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 >>
When her family first appeared on the A&E series "Duck Dynasty" three years ago, Sadie Robertson had no idea it would result in opportunities to write books, host award shows, star in movies, design clothes and gain millions of followers on social media. Still, the 18 year old says she's determined not to get caught up in the fame and has a plan to avoid the pitfalls that've plagued others who became celebrities after being on reality TV.
"I think the key to that is recognizing that it's not all about me, it's truly not. God gave me this and this is all about God," Robertson told The Christian Post.
"I think if I would have came into this saying 'all of these followers are for me and these fans are for me,' then it would've been really difficult. I think I would've gotten lost in it all. But coming into it with the mindset of all these followers are for God, all of this fame is for God, it's not about making me famous." more >>
A 12-year-old girl from Brooklyn, New York, has said that she is on the road to recovery after Pope Francis met and blessed her during his visit to the city in September. The girl, Julia Bruzzese, said she believes in miracles, and thinks the meeting with the pontiff has greatly helped her.
Fox News reported on Sunday that Bruzzese had been forced to use a wheelchair after she suffered a sudden paralysis that doctors could not explain. While she had been apparently experiencing symptoms of Lyme disease, there had been no signs of the disease in her blood.
Bruzzese and her mother reportedly got to meet the pope at JFK Airport during a greeting. more >>
Can churches engage transhumanism, which may very well be the next big science vs. religion battle, positively or should they absolutely resist this movement, an academic institution in Alabama asked during a multi-day event focused on whether Christianity and Transhumanism could co-exist.
Samford University's Center for Science and Religion held the event, titled "Transhumanism and the Church," which took place from Sept. 24-26 and featured 27 presentations with approximately 120 attendees for the opening lecture alone.
Transhumanism is the theory that science and technology can be used to advance the evolution of human beings beyond current physical and mental limitations. more >>