Trey Pearson, the lead singer of alternative rock band Everyday Sunday and a formerly married father who came out to the world as gay in May, was axed from the lineup of a major Christian festival after several members of the event's production crew threatened a walk out if he was included.
The festival, called Joshua Fest, is an annual three-day event in Northern California described as a nonprofit "family friendly Christian music festival" that ministers to "young families and teens."
"We have something for everyone. From music that ranges from worship to hard core, to heartfelt workshops and open forum discussions about faith, pain, and hope. To workshops designed to strengthen your marriage," it explains. more >>
Christians should be part of a "church family" and not try to live spiritually on their own, says Saddleback Church senior pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren.
In his Daily Hope devotional on Monday, the megachurch pastor stressed that being part of a church family is essential to fulfilling God's purposes for one's life.
"You cannot fulfill the five purposes (worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, evangelism) on your own. Life is not a solo act. You were created for community," wrote Warren. more >>
As Americans paid tribute to the nearly 3,000 people killed 15 years ago during the September 11, 2001, terror attacks, actor Kirk Cameron encouraged parents to teach their children the Pledge of Allegiance and talk to them about the freedoms the diverse nation thrives on.
Standing in the middle of the flag memorial at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, that represents the 2,977 people who died at the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, the former "Growing Pains" star encouraged his Facebook fans on Sunday to honor the nation "that our Founding Fathers gave us."
"At a beautiful display of all of these flags remembering all of the people who died in the vicious attacks of our country 15 years ago, I just wanted to say that I still pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands," Cameron says in the video that has been watched more than 454,000 times. more >>
Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church released a video prayer on Sunday, the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, by noting that the world seems to be "getting darker" and "decaying" due to terrorism and other divisions.
Warren said all of America marked "the worst terror attacks in its history" on Sunday, when nearly 3,000 people were killed back in 2001.
The pastor said that while the attacks are fresh in many people's minds, a freshman in high school today was not even born when that occurred, and so as the Bible says, it is important to remember the lessons of the past. more >>
In the midst of speculation about her marriage, Tamar Braxton has decided to speak publicly about her relationship with her husband of 13 years, Vincent Herbert.
Last month, TMZ reported that Braxton and Herbert were involved in an alleged domestic dispute and posted the recording of a 911 phone call placed by a friend of Braxton's who said her music executive husband had bit her finger at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia, and then fled in a taxi.
Braxton subsequently posted a video on Instagram of herself talking to paparazzi at the LAX airport last week, saying: "I'm not even finna defend my relationship to anybody. Ever. This is a marriage," she said. "This is not my boyfriend ... this is my husband for 13 years, so everybody else can have several seats. ... God is good." more >>
When Jennifer Garner is away, Ben Affleck makes sure to uphold her values by taking their three children to church.
Even though actors Affleck and Garner announced that they were filing for divorce in a joint statement last year, the pair have yet to do so and continue to co-parent their children. While Garner had to travel to Colorado to help premiere her film "Wakefield" at the Telluride Film Festival, Affleck took their 10, 7 and 4-year-old children to church in Pacific Palisades, California.