MTV reality star Diem Brown was laid to rest in a sacred funeral on Tuesday, Nov. 18, in New York City.
Father Peter Fink of the Church of St. Francis Xavier and Pastor Kane Keatinge from Hillsong Church presided over the service, which was attended by family, friends, and former co-stars, who all spoke about the 32-year-old's deep faith in God, which lasted until she passed away.
"Diem was the happiest person I know," E! News correspondent Alicia Quarles said. "Till her last breath, she never gave up. I can't even explain to you her divinity. She talked about her faith in God, her love of family. Diem is laughing at me right now," she added when she began a reading too soon. "We all know Diem forgives everyone, so she forgives me for that!" more >>
Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore and megachurch pastor Rick Warren, both speaking at a Vatican conference Tuesday, warned that Christians should not succumb to the current sexual revolution or waver on the Biblical truth about sexuality and marriage.
"Western culture now celebrates casual sexuality, cohabitation, no-fault divorce, family redefinition, and abortion rights as parts of a sexual revolution that can tear down old patriarchal systems," said Moore in a prepared statement given during the "Complementarity of Man and Woman" colloquium convened by Pope Francis.
"The Sexual Revolution is not liberation at all, but simply the imposition of a different sort of patriarchy," he continued. "The Sexual Revolution empowers men to pursue a Darwinian fantasy of the predatory alpha-male, rooted in the values of power, prestige, and personal pleasure … We see the wreckage of sexuality as self-expression all around us, and we will see more yet. And the stakes are not merely social or cultural but profoundly spiritual." more >>
With a jury of more than 1,300 Jews who claim Abraham as their father watching, two of New York City's most prominent Jewish attorneys went head-to-head in a mock trial of the biblical patriarch for the attempted murder of his son, Isaac, on Sunday, and the verdict at the end of the intellectual dust-up was unsurprising.
The trial, which lasted about an hour at Manhattan synagogue Temple Emanu-El, according to The New York Post, was prosecuted by disgraced former governor and attorney general of New York Eliot Spitzer, while Alan Dershowitz, a Harvard Law School professor more popularly known for defending O. J. Simpson, served as Abraham's defense. more >>
In the book, Sacred Thirst, the author writes, "The bride and groom are standing in front of everyone, looking better than they are ever going to look again, getting so much attention and affirmation. Everybody even stands when they walk in so it's easy to think this marriage, at least, is about them. It's not. Just look at the worn-out parents sitting in the first pew—they understand this. The only reason these parents are still married is because long ago they learned how to handle the hurt they caused each other. They know that the last thing you ever want to do with hurt is to let it define you."
This last statement offers one of the most profound points that I've read on brokenness. Those who do not allow hurt to entrap them can turn brokenness into an unbreakable force, but those shackled by past pain are truly imprisoned by it. The walls we build to protect may eventually imprison.
How can we undo the emotional pain that we experience from failed relationships? First, we must understand that our mind is where battles are won or lost. Those who do not forgive or release bitterness, anger, and hurt, never experience freedom, happiness, or 'true' restoration. It all starts here. more >>
Roma Downey shared an amazing photo of a cross formed by clouds in the sky above the set of her new television series "A.D." on Friday.
The "Touched By an Angel" star and her husband, Mark Burnett, are executive producers of "A.D.," which will premiere on NBC Easter Sunday. The couple were filming their original NBC event series in Morocco when an unbelievable sight stopped production in its tracks.
"On the 'A.D.' set this week we were filming Peter and John in front of the Sanhedrin. … When Adam Levy (who plays Peter), turned to Babou Ceesay (who is playing John), and pointed to the sky directly overhead, there they could see clouds had formed in a complete blue sky in the perfect shape of a cross," Downey said in a statement this week. more >>
A photographer based in California has sought to translate the Holy Bible into quite possibly the newest language known to mankind: emoticons.
Kamran Kastle wants the Good Book, which has been translated into thousands of languages over the generations, to be available in emoticon form, also known as "Emojis."
"Kamran also volunteers his time at a charity that teaches filmmaking to underprivileged schoolchildren - Los Angeles Film Society (losangelesfilmsociety.org). After administering a Movie Screening of 'Ben-Hur' (1959) a good number of the inner city students sitting before him expressed never having read the Bible," reads a Kickstarter crowd-funding page that explains his reasoning for the emoticon Bible. more >>