A Texas-based non-profit organization hosted a baby shower for 52 teenage girls to honor them for embracing their pregnancies and their decision to not undergo abortion procedures.
Embrace Grace is the ministry behind the massive event that was held last month after the girls attended a series of classes led by organizers who provide emotional, practical and spiritual support for the young women during their unplanned pregnancies.
"Several of the girls in all of our classes are sometimes on the fence regarding abortion, but once they come to one of our classes and see the support that there is, that their immediate needs for the baby are covered and that they don't have to walk this road alone, they usually change their mind and keep their baby," said Amy Ford, founder of Embrace Grace, to the Christian Post. more >>
A historically Methodist, Texas university now offers a prayer room for its Muslim students.
Following a 2012 meeting betwen Texas Wesleyan University (TWU) president Frederick Slabach and Mohammed Khalid M. Alshafei, the head of the Saudi Students Club, the university designated a space in its gym for Muslim students to pray.
"The reasons for this (prayer room) are two-fold," Rev. Dr. Robert K. Flowers, the Wesleyan chaplain, told The Rambler, TWU's school newspaper. "One, to show hospitality to our foreign students and, two, our campus needs to be open and tolerant of other faith traditions whether it is Islam, Hindu, Jewish, or otherwise." more >>
A Texas megachurch recently gave more than 12,500 pounds of food and personal care items to a community food bank that was in desperate need of donations.
Robby Gordon, community pastor for local outreach at Bent Tree Bible Fellowship in Carrollton, Texas, told The Christian Post the church collects food each quarter for one of five different area food banks. Gordon says it was a "privilege" and "blessing" for the church to be able to provide in such a big way this fall.
"Bent Tree wants to be a church that isn't just in the city, but for the city, and that's something that we've tried to instill in the people that make up Bent Tree. It's been incredible to sit back and watch how Christ, working in and through them, has made such a tremendous impact at [Frisco Family Services]," said Gordon. more >>
As millions around the world observed AIDS Day on Sunday, Bishop T.D. Jakes' The Potter's House megachurch provided free HIV testing to hundreds of people in Dallas, Texas, to express solidarity with those affected and send out the message that getting tested is "simple, easy and important."
The church called medical aides from UT Southwestern Medical Center and set up tables in the lobby of its campus, as part of its "Spread the Word. Get Tested" health-screening campaign.
"Getting tested is not just about being at risk but also about the education around the shared responsibility for a healthy generation," The Potter's House said in a statement. more >>
Ed Young, Jr., pastor of Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas, has been in talks with a Los Angeles producer and at least one network about him and his family starring in their own reality show.
"We have not signed anything," Young was quoted as saying in a Dallas Morning News' FD Luxe feature published online Thursday.
The lengthy feature titled, "Dear God: Is Dallas society ready for Fellowship Church's sex-loving, million-dollar minister?" focuses on Pastor Young's family life and successes in Christian ministry. more >>
Two same-sex couples in Texas filed a federal lawsuit this week challenging the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage that was overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2005. The couples argue that the ban unconstitutionally prevents them from enjoying the benefits of married couples, while the state's Attorney General Greg Abbott has vowed to vigorously defend the ban.
Lawyers for the couples said in court documents filed this week in the U.S. District Court in San Antonio that their clients are being unconstitutionally discriminated against by not being allowed to marry in the state, where in 2005, nearly 75 percent of voters approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as being between one man and one woman. The lawsuit specifically argues that the June ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that overturned a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act conflicts with state-to-state bans on same-sex marriage.
The two couples, Cleopatra De Leon and Nicole Dimetman of Austin and Victor Holmes and Mark Phariss of Plano, are seeking an injunction to halt the state law banning same-sex marriage. "There is no rational basis, much less a compelling government purpose, for Texas to deny plaintiffs the same right to marry enjoyed by the majority of society," attorney Barry Chasnoff, who is representing that plaintiffs, said in a statement to the Associated Press. Currently, 16 states in the U.S. have legalized same-sex marriage, the most recent ones being Illinois and Hawaii. more >>