"Today" show anchor Savannah Guthrie is thrilled to be pregnant, especially since she feared she would never get the opportunity. Now, at 42, Guthrie is happier than ever with new husband Michael Feldman and a new bundle of joy on the way.
"I've never been more thankful, or felt more blessed from above," Guthrie wrote in her first blog post. "I know how lucky I am. For a long time, I think I was afraid to even let myself think about how much I hoped to one day have a baby. So that's my mindset as my hubby and I embark on this adventure, and you and I embark on this blog: joy and profound gratitude for many blessings and for the kidness and support of all you wonderful and loyal friends on TODAY.com."
The host shocked the world when she announced that not only had she married Feldman in a weekend ceremony but was also four months pregnant with her first child. Guthrie was all smiles as she shared the news with her "Today" co-stars as well as those at her wedding. more >>
A young family and church congregation are in mourning after Ben Van Houten, deacon of Calvary Baptist Church in Holland, Mich., and father of the state's first surviving group of sextuplets died last Wednesday after suffering a heart attack while playing with his children.
Van Houten's father-in-law, Calvin Reimink, explained in a Michigan Live report that the beloved deacon, who also served as the leader for a Christian youth program called AWANA, had just set up a trampoline in his backyard and began playing with his children when he suffered the heart attack.
"He was always spending time with the kids," said Reimink. more >>
A petition posted on a White House website seeking legal recognition for "non-binary genders" has garnered over 100,000 signatures.
The petition was created in March and has surpassed the 100,000 mark well in advance of its April 20 deadline. With the benchmark reached, according to the Obama administration's "We The People" website, the White House must issue an official response to the petition.
"Legal documents in the United States only recognize 'male' and 'female' as genders, leaving anyone who does not identify as one of these two genders with no option," reads the petition in part. Titled "Legally Recognize Non-Binary Genders," the petition was created by "LS" of Herndon, Va., and placed under the category of civil rights and liberties. As of Monday morning it has more than 101,000 signatures. more >>
Pro-environment groups are calling on the faith community to come together and lead by example when it comes to taking action on climate change issues.
"The challenges our world faces in mitigating climate change now requires uniting with an unprecedented global-community mindset. Some soul-searching is in order for faith based organizations and houses of worship who are abdicating our moral responsibility to our most vulnerable neighbors in the developing world when we don't lead by example and refuse to tolerate any less from our business and government leaders on climate change," said Deborah Fikes, representative to the United Nations for World Evangelical Alliance and Clean Revolution Ambassador, in a statement Friday.
"Sustainability for the 'bottom billion' is not an option, it is a lifeline that we have the ability and obligation to provide if we really believe in "loving our neighbors as ourselves." more >>
Focus on the Family is planning a special one-night event with the airing of "Irreplaceable," a documentary on the importance of family. The Christian Post spoke with the narrator and lead reporter of the documentary, Tim Sisarich, who spent a full year exploring the idea of family and its importance to Christians and society in general.
The Christian Post: You worked on this project for a full year. What toll did that take on your family?
Tim Sisarich: The project, the filming took about nine months. I'd go away for three weeks and then be home for two weeks. It was hard, but it wasn't nine months straight. It was a real roller-coaster ride of emotions for me. Every time I came home I tried to put into practice a little bit of what I had been learning. And from the beginning of the film to the end of the film, I think I came a huge way. It was an interesting juggling act. more >>
Every Thursday, my daily live radio show (The Harry Jackson Show) focuses on health. During the past year, discussions with health and fitness experts have revealed that there is no easy fix to being healthy. The government can't legislate it and so it is amazing how much weight has been put into Obamacare as the one-stop-shop for health and wholeness. And the cookie cutter formula is to be inclusive of all people, no matter their health history or ethnic origin. It is no wonder that the initial sign up for Obamacare has been underwhelming.
In particular, few Latinos signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Many analysts are asking why this group did not participate in the open enrollment. According to the White House, at least 10.2 million Hispanics in America are currently uninsured, and over 80 percent of these would likely qualify for coverage subsidies. Originally, the White House had hoped six million members of America's largest ethnic minority would have enrolled by now, but early reports suggest the actual numbers will be much lower.
"The enrollment rate for Hispanic-Americans seems to be very low, and I would be really concerned about that," lamented health policy specialist Mark McClellan of the Brookings Institution. There is has been much speculation about why those numbers are so low. At least one probable factor is the tremendous amount of personal information individuals are required to disclose when they sign up. In addition to worrying about hackers, many Hispanics were also concerned that the information gathered about them might be used to deport relatives who are in the United States illegally. more >>