't an easy one to make. more >>
The American Family Association called Target's nationwide 10 percent discount on everything in its stores a "desperate" promotion as the retail giant faces a continued boycott over its bathroom policies amid declining sales.
"Desperate! Target is discounting everything to win shoppers back amid #BoycottTarget. Don't be fooled, their dangerous policy still allows men into the same facilities as little girls. Help keep the boycott going strong," AFA wrote in a Facebook message, referring to its petition, signed by over 1.4 million people, that pledges to boycott Target until the company reverses its policies that allows individuals who are born male to use women's facilities, and vice versa.
Business Insider noted that the #TargetRunDay discount on Sunday came in the midst of financial troubles, with the chain store giant reporting its first quarterly traffic decline in more than two years last week. more >>
A Roman Catholic priest who was friends with Mother Teresa for over 30 years has spoken on the alleged visions and direct instructions from Jesus Christ that the nun received during her life and service, noting that the soon-to-be saint promised to continue to bring souls to God from Heaven.
The priest, Father Sebastian Vazhakala, told Catholic News Agency that Teresa's visions of Jesus were detailed in her accounts found in the archives of the Jesuits in Calcutta, where she did much of her service, following her death in 1997.
Vazhakala revealed that Teresa had 'ongoing communication with Jesus through words and visions' from the period of Sept. 10, 1946, to Dec. 3, 1947, when she was teaching at St. Mary's school in Calcutta as part of the Irish order of the Sisters of Loreto. more >>
A lively conversation continues to occur surrounding the topic of women's ordination and their roles in the life of the Church, with signs pointing to notable shifts and some saying a "crack-up" is underway within evangelicalism.
The ongoing debate is over what the Bible really says about complementarianism and egalitarianism, and the implications that has for the Church, the home, and society.
At Mere Orthodoxy last month, writer Jake Meador said in a column titled "The Evangelical Gender Crack-Up" that the general agreement among evangelical Christians about how to approach gender issues is no longer holding. That is to say, the "consensus that has existed amongst most conservative evangelicals for some time is beginning to fracture — and in more than one direction." more >>
A Maryland school official who recently stirred controversy for saying that transgender students should be allowed to bunk on school-related trips with the gender group of their choice, told The Christian Post that the students "get it" when it comes to transgender acceptance.
Bob Mosier, chief communications officer for Anne Arundel County Public Schools, told CP on Friday that the district has long respected the rights of students regardless of their race, religion, sex, cultural background, or gender identity, among other labels.
In her new book, Christians Under Covers: Evangelicals and Sexual Pleasure on the Internet, University of Nebraska-Lincoln sociologist Kelsy Burke offers a small peek under the covers of the sex lives of evangelical Christians and her findings reveal a lot of kinky behavior, including "anal play."
The book, which reflects Burke's findings from a nearly two-year ethnographic study of 36 websites where tens of thousands of Christians have sought sexual guidance during the past decade, focused on couples who were heterosexual, married, monogamous and did not look at pornography. Website users concluded that an array of sexual activities qualified as "godly sex" that strengthens Christian marriage.
"The websites I study draw from popular Christian sex advice books (like those authored by the LaHaye's, Wheat's, Young's, Douglas Rosenau, Shannon Etheridge, Kevin Leman) to set the terms, as website creators and users see them, for 'godly sex,'" said Burke to The Christian Post on Thursday. more >>