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Hooking Up, Shacking Up, and Saying “I Do”

By Rachel Sheffield  | Most young people want a happy marriage and family life. As a new report from the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia shows, the choices people make in their relationships prior to marriage matter. Unfortunately, the laissez-faire sexual practices embraced and promoted in our culture today don’t build a strong foundation for marriage. According to the report, authored by Galena K. Rhoades and Scott M. Stanley of the University of Denver, individuals with more sexual partners and cohabitation experience tend to report poorer marital quality, as do couples with children from prior relationships. And yet, today the average person reports five sexual partners prior to marriage. Less than one quarter (23 percent) have only had sex with the person they marry. Cohabitation is also common, with the majority of people cohabiting prior to marriage. And more than 40 percent of all children are born outside

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Breaking the Silence: Redefining Marriage Hurts Women Like Me – and Our Children

by  Janna Darnelle  | Every time a new state redefines marriage, the news is full of happy stories of gay and lesbian couples and their new families. But behind those big smiles and sunny photographs are other, more painful stories. These are left to secret, dark places. They are suppressed, and those who would tell them are silenced in the name of “marriage equality.” But I refuse to be silent. I represent one of those real life stories that are kept in the shadows. I have personally felt the pain and devastation wrought by the propaganda that destroys natural families. The Divorce In the fall of 2007, my husband of almost ten years told me that he was gay and that he wanted a divorce. In an instant, the world that I had known and loved—the life we had built together—was shattered. I tried to convince him to stay, to stick

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World Vision Reversal, Homosexual Marriage, & Your Kids

World Vision’s definition of ‘unity’ has left many parents wondering what they will tell their children. The recent announcement from World Vision regarding their allowing of homosexual married staff, followed closely by their reversal of that same decision, has sparked an uprising in many evangelical Christian circles. Many Christian leaders across denominational lines are believed to have largely affected their reverse decision, such as John Piper (quoted below). When World Vision says, “We cannot jump into the fight on one side or another on this issue,” here is the side they do, in fact, jump onto: We forbid fornication and adultery as acceptable lifestyles among our employees (which they do), but we will not forbid the regular practice of homosexual intercourse. To presume that this position is not “jumping into the fight on one side or the other” is fanciful. – John Piper While we applaud World Vision for reversing their decision,

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3 Countries- 3 Responses

When it comes to doing God’s will, we tend to think of something like a plan. It usually has a step one and two and so on. Sometimes it even involves timing and structure. I think when God thinks of His own will He sees a battlefield- to which we cringe. I think the only ‘plan’ involved is charge, reclaim and give Him the glory. Perhaps He looks down at our outlines and carefully laid supplies and sees in our faces a bit too much self confidence. With a gentle hand, He often sweeps away our ideas and grasps our hands with a firm and eternal grip. There is a humility in it- it is all about humility. In this being able to admit we are weak and unable to handle even the smallest attack, Jesus must come. It says in Ephesians 2:2 that Satan is the Prince of the

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#2 Sexual Myth: “Purity Is An Idol”

By:  Dannah Gresh | Published:  January 23, 2014 One of my single, twenty-something team members returned from Christmas break with something of a epiphany having occurred. “I’ve made purity an idol in my life,” she confessed. Memories of multiple blogs inserting this thought into the online Christian conversation ran through my head. Blogger Elizabeth Esther seemed to have started this snowballing conversation rolling.Rachel Held Evans, Boundless, and a number of others soon posed the question on their own blogs to perpetuate the debate. Before we knew it, we were reading grandiose claims such as “Virginity: Christianity’s Main Idol.” Of all the myths birthed and nurtured in last year’s critique on the purity movement, this one brought the strongest response in my spirit. It is both the most truth-founded and most deceptive of the myths. A tricky one to be certain. While I believe it’s possible that purity may be an idol in your life, it is a

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Where Are the Men?

A Feminist Defends Masculinity By:  John Stonestreet | Published:  January 9, 2014   You probably won’t see her on Fox News. And she doesn’t have a column in National Review. But a lesbian academic trained at Yale, Camille Paglia, who describes herself as a “notorious Amazon feminist,” is an unlikely prophet of cultural doom. And maybe that’s why we should listen to what she has to say. In a wide-ranging interview in the Wall Street Journal, Paglia says most feminists today deny the basic differences between the sexes, and as a consequence are setting us up for a huge fall. “What you’re seeing is how a civilization commits suicide,” she says. How? Well, Paglia says, many members of the cultural elite have no experience in the military and in fact disdain military service, a traditionally male province. “These people don’t think in military ways,” Paglia says, “so there’s this illusion

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Miley Cyrus and the Moral Gag Reflex

De-Pornifying Culture By:  John Stonestreet | Published:  January 7, 2014   Looking at culture, it’s tempting to give up in despair. As the dad of little girls, for example, when I see the relentless objectification of women by celebrities such as Miley Cyrus, I’m tempted to think that any attempt in what William Wilberforce called a “reformation of manners” is futile. It seems that instead, in the words of Daniel Patrick Moynihan, we have to “define deviance down.” But lately, there have been encouraging signs. It’s too soon to call it a “reformation of manners” but a backlash to what one recent author called our cultural vulgarity is already asserting itself—not via the boycotts of angry culture warriors but by some of the unlikeliest cultural allies in politics, the media, and the music industry. For example, several celebrities have spoken out who’ve been repulsed by the shameless pornification of “entertainers” such as

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Parenting as Preventative Social Justice

Whether it be planned or unplanned, diligent or flippant, parenting is a worldwide task that is not only viewed radically different in separate countries, but also carried out in a distinctly individual method. For example, in Singapore the drive is mainly towards education and a successful career. Anything less and the family loses face through the math score of a 12 year old. On the other hand, American children are encouraged to make their own way yet still conform to the image that media and peers represent. The conflict is an easy choice for anyone wishing to survive through middle school. If you don’t want to be rejected, society tells us to become like everyone else. Though pressure is immense no matter what country you live in, science has shown that parents are still the number one influence in their children’s lives- yes, a close runner up to media and peers,

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