A Tennessee pastor says he didn't intend to start a controversy when he put a message on his church's marquee last weekend that said, "Jesus had two dads and he turned out just fine."
Many people have interpreted the message, which refers to God and Joseph, to be a statement about gay and lesbian parents. But Bill Campbell, pastor of St. John's United Methodist Church in Nashville, told CP that wasn't his intention.
"For me it was a very simple statement affirming families and children who are in situations where they have multiple parents or there's a divorce or a death, where there's family strain, that type of thing, to affirm that they are daughters and sons of God, and using the example of Jesus in that regard," he said. more >>
Pastor Craig Gross, who is the founder of XXXchurch.com and whose ministry specifically reaches out to people who want to overcome addiction to sex and pornography, says the movie, "Thanks for Sharing," may help viewers understand the severity of the compulsive behavior.
The movie, which opens this weekend, stars Alecia Moore (Pink), Mark Ruffalo, Josh Gad, and Tim Robbins. Moore plays the part of a woman who attends Sexaholics Anonymous meetings to help control her desire to sleep with strange men.
Although tagged as a "sex addiction comedy," Gross, who viewed an advanced screening, said there are some serious points made as well in the movie. more >>
For more than a decade, Brian Johnson had a booth at the annual Twin Cities Pride Fest, a homosexual-themed gathering held in Loring Park in Minneapolis each June. He stayed in his assigned area and greeted attendees with a smile, offering them free Bibles as way of sharing his Christian faith.
Johnson's presence and message never caused a concern. With evangelism being the goal, he made a conscious effort to avoid any discussion about homosexuality. But a few years ago, the festival organizer, Twin Cities Pride, demanded Johnson divulge his personal beliefs about homosexuality, and specifically, whether he considered the behavior a sin. Not liking his affirmative response, they told Johnson he was no longer welcome at the event.
Johnson was unwilling to give up on his ministry. Because Pride Fest is free and open to all, Johnson figured he could still stroll around the public park wearing a t-shirt stating "Free Bibles" and hand out scripture to willing takers. But this time Johnson's efforts were stymied by police officers who arrested him for trespass. more >>
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden recently reiterated his support for same-sex marriage at an annual fundraising event for Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), calling same-sex marriage the "issue of our day."
While speaking at Harkin's annual steak–fry fundraiser in Indianola, Iowa on Sunday, Biden told the crowd of Harkin supporters: "A lot of people criticized me for speaking out, not long ago, about gay marriage. I could not remain silent any more."
Biden was referencing a 2012 "Meet the Press" interview with host David Gregory, when the vice president said he is "absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women" are entitled to the same legal status and benefits as heterosexual couples. more >>
ENOUGH! Week after week we hear of some new, outlandish discrimination against Christians because they dare to adhere to the Word of God and not deviate on what God Himself calls sin. Articulate that truth in the marketplace of ideas, and it just might cause you your job or your business.
This past week, we heard the stunning story of Craig James, former NFL quarterback for the New England Patriots, getting sacked from his job at Fox Sports – after one day on the job - because he dared to declare a biblical truth. Here is the story.
When James walked off the gridiron, as a committed Christian, he decided that he would try to influence culture through politics. He gave Ted Cruz a real run for his money in a political primary in Texas. During the course of his campaign, James was asked (along with all the candidates) what he thought about marriage and human sexuality. Knowing the research is on his side, James said that no one is born gay. He also went on to declare biblical truth and said, "...[T]hey are going to have to answer to the Lord for their actions," and pledged not to support same-sex unions. more >>
A social studies teacher at a North Carolina middle school was recently suspended for three days after showing her eighth grade students a rap-oriented music video for a song supporting same-sex marriage.
Although the teacher's name has not been released, Alexander County Schools Associate Superintendent Jeff Peal said in a recent statement that she had been suspended due to the "inappropriate video."
"At West Alexander Middle School, there was an inappropriate video shown in class, outside the bounds of the curriculum that called for disciplinary action last week." Peal told the Taylorsville Times. "That teacher will be back in school this week." more >>