Earlier today I came across an article entitled "How to Talk to Your Kids About Sexuality and Sexual Orientation" on The Huffington Post by research psychologist and gender scholar, Dr. Peggy Drexler. While I appreciate Dr. Drexler's desire to encourage parents to talk to their kids about sexuality before someone else does, I couldn't be in more disagreement with the majority of the content that she encourages parents to present to their inquiring kids.
I understand that Dr. Drexler is a highly educated person specializing in the areas of sexuality, and that in the world's eyes - despite my own personal struggle with homosexual desire –my comments or rebuttals don't carry an ounce of weight. But nonetheless, I'm going to comment and rebut.
Speaking with children about the reality of homosexuality and homosexual relationships is no longer optional. I wish that it was – really, I do. The complexities of same sex attraction and same sex behavior are things that most 7-year old minds can't really get a grip on. But because of the way the presence of and focus on homosexuality has exploded in our culture, the Church is going to have to do it's best to prepare young minds for things that they aren't ready to – and shouldn't have to – but are going to have to process. more >>
A Wisconsin megachurch pastor hopes to entertain some of Hollywood's A-list crowd at the Cannes Film Festival in France where he plans to present his popular and humorous "Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage" seminar.
Mark Gungor, of Celebration Church based in Green Bay, usually gives his four-part marriage seminar over the course of two days during speaking engagements, however, he will focus on the "Tale of Two Brains" session where he demonstrates how most struggles in marriage are the result of how men and women think by using a humorous approach.
"This event is for A-list Hollywood producers, directors, actors and actresses," Gungor told The Christian Post. "I don't think they really care two cents about what I think about marriage. They just want to be entertained. Well, I am going to do my best to knock them off of their feet. What doors God opens up as a result of that are yet to be seen." more >>
Congregants of North Carolina's popular Westminster Presbyterian Church were shocked to learn two weeks ago that their new pastor, the Rev. Reggie Weaver and his wife, Ashley-Anne Masters, are getting ready to divorce because he had been cheating on her with another woman in the nine months he has been head of the 2,000-member congregation.
The news also came as a shock to many others in Presbyterian circles where Weaver was seen as a rising star, according to a News & Record report.
Weaver made the revelation in an apology letter to members of his congregation highlighting that his mistress was not a member of his congregation and that he and Ashley-Anne have already started the divorce process. more >>
As a federal judge is scheduled to issue his ruling Monday on a constitutional challenge to Oregon's same-sex marriage ban, officials are prepared to issue marriage licenses immediately if a stay is not put on the decision. The state is not defending the state's voter-approved ban.
U.S. District Judge Michael McShane will publish his decision at noon Monday, according to The Associated Press.
Officials in Multnomah County say they are prepared to begin issuing marriage licenses immediately if the ruling calls for it. more >>
In 1831, a French aristocrat named Alexis de Tocqueville arrived in America and spent several years travelling and studying life in the communities of the new nation.
He produced a book called Democracy in America which Harvard professor of government Harvey Mansfield calls "at once the best book ever written on democracy and the best book ever written on America."
Tocqueville looked at America with open eyes and saw its strengths and its flaws. He reported with honesty about the human damage caused by slavery. But he also saw the beginnings of a great country in which human potential could be realized through freedom. And he recognized the crucial role that morals and religion play in making this possible. more >>
As much I as I am constantly tackling controversial subjects, I am also working for the unity of the Body, trying to major on the majors on my radio show (which reaches quite a diverse audience) and often interacting privately with those with whom I differ. Yet I recognize that sometimes, division for the sake of truth can be healthy. Now is one of those times.
This past Wednesday, May 14th, I gave a lecture at the Family Research Council in Washington, DC, from noon-1:00 PM. It was also aired via live webcast and the talk focused on issues related to my latest book Can You Be Gay and Christian?
Shortly before the lecture, I was informed that, at the exact same time and also live online, there would be a panel discussing Matthew Vines' new book God and the Gay Christian, with participation from Rachel Held Evans, Tony Jones, and Jay Bakker, all of whom highly praised the book. more >>