"Bringing Up Bates" star Erin Bates has spoken out about her pregnancy and the inevitability of a Duggar-Bates wedding in the future.
The Bates family is, like the Duggar family, larger-than-life and God-fearing; both families are featured in their own reality series and have been friends for several years. Erin Bates, married to husband Chad Paine, spoke to ET about their families' special connection as well as the probability of them one day merging in a wedding.
"I personally think, hey, you have 19 kids on each side. I think it's almost inevitable somewhere down the line," Erin said of a Bates-Duggar wedding. "As much as we see each other, I think there's going to be an attractions somewhere. I don't know where yet, but I think it's gonna happen." more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham, president of Samaritans' Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, believes that the sexual revolution of the 1960s has "severely weakened" the United States from within.
"Our culture, like ancient cultures that ultimately were destroyed in large part due to their own moral depravity, has been severely weakened," Graham wrote in the February issue of Decision magazine.
"A stable family unit committed to the truth and precepts of the Bible was once the foundation and backbone of our nation. That model is now the exception, not the rule," he asserted. more >>
Nick Gordon broke his silence on Friday, two weeks after his girlfriend Bobbi Kristina Brown was found unresponsive in a bathtub. He denied claims that he is taking legal action in a bid to see the 21-year-old and said that he is praying for her recovery.
Earlier this week it was reported that 25-year-old Gordon, who was raised like a son by the late Whitney Houston, had been banned from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta following a heated dispute with Brown's family. In a recent interview Jerrod Brown, who is Brown's cousin, accused Gordon of taking legal action to gain hospital access in order to see her.
The reality star was placed in a medically-induced coma and remains on life support after she was found unconscious by Gordon at her Roswell, Georgia home right outside of Atlanta on Jan. 31. She is currently surrounded by loved ones, including her father Bobby Brown. more >>
For most of her life, former stripper and prostitute Annie Lobert sought a man to swoop into her life and rescue her from the hardships of growing up in a broken home, just like in the fairy tales. Now the founder of Hookers for Jesus, a ministry for sex workers, Lobert says too many women are placing their hopes for love and security in the wrong place.
Jesus Christ, she said, is the ultimate knight in shining armor, able to rescue them from a life of sin and transforming lives and relationships.
"What us women need to understand [is] if a man can't do what you ideally think he should do, [it is because] God is the only one who can do that for you. Jesus Christ is the only one who can ultimately be your ultimate romantic interest and I'm not talking about sexually. I'm talking about that intimate love bond that we have that heals all wounds, that heals all insecurities, that heals all the things that we think our husbands should do and be," she told The Christian Post. more >>
Thanks to the efforts of one Oregon suburban church, a public school in inner-city Portland that was once on a short list to be shut down due to frequent gang violence and had a reputation of being one of the most underperforming schools in the state, has been transformed and is now thriving at its highest academic level in years.
"Roosevelt High School was well known as the most under-resourced and failing school in the state. It had become a metaphor for failure, with a capital 'F,"' pastor Kip Jacob of SouthLake Church in West Linn told The Christian Post.
Although Roosevelt High School in north Portland and its surrounding neighborhood used to be considered relatively safe and family friendly, all of that changed in the late-1980s when gang members from Los Angeles traveled north looking for a new stronghold to claim. more >>
As I stumble through the awkward limbo of single, yet soon-to-be-married, I've tried to read every resource tagged within the "marriage," "love," and "relationships" genre. This, and the fact that I was desperate to escape the zillions of online articles dissecting Fifty Shades of Grey from every possible angle (though I'm grateful for their messages), prompted me to download a copy of Pastor Andy Stanley's new book on romantic relationships to my Kindle. It seemed like a good idea at the time.
Geared towards the young, unwed, and culturally savvy, Stanley explains in the introduction that his purpose for writing The New Rules for Love, Sex, and Dating (Zondervan, January 2015) is to "increase your relational satisfaction quota." What does that mean? Red flags started to rise. Still I pressed onward with hopes of encountering helpful gems of wisdom and Christian counsel over the next 200 pages. After all, the author is the Evangelical pastor of the largest church in America.
I'll start with the positive. more >>