Christian Counselor Debra Fileta says well-intentioned lies about romantic relationships hinder Christians from becoming the Mr. or Ms. Right for the sort of person they intend to marry, and the first place to start is by "dating inward."
"I think putting God first doesn't mean we neglect to know who we are," Fileta, author of True Love Dates: Your Indispensable Guide to Finding the Love of Your Life, told The Christian Post in an interview on Wednesday. Fileta emphasized getting past the Christian myths that hinder true love, both in each individual life and in a couple's life together.
"There's so much more to becoming healthy than we realize," explained Fileta, who's a licensed professional counselor that specializes in dating, marriage and relationship issues. She suggests that, in order to develop healthy relationships, men and women must first "date inward," discovering their individual personalities before connecting with another person. more >>
A Mennonite couple that owns an art gallery in Iowa has filed suit against the state's Civil Rights Commission over being threatened with punitive action for refusing to host a same-sex wedding on their property.
Görtz Haus Gallery, a former church turned art gallery facility, filed a lawsuit Monday against the commission in Polk County District Court.
"The Odgaards welcome all customers into the Gallery, regardless of their race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, or disability," reads the suit in part. more >>
A New York City artist modified a copy of the Bible and embedded a small jar of salt on a corner of its cover with the instructions, "Take before reading," as a representation of his artistic approach to reading the scriptures, which he says should be taken with a grain of salt.
"The 'Salis Bible' is a response to fundamentalist Christians who interpret the Bible as inerrant truth, and believe it gives them the right to restrict the freedoms of others in a democracy that promises separation of church and state. It is a request for readers to keep an open mind and to draw their own moral conclusions," Zach Myrow writes on his website.
Myrow told The Christian Post the inspiration for the Salis Bible "had been brewing for years" adding that he considers those who question religion to have a richer life experience versus those who take the Gospel message literally. more >>
A Christian man recently took the wedding proposal and ceremony to another level when he used his girlfriend's Pinterest to plan a proposal and wedding ceremony then pulled off everything in one day.
In a heartwarming video of the event posted on YouTube, Ryan Leak, 27, explained that the idea came from his girlfriend (now wife) Amanda Roman who he overheard telling a friend it would be cool to get engaged and married on the same day.
As he thought about how he would pull off Roman's dream, Leak stumbled across her Pinterest page and discovered she had pinned more than 200 wedding-related ideas on her page and he simply took it and ran. more >>
In one of the first large-scale comparisons of the children of same-sex parents to other types of parenting, children raised by gay and lesbian couples were only 65 percent as likely to graduate from high school as those raised in traditional two-parent households, even after controlling for factors such as income and education of the parents.
The study, "High school graduation rates among children of same-sex households," by Douglas W. Allen, professor of economics at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, was published in the newest edition of the journal, Review of Economics of the Household.
Unlike previous studies of same-sex parenting, Allen was able to conduct a large-scale side-by-side comparison of same-sex parenting to other family structures - such as single parents and unmarried opposite sex parents - using the 2006 Canadian census. more >>
On July 23, a bipartisan majority of the House approved amendment 35 to the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, effectively defunding square circles . . . er "atheist chaplains." The amendment codified current Department of Defense Policy under which chaplains must be certified by a religious organization whose primary function is to perform religious ministries, whose beliefs are sincerely held, and whose practices and rituals are not illegal or contrary to public policy. In other words, a chaplain is to be religious.
That chaplains are religious is not surprising, since Merriam-Webster's defines a military chaplain as "a priest or other . . . religious leader who performs religious services for a military group." That military chaplains believe in some outside being is not surprising: after all, the chaplaincy's motto is, Pro Deo et Patria (For God and Country).
What is surprising is that prominent humanists like Jason Heap would apply to be chaplains. more >>