NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – A panel at the Conservative Political Action Conference on whether social conservatives and libertarians could cooperate was dominated by the debate over same-sex marriage.
Alexander McCobin, co-founder and president of the Students for Liberty, stressed during Friday's panel the difference between "a political philosophy and a personal lifestyle" and listed various conservatives who may personally oppose same-sex marriage yet accept its legal recognition.
"Just because you believe people ought to act a certain way doesn't mean you want the government to require them to be that," said McCobin. more >>
As two U.S. states have legalized the use of recreational marijuana, one woman, a preacher's daughter, said in a recent interview that the plant-derived drug is a "gift from God."
Aimee Curry, a 39-year-old daughter of a minister, swears by marijuana's ability to heal pain. The woman told CNN in a recent interview that although her father would disagree with her use of the recreational drug, she believes it is a "gift from God" due to its ability to relieve the painful and lasting back spasms she experiences as a result of a 1992 car accident that nearly killed her.
Curry told CNN recently that when she was first presented with marijuana by a friend, she denied it, saying, "I can't do that, it's bad," but she was quickly convinced to take her first puff. Since her first inhale, Curry has become pro-marijuana. more >>
David McGee was born two months premature, and faced a mountain of physical obstacles right off the bat. At birth, his tongue was attached to the front of his gums, he was 95% deaf, and it took nine surgeries before he could speak or hear. Starting at age 10, he turned to drugs and rock 'n' roll – eventually spending time in jail. He continued down a rebellious road, which led to frequent arrests.
It seemed that everyone had given up hope – except for his grandmother, who knew God would never give up on her grandson. As a result, in 2008, David McGee founded "Cross the Bridge" Ministries and "The Bridge" Church in central North Carolina. With more than 2,000 church members, as well as a vast audience on more than 500 TV and radio media outlets, you might think David McGee is very motivational. But his teaching style is distinctly different from many of today's pastors and Christian media personalities.
Media producer and consultant Phil Cooke sat down with David to find out why. more >>
Louie Giglio, who has ministered to over a million U.S. college students at his annual Passion Conference in the past 17 years, recently shared with The Christian Post his definition of leadership, saying that he believes the best "leaders are followers." The Atlanta, Ga., pastor also commented on the 2013 Obama inauguration controversy and taking the global Passion tour to the Middle East for the very first time.
Below is a transcription of CP's interview with Giglio. It has been edited for clarity.
CP: There are so many examples of leadership, especially in the Church, and some might certainly say they aren't all good. What's your definition 'leadership' and how do you personally live that out? more >>
The Apostle Paul's exhortation to Christians of all marital statuses has confused more than a few believers hoping to align their lives with his teachings. Redeemer Presbyterian Church Pastor Tim Keller made an effort to answer questions regarding those verses found in the Bible specifically addressing singlehood and marriage at a recent conference.
"If you have a wife, do not seek to end the marriage. If you do not have a wife, do not seek to get married. But if you do get married, it is not a sin. And if a young woman gets married, it is not a sin. However, those who get married at this time will have troubles, and I am trying to spare you those problems. But let me say this, dear brothers and sisters: The time that remains is very short. So from now on, those with wives should not focus only on their marriage," Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 7:27-29 (NLT).
Speaking at S1NGLE, a conference organized by Redeemer Presbyterian Church's Family Ministries on Saturday, Keller sought to clarify what he described as "enigmatic verses to the average reader." more >>
Oklahoma City pastor Michael Elder who is on trail for the fatal shooting of his son-in-law last February will testify in his defense this week.
Elder, the pastor of Cross Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, allegedly shot Gary Davidson, 27, multiple times while Davidson and his wife, April, struggled for control of a truck that she was driving. She told police that she had driven away after her husband had refused to give her their daughter.
According to NewsOk, Davidson and April were separated at the time of his death. Gary's mother has also claimed that her son's relationship with Elder had soured much earlier than the day of his death. more >>