They are single by default, by circumstance, or by choice. They may have visions of marriage and family while others have totally given up. The rarest of all in the Body see their relational context as a gift. But regardless of perspective and desire, all these men face unique moral and spiritual struggles which require more, not less, character than their married friends.
Strong beliefs are required to support stronger (but culturally disapproved) behaviors that preserve spiritual integrity. It's ironic that the most influential man who ever walked the planet was unmarried, yet was self rooted in God and had a purpose that transcended the broken male culture of his day. Jesus, as well as a host of other examples in the Bible, provide the template for our conversations with and ministry to unmarried men. Here are the top three issues, examples and principles we should be addressing with this group of men God wants to use mightily.
A Pennsylvania pastor has been accused of indecent sexual contact with an 11-year-old girl, who authorities believed is the daughter of congregants of the Fallen Timbers Community Church.
Ray Scott Teets, 66, has been charged by state police with "indecent assault, unlawful restraint, interference with custody of children, corruption of minors, unlawful contact with a minor, concealing the whereabouts of a child, child luring, stalking and criminal trespass."
Evan C. Rosa comes up with a great list of five things we may have not known about C.S. Lewis. Rosa communicates and curates ideas for Biola University's Center for Christian Thought.
1. He wasn't an Evangelical.
Despite the deep love Evangelicals have for Lewis, he wasn't one. He was a high-church Anglican who sought out the mere Christian middle ground. Lewis' greatest theological work, Mere Christianity, was probably the single most important contribution to Christian unity and ecumenism in the 20th century. Philosopher Peter Kreeft once told me, it's important that Lewis stood in the middle, as that allowed all sorts of Christians to identify with him and gain from his insight. more >>
Bishop Harry R. Jackson Jr. shared the woes of African Americans whose loyalty to the Democratic Party hampers their political leverage. Republicans should reach out to blacks and Hispanics through faith-based policies on the family and urban development, he argued
"If you have one party that owns you, it's hard to get the greatest advantage," Jackson, senior pastor of Hope Christian Church and founding president of High Impact Leadership Coalition, told The Christian Post this week. Jackson insisted that Republicans can't win "by just touching a few Hispanics – they need a more brown policy agenda."
In order to pick up minorities, the GOP should emphasize faith issues, Jackson argued. He criticized the Mitt Romney campaign for failing to explain how the candidate's Mormon values resemble those of most Christians across the country. Romney missed a great opportunity by not capitalizing on his agreement with blacks on the marriage issue, or with Roman Catholics on pro-life issues, the pastor claimed. more >>
An international Christian relief organization was helped in its efforts to distribute food in the typhoon devastated areas of the Philippines after television personality Stephen Colbert challenged his loyal viewers to raise more money than the nation of China pledged.
Last Friday, Colbert expressed his disgust that "the nation of China pledged only $100,000," and challenged the "Colbert Nation" to "out-donate China." Colbert pointed his followers towards a donation text message and number for Convoy of Hope, a Christian poverty relief organization that helps millions across the world. David Donaldson, the ministry's co-founder, told The Christian Post earlier this week that his organization has raised nearly $300,000 for Philippine relief, due in part because of Colbert's effort during his show.
"[Colbert's challenge] helped us a ton with expanding our demographic reach," Donaldson said. more >>
Hip-hop loving freshman GOP congressman from Florida Trey Radel, 37, who once boasted he would "kill it" in an old school rap battle with Republican Sen. Marco Rubio was busted buying cocaine during a federal investigation into a Washington, D.C. drug ring last month and has been charged with cocaine possession.
A senior Drug Enforcement Administration official who was not authorized to speak with the media, told the USA Today that a drug dealer arrested during the operation revealed that one of his cocaine customers was a congressman. Acting on that information, federal agents organized a buy on Oct. 29 and Radel took the bait.
Radel was later detained by FBI agents at his apartment according to the official. He was never handcuffed or taken to jail and he hired a defense lawyer who negotiated charges with a prosecutor. more >>