The American hero who authored our Declaration of Independence died on this day, exactly 50 years after its signing. "This is the Fourth of July," Thomas Jefferson noted on his last day. John Adams, patriot and second American president, passed away on the same day.
The Supreme Court has announced that it will deliver its much-anticipated rulings on same-sex marriage today at 10 AM EDT. We don't yet know what the court will decide, but here are the options.
James Gandolfini was known to the world as Tony Soprano, the mythical mob boss who won three Emmy Awards. The announcement of his death made global headlines yesterday. He was only 51 years old.
Kent and Diego Love-Ramirez live together in Lansing, Michigan with their two-and-a-half-year-old son, Lucas. They volunteer with the Family Equality Council, an organization that promotes families for homosexuals, and worked with the Michigan Pride Festival last year. As a result, they came to the attention of the Obama administration. Last week, they were invited to the White House for a Father's Day event. They will be on the South Lawn today at midday and hope for a photo op with the president.
Dan Brown's novels have been published in 52 languages, with 200 million copies in print. This son of a math teacher and a church organist has frustrated theologians like me for years with his misleading attacks on the historicity of the Christian faith, most notably in The DaVinci Code. I read his latest novel, Inferno, with much apprehension. To my surprise, there is not a single line attacking the Church or the faith of its members.
Their latest ad depicts an adorable little girl asking her mother if Cheerios is good for the heart. She explains that it is. The girl then pours Cheerios on her sleeping father's chest. What's the problem? The mother is Anglo, the father African-American.
France's first same-sex wedding was held this week. The latest New Yorker's Mother's Day cover pictures a lesbian couple reading a card from their three children in their kitchen. Since last March, when the Supreme Court heard arguments over same-sex marriage, three more states have legalized gay marriage.
As we watched the news coverage, many of us asked faith's hardest questions: Why did God allow such a tragedy? Why didn't he prevent it, or at least shelter these innocent, helpless children? What do we do now? And the question we'll address today: What happened to the children when they died?
Tim Tebow is America's most famous unemployed athlete. Since his release from the New York Jets, the Heisman Trophy winner has been without a team. What are his plans?
You probably attended church services yesterday. It's possible that an atheist you know did as well, in a way. The rise of "atheist churches" is an oxymoronic fact in our culture.
According to a new survey, only 17 percent of adults in the U.K. believe the church has "their best interests at heart." This "trust rating" ranks religious institutions with Google and behind supermarkets. However, young people rank Google much higher than churches, giving the search engine a trust rating of 28 percent.
And "the pill" has produced other significant consequences. Seen as "one of the cornerstones of the sexual revolution," it led to a marked increase in the number of women who were sexually active before marriage. By the mid-1970s, the majority of newly married American couples were not virgins. Today America leads the industrialized world in teenage pregnancy; three out of 10 girls in our country become pregnant before the age of 20, 81 percent out of wedlock.
While many businesses and sports leagues are moving in this direction as quickly as they can, what about marketing directed at Christians? Our demographic has an estimated purchasing power of $5.1 trillion a year, more than six times larger than the LGBT market. While the homosexual demographic in America is estimated at 3.8 percent of the population (translating to 11.8 million people), there are 140 million Christian consumers in our country.
"He was so grateful to be here, he was compassionate, he was caring, he was jovial." That's how a neighbor described Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. To the names of Timothy McVeigh and Theodore Kaczynski we can now add the Tsarnaev brothers. They had given no indication of any anti-American sentiments.
The Boston Marathon is New England's most widely viewed sporting event. Over 500,000 people, 80 percent of Boston's population, show up to cheer on more than 20,000 runners. Begun in 1897, it's the world's oldest annual marathon. Until today, it was known for history and prestige. Now it will forever be known for tragedy as well.
Yesterday's Masters Golf Tournament made history, as Adam Scott became the first Australian to win the sport's most prestigious championship. But the tournament will long be remembered for another reason as well: Tiger Woods' now-infamous rules infraction.
The announced sermon for yesterday's services at Saddleback Church was titled, "Surviving Tough Times." It was a theme Pastor Rick Warren planned earlier in the week. He had no way to know how appropriate his subject would be.
That's the title of an article now on Time's website. It begins: "Religion can be a source of comfort that improves well-being. But some kinds of religiosity could be a sign of deeper mental health issues." The article quotes a clinical psychologist who states, "Religion is related to the child having a higher sense of self esteem, better academic adjustment and lower rates of substance abuse and delinquent or criminal behavior."
The Supreme Court may strike down the Defense of Marriage Act. In addition, it may declare California's ban on gay marriage (Proposition 8) to be unconstitutional. We won't know the Court's decisions until June, but the ramifications of this issue are already affecting Christians in significant ways.
President Obama continues his Middle East tour today, amid signs of a warming relationship between himself and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. For instance, as the president and prime minister were preparing to inspect a missile system, they were told to walk along a red line on the airport tarmac. Remembering Mr. Netanyahu's repeated warnings about a "red line" in Iran's nuclear development, Mr. Obama pointed toward the prime minister and joked, "He's always talking to me about red lines." He added, "So this is all a psychological ploy." Chuckling, Mr. Netanyahu replied, "This was minutely planned."
"Kid President" is a nine-year-old in Tennessee named Robby Novak. He has osteogenesis imperfecta, a disease that makes his bones brittle and has led to more than 70 broken bones and 13 surgeries. He has steel rods in both legs.
Brown University was founded in 1764 by a group of Baptist ministers. It has held its commencement services in First Baptist Church of Providence, Rhode Island (the first Baptist church in America) since 1776. Now it has become the 37th American college to include "sex reassignment surgeries" in its student health care plans.
Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia will remove Chick-fil-A from its campus food court. The intense campaign waged by gay and lesbian students is being credited for the decision. Ironically, Emory was founded by the Methodist Church and named for a Methodist bishop.
A pastor's daughter fantasizes about becoming a porn star. Another pastor's daughter struggles with telling her parents she's not sure of her child's paternity. These are some of the plot lines in Preachers' Daughters, a reality show which aired last night on the Lifetime network. The program received interest from six different networks. Imagine the backlash from Muslims if Lifetime aired a similar show titled "Imams' Daughters," or from the Jewish community for "Rabbis' Daughters."
Hugo Chavez died Tuesday at the age of 58. The flamboyant president of Venezuela was diagnosed with cancer in 2011 and had undergone four operations in Cuba. After his last Cuban treatment was unsuccessful he turned to doctors in Brazil, but it was too late. Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro announced Chavez's passing, calling his death "a moment of deep pain." What does it mean for the U.S. and for Christians?