Pastor Andy Stanley has declared that local congregations should be the "safest place on the planet for students to talk about anything, including same-sex attraction."
At a two-day event centered on cultivating good church leadership held in Southern California, the founder of North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia, spoke Friday about the things he hoped will change about the modern church.
"We just need to decide from now on in our churches when a Middle School kid comes out to his small group leader or a high school young lady comes out to her parents," said Stanley. "We just need to decide, regardless of what you think about this topic — no more students are going to feel like they have to leave the local church because they're same-sex attracted or because they're gay. That ends with us." more >>
A program where couples have sex inside a soundproof box before discussing their relationship issues has been canceled after just five episodes.
"Sex Box," a program that aired on the cable channel WE TV, was pulled from the airwaves following low ratings and protests from social conservative groups.
In a statement released earlier this week, WE TV said that the program "did not connect with large numbers of viewers" but may return to television in the near future. more >>
After a strict Christian courtship to prevent yielding to temptation, evangelical Christian reality star Michaela, of the UPtv series "Bringing Up Bates" got engaged to her boyfriend Brandon Keilen in a surprising and elaborate affair in Virginia Saturday.
The engagement took place in Great Falls where Brandon left seven clues for Michaela to discover throughout the area. At the end, he proposed to his girlfriend, who immediately said "yes". Now the happy couple is busy planning a wedding, and fans of the reality series about the large evangelical Christian family will get to see the entire proposal when the show begins airing in June.
Throughout the courtship Michaela and Brandon were never alone together but always with a chaperone to prevent them from yielding to physical temptation. Throughout the first season of the family's reality series, viewers watched as they grew closer together and included their family in the relationship. more >>
A 17-year-old daughter of a Ugandan Christian pastor was allegedly gang-raped by five Muslim men after her father ignored the men's threats warning him to stop having worship services at his church located in the Muslim-majority Budaka district.
Morning Star News reports that an unnamed pastor, who preaches at the New Hope Church in the Kaderuna sub-county of the district, received a number of threatening messages and text messages telling him to disband his church in the area because it was responsible for helping lead locals to convert from Islam to Christianity.
"One of the short messages in my phone read, 'Be you informed that we do not want your church in this area. If you continue worship here, then you will live to regret it,'" the pastor told Morning Star News. more >>
A Christian mother from Houston, Texas, made history last Wednesday when she became the first woman to give birth to a set of all-girl quintuplets in the United States since 1969 and she did it all in 4 minutes.
"We are so thankful and blessed," said the happy mother Danielle Busby who welcomed her five daughters with husband, Adam, on April 8, in a KHOU.com interview. "I honestly give all the credit to my God. I am so thankful for this wonderful hospital and team of people here, they truly all are amazing."
Danielle delivered the quintuplets at The Woman's Hospital of Texas and named them: Oliva Marie, Ava Lane, Hazel Grace, Parker Kate and Riley Paige. They were delivered by cesarean section at 28 weeks and two days. more >>
Popular Christian reality TV personality Jill Dillard and her husband Derick finally welcomed their firstborn child, a son they named Israel David on April 6 after enduring a traumatic delivery she says was "worth all of it."
"His birth didn't go as expected, but having him — it's worth all of it. I wouldn't do anything differently," Jill who had hoped to have a natural birth delivery at home told People after arriving from the hospital, where she delivered Israel by cesarean section.
The new mother who is studying to be a midwife and is the second-oldest daughter of the Duggar family, featured on TLC's hit reality show "19 Kids and Counting," was due to give birth on March 24 but Israel came late and brought a lot of trouble with him dashing her hopes of a home birth. more >>