The leader of a Christian scouting group that was founded by former members of the Boy Scouts of America after the organization opened its membership to openly gay youth, said he's "saddened" by the BSA president's Thursday statement that the organization should also lift its ban on openly gay troop leaders.
On Thursday BSA President Robert M. Gates announced that the longstanding male youth organization's ban on openly gay scout leaders "was not sustainable."
Gates also stated while addressing the BSA's annual national meeting in Atlanta that "that this will probably happen sooner rather than later." more >>
The decision to foster a child brings great challenge and great reward. You become the stabilizing force in a life disrupted by turbulent times. Knowing that reunification with the birth family is the goal you open your home and heart. And you fall in love.
Several years ago, my wife and I embarked on this adventure. Today our family includes two biological sons, an adopted daughter, and a foster daughter who joined our family at three months old. She just turned two and likely will be reunited with her birth family soon. Saying good-bye will break our hearts, yet we are not called to an easy path—we are called to be faithful. I can say unequivocally that we sense a calling on our lives to care for these little ones. Children living right in our cities and towns who have no one to hold them, take them to a park, or put a warm meal on the table—this trumps many things that command more attention. Children represent the future. They represent the hope and possibility of our communities, our churches, and our nation. All people, regardless of faith tradition, must come together to advocate for these children.
Since May is National Foster Care Month, the time is right for religious leaders to begin cultivating a massive interfaith movement to target this crisis. On any given day, approximately 402,000 live in foster care in the United States, and on average, these children remain in state care for nearly two years with eight percent of children enduring five or more years. We must do better than this. more >>
"Bringing Up Bates" will premiere its second season in June and feature not only the birth of a grandson but the wedding of their daughter, Michaella, to her husband, Brandon Keilen, which will take place in August.
The couple courted seriously, following traditional Bates family rules and principles, before getting engaged on April 13. Brandon took Michaella to Great Falls, Virginia, and planned a very elaborate surprise: seven different clues in seven locations that finally culminated in Brandon getting down on one knee to propose.
Speaking about the first time she saw Brandon many years ago, Michaella told The Christian Post in an email: "I saw a young man through the window who caught my attention! He was walking an older man to lunch in the freezing snow, and I was impressed at his kindness and patience on this bitter cold day! I didn't have the slightest clue that this would someday be the love of my life!" more >>
It has been sort of a trend that groups have been auditioning on talent shows, hoping they can one day become famous. But, most of the time it is reoccurring and the performance isn't as good as they thought. The Kingdom Tenors go above and beyond with their performance … WOW!
If you are a big fan of this song, then you will definitely love their cover. 12 amazing voices singing together is something they you don't hear often. They also cover it in a way where it sounds unique. Which is very important when the judges decide. This group really blows the roof off of the place after performing "You Raise Me Up." You will definitely get the chills watching this one!
Check out this audition on Britain's Got Talent below: more >>
A Christian mom in Virginia recently took to social networking site Facebook to express her gratitude to a Virginia state trooper, who she called a "Good Samaritan," for not profiling her African-American son and instead helping him fix a flat tire.
In a Facebook post that has since gone viral, Dr. Nada Owusu, a pediatrician at Danville Regional Medical Center, first praised God followed by State Trooper Matt Okes, for his random act of kindness. The May 15 post has garnered more than 400 likes and received over 26,000 shares.
"Facebook friends, join be in expressing my gratitude to God and to Officer Okes, Matt, a Virginia state police officer," she wrote, alongside a photo of her college student son, Joseph, with Okes. more >>
International football star and ex-Chelsea defender David Luiz vowed to abstain from sex until after he's married in an Instagram post last week which included a picture from his recent baptism.
Luiz, 28, who plays for French football club Paris Saint-German and serves as vice-captain for the Brazil national team, was baptized into Hillsong Church in teammate Maxwell's in-door swimming pool. He posted a message alongside the picture which read "I have chosen to wait." Luiz said he will abstain from sex until he marries girlfriend Sara Madeira, according to The Telegraph.
He also included a verse from 1 Corinthians in his post. more >>