The General Synod of the Church of Norway, the largest Christian denomination in the Scandinavian country, has voted in favor of accepting same-sex marriage, and will be offering the service to gay couples in the future.
Church of Norway chairman Sturla Stålsett said that the Synod's decision is "historical," The Nordic Page reported.
The decision still allows individual priests and other church staff to decide whether they want to participate in ceremonies for gay people, however. more >>
The Christian owners of Görtz Haus Gallery in Grimes, Iowa, had to close down their business completely after they were charged with discrimination for refusing to hold a same-sex wedding at the venue, but now they say they have a reason to be "pretty tickled."
Richard Odgaard and his wife, Betty, had to close their business, a gift shop and bistro, in August, about two years after they told a gay couple from Des Moines their facility couldn't host a same-sex wedding.
The Odgaards were subsequently forced to pay a $5,000 settlement for refusing to host a same-sex wedding ceremony. more >>
The sheer horror of China's policy of forced abortion on women who become pregnant with a second child is tortuous. The number of unborn Chinese children — overwhelmingly girls — who have been aborted is staggering. The brutality of the means by which countless Chinese women are subject to abortion surgery is sub-human.
It's welcome news that China has now decided to "allow" women to have two children. But the costs of the past nearly four decades of forced abortion are almost too painful to consider.
Evangelical preacher the Rev. Franklin Graham met with Russian Orthodox leader Patriarch Kirill of Moscow earlier this week, where the two discussed issues pertaining to gay marriage, the secularization in the West, and Christian persecution.
"We discussed the persecution of the church worldwide, especially in countries like Syria, and the need to protect Christians. We discussed the refugee crisis and how the church can help these people who are fleeing for their lives," Graham said about the meeting on his Facebook page on Wednesday.
"And we talked about the need to reach a younger generation brought up in secular schools surrounded by a secular culture who know nothing of God and His love for them. I appreciate Patriarch Kirill's very clear moral voice on issues of marriage, family, and the sanctity of life," he added. more >>
The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office on Thursday returned a warrant request by investigators of the Detroit Police Department in the alleged shooting of 25-year-old semi-pro football player Deante Smith by his estranged pastor inside a local church on Oct. 18.
In a statement to The Christian Post from Maria Miller, Wayne County assistant prosecuting attorney and director of communications, she noted that the warrant request was returned with a request for "further investigation" by the DPD. No further explanation was made.
Emotions have been running high among Smith's family and friends as they charge that his death at the hands of Keon Allison of City of God Church was sparked by an affair the pastor allegedly had with Smith's wife, Tykia. more >>
In 2009, retired Army General Mark T. Kimmit wrote in the journal Foreign Policy of what he called "war of exhaustion" with regard to America's military efforts in Afghanistan.
"The objective in a war of exhaustion is to defeat a nation's will to fight. The British Empire was not defeated in Afghanistan by a war of attrition, nor was the Soviet Union defeated in Afghanistan through attrition. Both were defeated through exhaustion. And this is how the Taliban intends to defeat the current coalition efforts in Afghanistan — by steadily eroding our will to fight," he explained.
Whatever is now happening in Afghanistan, there is another "war of exhaustion" plaguing America: The exhaustion of social conservatives as we continue to defend life, uphold marriage, and protect religious liberty. more >>