Police officials in Yamunanagar, India, have revealed that a migrant from Bihar "mortgaged" his wife off to a friend in exchange for 30,000 rupees and later killed the lender for refusing to let his wife go after the money had been paid back.
The Times of India reports that upon trying to solve the mystery behind the death of 35-year-old quiltmaker Mohammad Golam, officers in Yamunanagar discovered that Golam had loaned a friend named Sabir Ali 30,000 Indian Rupees, the equivalent of $453, this past January.
The officers realized that this was no ordinary loan when it came to light Monday that Ali had offered his wife, Salma, to Golam as collateral for the loan. more >>
Catholic Bishops are standing with those who conscientiously object to gay marriage and maintain their opposition to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide.
These pro-traditional marriage views were expressed during the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' fall General Assembly meeting, the first meeting for the bishops since the 5-4 Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges.
Bishop Richard J. Malone of the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth explained Monday afternoon at the gathering in Baltimore what the Church intends to do in the wake of the landmark decision. more >>
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 >>