Pop star Justin Bieber has said that his previous relationship with Selena Gomez, which he likened to a "marriage," formed the best part of his teenage years.
The 21-year-old singer was asked the question during a Friday radio interview in New Zealand and after briefly pondering in thought, he shared that the four years he spent dating Gomez, 23, were the most memorable. The exes formed a romantic relationship back in 2010 and despite their split last year, they remain good friends and occasionally still worship at church together.
Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, has suggested that the Church should not seek to convert homosexuals to heterosexuality.
During a news conference held by the seminary and the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, Mohler said he was opposed to reparative therapy, which involves changing a person's sexual orientation from homosexuality to heterosexuality, dubbing it a "superficial" approach.
"The Christian Church has sinned against the LGBT community by responding to this challenge in a superficial way," said Mohler. "It's not something that is so simple as converting from homosexual to heterosexual, and from our Gospel-centered theological understanding that would not be sufficient." more >>
Iconic singer Grace Jones is telling all about her first-ever meeting with Lady Gaga, saying while there wasn't cause to dial 911, she "could not find a soul" in the millennial pop star.
During a recent interview on SiriusXM's "Bevelations," Jones, who was raised as a Christian but is not religious, said that upon meeting Gaga she could not connect with her on any level because there was something slightly off. The "Slave to the Rhythm" singer attributed the disconnect to her faith, which was instilled in her as a young child.
"Gaga came to me, and I just could not find a soul," Jones, 67, told entertainment host Bevy Smith. "I come from church — maybe that has something to do with it. I like to get to the soul of a person. I just didn't feel a soul. more >>
Pop star Rihanna has opened up about dating and relationships and said that while it's become socially acceptable for men to be unchivalrous, she refuses to settle for less when it comes to finding her ideal mate.
The "Diamonds" singer shared her thoughts on dating in today's culture and said increasingly, men are rejecting traditional norms out of fear that they'll somehow appear weak. She added that while some women are happy "settling," she would rather wait for someone who meets her standards.
"You want them [men] to feel good being a man, but now men are afraid to be men," Rihanna said in Vanity Fair's November issue. "They think being a real man is actually being a [expletive], that if you take a chair out for a lady, or you're nice or even affectionate to your girl in front of your boys, you're less of a man." more >>
Not too long ago a young man tweeted me, thanking and commending me for being a 21st century pastor. After a few moments of back-patting, and feeling good about myself, a sobering question came to mind. Should his comment be considered a compliment, or should I take it as a passive reference of the Church's overall state today? After thinking about his comment, I concluded that the latter was the truth.
Perhaps the answer to this question plays a major role in why there has been a constant decline in church attendance in America, especially among millennials. The decline is not limited to just millennials but holds across race, gender, education and geographic dimensions.
According to new findings from the Pew Research Center, Christianity in America has declined nearly 8 percent since 2007, most noticeably affecting Catholic and mainline Protestant churches. If it wasn't for another conflicting trend happening in today's church, these statistics would be alarming to the faithful and would suggest little hope for faith's survival in modern times. However, there is a modern expression of contemporary faith emerging, and I have personally been blessed to have a front row seat to its unfolding. more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham has said the mass shooting at a college in Oregon reveals that violent persecution of Christians is on the rise in the United States.
Chris Harper-Mercer, 26, opened fire on students at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg last week, killing nine and wounding seven others before fatally shooting himself.
The head of Samaritan's Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association said in a Friday Facebook post that the shooting was proof of increased hostility toward Christians. more >>