John Stonestreet

Christian Post Guest Columnist

The Unseen Pain Behind Gay Marriage

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.

Faith Under Fire: The Darkest Trial a Parent Can Face

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.

Maundy Thursday and the Marriage Battle

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.

How Will Your Church Deal With Same-Sex Marriage?

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.

'Cosmos' vs. 'Master Designer'

"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.

The Celebrity Trap: Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Pop Stars

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."

Tim's Place. . . and Ours: Down Syndrome and Our Humanity

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.

Suffer the Little Children: Genetic Testing and Lives Worth Living

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.

A Perfect Daughter: Loving a Special Needs Child

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.

Marriage and Imagination: After the Supreme Court

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.

Yes, Christian, There is a Devil

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.

No Limits, No Culture: Portents of a Post-Christian America

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."