Israel Houghton had quite the rough ride in the media this year after announcing his divorce to his long-time wife and then months later his engagement to new girlfriend Adrienne Bailon. The popular worship leader is now back out ministering and many Christian music supporters welcomed him back as he led a song last week at Code Orange Revival sponsored by Elevation Church in North Carolina.
"It was such an honor joining with the @elevationworship team tonight at@elevationchurch for #codeorangerevival singing one of my favorite songs 'O Come To The Altar' Such a great refreshing couple days here. Thank you@stevenfurtick for being my friend," Houghton wrote on Instagram.
Grammy-nominated singer James Fortune has been speaking publicly in recent months about overcoming thoughts of suicide after he and his estranged wife, Cheryl, separated following a domestic assault two years ago.
Fortune talked about his domestic abuse conviction and the assault that occurred at the couple's home in October 2014 that resulted in Cheryl being admitted to the hospital during an interview with Essence magazine this week.
"As I'm sitting in the back of the cop car, I watch officers bring my children out of our home. My wife is at the hospital, where she reported my assault. We had just gotten back from a trip to South Africa. My wife and I had an argument and I decided to physically remove her from our bedroom. In doing so, I assaulted her. I abused my wife physically," he said. more >>
U.S. Secretary of Education John King is receiving criticism for his recent statements claiming that children who are homeschooled have fewer options than those enrolled in schools.
At a recent breakfast event sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor, Secretary King told reporters that he had mixed feelings about homeschooling children.
According to Politico, King noted that while he knew many homeschooling families do it "incredibly well" and homeschooled students have had "very tremendous academic success," he believed homeschooled children are not "getting the range of options that are good for all kids." more >>
VidAngel, a company that enables the filtering of adult content from TV and movies, is facing a lawsuit from some of the biggest names in film: the Walt Disney Company, Lucasfilms, 20th Century Fox, and Warner Bros. The four industry giants claim that the video streaming service is infringing on its copyrighted material.
According to the lawsuit, Disney and the plaintiffs are suing for copyright infringement and for violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The plaintiffs also contend that the Utah-based movie filtering service does not have authorization to use its films and has failed to pay for the licensing of titles.
The irony is that VidAngel, a company intending to help families filter unwanted content, is being sued by Disney, a film and TV entity known to produce some of the more family-friendly material. more >>
The American Family Association has started a new petition targeting the National Collegiate Athletic Association's recent decision to pull all championship events out of North Carolina over the state's law that prohibits men from using women's bathrooms and locker rooms.
AFA President Tim Wildmon wrote on Tuesday that North Carolina's HB 2 law — which requires people to use bathrooms that correspond to their birth sex rather than the gender they choose to identify — that the NCAA opposes was passed to "protect women and children from sexual predators and voyeurs."
The NCAA claims that the law is discriminatory, and wants men to be allowed to go into women's bathrooms and locker rooms if they say they identify as women, and vice versa. more >>
As multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning band Casting Crowns release their new album, The Very Next Thing, frontman Mark Hall opens up about his battle with cancer and the important theme behind the new record.
Casting Crowns' eighth studio album is focused on leading people to God with honest songs that feature an upbeat and fresh sound. Surpassing 10 million albums in sales, Billboard's top-selling Christian act has been making music with the message of hope in Christ since 2007 and are showing no signs of slowing down.
"All of the albums are personal to us because the songs that we write come out of our ministries in the local church. I've been a youth pastor, and this past Sunday I just celebrated 15 years at the church that I'm at now, in South Atlanta, Eagle's Landing First Baptist," Hall said in an interview with The Christian Post. "Any song that you've ever heard from Crown, before it was a song it was a Bible study, or a devotion or a moment or situation that has risen out of being a minister to families, and just loving on teenagers and their parents and walking through our own struggles. more >>