Tonight, fans of "19 Kids & Counting" will be able to see Jill Duggar wed Derick Dillard in a special episode that features the couple deciding on and agreeing to have a unique, covenant marriage.
A covenant marriage license is available only in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Arizona and allows for more opportunities for couples who want to ensure that they stay together through thick and thin. It requires a couple to have special premarital counseling and agreeing to seek counseling should they ever consider separating or divorcing. According to TLC, covenant marriages "do not permit no-fault divorces, or divorces that are granted without evidence that the marital contract was broken."
Jill and Derick agreed to this stronger commitment as a sign of faith in each other and God. Should they ever choose to file for divorce, though, they would have to prove that at least one of them either committed a felony or serious crime, physical or sexual abuse of their children, committed adultery, or lived separately for at least two years or just one year if there was a child and some form of abuse. more >>
Day one of a three-day conference hosted by the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Commission discussing how Christians should react to the ongoing battle between those framing the homosexual lifestyle debate as a civil rights issue and those supporting what they believe to be biblical moral values, including traditional marriage, featured plenty of fireworks — most happening online through social media.
More than 1,200 are attending the ERLC conference which began on Monday. The conference, themed "The Gospel, Homosexuality, and the Future of Marriage" is taking place in Nashville and offered by live stream over the Internet.
"Gotta be careful of making idols out of marriage and procreation when Scripture / Christ do not do so. #ERLC2014," tweeted Rachel Held Evans, author of Faith Unraveled. Evans was one of several Twitter users dishing up a steady volley of criticism over the ERLC conference. more >>
Houston's lesbian mayor Annise Parker's recent actions exemplify history repeating itself, the necessity for understanding context, and realizing that the simplest solution is found amidst child's play.
Parker and gay agenda supporters immediately bring to mind the children's game, Simon Says, and other themes from children's rhymes. The game's primary rule, "Do what I say, Not what I do," is designed to teach children to observe and differentiate between commands and actions. The same skills are necessary for adults. The definitions of tolerance, equality, morality, or societal and behavioral norms differ depending on who uses them.
For example, regarding Houston's Equal Rights Ordinance, nearly triple the number of required signatures were obtained to petition for its repeal. Yet Parker and Houston's city attorney redefined the requirement and rejected the petition. In response, Houstonians sued. Parker countered, by subpoenaing Christian ministers' sermons and emails, then revised it to "speeches and presentations." more >>
Despite his personal belief that gays should have the right to a marriage license, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, an Evangelical Christian, says he believes churches and states should be allowed to decide whether or not to marry gay people.
"Well, I kinda draw what I consider to be the right line. I don't think that the government ought to ever have the right to tell a church to marry people if the church doesn't want to. I'm a Baptist and the congregation of our church will decide whether we have a man or woman as pastor and whether we'll marry gay people or not," said Carter when asked in a recent WFAA interview on how he reconciles his conservative faith tradition which denounces homosexuality with his position on gay marriage.
"If my church votes not to marry gay people, we wouldn't do it and I wouldn't want them to. But I think all people ought to have an equal right and people that happen to be gay I don't think it's a preventable or caused by anything, I think they have equal rights to marry," Carter continued. more >>
Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald are preparing to say "I do" this weekend, and photos of their wedding invitations have just been released.
Jessa and Ben have been engaged for a short time and are planning a rather low-key event compared to the elaborate wedding of sister Jill and her husband Derick Dillard. Jessa previously spoke of wanting to re-use her sister's wedding decorations for her own celebration in order to save on funds. The couple wants to spend the majority of their money on the honeymoon, which will be the first time they will be able to be alone together.
Per Duggar family tradition, Jessa and Ben practiced a traditional courtship and did not hold hands or have any physical contact except for a quick side-hug. They were always accompanied by guardians on their dates, which generally meant that one or more of Jill's brothers or sisters would be invited on the outing. More recently, Ben moved onto Duggar property, meaning he was closer to his bride-to-be, but the rules remained the same. They were never alone and only held hands once they were engaged. Ben and Jessa will exchange their first kiss at the wedding ceremony. more >>
The United Methodist Church's highest court has decided to overturn the defrocking of a Pennsylvania pastor who officiated his son's same-sex wedding.
The United Methodist Judicial Council has ruled that Frank Schaefer, formerly pastor at Zion United Methodist Church of Iona, Lebanon, could have his clergy credentials reinstated.
A UMC spokesperson provided The Christian Post with a copy of the decision Monday morning, wherein the judicial council upheld the Northeastern Jurisdictional Committee on Appeals' decision overturning the defrocking of Schaefer. more >>