John Stonestreet

Christian Post Guest Columnist

Radical Islam, Secularism and Christianity

On one level, of course, Christians can agree that mocking the religious beliefs of others is deplorable. In fact, we face that kind of mockery ourselves. So we can identify with the outrage that many Muslims feel when their religion is mocked. Yet, while people of good will may disagree about the degree to which freedom of speech should allow blaspheming the sacred, this incident provides a stark contrast between the worldviews of Christianity, secularism, and radical Islam.

Two Words for Christians in 2015: Clarity and Hope

I am convinced, especially after the chaos of Ferguson and the response to the CIA Torture Report, that Christians need to be more careful than ever to avoid what Chuck Colson so often called the political illusion. Our cultural divisions are falling today along almost completely political lines, and Christians very often find themselves using their faith to justify their political divisions rather than seeing each and every issue through the lens, first and foremost, of Scripture and historical Christian teaching.

Excuse Me, My Baby Is the Wrong Color: The Commodification of Children

This latest story from our brave new world may blow your mind, so I'll read straight from the Chicago Tribune: "A white Ohio woman is suing a Downers Grove-based sperm bank, alleging that the company mistakenly gave her vials from an African-American donor, a fact that she said has made it difficult for her and her same-sex partner to raise their now 2-year-old daughter in an all-white community." I find it troubling which challenges the couple was willing and isn't willing to tolerate.

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.