A Baptist congregation in Kentucky has garnered national headlines for its intention to hold a gay wedding at its facility, despite most of their fellow Baptist churches' disapproval.
Highland Baptist Church of Louisville recently announced their intention to hold a same-sex wedding for David Bannister Jr., 29, and Steven Carr, 25. It is scheduled for next May.
Joseph Phelps, pastor at Highland Baptist, told The Christian Post that the gay couple "have been active and faithful members of the congregation for over five years." more >>
"Yeah, yeah – singleness is a gift. But marriage is a greater gift! Don't you want someone that's going to be there for you all the time? How much longer do you think you can continue spending time alone? Don't you want kids? They are the heritage of the Lord, after all! It isn't good for man to be alone, two are better than one! The Bible says so!"
Sound familiar, single friends?
Even if it doesn't, and even if you don't find yourself feeling pressured by those around you to escape your oh-so-wretched solitary situation, there are pressures that rise up from within yourself. more >>
Young adults are currently experiencing a revival of interest in apologetics in order to defend their faith, especially since society questions the biblical narrative on hot button issues now more than ever, says Dan Kimball, leader of the teaching and mission ministries at California's Vintage Faith Church.
Kimball, whose congregation is largely comprised of college-aged students, urges churches to instill biblical doctrine and theology in the current generation because going to church is not enough, they also need to know what Christians believe and why.
"Because people don't know the Bible's story, different stories have emerged, sometimes portraying Christians as hateful, Jesus as just one more teacher among the world's religions, and the God of the Bible as a jealous, violent deity … to counter these caricatures of Christianity, we must be proactive, using apologetics to teach what the Bible really does and does not say …," writes Kimball, in a recent Church Leaders article. more >>
One of baseball's greatest hitters of all time died recently at the age of 54. Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn hit over .300 for 19 consecutive seasons, something only the legendary Ty Cobb accomplished.
Before passing away, he recorded a video message appealing for baseball players not to follow his example with smokeless tobacco, which most certainly was the cause of his death from mouth cancer.
Dying declarations can have a profound effect. It's the time when people are most honest and what they say matters the most. Already All-Star pitcher Stephen Strasburg has vowed to quit his nasty tobacco chewing habit! more >>
The Supreme Court of the United States handed down a ruling today in the rather controversial Hobby Lobby religious liberty case. It was extremely significant in that it ultimately upheld the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and made it clear that closely held corporations cannot be separated from the individual identities of their owners. I, along with many other Christians, are elated that the decision went the way it did. It will be used to uphold religious freedom for individuals (acting as individuals and on behalf of their business entities) for decades to come.
As I've read comments and heard the opinions of "progressive" Christians, I think there exists a lack of knowledge about why so many religious people (I think evangelicals, Catholics, and many religious Jews as well have seen the merits of this decision) see this decision as a "big win." While you are more than welcome to disagree, and I hope to write my own opinion in a respectful tone, I wanted to share from the heart of one Pastor why I'm excited by today's decision.
First, you should know that I'm a Baptist who identifies strongly with ancient Anabaptists on issues of religious liberty and the separation of church and state, a phrase you would never have heard of had it not been for Thomas Jefferson's conversation with a Baptist congregation. (The phrase is a comment on the First Amendment but is not found in any official government document.) more >>
British musician Sir Elton John has said in an interview that he believes Jesus Christ would approve of gay marriages, and shared his admiration for the work Pope Francis has done so far, calling him "wonderful."
John's comments come days after the Vatican released a major new document speaking out against unjust discrimination against gay people but affirming traditional teachings on marriage, a viewpoint that Francis has supported.
"These are old and stupid things. If Jesus Christ was alive today, I cannot see him, as the Christian person that he was and the great person that he was, saying this could not happen," John told Sky News on Sunday, speaking out against Church of England rules banning gay clergy from getting married. more >>