The greatest predictor of success is having a good attitude, says Victoria Osteen, co-pastor of the 40,000-strong Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, alongside her husband, Joel Osteen.
Citing a Stanford University study, Victoria says that even above intelligence, "attitude is a better predictor of success."
"You can have aptitude," she adds, "but if you don't have attitude, you won't get as far in life." more >>
Many Christians no longer view marriage as a lifelong commitment, says Mary Hasson, director of the Catholic Women's Forum at the Ethics & Public Policy Center in Washington D.C., who agrees with Pope Francis' assertion that couples often fail to understand the sacred vows they are making to each other.
"It's individual consumerism applied to sexuality — what I want, when I want it, and only for as long as I want it," said Hasson, who has over a decade of experience in marriage preparation work for the Catholic Church, to The Christian Post. "It's meaningful only from a 'what's in it for me' perspective. Relationships often take on the same quality — they are vehicles for personal fulfillment (however defined) and, like an old car, they can be traded or dumped when the repair costs get too high or a new model appears on the scene."
The majority of couples she meets who are preparing for marriage frequently tell her that they want to commit for life, she said, "but they often have their own personal asterisks — the unspoken 'exceptions' that they believe will justify divorce and remarriage later on." more >>
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump announced the creation of a religious advisory executive board.
In an email sent out to supporters on Tuesday afternoon, the Trump campaign explained that those on the board were not asked to endorse Trump in order to be selected.
"Rather, the formation of the board represents Donald J. Trump's endorsement of those diverse issues important to Evangelicals and other Christians, and his desire to have access to the wise counsel of such leaders as needed," read the emailed announcement. more >>
Matt and Melissa Graves, the grieving parents of 2-year-old Lane Graves who was snatched and drowned by an alligator while on a family vacation at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Orlando last week, said goodbye to their son Tuesday morning at a private funeral in Nebraska.
The family earlier announced through St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Elkhorn where the funeral was held that the event would start at 10 a.m. Tuesday followed immediately by Lane's burial at the Resurrection Cemetery.
"Melissa and I again want to express our gratitude to our family, friends and community for the love and support we continue to receive. We are appreciative of the news media professionals who have demonstrated integrity by allowing us much needed privacy," said the couple in a statement Tuesday, according to local news station WCVB. more >>
Two Washington, D.C. churches are now in collective grief with the family and friends of a beloved youth worker and mother Stephanie Goodloe, 40, after she was shot dead as she lay in bed inside her home, allegedly by her ex-boyfriend, while her 11-year-old daughter was inside.
"It's one of our members," Mt. Gilead Baptist Church member in Washington, D.C., N.J. Mitchell told NBC Washington.
"We're just horrified, horrified," said Mitchell. "We have to realize that we have to keep going on one day and one step at a time." more >>
A property management company in Sacramento is asking controversial Pastor Roger Jimenez and Verity Baptist Church to move out of its building after Jimenez told his congregation last week that it was a "tragedy" that more gay clubgoers didn't die in the Orlando massacre.
Harsch Investment Properties, which owns the business park where Verity Baptist is located, has informed the church that the company will not be renewing its lease because it can't tolerate "tenants who advocate hatred and the taking of innocent lives."
Since the company cannot legally force the church to move until its lease is up on March 31, 2017, ABC 10 reports that company officials announced in a press release that they have simply asked church leaders to move out. more >>