The final president of the once prominent ex-gay organization Exodus International has released a book detailing his personal journey about faith and sexual orientation.
Alan Chambers, a former proponent of ex-gay therapy, documents his experiences both in his personal crisis of identity and the eventual shutting down of Exodus International in My Exodus: From Fear to Grace.
Released Tuesday and with a few chapters authored by Chambers' wife, Leslie, My Exodus goes from Alan's childhood, his seeking out and receiving therapy for unwanted same-sex attraction, his marriage, including a description of his honeymoon, and eventually the closure of Exodus International. more >>
Planned Parenthood President and CEO Cecile Richards acknowledged under oath before a U.S. Congress committee that her organization does not do mammograms after saying previously that they do.
At a House Oversight & Government Reform hearing Tuesday, Richards explained to multiple Congress members that Planned Parenthood does not provide mammograms.
Early in the hearing, Republican Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis of Wisconsin asked Richards how many Planned Parenthood clinics have mammogram machines. more >>
Actress Meagan Good, who's been vocal about sharing how her faith has helped her break through racial barriers in Hollywood, has also said she feels blessed knowing that her latest role in "Minority Report" had more to do with her talent than the color of her skin.
"The character is colorless, and the cast — even though we are very multicultural, very diverse — we're just living breathing characters. And it's always a blessing that when people hire you, they hire you for being good at what you do and bringing what you bring to the character," Good, 34, told Ebony magazine.
"I think it has been definitely an incredible year for minorities as well, and I'm blessed to be in the forefront of that. Hopefully that will just continue to manifest and just be something that we see more often. But in this particular case, it's just exciting, because it's us, and we were hired for doing incredible work." more >>
When it comes to taking action to help Syrian refugees, 90-year-old Marion Courtney has got her head in the game — literally. The British woman shaved her head on Saturday to show support and raise funds for Christian Aid, a charity whose objective is to support those affected by war and violence in countries such as Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and South Sudan.
Courtney has already raised £610 or $924 on the London-based charitable giving site, Just Giving, as of Tuesday. Her page on the site reads: "Having seen the plight of the children and their families in Syria and remembering the exodus of the Jewish people from Germany, the troubles in Syria are the greatest that this generation has known."
She continues, "I just want to help by raising as much funds for the Christian Aid ACTS Alliance to help the refugees on the ground." more >>
As hypersexualized dance programs like pole workouts become increasingly popular among women of all ages, especially young girls, one Christian woman is battling against the trend while others defend it merely as a form of physical fitness, not sexual exploitation.
"We are allowing children as young as 3 and 4 to use their bodies and movements in a way that really hurts them and hurts the culture," said Mary Bawden, who directs a dance ministry at the Evangelical-Free Trinity Church in Redlands, California, during an interview with The Christian Post.
"Instead of the beauty of dance this is the misuse of dance," she asserted, warning parents that "many forms of dance are now pushing young children toward adult-oriented themes and choreography." more >>
WASHINGTON – There has been a huge upsurge in the effort to defund Planned Parenthood, reported a group of pro-life movement leaders at a large conservative gathering on Saturday.
At a panel that was part of the annual Values Voters Summit, pro-life activists noted that efforts to defund Planned Parenthood were gaining momentum in large part because of a series of undercover videos released by the California-based Center for Medical Progress.
Lila Rose, founder of LiveAction, told those gathered at the Empire Room of the Omni Shoreham Hotel that it was a "powerful and exciting time" for the movement. more >>