Republicans Drop Opposition to Same-Sex Marriage in Historic Platform Shift
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by Emily Brown
2d ago
The Republican Party has removed its long-standing opposition to same-sex marriage from its official platform. Since 1992, every GOP platform has unequivocally opposed same-sex marriage. The 2000 platform declared support for the “traditional definition of ‘marriage’ as the legal union of one man and one woman,” and criticized federal judges and bureaucrats for recognizing other forms of unions. The 2016 platform condemned the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage, stating that traditional marriage between “one man and one woman” was the foundation of a free society. (The part ..read more
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I Know My Friend is Struggling with Addiction. What Should I Do?
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by Eddie Kaufholz
2d ago
Addiction is a harrowing journey that affects not just the individual but also their friends and loved ones. If you have a friend who is grappling with addiction, your support can be crucial in their path to recovery. While professional help is often necessary, there are several meaningful ways you can assist a friend during this challenging time. To that end, I’m going to give some very practical advice that will hopefully serve to get you, your friend, and the surrounding support group on the right track. But before I do that, I need to preface the heck out of this article: Preface 1: If you ..read more
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NASA Is Hoping Aliens Are Big Missy Elliott Fans
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by Emily Brown
3d ago
Missy Elliott has been an international icon for decades. And now, she’s an interplanetary one. On Friday, the rapper’s 1997 hit “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” was transmitted at the speed of light roughly 158 million miles from Earth to Venus via NASA’s Deep Space Network. According to NASA, the only other song ever transmitted this way was The Beatles’ “Across the Universe” in 2008. NASA uses its Deep Space Network to “track, send commands and receive scientific data from spacecraft venturing to the moon and beyond.” In other words, it’s how NASA missions “phone home.” And while there’s no evide ..read more
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New Study: Only Five Percent of Americans Regularly Attend Church
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by RELEVANT Staff
3d ago
A new report has found that America’s church attendance could be much lower than previously thought. The Washington Post recently released a breakdown of America’s faith habits. Using data from the U.S. Religious Census, The Post‘s Department of Data mapped out the “geography of religious devotion.” But their report uncovered something far more interesting than just regional religious preferences. Across the U.S., as few as 5% of the population regularly attends religious services. That’s a major difference from surveys from Pew or Gallup, who put weekly church attendance at 21 to 30%. If The ..read more
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The Cost of Living With Purpose
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by Jay Lowder
3d ago
On an overseas speaking engagement several years ago, I was walking with my daughter and wife through a cemetery in Great Britain looking at headstones that were erected before the United States of America, my homeland, had even been discovered. As we read names and inscriptions of people long ago deceased, we wondered who they were and how they died. Eventually the conversation turned to speculating what they did with their time on earth. I asked my daughter, “Do you think most of them ever discovered their purpose in life?” She replied, “I sure hope so because it would be sad to live your li ..read more
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Going Deeper With Caleb Hearn
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by Chris Allen
4d ago
Caleb Hearn is an open book. If you’re one of the North Carolina native’s 1.5 million TikTok followers or 2.8 million monthly listeners on Spotify, this isn’t a surprise. Hearn is refreshingly honest in his music. Whether he’s singing about love, mental health, faith or everything in between, he’s got nothing to hide. Vulnerability has always been his default, he explains, but there is something about writing music that pushes him to be more honest than he’s ever been before. Your music is known for being honest and vulnerable. Have you always been so open about your life? I’ve always been the ..read more
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Carl Lentz Unfiltered
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by Emily Brown
4d ago
In the realm of contemporary Christian ministry, few figures have held as much cultural significance as Carl Lentz, the former lead pastor of Hillsong NYC. Known for his charismatic preaching and trendy fashion sense, Lentz’s rise to fame was nothing short of meteoric. He burst onto the scene in the early 2010s co-leading Hillsong’s church plant in New York City, which grew exponentially and quickly became a spiritual home for many young professionals and celebrities. His preaching, relatable demeanor and stylish appearance set him apart from traditional pastors and resonated with a new genera ..read more
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Holding Court: WNBA Legend Maya Moore’s Fight for Justice
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by Emily Brown
4d ago
In the world of basketball, Maya Moore is one of the most accomplished athletes to ever play the game. A two-time Olympic gold medalist, four-time WNBA champion, and newly inducted WNBA Hall of Famer, there’s nothing she hasn’t achieved on the court. However, her most significant victories may have occurred in a different court — intertwined with the life and freedom of her husband, Jonathan Irons, who was wrongfully imprisoned and sentenced to 65 years for a crime he didn’t commit. Moore remembers their first encounter vividly. “When I met Jonathan, that was my first time in a prison,” she sa ..read more
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Judah and the Lion Is Going Through It
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by Emily Brown
4d ago
Denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance. The five stages of grief are a framework that helps people identify and understand their feelings as they learn to live with loss. It’s also the framework for Judah and the Lion’s latest album, The Process. Frontman Judah Akers is well-acquainted with the five stages of grief at this point in his life. Over the last two years, he’s been on a healing journey while processing the grief of a painful divorce. Initially, he tried to keep everything in, hoping to work through the loss of his marriage without relying too much on others or letting the ..read more
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One Voice Is Your New Favorite Worship Collective
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by Ellen Hayes
4d ago
It’s crazy how drastically things can change in just one year. In the summer of 2023, a group of friends based in Seattle, Washington, released a live worship album, The Table, unsure of what would come next. It was simply something they felt like they needed to do, but they had no clue how that could change their lives completely. “None of us saw this coming,” said Cole Hastie. “It’s been awesome seeing the response from people online, but we didn’t imagine this is what our lives would be like. We wanted to make authentic worship music — and I hope that’s what people hear when they listen to ..read more
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