To judge by media coverage, the legalization of same-sex marriage is an unalloyed good. Pictures of happy couples kissing and otherwise celebrating leave the impression that the only people who are unhappy about all of this are bigots and grumps. Well, Janna Darnelle would beg to differ.
The head of the World Jewish Congress is outraged that the world is ignoring the plight of Christians. Maybe it should concern us more, too.
Is it hypocritical for business-owners to exercise their faith in the marketplace if they do it imperfectly?
The Bible warns us to expect trials and tribulations this side of Heaven. And no trial tests faith more for parents than a child in a life-threatening condition. During this week's broadcast, John Stonestreet welcomes Fox News anchor, Bret Baier, whose new book, "Special Heart: A Journey of Faith, Hope, Courage and Love," looks at growing faith in the most challenging of situations.
We recently told you about a pill designed to erase bad memories. How about a pill to erase bad behavior?
What is the point of work? Can we really glorify God not just with your work, but in our work?
It's not only our culture's view of marriage that's changed, it's also the tolerance level for any dissent from the new orthodoxy.
Because the Thursday before Easter is known as Maundy Thursday, the day set aside on the Church calendar to remember the Last Supper. At this first celebration of communion, Jesus gave His disciples what He called "a new command" to love and serve one another.
As World Vision president Rich Stearns told reporters, "Christian organizations will continue to deal with this sensitive issue." That, my friends, is an understatement. Anyone currently trying to sit this one out, will soon realize how little neutral ground there actually is. And that will reveal how many Christians and Christian organizations just don't "get" marriage.
"The cosmos is all that is, all there ever was, and all there ever will be." Those opening words from Carl Sagan's 1980s TV series, "The Cosmos" are a succinct statement of what's become the driving philosophy behind much of modern science and science education: materialism.
Even the secular world is worried about pornography. But without the worldview to fight it, they're at an impasse. This is where the church can help.
Would Jesus bake cakes for same-sex weddings? It's a good question, but there's more to this whole issue than just WWJD.
One of the first times Americans over the age of twelve saw Miley Cyrus on television was an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show. During the Q&A, the 14-year-old Cyrus told Winfrey that her favorite Bible verse was Ephesians 6:10-11: "Finally, my brothers, come close to the Lord for if you put on the full armor of God you can stand against the wiles of the devil."
In the very same strip mall I saw the sign for a restaurant called Tim's Place, with the tag line: "breakfast, lunch, and hugs." It just sounded familiar. And then it dawned on me—this was the restaurant I'd heard about before, the one owned by a 26-year-old man with Down syndrome—Tim Harris. You may have heard this story on CNN or seen it on YouTube.
When does bad news get trumpeted as "good news"? When a set of facts doesn't fit the prevailing feminist narrative.
In the midst of the chaos, Islamic extremists in Egypt are burning churches and murdering Christians. The U.S. must speak out.
If we want Christianity to stay relevant with young people, they say, we've got to rewrite the way we do church, including our songs. Let's think about that.
Imagine you and your spouse find out you're expecting. Having experienced this moment a few times, I know there's nothing quite like it. Your world changes, and within days, your child's entire biography unfolds in your mind: her first steps, first words, kindergarten, little league, ballet, high school, college, and eventually a young adult who will make you insanely proud. It's all so promising.
When prenatal testing revealed that the White's second child had Down Syndrome, Heath was heartbroken and dreaded her arrival. Heath later understood that his daughter was just as precious as any other child. And he wanted the world to know the same thing.
Even after the Supreme Court's rulings, can you imagine our culture returning to marriage as God designed it? As we often say around here, politics is downstream of culture. Given what the current cultural definition of marriage is, the political one will soon follow, unless it is challenged and redeemed. This is where the battle must be waged.
The spiritual diet of too many Christians consists of a lot of Bible McNuggets. And that's not healthy.
So the government wants our daughters to have access to the morning-after pill. The question is, what are we going to do about it?
Daniel Patrick Moynihan coined the phrase "defining deviancy down" to describe the process by which we accept outrageous acts that we would never have tolerated a generation ago. Well, looking at recent headlines, let's consider adopting a new term: defining depravity down.
It was striking that in the oral arguments in the Proposition 8 case before the Supreme Court so little credence was given to the connection between marriage and procreation.
On May 7th, Delaware became the eleventh state to legalize same-sex marriage. On May 14th, Minnesota became the twelfth. While that leaves thirty-eight states that haven't redefined marriage, we shouldn't deceive ourselves. As Rod Dreher recently pointed out in "The American Conservative," historians will one day remember our time as "a cultural revolution."