In a biting message aimed at Christian gossip lovers on Sunday, Robert Morris, founding senior pastor of the 36,000-member Gateway Church in Texas and chairman of the board of The King's University, cited gossip as a factor in how some Christians get lost, and chided those who won't listen to gossip but have no problem reading it on the Internet.
In the message pegged on the parable of the prodigal son, titled "The Believer's Battle," posted on his church's website, Morris said he was concerned about the amount of time people spend on the Internet — particularly on blogs that focus on Christian leaders.
"I have to say this, um, I'm really concerned about how much time people spend on the Internet. I'm extremely concerned about it. Extremely concerned about it." more >>
Hollywood actress Hayden Panettiere inadvertently sparked marriage rumors during a recent interview, while recalling her 9-month-old daughter's baptism in Europe.
The "Nashville" star detailed the "incredible" moment that she and fiancé Wladimir Klitschko had their daughter, Kaya Evdokia, baptized in his native country of Ukraine during an appearance on "Live! With Kelly and Michael," which aired on Monday. Panettiere, 26, was sharing a funny exchange that took place between Kaya and the priest when she referred to Klitschko, 39, as "my husband."
"We did her baptism [in Ukraine] and that was one of the most incredible parts of the trip," the New York native said. more >>
The final president of the once prominent ex-gay organization Exodus International has released a book detailing his personal journey about faith and sexual orientation.
Alan Chambers, a former proponent of ex-gay therapy, documents his experiences both in his personal crisis of identity and the eventual shutting down of Exodus International in My Exodus: From Fear to Grace.
Released Tuesday and with a few chapters authored by Chambers' wife, Leslie, My Exodus goes from Alan's childhood, his seeking out and receiving therapy for unwanted same-sex attraction, his marriage, including a description of his honeymoon, and eventually the closure of Exodus International. more >>
Actress Meagan Good, who's been vocal about sharing how her faith has helped her break through racial barriers in Hollywood, has also said she feels blessed knowing that her latest role in "Minority Report" had more to do with her talent than the color of her skin.
"The character is colorless, and the cast — even though we are very multicultural, very diverse — we're just living breathing characters. And it's always a blessing that when people hire you, they hire you for being good at what you do and bringing what you bring to the character," Good, 34, told Ebony magazine.
"I think it has been definitely an incredible year for minorities as well, and I'm blessed to be in the forefront of that. Hopefully that will just continue to manifest and just be something that we see more often. But in this particular case, it's just exciting, because it's us, and we were hired for doing incredible work." more >>
Russell Wilson is using recent comments made in jest about his faith and football by Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers as another opportunity to glorify God.
Wilson, the 26-year-old Seattle Seahawks quarterback, has been outspoken about his belief that God determines the outcome of football games, while Rodgers has publicly disagreed.
After the Packers defeated the Seahawks two weekends ago, Rodgers quipped that God had favored his team. more >>
Chinese state media have reacted swiftly to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton slamming the country's women's rights record, and accused Clinton of "degrading herself" much like Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
"It seems that Hillary, eager to keep a competitive edge in the game, has also resorted to these ignominious shenanigans. Despite her political acumen as former secretary of state and senator, she is using the language of Trump to cast herself in the role of a rabble-rouser," the English version of the state-run Global Times said in an editorial.
"If Hillary is doing what Trump does, she is degrading herself. The Chinese will probably not be vexed by her angry words, but considering her status as the most likely hopeful among all the candidates, what she said is frustrating," it added. more >>