Now that same-sex marriage is being treated as the law of the land, Christians find themselves in precarious friendship scenarios — and I'm not just talking about deciding whether or not to attend a gay friend's wedding reception. The challenges are costly.
One of the many problems with mass legalized same-sex marriage is that Christians are struggling to love our gay neighbors and simultaneously uphold God's Word when it comes to sacrament of marriage. The end result doesn't play out well. Many Christians are faced with a choice between pleasing our gay friends or honoring Christ.
These two things are not mutually exclusive, and yet, it has been hard for some, especially Christians in the small business world, to maintain both friendships and convictions. more >>
After losing her sight at the age of 15, Jennifer Rothschild's life changed drastically as blindess exacerbated her feelings of insecurity and insignificance, and weakened her sense of identity. In her new book Invisible: How You Feel is Not Who You Are (Harvest House, 2015), Rothschild encourages women to find their self-worth in Christ and shares practical ministry tools that helped her turn to God and prayer for direction in her life.
Invisible reflects on the biblical love story between Hosea, the preacher, and Gomer, an Israelite woman. Gomer's insecurities cause her to leave her husband and children in search of her own desires. Despite this betrayal, Hosea does the unthinkable. In obedience to God, he seeks out his wife, rescues her from slavery, and brings her back home. more >>
A private Christian university in Arizona has announced that it will now be extending employee benefits to lawfully married same-sex spouses of employees, but assured that it will continue to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, a school that was founded by Southern Baptists in 1949, issued a statement last Friday explaining that the school has altered its employee benefits package to include lawfully married same-sex couples.
After the United States Supreme Court ruling in June legalized same-sex marriage throughout the country, the institution evaluated its employee benefits policy and felt that in order to demonstrate "grace and compassion" toward married same-sex employees, employee benefits needed to be extended to their partners. more >>
For decades the United Methodist Church has debated its position on homosexuality, in arguments that have sometimes hinted at schism for the Mainline Protestant Denomination.
Every four years the global Church meets for General Conference, where issues including the UMC's stated opposition to homosexuality and gay marriage are debated.
Most notably, the UMC's Book of Discipline has declared since 1972 that homosexuality is "incompatible with Christian teaching" and it is this language many have demanded be removed. more >>
As America continues to grow more hostile toward public prayer and conservative religious viewpoints, younger generations of courageous Christians will be faced with the challenge of defying the norm of secular culture to defend prayer and biblical truth.
In his book No Fear: Real Stories of a Courageous New Generation Standing for Truth, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins highlights 11 instances when young men and women risked everything to defend biblical truth and their religious beliefs from intense societal, political, cultural and spiritual opposition.
Perkins hopes readers, especially younger Christians, will be inspired to live out their faith with the same courage displayed in the real-life stories exhibited in his book, No Fear, which was praised by leading evangelist Franklin Graham, who believes the book will "help raise up a new generation of world changers." more >>
Khloe Kardashian recently revealed her reasons for remaining married to her estranged husband, Lamar Odom, and she said intimacy is not one of them.
On Nov. 9, the 31-year-old reality star sat down with NBC News during a book signing event at the Grove in L.A. Khloe Kardashian, who is dating NBA star James Harden, explained why she is still married to embattled former basketball player Lamar Odom, according to Us Weekly.
"I'm still married for a multitude reasons," Us quotes Kardashian's statement to NBC News on Monday. "But intimacy is not one of them." more >>