Former Vision Forum Ministries president Doug Phillips reiterated yesterday that his decision to resign from his leadership position was the proper outcome following his acknowledgement that he had "inappropriate relationship" with a woman who was not his wife.
"Some have suggested that my sin was not sufficiently serious to step down. Let me be clear: it absolutely does merit my resignation. My resignation is sincere and necessary given the weightiness of my sin," Phillips said in a statement on the Vision Forum Ministries website on Nov. 14.
Phillips also elaborated on the details of his relationship which he had previously only disclosed as "inappropriately romantic and affectionate" and asserted that he had not known the woman in a "Biblical sense." more >>
An all-girls' Catholic high school in Kentucky is receiving attention for its latest advertising campaign aimed at recruiting young students. The campaign seeks to take a feminist approach to education by distributing advertisements that read: "You're not a princess," and "Prepare for real life."
The all-girls Catholic high school Mercy Academy in Louisville, Kentucky has teamed up with the Lousiville-based advertising agency Doe-Anderson to create a new series of recruitment advertisements that have been plastered on billboards, websites, and bus shelters as of last week. The advertisements seek to encourage young female students to be independent and driven.
"You're not a princess […] prepare for real life," reads one of the advertisements, accompanied by a sketch of a glass slipper reminiscent of the one Cinderella wore to the ball in the classic Disney fairy tale "Cinderella." more >>
A pair of pro-LGBT organizations have demanded that a Texas school allow a transgender student born female to wear a tuxedo for her yearbook photo.
The Southern Poverty Law Center and the Human Rights Campaign have told La Feria Independent School District to allow a high school transgender student to have a photo in the yearbook wearing a tuxedo.
Alesdair Ittelson, staff attorney at the SPLC, wrote the school board on Wednesday arguing that Jeydon Loredo be allowed to have the photo published alongside her peers. more >>
It has been revealed that prominent reality television show family, the Duggars, had a close relationship with "Biblical patriarchy" group, Vision Forum, which was recently plunged into the spotlight following an admission from its leader that he had an "inappropriate relationship" with a woman who was not his wife. Doug Phillips has since stepped down from his position, and Vision Forum has announced that it is closing down amid the scandal.
"There are no words to describe the magnitude of shame I feel, or grief from the injury I caused my beloved bride and children, both of whom have responded to my repentance with what seems a supernatural love and forgiveness," Doug Phillips, the former president of Vision Forum Ministries, said in a statement.
Jimbob and Michelle Duggar, whose family stars in the TLC show "19 and Counting," have had a close relationship with Vision Forum's founding couple, Phillips and his wife Beall, and over the years they have appeared in the organization's materials and have spoken at its conferences. more >>
In a move that might defy certain stereotypes, Christian reviewers argue that the main female characters in the recent high-performing box-office film "Thor: The Dark World" present good, active female role models, in contrast to the mere "damsel in distress" common to many Disney films.
"Jane Foster was a nurse with a soap opera function as a female longing for Thor's alter ego, Dr. Don Blake, in the original comic, so making her an astrophysicist is a big move," Alex Wainer, associate professor of Communication and Media Studies at Palm Beach Atlantic University in South Florida, told The Christian Post on Tuesday.
This change from the comics to the film, Wainer argued, "allows her to have more agency in the plot as well as to be rescued by the hunky Thor." He also pointed to the warrior Lady Sif and Thor's queenly mother Frigga as strong female characters in the film. more >>
The NINES, an annual online event featuring more than 100 speakers presenting on various topics for an allotted five minutes each, was briefly sidetracked Tuesday when author and popular blogger Rachel Held Evans pressed organizer Todd Rhoades about the lineup including only four women speakers this year.
Rhoades, who apologized to The NINES viewers for the "diversions" on the first day of the two-day online conference, told The Christian Post later that evening that there were a few reasons for the lack of gender diversity among the 112 listed speakers.
"First of all, the theme this year is 'what's working and what's not working' in churches. So... we asked primarily senior and lead pastors to be a part this year. That role in the church is still mostly male in 2013 whether we like it or not," Rhoades wrote via email. more >>