United Methodism's highest church court may reaffirm the defrocking of a pastor who officiated his gay son's same-sex wedding come October.
The United Methodist Judicial Council will hear an appeal for a church trial case in which Frank Schaefer had his clergy credentials returned after being defrocked for violating church law on gay marriage.
The Judicial Council will hold the oral hearing on the Schaefer appeal on Wednesday, October 22, which is the first day of their three-day session. more >>
A Georgia grand jury handed down eight charges against Justin Ross Harris for the death of his son this summer.
Harris is charged with malice murder and two counts of felony murder for the death of 22-month-old Cooper, who was left in a hot car and perished this summer. Harris was also charged with first-degree cruelty to children, second-degree cruelty to children, criminal attempt to commit a felony (sexual exploitation of a minor) and two counts of dissemination of harmful material to minors.
He had pleaded not guilty to the charges, with his defense stating that the father had simply forgotten his son in the vehicle on his way to work. However, officials were suspicious of Harris from the very beginning, and evidence began to pile up that cast down on his story. more >>
Jill and Jessa Duggar have both spoken about their plans for large families, keeping in line with their parents' decision to have as many children as God blessed them with.
"Whatever God's plan is, we'd be good with that!" Jessa told ABC News. "It's probably not possible for me to have 19 kids naturally, but we might adopt and get up to that number. We both love kids. We'll play it by ear as we go along. We'll see how it goes."
Jessa is currently engaged to Ben Seewald, who recently moved into the Duggar household and is staying in a guest house on their property. The couple hopes to be married by the end of the year, and will possibly begin having children as soon as they say "I do." more >>
Deitrick Haddon, star of Oxygen Network's "Preachers of L.A." reality show, admits that he made mistakes in his personal life that led him to fall from grace but after enduring turmoil and criticism, Haddon now feels grounded once again.
The gospel artist has been transparent about his faults on the show by admitting that he left the church he once pastored in Detroit for a life of pleasure in Los Angeles. He also came forward about fathering his first daughter out of wedlock but that is all behind him, he explained.
"I feel like God has given me a second chance at marriage, at life and at ministry. So now I'm determined to do it my way … Do it God's way, but do it with my style," Haddon said in an interview with Centric TV. "I'm solid. I'm sure about myself. I don't need validation from people. I've got God. I've got my focus. I've got my babies, my wife, and I'm good." more >>
"Teen Mom" star Amber Portwood has been through it all: teen pregnancy, drug addiction, domestic violence, and all while being on TV for all to see. The reality star, and mother of 4-year-old Leah, recently spoke with The Christian Post about her new book Never Too Late and her life off-screen.
The Christian Post: How did you come to be on MTV in the first place?
Amber Portwood: My brother was going to do a show back in the day called "Engaged & Underage," but they ended up not doing it and a scouting person was looking for pregnant teenage girls and my brother's friend told them about it. They ended up calling me, but I didn't believe it was them. I told them, 'If this is really you, call me tomorrow,' and they did. They ended up sending out a tape and a paper of questions, and I answered the questions on tape, sent it in, and didn't really expect to hear anything back from it nor did I really believe it was real. They ended up picking me for the pilot and it just went from there. more >>
Dr. Kent Brantly is grateful to be alive after battling the Ebola virus; now he is speaking out about his experience and praying for the latest American missionary, a colleague, who has been diagnosed with the disease.
"I was notified about that this morning," Brantly told NBC's Matt Lauer. "I spent a good long while tearful, in prayer."
Brantly was working as a physician with SIM USA, an international Christian aid organization, in Liberia, helping to quell the growing Ebola epidemic that has plagued the country, when he himself began to feel ill. He immediately secluded himself so as to avoid infecting others if he tested positive for the disease. more >>