March 20, 2013
Have you ever considered what the real difference is between stripping off your dignity to stand on a runway or stage (often half-dressed) while strangers evaluate your body—strangers who are given the right to decide whether or not you’re “good enough” and standing on an auction block while slave traders do the same thing?
Both situations are humiliating, degrading, and ultimately shameful—both are done for the base pleasure or benefit of others, but somehow women …
December 28, 2012
Over the last few years, I have had a number of conversations both online and in person over the topic of Christians and entertainment. There are so many factors involved, and every life is drastically different; so, as far as what movies are acceptable for all Christians, I acknowledge and agree that there is no way to make a “good” and “bad” list.
All sorts of factors affect the way we respond …
July 14, 2012
Sexual sin hurts. It mangles and poisons. It attacks the potential beauty and closeness of one of God’s most mysterious gifts: The one flesh relationship of sexual intimacy. In addition to defrauding our neighbor, when we engage in fornication or adultery we are in a real way self-destructing (Rom. 1:24-27).
While most Christians understand the health risks of extra-marital sex, and many will even acknowledge the emotional and spiritual damage such relationships …
July 14, 2012
Pain, dominance, humiliation, and bondage presented as pleasure? Fornication packaged in paperback for women lacking discretion? Warning: Sin lurks in the heart. Seems pretty black and white to me. No shades of grey. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, be glad. If you do know, consider… Matt. 5:28, Ephesians 5:12, Phil. 4:8, 2 Tim. 3:6, Heb. 13:4, Rom. 6:12, 1 Cor. 6:18, Col. 3:5, and the list goes on.
June 4, 2012
For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. (1 John 2:16–17)
Even though Scripture tells us to “teach,” I sometimes think we Christians …
April 16, 2012
How can we “adorn the doctrine of God our Savior,” and avoid causing His name to be profaned, or His Word to be blasphemed among the nations?
April 12, 2011
If you haven’t read Part 1, please click HERE first!
Part 2 of Beaches, Bikinis, and…Bibles?
By Carmon Friedrich
Last night, I took my daughter to a movie that has been heavily promoted by Christian outlets (you can read a positive review by Focus on the Family’s PluggedIn Online here, along with some of their caveats), and praised by Christian friends. Soul Surfer is the story of Bethany Hamilton, a Christian …
April 11, 2011
The following review refers only to the Hollywood movie, Soul Surfer. It is not a critique of the real Bethany Hamilton, her testimony, or her ministry to others.
Soul Surfer, the popular new movie produced by secular group TriStar Pictures, is all the rage this week. Heavily marketed to Christians, the film tells the dramatic story of 13-year-old Bethany Hamilton (played by 17-year-old AnnaSophia Rob), …
September 24, 2010
Recently, I read a helpful article that was basically a do’s and don’ts fashion list for Christian young men. Let me begin by saying I agreed with the general sentiment: Christians—even Christian men—shouldn’t dress in obnoxiously outdated styles that communicate “nerdiness. When possible, I agree that as Christians we should present ourselves in a way that is winsome and attractive. But, as a parent, I found the …
August 27, 2010
I realize this is a very backwards way to post an article, or even link to someone else’s article; but, sometimes I do things backwards. Maybe it’s rebellion. Or maybe it’s because Gender, Morality, and Modesty: Liberated into Bondage by Robin Phillips is so good that I’m hoping you’ll want to read the whole thing once you read Part Six. It’s an excellent read, and the series is worth …