LaVern Vivio, a 52-year-old Christian radio personality and mother of four from Springfield, Tennessee, revealed recently that she once struggled with gender identity issues as a teenager and expressed sympathy for Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner.
"I am a 52-year-old woman and mother of four. A wife for almost 26 years but I wished I had been born a boy," Vivio began in a blog post last Thursday.
"Probably until I was well into junior high and maybe even high school I was fairly convinced God had simply mixed me up with John Mark, the name my parents had selected if I had been born male," she continued. more >>
Bestselling author and pastor Tim Keller has reviewed Matthew Vines' book, God and the Gay Christian, pointing out that the author's "main arguments" in claiming that homosexuality is not a sin are wrong. Vines has responded, disagreeing with the review.
Keller, pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, New York, posted his review of Vines' book as well as that of Ken Wilson's A Letter to My Congregation – both of which are pro-homosexuality – on the church's website.
"Vines and Wilson relate stories of people who were sure that the Bible condemned homosexuality. However, they were brought to a change of mind through getting to know gay people personally," Keller wrote. more >>
Actor Patrick Stewart, who starred in "X-Men" and "Star Trek," says he supports the right of a Christian baker in Northern Ireland who refused to make a cake with a gay marriage slogan on it. The baker was last month convicted of "discrimination," and fined.
Speaking on BBC's "Newsnight" show in a video published Thursday, Stewart showed support for Ashers Baking Company – owned by Colin and Karen McArthur, in Belfast – which was fined last month for refusing to make a cake with "support gay marriage" written on it along with a picture of Bert and Ernie from "Sesame Street" in May 2014.
"It was not because it was a gay couple that they objected — it was not because they were celebrating some kind of marriage or an agreement between them," the 75-year-old actor said. "It was the actual words on the cake that they objected to, because they found the words offensive." more >>
A prominent member of the charity Catholic Relief Services who's married to someone of the same sex has resigned from his position.
Rick Estridge, the vice president for overseas finance who had been with CRS for 16 years, announced his resignation Wednesday.
Perhaps he should have gotten her the Happy Meal. A man who recently proposed to his girlfriend of two years at the McDonald's restaurant where they first met with a ring stuck in the bun of a Crispy Chicken Deluxe meal did not get the laugh he was expecting when she painfully turned down his proposal as a "joke."
The proposal, which was recorded and posted to YouTube by the rejected man under the username Joseph Ann on June 2, has already gone viral with more than half a million views as of Friday afternoon.
"I met my girlfriend 2 years ago in LA. I've never been good at planning in advance which is why we wound up ending our first date at this exact McDonalds. She joked for months about how 10 years down the road I would probably propose to her in a chicken nugget box so I thought she would love when I surprised her this way. She didn't love it like the way I thought she would. We agreed to wait longer until it's time to get engaged," the man wrote in the description of the video on YouTube. more >>
Just weeks before the wedding of his 19-year-old nephew, John Luke, "Duck Dynasty" star Alan Robertson says his family's tradition of marrying young has been successful because of their faith in Christ.
"It does seem to be a Robertson tradition to marry young and by God's grace, we are all still going strong in our marriages," the reality star told The Christian Post via email. "Obviously, our faith in Christ is the key to that and our dedication to always try to react to one another, as Paul challenged the Philippians to do in (sic) Php. 2:3-5 makes a big difference, as well."
Known as the "beardless brother" among fellow "Duck Dynasty" stars Jase, Willie and Jep Robertson, Alan is the former pastor of White's Ferry Road Church in West Monroe, Louisiana, the city where the A&E hit reality television series is filmed. more >>