Miles McPherson, pastor of The Rock Church in California, is defending Russell Wilson, the Christian NFL player who has recently been mocked for revealing that God told him to abstain from sexual activity with his singer girlfriend Ciara Harris.
The pastor interviewed Wilson, 26, in front of his congregation at The Rock Church in San Diego on July 5, where the Seattle Seahawks quarterback revealed that God spoke to him about leading his 29-year-old singer girlfriend. After a number of people turned Wilson's testimony into a joke, McPherson decided to write a Rock Church post Tuesday called "3 Things You Got Wrong About Russell Wilson."
McPherson created three questions that some of Wilson's critics brought to his attention, the first being, "Did God really speak to [Russell Wilson]?" more >>
If you thought the longer you waited to get married the lower your chance of getting a divorce would be, you might want to take a look at the findings of a new study by Nicholas H. Wolfinger, professor of family and consumer studies and adjunct professor of sociology at the University of Utah, which says otherwise.
In his analysis of recent marriage data published on The Blog of the Institute for Family Studies Thursday, Wolfinger found that the age cohort of first marriage that correlates with the lowest risk of divorce is in the late 20s.
A college student in South Africa may face punishment from an academic institution's student government after posting a statement on Facebook in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage nationwide.
Zizipho Pae, a student of economics and statistics at the University of Cape Town, posted late in June a denunciation of the legalization of gay marriage in the United States via the 5-4 court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges.
Aaron and Melissa Klein, Christians and former owners of a bakery in Oregon who were ordered by a judge to pay a fine of $135,000 for declining to bake a cake for a lesbian marriage ceremony, have set a record on a crowdfunding site by raising $352,500 in two months, after their campaign was shut down by another site.
The campaign by "Sweet Cakes by Melissa" has raised more than any previous campaign by individuals in the three-year history of the crowdfunding site Continue to Give, site founder Jesse Wellhoefer told The Washington Times.
The bakery has received $352,500 through 7,651 donations, and thousands of messages with wishes, such as "Keep on fighting," "God bless you," and "Don't back down!! We are standing with you." more >>
The president of the Coalition of African American Pastors, the Rev. Bill Owens, is calling on Christians to not participate in gay marriage ceremonies by "refusing to obey unjust laws" in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage.
Owens, who held a press conference in Dallas on Tuesday where he was joined by other prominent conservative leaders who support traditional marriage, said Christians in all areas of society should stand up and defend their constitutional rights.
"We are calling on Christians and people of faith in all areas of society, especially those in leadership positions, to refuse to obey unjust laws that have legalized same-sex unions, and to join our movement [called Real Marriage] that will take back our Constitution and our rights," said Owens in a statement posted on Facebook prior to the press conference. more >>
In the aftermath of Obergefell v. Hodges, pastors and church members are experiencing a wave of anxiety over what many of them deem the "nightmare scenario": lawsuits or government action designed to force them to perform or recognize same-sex marriages. While there are — so far — no meaningful judicial precedents that would permit such dramatic interference with churches' core First Amendment rights, lawsuits challenging church liberties are inevitable.
Indeed, the Iowa Civil Rights Commission has declared that prohibitions against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity "sometimes" apply to churches and has stated that a "church service open to the public" is not a "bona fide religious purpose" that would limit application of the law. In 2012 a New Jersey administrative-law judge ruled that a religious organization "closely associated with the United Methodist Church" wrongly denied access to its facilities for a same-sex wedding.