A Southern California mother has agreed to remove the roadside cross memorializing her dead son after receiving pressure from an atheist organization.
Ann Marie Devaney placed a white Christian cross near an on-ramp to Highway 15 inLake Elsinore, Calif., after her 19-year-old son Anthony was struck and killed by a car while crossing the street there in May 2012. After two years, Devaney has agreed to remove the cross after the American Humanist Association pressured the city of Lake Elsinore, reportedly on behalf of an atheist resident who argues the cross' presence on government-owned highway is unconstitutional.
As NBC Los Angeles reports, Devaney showed up to the site of the cross Thursday to pay her last respects to her son before removing the small memorial. The mother of the teen who struck Devaney's son with his car also showed up to grieve and express that she too did not think the cross should be removed. more >>
USA Today recently published the results of a national survey among 18 to 31-year-olds regarding cohabitation. A whopping 76 percent of young Americans said living together before marriage is fine. The stark reality is that 65 percent of "altar – bound" singles--many of who identify as "Christians"-- now live together before marriage, a euphemism for lifestyle fornication.
Recently the Pope made reference to cohabitation in a statement that is leaving some confused. Pope Francis stated, "matrimony is between a man and a woman but that moves to "regulate diverse situations of cohabitation [are] driven by the need to regulate aspects among persons, as for instance to assure medical care." Multitudes are uncertain regarding the extent of what he was suggesting or saying in this statement.
Add to the conversation on people "living together" are people making statements like the following: " Look, times have changed. We have to face certain realities of living in the 21st-century. We're older… more mature… been divorced… not ready financially… providing parents to a child… benefiting from tax incentives...have peace that God understands our unique situation...after all, look how many celebrities and even 'Christians' are doing it." more >>
William Pickett Jr. "hollered" desperately in Jersey City, N.J., Thursday morning as he watched the building where his parents and two brothers lived and kept church services burned down in flames while they were all trapped inside.
"I hollered, but the cop wouldn't let me in because the fire was shooting out the building," Pickett told the Jersey Journal.
It was a terrible 4-alarm blaze. Neighbors in the working class community where it erupted, found it spectacularly stunning. more >>
David McGee was born two months premature, and faced a mountain of physical obstacles right off the bat. At birth, his tongue was attached to the front of his gums, he was 95% deaf, and it took nine surgeries before he could speak or hear. Starting at age 10, he turned to drugs and rock 'n' roll – eventually spending time in jail. He continued down a rebellious road, which led to frequent arrests.
It seemed that everyone had given up hope – except for his grandmother, who knew God would never give up on her grandson. As a result, in 2008, David McGee founded "Cross the Bridge" Ministries and "The Bridge" Church in central North Carolina. With more than 2,000 church members, as well as a vast audience on more than 500 TV and radio media outlets, you might think David McGee is very motivational. But his teaching style is distinctly different from many of today's pastors and Christian media personalities.
Media producer and consultant Phil Cooke sat down with David to find out why. more >>
I spend a good bit of my time around teenagers. At times it is to deliver a message on good choices at youth groups, and middle or high schools. At other times it has been in my capacity as a youth athletic coach. Sometimes, as it was a few weeks ago, it is just to "hang out" or "chill." From my youthful days I believe the word has now evolved to chillax, chillmatic, chillin, chillaxing, and more from the original "relax".
Have you figured out how to motivate your pre-teen or teenager to live upright consistently? A variety of studies point to the profitable involvement of parents and other ancestral family relations. Those relationships provide great stability in life. Framing the life of your teenager to desire leaving a powerful legacy empowers them to take personal ownership for their actions. It also elevates their level of maturity and personal responsibility. Legacy transfers family values and systems which allow parents and children to live moral and productive lives.
I watched a college basketball game with a few 15-year old boys a couple of weeks ago. We decided to grab a bite after. As our conversation flowed I was struck by their frequent use of the phrase "our generation." It appeared to be a clue of an expression frequently used about them in dialog by authority figures in their lives. To be exact, one such reference was "Adults believe our generation is more about recreational drug use than concrete choices." more >>
"I was horrified," said John Stemberger, chairman of the board of Trail Life USA, a new, rapidly growing scouting organization that doesn't allow openly gay members.
Stemberger was referring to an Associated Press photograph that accompanied an in-depth story about Trail Life. The image showed a group of young boys gathered in a circle with their hands raised at an unusual angle. The AP's original caption on the photo said they were reciting the organization's "creed" during a meeting in North Richland Hills, Texas.
It took the AP several days to acknowledge their error. But by then, the unfortunate comparison to Nazi Germany had spread on the Internet faster than Hitler's invasion of Poland. more >>