A Texas megachurch is on a mission to share the biblical perspective on sex and relationships through its upcoming sermon series, "LoveSex," though not everyone approves of its approach to advertising for the series.
Jason Pizzitola, pastor of creative development for River Pointe Church near Houston, spoke to The Christian Post on Wednesday and explained why "love" and "sex" were melded together to make the series' title.
"The idea of associating the word 'sex' with 'love' to me was a powerful idea," he said. "I didn't want to miss that. I didn't want people to miss that, because...in our culture's mind, love has very little to do with sex." more >>
Eight more Republican lawmakers have joined a lawsuit in New Mexico to argue a county clerk has usurped state law by recognizing same-sex marriages. Meanwhile, an eighth county in the state has begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, broadening the state's legal fight on the issue.
Last Friday, seven Republican lawmakers filed a lawsuit against Dona Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins, who began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples two weeks ago under the argument that New Mexico's marriage laws are "gender neutral," and therefore do not expressly prohibit him from distributing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
The lawsuit against Ellins filed by the initial seven Republican lawmakers has since been joined by eight more Republican lawmakers, all of whom argue that Ellins is overstepping his power by distributing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Ellins "has violated the New Mexico Constitution's separation of powers doctrine by determining on his own which laws he will enforce based upon his interpretation of the statutes and constitution," the lawsuit reads. more >>
A beloved Pentecostal preacher from Biddeford, Maine, who thought he would never find love again after his wife died in 2009, was killed Saturday in a tragic car crash along with the woman who made him change his mind to marry again just a year ago.
Less than 24 hours after the crash on Sunday evening, members and well-wishers packed the pews of Victory Chapel in Biddeford and celebrated the lives of Joel McClain, 77, who pastored at the church for 31 years and his new wife, Maxine, 77, in a worship service to God according to The Portland Press Herald.
The pastor's daughter, Beatrix Tucci of Portland, told the Press Herald that the couple were returning to Biddeford from Beulah Fellowship Family Campground in Canterbury, N.H., on Saturday where he was leading services for a weekend-long convention. more >>
Many Americans were shocked to hear the report by Todd Starnes that "A family-owned Christian bakery, under investigation for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, has been forced to close its doors after a vicious boycott by militant homosexual activists."
But why should we be surprised? Bullying and intimidation have been standard operating procedures for many gay activists for more than 60 years. Why should they change their approach now?
In the early 1970's, gay activists became famous for their "zaps," which were strategically timed, carefully-staged, hit-and-run protests meant to humiliate and intimidate their opponents. According to gay historian David Eisenbach, zaps were used successfully by gay activists to push TV executives to portray homosexuality sympathetically and positively: "TV executives discovered they could avoid zaps and bad publicity by having gay activists review scripts that dealt with homosexuality before they were aired." more >>
Australia's prime minister is continuing to push his support for same-sex marriage as re-election for his political position draws near, leading critics to suggest that he is using same-sex marriage as a bargaining chip for re-election.
During a televised Q&A session on Australia's ABC News channel on Monday, Australia's current Prime Minister Kevin Rudd told Christian Pastor Matt Prater of New Hope Church in Brisbane that he changed his mind in support of same-sex marriage last May after "years of reflection in good Christian conscience."
"I just believe in what the Bible says and I'm just curious for you, Kevin, if you call yourself a Christian, why don't you believe the words of Jesus in the Bible?" Prater asked Rudd, who responded by saying that he believes Christians should not become "obsessed" with a particular definition in the Gospel, arguing that the teaching of the New Testament is universal love. more >>
While reading a book about Winston Churchill framed in his own words, I was struck by the vast difference between his leadership and our contemporary crop of leaders here in America. Where are the statesmen among us?
When President John F. Kennedy made Churchill an honorary American citizen in April, 1963, Kennedy said of him, "In the dark days and darker nights when Britain stood alone -- and most men save Englishmen despaired of England's life -- he mobilized the English language and sent it into battle. The incandescent quality of his words illuminated the courage of his countrymen."
Contrast that with today's Twitter style of superficial, sound-bite leadership, where even the President of the United States, rather than mobilizing the English language and sending it into battle, Tweets out meaningless slogans like "Love is love" (this in defense of the same-sex "marriage"), thereby lowering himself to the level of the masses that he is supposed to lead and call higher. more >>