In 1992 I visited Wheaton College and met the members of a really cool student band called "____ ton bundle". These young guys, only five years older than me, were indie before there was indie. Their shaggy hair, quirky glasses, and almost hipster grunge-style, before there ever was grunge, brought an edge to an otherwise white male middle class Midwestern band.
I still have my cassette tape of their only album, "Taking My Donkey to Town," even though I no longer own a cassette player. Fortunately, the album is online including one of my favorite songs, Decorations of You.
The song's lyrics are personal, raw, humble; the melody, sweet. The singer croons about his heart being a home, a home full of fear that he asks to be changed, cleaned, and renovated. He invites the God of the Bible into his home. God enters, strips it bare, and begins redecorating. After renovation begins, he sings: more >>
Putting florist, grandmother and devout Southern Baptist Barronelle Stutzman out of business was not enough for some Washington state officials. She could lose her home and life savings as well after a Washington superior court judge ruled that she violated the state's anti-discrimination law because she declined to provide flowers for a same-sex couple's wedding due to her religious convictions.
After Benton County Superior Court Judge ruled on Wednesday that Stutzman violated the law when she refused to provide floral arrangements for the wedding of Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed in 2013, the possibility became real that Stutzman can lose her business, home, savings and other personal assets once a summary judgement is reached, according to Stutzman's lawyer Kristen Waggoner.
"The lesson from the court's decisions is that you put your home, your family business, and your life at risk by daring to defy a government mandate that forces you to promote views you believe are wrong," Waggoner, an attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom, said in a statement. "A government that tells you what you can't say is bad enough but a government that tells you what you must say is terrifying." more >>
A Texas county court legally married two women under a one-time court order on Thursday, despite the fact that the state currently has a ban on same-sex marriages.
After Travis County Probate Judge Guy Herman ruled on Tuesday that Texas' ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional, state District Judge David Wahlberg, two days later, issued an order for Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir to grant a marriage license to an Austin lesbian couple due to medical urgency.
After Sarah Goodfriend, who has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and Suzanne Bryant were issued their marriage license by the court on Thursday morning, their 72-hour required waiting period was waived and they were later joined in matrimony by Rabbi Kerry Baker in front of the county clerk's office building, The Austin American-Statesman reported. more >>
Kandi Burruss is thanking God that her good friend and fellow Christian "Real Housewives of Atlanta" co-star Phaedra Parks was able to keep calm during an argument with her volatile husband, Apollo Nida, that played out on television last week.
Nida is serving an eight-year prison sentence for creating fake businesses, false bank accounts and using stolen checks while defrauding automotive lenders. The 35-year-old fitness guru became famous after appearing on "Real Housewives of Atlanta" as attorney Phaedra Parks' husband.
Last Sunday, viewers witnessed a shocking exchange between Nida and his wife after he convinced some of their mutual friends that she was cheating on him. On the day he was supposed to report to jail, Parks called someone to change the locks on the doors of her home, but Nida caught her in the act. more >>
Pastor and author David Platt said it is a "mystery" why some people have same-sex attractions, but we all rebel against God in one way or another and we all need to be reconciled with Him.
In His latest book, Counter Culture: A Compassionate Call to Counter Culture in a World of Poverty, Homosexuality, Racism, Sex Slavery and other Social Issues, Platt said pondering cultural questions about homosexuality has shifted his focus from why some men and women have same-sex attraction to why society has broken from God's intended plan.
"The foundation of the Gospel is that God created us but we all have a tendency to turn away from Him and there is a mystery to why we turn away from in Him in different ways but we do," the Alabama pastor told The Christian Post. more >>
There is a state of confusion in the state of Alabama over whether same-sex couples can legally get a marriage license.
Here are three reasons:
1. A Federal judge overstepped her authority. more >>