NEW YORK — Dolly Parton's Christmas special "Coat of Many Colors" premieres on NBC Thursday and actor Ricky Schroder says portraying the singer's father, Robert Lee, and acting out the family's devastating loss of a death of a child hit close to home.
"My wife had a six month miscarriage and it devastated me," Schroder told The Christian Post on Monday, revealing intimate details about his own suffering and how he identifies with Dolly's parents who mourned the death of their newborn son, Larry, who died the same day he was born, July 6, 1955.
"It set me on a tails spin for a couple of years," he divulged. "I shouldn't have let myself grieve that much but I really did because I felt like I lost all of that potential in that little boy, everything that he would've had, everything that he would have done." more >>
WASHINGTON — A group of black pastors asserted Wednesday that in order to change the impoverished, crime-stricken cultures in America's inner cities, more emphasis needs to be placed on responsibility, education and entrepreneurship instead of blaming the police for problems facing troubled African-Americans.
Bishop E.W. Jackson from The Called Church in Chesapeake, Virginia, and other black ministers from the organization STAND (Staying True to America's National Destiny) gathered at the National Press Club to announce the launch of Project Awakening, a private-sector, church-centered, comprehensive plan for the recovery of America's inner cities that focuses on teaching children they have options and responsibilities in life.
While the pastors detailed how the project aims to build relationships between churches, police, the black community and businesses to create cultural renewal, entrepreneurial awakening, and technical education for inner city children, the ministers did not refrain from chastising the Black Lives Matter movement for propagating a "demonic" message that does not offer a solution but simply puts police officers in harm's way. more >>
A school district in the suburbs of Chicago has agreed to a settlement with the federal government that grants a transgender student access to the girls' locker room a month after the United States Department of Education threatened the school with disciplinary action.
In early November, the Department of Education's Civil Rights Office gave Township High School District 211 in Palatine, Illinois, just 30 days to grant a biologically male transgender student use of the girl's locker room or the school would have been at risk of losing nearly $6 million in federal funding.
The CRO claimed that denying the transgender student access to the girls' locker room was a violation of Title IX, which is the law that prohibits discrimination based on sex and is the first time that the federal government has found a school in violation of Title IX because of a transgender-related issue. more >>
While it may be healthy to cover and conceal your physical wounds, it's not beneficial to do so with spiritual ones, says New York Times best-selling author and inspirational speaker Jeff Bethke.
Healing spiritual wounds is the subject of a portion of Bethke's forthcoming book It's Not What You Think, where he poses the question: What if Jesus could take your wounds and make them scars?
Oftentimes, however, the wounded do not reveal their pain so that they can be healed, Bethke says. more >>
Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of imprisoned U.S. Pastor Saeed Abedini in Iran, has re-emerged on social media to tell supporters she will be continuing her public advocacy for her husband despite what she revealed about the "very dark parts" of their marriage.
"The truth is that I still love my husband more than ever and my advocacy for him has taken a new form of interceding on my knees. The truth is I can not deny Saeed's love and passion for Jesus and that he continues to suffer in the Iranian prison because of his genuine love for Jesus and his refusal to deny Him," Abedini explained in a Facebook post on Monday.
"I can not deny the amazing dad he has been to our kids and the spiritual truths he poured into their life until the moment he was arrested. But at the same time I can not deny the very dark parts of our marriage and serious issues Saeed continues to struggle with," she added. more >>
A Tennessee church and a local Chick-fil-A owner came together last Friday to give a distraught mother of two small children, whose family car had just caught on fire and burned, a serviceable van so she wouldn't be stuck without a reliable vehicle.
Morgan Carter pulled into the Madison, Tennessee, Chick-fil-A drive-through to grab a bite to eat last Friday while she was on her lunch break and her 4-year-old and 15-month-old children were in daycare. As she sat in line, she began to notice smoke bellowing out from underneath her car's hood.
Carter pulled out of the drive through and parked her car as flames began engulfing the engine. As that was the only car her family owned, Carter began to panic, not knowing what difficulties were to lay ahead of her as she tried to raise a family without an automobile. more >>