Cosmetic surgery procedures are on the rise across the United States, with an estimated 15.6 million procedures in 2014, a 3 percent increase from the previous year. While it remains unknown what percentage of Christians make up the millions undergoing these vanity procedures each year, believers who've suffered from botched surgeries are now declaring the practice sinful, but not everyone agrees.
Earlier this month, an annual report released by The American Society of Plastic Surgeons revealed that more Americans are turning to cosmetic surgery procedures to enhance their appearance. Procedures like breast augmentations, facelifts and liposuction are among the top surgical procedures for cosmetic surgery enthusiasts striving for perfect beauty.
For Christians like Brazilian model Andressa Urach, who almost lost her life due to a botched surgery in December last year, she has seen the light and now believes that cosmetic surgery is a sin because God told her so. more >>
Conservatives have more self-control than liberals, according to research published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and the result is likely due to conservatives being more likely to believe that they have self-control.
Researchers conducted three different experiments for the study, "The self-control consequences of political ideology."
The first experiment, with 147 undergraduates, found that conservatives were quicker at completing a modified "Stroop test," a common test used in psychology to measure the ability to focus attention on a task. more >>
Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only biological child of the-late Whitney Houston, has been moved into hospice care nearly five months after she was found unconscious at her Roswell, Georgia, home just outside of Atlanta. In a statement released Wednesday, her family said that "she is in God's hands now" and thanked the public for their prayers.
On Jan. 31, the 22-year-old actress was placed in a medically-induced coma and then placed on life support after she was found unconscious in a bathtub by her boyfriend, Nick Gordon. Despite having received what her aunt described as "great medical care" at various medical facilities in recent months, Bobbi's condition has failed to improve and subsequently, she has been moved into hospice care.
"Despite the great medical care at numerous facilities, Bobbi Kristina Brown's condition has continued to deteriorate," Bobbi's aunt, Pat Houston, said in a statement released on June 24. "As of today, she has been moved into hospice care. We thank everyone for their support and prayers. She is in God's hands now." more >>
A third-grade teacher and an assistant principal at a North Carolina elementary school have resigned after facing strong backlash over the teacher's decision to read a book about two gay princes falling in love and getting married aloud to his class without first seeking parental consent.
In April, Omar Currie read the book King & King, a tale about two princes who get married, to his third grade class at Efland-Cheeks Elementary School after one of his students told him about how he was insulted by other kids in the class who called him gay.
A primetime television series based on events recorded in the book of Acts experienced a major ratings low for its finale episode Sunday, continuing a series-long downward trend since April.
"A.D. The Bible Continues," a follow-up series to the hit program "The Bible," scored a 0.7 rating among the 18-49 demographic, which translates to approximately 3.56 million viewers.
This rating was well below the series premiere of ABC's "Battlebots," which ran in the same hour as "A.D." and scored a 1.9 rating with approximately 5.44 million viewers. more >>
This weekend I was in Charleston for the first service at Emanuel AME Church after the brutal white supremacist terrorist attack of this past week. Walking around downtown, I was struck by the unity of the city.
People stood before the church, singing. The town's churches displayed signs of solidarity and rang their bells together in unison. And the one thing I heard talked about more than anything else was forgiveness, specifically the way the families of the victims said they forgave the terrorist even after the murder of their loved ones. Some saw this as commendable; others were taken aback.
On the one hand, this sort of forgiveness is the reaction most people would hope they would have to evil. At the same time, most of the people who talked about this with me said they couldn't imagine that they could forgive such a thing. Some even wondered if the note of forgiveness was morally right. After all, they reasoned, this is a murderer who should be brought to justice. more >>