A homeschooling advocacy group announced that it is suing social services caseworkers in Shenandoah County Virginia's Department of Social Services on behalf of homeschool parents that it says are falsely accused of child abuse and had their two children removed from parental custody and placed into foster care for over a month.
The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) will represent Lane and Susan Funkhouser of Clarke County Virginia after Social Services removed their children from their home due to claims that the parents suffer from a rare mental illness.
"HSLDA is hearing about more and more cases where children are being taken away from their families because doctors disagree about their medical treatment. And we can't take all these cases on," the HSLDA said in a statement. "But we are taking on the Funkhouser case." more >>
Evangelist Jay Lowder struggled with suicidal tendencies while in his twenties that led him to put a gun to his head, finger hooked into the trigger. He would not be alive today had his roommate not unexpectedly walked through the door. Today, the leader of a Christian outreach ministry offers hope to those dealing with suicidal thoughts.
"One of the most effective preventatives for those struggling with thoughts of self-violence is the ability to connect with others who have escaped," Lowder told The Christian Post in a recent interview. "For many, hearing how my faith and relationship with Christ has healed my past struggles has provided them with courage and hope for their own personal change. Hurting people have to have the ear of those who can identify with their pain."
Lowder has been a full-time evangelist for more than 20 years. Founder of Jay Lowder Harvest Ministries, he has participated in hundreds of community-wide events, rallies and conferences around the world. He has appeared on various national radio and TV shows in the past, and is also author of Midnight in Aisle 7. more >>
We are all looking to change, grow, mature and transform our lives. It might be losing a few pounds, quitting caffeine or saving money—or something more substantial like controlling emotions, becoming more Christ-like or overcoming addiction.
Change is possible for a few days, but then we revert to our old ways. Transformation is different from change—it's an ongoing recalibration of our default settings. Change is a superficial modification but transformation alters our core and manifests itself in our daily life.
From God's transformation in my personal life and in my work as a psychiatrist, I have found 7 Essential Elements for Transformation: more >>
Jill Duggar is pregnant with her first child, and the Duggar family could not be happier; they recently shared their reaction to the news.
"We got pregnant a little less than two weeks after we got married," Jill explained. "We may not get a few years alone together, but God doesn't just pop babies out. You have nine months. Derick and I want to leave up to God how many children we would have, whether that is two or 20."
"There is a lot of joy," mom Michelle Duggar said. "I have said to Jill, 'When you feel sick and so tired, remember you are growing another person inside of you and this is a good reason to be sick. For me, I would try to sit down and rest whenever I was sick while pregnant. You have to do what you have to do. The end result is so worth it," she told People. more >>
Atheist intellectual and author Richard Dawkins has issued an apology following the controversy over his recent remarks claiming that Down syndrome children should be aborted.
Dawkins had responded on Twitter to a woman's comment about what she should do if she were pregnant with a Down syndrome baby.
"Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice," tweeted Dawkins in response. more >>
News about court cases that involve same-sex marriages usually travels fast. But when a judge in Tennessee recently upheld that state's constitutional authority to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman, it went almost unnoticed.
The case involved a same-sex couple married in Iowa that sought a divorce in Tennessee. Because Tennessee does not recognize same-sex relationships as marriages, it was unable to divorce the couple.
Judge Russell E. Simmons, Jr., cited the Supreme Court's decision in the federal Defense of Marriage Act case, U.S. v. Windsor as support that Tennessee has the right to define marriage for itself. "The Windsor case is concerned with the definition of marriage, only as it applies to federal laws, and does not give an opinion concerning whether one State must accept as valid a same-sex marriage allowed in another State," he wrote. more >>