A homeless man in Norfolk, Virginia has received his wish for Thanksgiving after stating that he wanted nothing more than to spend the holiday with a family.
Neal Shytles has been homeless for a year and a half, spending his time in the Union Mission Ministries men's shelter. He is grateful for the shelter but misses the intimacy of having friends and family.
"I am lonely like 365 days a year but Christmas and Thanksgiving are two of the worst days, and I really miss having some kind of family atmosphere around me. It would mean the world to me if somebody took me in. Just for that one day, for a couple hours," Shytles told WTKR News. "It would mean so much, because you know like I said, I'm lonely and it's just forming that relationship with somebody would be so important to me. It would mean so much and I would really cherish it." more >>
Franklin Graham reminisced about his Christmas traditions growing up with evangelist Billy Graham and Ruth Graham for parents, and shared how Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes make Christmas equally special for children around the world during an interview with pastor Greg Laurie at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, on Sunday.
Speaking with Laurie about holiday traditions, the Samaritan's Purse CEO said growing up as one of five children in the Graham household his mother, Ruth, loved to decorate the house for Christmas. He remembered, "The house was always decorated to the hilt. We had the stockings."
Franklin, who admittedly had a mischievous side as a child, recalled: "I remembered on year I got ashes and switches in mine." more >>
Pastors nationwide continued to dialogue and voice strong opinions about the issues surrounding the St. Louis grand jury decision, announced Monday evening, not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, as well as the subsequent demonstrations.
"None of us really knows exactly what happened in the Ferguson shooting. Sadder is that even many Christ followers don't seem to want to know," posted Pastor James MacDonald, founding and senior pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel based in the Chicago area, on Instagram (see below). "What we appear to prefer is lining up without nuanced analysis entirely on one side or the other."
MacDonald gave examples of the views people line up with. "'All police are driven by racial prejudice and out to get racial minorities' – oh please! Or 'all police actions are justifiable and there is no abuse of authority or pent up feelings of righteous anger in our urban centers' – oh please!" more >>
Although Gallup polling from May indicates that American public opinion strongly favors legally recognizing same-sex marriage, 2014 midterm election exit polls found that voters were evenly divided on the issue of gay marriage.
According to NBC exit polling results, just 48 percent of those who voted in November's elections said they think same-sex marriage should be legally recognized in their home state, while the same amount of voters said they are opposed to legally recognizing gay marriage in their state.
The numbers show a significant decline in the percentage of Americans that support same-sex marriage, as compared to the results from a Gallup poll in May that found 55 percent of Americans feel that same-sex marriage should be "valid" and just 42 percent thought that same-sex marriage "should not be valid." more >>
Preacher and Hollywood producer Devon Franklin recently spoke with The Christian Post about his marriage and how he and actress wife Megan Good came through a serious trial together.
In September, Good and several other celebrities, had their iClouds hacked and revealing photos stolen and leaked to the public.
Many criticized Good, wondering why she would pose for such photos and send them to her husband, a well-known pastor. The couple stayed relatively quiet on the topic, but Franklin spoke about the situation with The Christian Post this week. more >>
"19 Kids & Counting" star Michelle Duggar offered advice about motherhood for her two married daughters, Jill and Jessa, in a new blog post on Monday.
"Well, I think it'll probably be the same advice I give to any other new mom, except for the fact that I will be saying, 'Now, if you need a babysitter, you know grandma is just down the road, and I'd be so happy to help you whenever you need a date night with your sweetie!'" Michelle wrote.
As the mother of 19 children, and a grandmother of three, Michelle has a lot of experience and advice to offer her daughters. Jill and husband Derick are expecting their first child, a son, in March. Jessa and Ben are newlyweds and have taken the same vow as the rest of their family to accept any and all children God blesses them with. Rumors have circulated that Jessa could become pregnant on her honeymoon, the same as Jill. more >>