When the word "diet" comes to mind fast food chain Chick-fil-A might not sound like a viable path to weight loss success. But one Texas man says the chicken chain has been pivotal to his 140-pound weight loss.
By the age of 18, Alton Ward had tried many fad diets with no success. "I tried all the diets," he said, according to local news station ABC10. "Jenny Craig, Atkins, no carbs ... juice diets, the lose-10-pounds-in-five-days, all the different things, and none of it worked for me."
Weighing more than 350 pounds before heading off to college at Texas A&M University, the teenager knew he was at risk for a major health crisis if he didn't act soon. more >>
The influential megachurch Life.Church will start a new sermon series this weekend that focuses on the messages behind Americans' favorite blockbuster movies.
"Average movies entertain us. The best ones inspire us. So what can movies tell us about our own lives? Plenty! Grab some popcorn and find a seat — At the Movies premieres July 9-10, only at Life.Church and Church Online," reads the announcement on the church's website.
Founded and led by Senior Pastor Craig Groeschel, Life.Church is a multisite worship community based in Oklahoma with locations in seven states. more >>
The widely used Gregorian calendar offers evidence for the historical existence of Jesus Christ, says "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson, given that it harkens back to the Nativity of Jesus in its dating.
Speaking at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver, Colorado, over the weekend, which was also attended by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Sarah Palin, Robertson told the crowd: "If your calendar is dated of all the human beings who have ever walked on the Earth, and your calendar is dedicated and predicated to just one of 'em, evidently something rather large went down."
"'How come we say it's 2,016 years, I don't believe in this Jesus stuff,'" he added. "I said, 'well, you're counting time by him dude. Face it!'" more >>
Outspoken Christian NFL player Benjamin Watson took to his Facebook over the Independence Day weekend to assert that America is clearly not a Christian nation and urged Christians to be less concerned about returning the country to a "Christian past" and more concerned about making disciples.
Watson, a 12-season veteran tight end who signed with the Baltimore Ravens this offseason and is a frequent social commentator on his social media accounts, issued a Facebook post on Saturday to tell his followers that he is getting "frustrated" with the morality of the nation.
"From my youth I have subconsciously and rather naively believed the narrative that America was a Christian nation without truly unpacking this claim," Watson wrote. "As I've entered my adult life, becoming more aware and emotionally invested in the trajectory of my homeland, this faulty view has led to my current internal disillusionment with the moral decline of this so called Christian country." more >>
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a Roman Catholic, become the world's first national leader to march in a gay pride parade when he took part in Toronto's event on Sunday.
The Guardian reported that Trudeau marched beside a 29-year-old Syrian refugee who had come out to share his gratitude for the PM's outreach to refugees.
"I wanted to tell him thank you, that I'm Syrian, I arrived here a month ago," said the refugee, Bassel Mcleash. more >>
Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias has warned in an Independence Day reflection that America is suffering from a "deep crisis of the soul," facing the "death of morality" and sliding into a future with no truth or reason.
"Whatever happened to the American soul? We are truly at the cliff's precipitous edge and the fall could be long and deadly. Why? We have a deep crisis of the soul that is killing us morally and we have no recourse," Zacharias wrote in a blog post on his website.
"We are at war but not only with an enemy. We are at war within our own culture, and whether we will ever win over the enemy depends on whether we win this war within our own souls," he added, noting that the United States is battling not only enemies overseas, but is also battling for its own identity. more >>