Debbie Lee, mother of the first Navy SEAL to give his life in Iraq, spoke at Ed Young Jr.'s Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas, on Sunday, urging greater education on the meaning of Memorial Day and for congregants to reach out to Gold Star families.
Lee's son, Marc Alan Lee, was the first Navy SEAL killed in action in Operation Iraqi Freedom in August of 2006. Lee was killed in Ramadi while exposing himself to enemy fire as a medical team evacuated a wounded Navy SEAL. Lee was posthumously awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star with Valor and the Purple Heart.
"I've been on a campaign for probably eight or nine years to try and educate people about Memorial Day," Lee declared. "Memorial Day is not Veterans Day. It is not Armed Forces Day. This is not the time we corporatlly or nationally recognize our veterans that served. more >>
At least three people are reported to have died in record-setting rainfalls and flooding in parts of Texas and Oklahoma on Saturday and Sunday, with 2,000 people forced to evacuate. The flooding caused major damage and destroyed hundreds of homes, reports said.
Fox News reported on Monday morning that two people were confirmed dead in Oklahoma, including a firefighter who was swept to his death, and a woman in Tulsa who died as a result of a traffic-related crash. The body of a third man was recovered from the Blanko River, officials said, while several people are also believed to be missing.
"They haven't seen flooding like this for probably a good decade, probably more like 25 years, even longer, on some of these rivers," said Kurt Van Speybroeck, a NWS meteorologist based in Fort Worth, Texas, according to Reuters. more >>
Megachurch pastor Bishop T.D. Jakes of The Potter's House in Dallas, Texas, has added internationally-acclaimed pastor Joyce Meyer and Australian activist Christine Caine to the powerhouse lineup of speakers that are set to hit the stage this summer at MegaFest, the nation's largest Christian family festival.
Meyer and Caine, both leading figures in the evangelical world, will join the likes of Bishop Tudor Bismarck, R.A. Vernon, Archbishop Nicholas Duncan Williams and Jakes' wife, pastor Serita Jakes, at the three-day event that will be held Aug. 20-22 in "Big D."
"We are pleased to add each and every one of these world-renowned inspirational leaders to our expanding MegaFest lineup," Jakes said. "These speakers' international reach stretches across three continents and demonstrates the worldwide impact of MegaFest." more >>
A 17-year-old Texas teenager who suddenly collapsed while in P.E. class has claimed to have seen Jesus after going 20 minutes without a heartbeat. Zack Clements described Christ as having "long ruffled hair and kind of a thick beard," while his family said that they are convinced what happened to him was a "miracle."
"When I was out those 20 minutes, I saw a man who had long ruffled hair and kind of a thick beard, and it didn't take me long to realize that that was Jesus," Clements said, according to CBS Dallas-Fort Worth.
"I went up to him and he put his hand on my shoulder and he told me everything would be alright and not to worry." more >>
Legislators in Texas are considering bills that would seek to enforce a ban on gay marriage even if the U.S. Supreme Court decides to declare such bans unconstitutional.
Last month, the highest court in the land heard oral arguments in an appeal to determine whether or not state-level bans on gay marriage were constitutional.
Texas representatives have introduced measures, including House Bill 4105, which would bar government funds from being used to support gay marriage. more >>
Contrary to recent reports based on studies that emphasize the growth of non-religious people in the United States and the decline of church attendance, Christianity in America is not dying, according to a new survey that examines the nuances and complexities of how people self-identify with faith by Waco,Texas-based Baylor University.
Scholars from Baylor University's Institute of Religion said during a recent conference that reports highlighting the departure of millenials from the organized religion of their parents are being greatly exaggerated.
"There's a story some people want to report — that religion is on life support — but it's just not true," said Byron Johnson, professor of the social sciences at Baylor and founding director of the Institute for Studies of Religion. more >>