While Erika has weakened and is no longer a tropical storm, reports say heavy rains could still be experienced in Florida as the storm heads toward the state from the Caribbean.
According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, "Erika has degenerated into a trough of low pressure."
Despite news of the storm subsiding, Gov. Rick Scott of Florida sent out a message of vigilance, asking the residents to stay alert. "That is encouraging news, but (it) doesn't mean we stop watching this weather system," Scott said after learning about Erika's movements on Saturday. more >>
A week after Billy Graham's grandson, Tullian Tchividjian, filed for divorce from his wife, Kim, the former pastor's counselor Paul Tripp, who says he has been working with the couple for the past six months, said Wednesday that the marriage could not be saved because it had been "irreparably broken" because there was no longer any trust between the couple.
In a statement posted to his website Wednesday, Tripp bemoaned the public spectacle Tchividjian's marriage had become before explaining how they arrived at the painful decision.
"I wish we lived in a world where pastoral counsel and heart, life and ministry restoration could take place in private, but those days are regretfully long gone. So, in light of the news getting out that Tullian Tchividijian has filed for divorce and to mitigate any unnecessary and unhealthy speculation regarding the details of the situation, as Tullian's friend and counselor, I have decided to post this statement," Tripp began in the statement. more >>
After admitting to having an extramarital affair and resigning from the Florida megachurch he pastored, the grandson of the Reverend Billy Graham, Tullian Tchividjian, petitioned for divorce from his wife Kimberly Tchividjian last Thursday in Broward County.
Filed under his full legal name, William Graham Tullian Tchividjian, his petition for dissolution of marriage is presently listed as having the case status "pending."
In June, Tchividjian announced his resignation from his position as senior pastor at Coral Ridge Presbyterian, noting that it was "due to ongoing marital issues." more >>
Jeff Ashton, the state attorney for Orange and Osceola counties in Florida who is famously known for his prosecution of the Casey Anthony trial, revealed Sunday that he was one of millions who signed up for the controversial Ashley Madison spouse-cheating website but said he never cheated.
"While I indulged my curiosity about the site, it never went beyond that," said Ashton, who is married with six children, at a news conference Sunday, according to the Orlando Sentinel. "These were incredibly stupid choices."
The Rev. Franklin Graham has spoken out against Orlando International Airport's recent unveiling of plans to create a new Muslim prayer room that will cost $250,000 in taxpayer dollars, and asked how loud would objections be if the money were allocated to build a prayer room for Evangelical Christians, or other groups.
"Let's call this what it is — a mosque. The airport already had an interfaith prayer room since 1983 (with prayer rugs available in it) — but that wasn't enough. How loud do you think the objections would be today if they spent $250,000 in taxpayer money to build a new prayer room exclusively for Evangelical Christians? Or for Jews or Mormons or any other group? Why do Muslims get preference?" Graham asked in a Facebook post on Saturday.
News 13 reported earlier this month that the prayer room is set to open on Sept. 1. The decision to build a new "Reflection Room" to Terminal B at the Orlando airport was made after Emirates Airlines announced it's adding non-stop flights from Orlando to Dubai, which would mean an increase of passengers from the Middle East. more >>
Rich Wilkerson, Jr., pastor of Vous Church in Miami and close friend of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, recently shared that he has wrapped filming for his upcoming Oxygen reality show and is "believing it's going to encourage a lot of people."
"After a lot of months of filming today we finished. So excited for you guys to see our new show on #oxygen #richinfaith," Wilkerson, 31, wrote to supporters online.