"Duck Dynasty" star Sadie Robertson recently praised God following a terrifying car accident during New York Fashion Week.
The 18-year-old A&E personality was left shaken after the car in which she was traveling was involved in an accident last week. Although Robertson sustained minor injuries, she expressed gratitude for her safety via Instagram on Sept. 15. Robertson had been participating in New York Fashion Week, where she supported designer Sherri Hill, before the accident occurred.
"Current mood. but thankful I'm okay — got into a car accident this morning. I walked away with just a swollen knee and a sore neck. the other person is fine as well. the Lord protected me & I will praise His name for that," she wrote to her two million followers. more >>
Salem Lutheran Church of Austin, Texas, a congregation long-known for its emphasis on inclusiveness regarding its worshipers, was abuzz with excitement over some unwanted guests.
A member of the theologically liberal Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Salem's website includes a lengthy welcome statement for "all national backgrounds, all economic levels, all educational levels, all gender identities, all sexual orientations, all political leanings, all differently-abled people in mind and in body," among others.
But when it comes to those who inhabit its edifice, Salem Lutheran recently had to draw the line. In September, church leadership decided to remove approximately one million bees from within the structure. more >>
Close to 7,000 Christian counselors and other mental health professionals have gathered for a three-day meeting in Nashville to discuss the "epidemic" of suicide in the church and other contentious issues, such as race and refugees.
"There is only one institution you'll find in every community around the globe, and it is a place of worship. Faith matters when it comes to addressing mental health. Faith matters when it comes to racial reconciliation, and faith matters when it comes to the epidemic of suicide," said Dr. Tim Clinton, president of the American Association of Christian Counselors on Thursday.
"We believe that faith and mental health are indispensable. We understand ourselves and our clients better through the lens of faith and communities of faith are in a position of being 'first responders' to those struggling with mental health; they are often the 'first line of defense,'" he continued. more >>
Growing up, Mwati Mwila often felt ugly and inadequate because she had dark skin. For years, the outwardly bubbly child of African migrants to the United States was teased about her dark complexion. Although bullying would eventually lead to depression and subsequent suicide attempts, God had bigger plans for her.
According to a 2014 government study released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 46.3 million or 18.1 percent (one in five) American adults suffered from mental illness such as depression. A similar report also found that 3.9 percent of adults have had serious thoughts of suicide. Mwila, a 30-year-old Christian author, is among these alarming statistics.
Depression is one of the most common forms of mental illness in the U.S., and while some extreme cases can lead to suicide, Mwila is living proof that death doesn't have to be an option. She wants others to know how a relationship with Jesus Christ can bring hope and healing. more >>
Two months after TLC canceled its long-running reality TV series "19 Kids and Counting," the network has announced that it will feature members of the famous Duggar family in at least two new programs.
On Thursday, TLC confirmed that sisters Jill Dillard, 24, and Jessa Seewald, 22, are set to return to TV screens in new specials about their faith-based lifestyles. Production will soon begin on the programs about Jill and her husband Derrick's journey through Central America and Jessa's pregnancy and journey into motherhood for the first time.
"What we will be following in these specials is Jessa preparing for her first child," TLC Executive Vice President and General Manager Nancy Daniels told The Associated Press, "and we'll be watching Jill preparing to make a major move to Central America with her family, which we know is something our audience will be interested in." more >>
Some Seattle Seahawks fans believe the team's quarterback Russell Wilson's decision to date singer Ciara Harris is negatively impacting his game and have created a campaign to break up ther happy union.
After the Seahawks started their season with a 0-2 record, a GoFundMe campaign was created in which Seahawks fans asked for $50,000 to invest in Ciara's career, according to For The Win. The campaign has since been taken down.
In 2014, Ciara and her former rapper fiance, Future, broke things off, which some believe has helped the rapper's career. Fans of the Seahawks seem to think that if Wilson broke things off with Ciara, it could improve the team's performance. more >>