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Cory Booker Criticized by LGBT Activists for Speaking at Evangelical, Anti-LGBT Willow Creek Community Church’s Global Leadership Summit in 2011

Newark Mayor Cory Booker opens the Newark Peace Education Summit early Friday, May 13, 2011, in Newark, N.J. The three-day summit on the power of nonviolence will include Nobel laureates, international leaders, local anti-violence activists and the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader the Dalai Lama. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
After declining to speak at a Christian conservative gathering this week, Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., is facing pushback for previously speaking at an Illinois megachurch known for its biblical stance on sexuality and marriage.
The senator released last week 10 years’ worth of tax returns, which showed that he made about $1.7 million in speaking engagements over the course of five years from 2009 to 2013...

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Christians Demand Walmart Take Down Valentine’s Day-Themed Dating Ad Featuring Homosexual Couple and Urge Company to ‘Remain Neutral in Culture War’

More than 137,300 people have signed a petition urging Walmart to take down its gay dating ad.
Last month, Walmart launched a Valentine’s Day themed ad campaign called “Love Is in the Aisle: A Dating Show at Walmart,” which had three episodes, one of which included a same-sex couple (watch here).
In a petition started last week, the socially conservative American Family Association denounced the ad and called on Walmart to “remain neutral in culture war” and “remove pro-homosexual promotional video.”
“For most Christians and other traditionalists, the idea that marriage is between a man and a woman is sacred...

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Christian Comedian Jeff Allen Opens Up About Past Battles With Drug Addiction Which Led Him to God

Comedian Jeff Allen had a successful comedy career for decades and now he’s opening up about his past battles with drug addiction which led him to God.
The headliner is adored among Christian audiences around the world, but he almost went down a different path in the early 1980s.
“I started comedy in 1978 and by 1980 there were more comedy clubs than comedians in the country — so I was able to travel, make money and be bad at it,” Allen told Fox News this week. “And I think I moved back home with my folks for about three months — that was because of alcohol and drugs. I just had gotten so bad, that I needed to clean up.
During that time frame, Allen called his dad saying, “I can’t stop, so you need to come and get me...

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Michelle Obama Lets a Curse Word Slip as She Says Women Sometimes ‘Can’t Have it All…, “Leaning In” Doesn’t Work All the Time…’

Former First Lady Michelle Obama is seen above on Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama caused a stir during her arena book tour on Saturday when she said that marriage inequality can’t be solved by women ‘leaning in’ because ‘that s*** doesn’t work all the time.’
Obama made the comment during her appearance Saturday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where a large crowd of thousands came to see her promotional appearance for her memoir, Becoming.
The former First Lady was commenting about whether women can experience equality in both their marriage and the workplace – ‘that whole “so you can have it all”’, as she referred to it.
‘Nope, not at the same time,’ Obama said.
‘That’s a lie...

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Pastor Ray Ortlund Says Biblical Marriage Is Sacred in God’s Sight and Points Toward the Gospel

Even a troubled marriage is a profound picture pointing toward the Gospel of Jesus, pastor Ray Ortlund said on the first day of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission’s 2018 national conference.
Ortlund, lead pastor of Immanuel Church in Nashville, and more than 15 other speakers addressed an audience of about 950 people gathered Thursday (Oct. 11) for “The Cross-shaped Family” at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. The three-day event will end Oct. 13.
“Your marriage in the world today is as sacred in the sight of God as the perfect marriage of Adam and Eve back in the garden,” Ortlund told the audience in one of the keynote addresses on the conference’s opening day. “[God] thinks your marriage is worth fighting for.”
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“Dear Abby” Advises ‘Pious’ Christian Couple Who Are Worried Church Folk May Find Out About Them “Using Graphic Language During Lovemaking”

“Dear Abby”
by Abigail Van Buren
DEAR ABBY: My wife and I have been married 25 years and have three adult children who no longer live with us. We are religious and belong to a conservative church.
We have a satisfying sex life. About 15 years ago we started using graphic language during our lovemaking. We find it exhilarates and enhances our experience.
We do not call each other names; we use graphic words to express how good we feel during the act. The excitement I feel from this is cheaper than Viagra.
Is what we are doing wrong? We are empty nesters. I worry about what would happen if our closest religious friends knew. Would they feel the same way toward us?
I believe words become wrong when they are used for the wrong motive...

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“Married At First Sight”: The Show’s Pastor Cal Says Black Men Who Audition Don’t Want to Marry Black Women

One of “Married at First Sight’s” relationship experts, Pastor Cal.
Some might be surprised that there’s so many people willing to marry a perfect stranger on the show “Married at First Sight” but that’s the case every season.
If you’re not familiar with the series, relationship experts select six men and women who don’t know each other and marry them off. The first time the couples actually see each other is at the altar before they exchange vows in front of their families.
During an interview, Pastor Cal, one of the relationship experts on the show, spoke about the selection process and how those who audition have to go through intense questioning.
And during that Q&A process, a lot of the Black men said they wanted to marry someone outside of their race,” which the Pastor ...

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American Bible Society Takes a Stand: New Rules Say Employees Must Attend Church, Refrain from Sex Outside of Marriage

The American Bible Society is taking a stand for biblical principles in the lifestyle of its employees. Starting in January 2019, all workers will be required to abide by a new set of rules which include: regular church attendance, sexual abstinence except for between married men and women, and refraining from use of commonly abused substances.
ABS president and CEO Roy Peterson says the new requirements are being laid down because “a staff made up of people with a deep and personal connection to the Bible will bring unity and clarity as we continue our third century of ministry.”
Peterson added, “We understand there are differing views on these matters This decision does not signal intent to advocate or champion any cause other than increased engagement with the Bible.”
The document, call...

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Kenyan Christians Who Support Polygamy at Odds With Catholic Church

Bishop Joseph Mairura of Kisii, Kenya, and a representative of the apostolic nuncio to Kenya wave to the congregation at Gusii Stadium Feb. 23. The Catholic Church rejects polygamous marriages. (CNS photo/Doreen Ajiambo)
There are over 9 million Catholics in Kenya, and not all of them support the Church’s (and the Bible’s) official teaching on marriage.
While polygamy is a common African ancestral practice, surprisingly, many Kenyan Christians also support the tradition, and are not afraid to say why. As Catholic News Service reports:
Flanked by his three wives and 12 children in his grocery shop in Kenya’s biggest slum, Kibera, Gilbert Wandera said men should marry multiple wives to prevent single motherhood and to ensure that children have fathers in their lives.
“Getting a second or t...

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Like Everyone Else, I Hope Harry and Meghan Will Make it, But There is One Reason They Probably Will Not. I Predict This Marriage Will End in Divorce; But I May Be Wrong.

I know that the world has gone crazy over Harry and Meghan. And it does seem they are what the world calls “being in love.” They look great together, and of course, it is wonderful that a black woman will be in the royal family and all that. It is a fairy tale story on steroids.
I have other concerns besides my main one and those concerns are: I am concerned about their family backgrounds which are very broken and sad. Children who come from broken families have a lot to overcome to make their marriage work, to say the least.
Second, individually, neither of them appear to be stable, and they need to have a marriage where at least one spouse is stable. When you have two people who underneath their beauty and charisma are unstable, that equals disaster...

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