I don't know whether to laugh, throw up or both. A reader tipped me to this Huffington Post article by D.A. Wolf headlined: "5 Benefits Of Having a Friend With Benefits." In case you're not hip to liberal-speak, "friends with benefits" refers to the "progressive" idea that it's really cool for friends to use each other for casual, meaningless sex.
What could possibly go wrong?
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World Vision's U.S. president, Richard Stearns, just announced that homosexuality goes, at least when it comes to his non-profit staff. In an interview with Christianity Today, the social justice champion insisted his decision "is not an endorsement of same-sex marriage. We have decided we are not going to get into that debate. Nor is this a rejection of traditional marriage, which we affirm and support." Nice try Mr. Stearns, but we're not buying your lines.
Add Stearns' name to the list of evangelical leaders whose actions resonate with the controversial and bizarre message of Pastor Andy Stanley who told USA Today columnist Kirsten Powers that Christian business owners need to, "leave Jesus out of it." What is ultimately disappointing is that Stearns and company's wavering convictions are undermining us young evangelicals grappling to live out what the Apostle Paul termed, "speaking truth in love." (Ephesians 4:15)
Can you really blame us young evangelicals for caving to culture, when all we do is look around and see our mature Christian examples doing the same thing? more >>
Shortly after I broke the news on my radio broadcast and on social media, Christianity Today confirmed the report: World Vision has decided to embrace homosexual "marriage" among its employees and to recognize practicing homosexual employees who profess faith in Jesus as true Christians.
This is a betrayal of the gospel, a betrayal of the Lord, a betrayal of the family, and a betrayal of the countless thousands of Christians who have put their trust in World Vision as a legitimate Christian organization.
In no way does it contribute to "building a better world for children" – one of the fundamental goals of World Vision. In fact, it does the opposite. more >>
The oldest brother of Jesus Christ and the leader of the first Jerusalem council was called a "pillar" in the church (Gal 2:9). He was also selected by God to give us this very wise and practical advice: "My dear brothers, take note of this: everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry…" (James 1:19).
When a couple is beginning to entertain thoughts of divorce, they usually spin in the opposite direction. As matters escalate it isn't long before papers are being signed, family and friends take sides and the date in court comes and goes as another marriage dissolves.
If you or someone you know is headed in this direction, can we push the pause button and ponder some things before it's too late? It does take humility but the Lord also inspired James to caution, "God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble" (James 4:6). If there's one person in the entire universe you don't want opposing you, it's God! more >>
A U.S. appeals court on Saturday temporarily put on hold a federal judge's ruling Friday to strike down Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage, a move that followed issuance of more than 300 marriage licenses to gays and lesbians by state officials.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit granted a temporary stay until Wednesday, directing those who challenged the state's gay marriage ban to respond to Michigan attorney general's plea to place the lower court's decision on hold pending an appeal.
"To allow a more reasoned consideration of the motion to stay, it is ordered that the district court's judgment is temporarily stayed until Wednesday," the Saturday's ruling said. more >>
A federal judge ruled Friday that a ban on same-sex marriage in Michigan violates the U.S. Constitution and therefore must be quashed. The ruling was seen by some as the latest example of "a single federal judge deciding that he knows better than the people" of a state.
In a 31-page ruling, Judge Bernard A. Friedman of Federal District Court stated, "The Court finds that the [ban] impermissibly discriminates against same-sex couples in violation of the Equal Protection Clause because the provision does not advance any conceivable legitimate state interest."
One couple has already married following the court ruling. Glenna DeJong, 53, and Marsha Caspar, 52, of Lansing received their marriage license Saturday morning, according to USA Today. more >>