South Carolina-based NewSpring Church pastor Perry Noble expressed his support recently for disgraced pastor Mark Driscoll's return to church ministry, slamming critics of his fellow clergyman and praising Driscoll's efforts to plant a new church in Phoenix, Arizona.
In a Facebook video titled: "How I Personally Feel About Mark Driscoll Starting a New Church," which garnered nearly 120,000 views and was shared more than 500 times (as of the publication of this article), Noble takes on critics of the ex-pastor of the now-defunct Mars Hill Church who feel that Driscoll isn't ready to lead another congregation.
"Here's a man [Driscoll] who messed up, made some mistakes, admitted it, apologized, said he was sorry — he's starting over … Who made you the judge on whether or not he's ready?" more >>
Dallas' city leadership narrowly voted to ban an adult entertainment conference known as the Exxotcia Expo from using the publicly owned convention center.
In a vote of 8 to 7, the Dallas City Council decided Wednesday to not allow Exxxotica to use the public facility for its three-day expo, previously scheduled to take place in May.
The National Center on Sexual Exploitation hailed the decision, given what both Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and the organization know about Exxotica. more >>
This is one story of determination that you need to see. It starts with a little boy named Caiden who struggled to talk throughout the early years of life due to complications surrounding his cerebral development, especially his ability to speak.
His parents recount how hard it was for little Caiden, who could move his lips and make noises but not actually form words.
Yet Caiden was also a lover of Chick-fil-A, having eaten there with family and having been known to enjoy his time at the restaurants. more >>
As much of the media focuses on America's racial divide from the perspective of minority communities, Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were given the opportunity Thursday night to discuss overlooked problems facing America's white population.
As the two candidates discussed how to ease the contentious race relations in the United States during the PBS Newshour debate in Wisconsin, moderator Gwen Ifill switched the conversation to a lesser discussed topic.
"Let me turn this on its head, because when we talk about race in this country, we always talk about African-Americans, people of color," Ifill, an African-American, said. "I want to talk about white people, OK?" more >>
The Institute on Family Studies released a study Thursday which found that couples who attend worship services together or when only the man attends services are happier than couples in which neither partner or only the woman attends.
Titled "Better Together: Religious Attendance, Gender, and Relationship Quality," the study was authored by W. Bradford Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia and Nicholas H. Wolfinger, professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Studies and Adjunct Professor of Sociology at the University of Utah.
"Seventy-eight percent of men and women in couples who regularly go to services together, or where only the man attends regularly, report that they are 'very happy' or 'extremely happy,' after adjusting for differences in race, age, education, marital status, region, and other factors," read the study. more >>
The father of five Romanian Pentecostal children who were taken into custody by the Norwegian government last year was finally allowed to visit with his two oldest sons for the first time in nearly three months.
After the five children of Ruth and Marius Bodnariu were taken from their parents custody by the Barnevernet (Norway's child services) last November based on allegations that they spanked their children, the authorities provided the Romanian Pentecostal parents with limited visitation rights.
Although both parents are allowed to visit their infant son, Ezechiel, twice per week, neither parent has been granted permission to visit with their two daughters, Eliana and Naomi. Even though Ruth has been granted permission to visit with their two oldest sons, Matei and Ioan, once per week for two-hour intervals, Marius was not granted any visitation rights with them. more >>