A battle between conservative groups and the Republican Party, generally viewed as a fight between Tea Party outsiders and "establishment" insiders, intensified Wednesday and Thursday after some testy remarks by Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) and the firing of a key Republican staffer.
Boehner accused conservative groups of opposing the recent budget deal to strengthen their own organizations, rather than to help the Republican Party or the country.
On Wednesday, he said those groups were "using the American people for their own goals." And on Thursday morning he said, "It just comes to a point where some people step over the line. When you criticize something and you have no idea what you're criticizing, it undermines your credibility." more >>
NBA All-Star forward Zach Randolph of the Memphis Grizzlies has become the toast of the Internet after he was caught on camera taking his shooting shirt off his back then handing it to a young special needs fan during a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday.
Despite his team being down by 21 points with just over five minutes left to play in a game the Grizzlies eventually lost, Randolph never hesitated when the fan pointed to his shirt indicating he wanted it.
He is shown, in a 28-second clip posted on YouTube, simply removing the shirt and handing it to the fan then returning to the bench to watch his team lose. more >>
A North Carolina-based ministry is taking a stance against nationwide sex trafficking by directly engaging with the women and underage girls involved who pose as escorts in online ads that are found on classifieds websites, including craigslist.com.
On Eagles Wings Ministries is behind the outreach program, "Rahab's Hope," named after the Canaanite prostitute found in the Old Testament. In the past two years, the organization has contacted over 2,000 women, 90 percent of whom are victims and under the control of a pimp.
"At Rahab's Hope, we pull ads from backpage.com from the escort section in different cities," said Amanda McCoy, outreach director for Rahab's Hope, to The Christian Post. "We call a different city each time for two hours, twice a month and we always have resources in their area before we make the calls." more >>
An Indiana pastor was convicted of three counts of child molestation by a jury on Tuesday.
Otis Benard Jetter, 71, was arrested in December 2012. At the time of his arrest, he was a pastor of Indianapolis-based Pilgrim Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.
Dana Elaine Owens, better known as "Queen Latifah," says she once relied on alcohol to cope with the tragedies in her life, but it was her faith in God that ultimately helped her through feelings of anger and sadness.
In an interview with Good Housekeeping magazine, the rapper turned actress shared how her "life was rocked to the core" when her brother, a police officer, was killed in a motorcycle accident not long after her career had taken off. Owens, who was raised Baptist, says her faith was particularly impacted by the loss.
"And I felt guilty," she told the magazine, "because I was angry at God." more >>
Michigan's legislature passed a bill Wednesday banning the Affordable Healthcare Act's (ACA), or "Obamacare's," exchanges from covering abortions.
The ban comes a year after Michigan's Republican Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed a similar measure in 2012. Despite the veto, pro-life advocates collected more than 315,000 signatures, pushing the measure once again before legislators and will become law without Snyder's signature.
Under Michigan's constitution, voters can petition lawmakers to resurrect a bill the governor had vetoed and vote it into law without his signature. more >>