Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard are praising God and giving thanks for their new son, Israel, even though his birth did not go exactly as planned.
Their newborn son Israel David was 14 days late, and even though Jill and Derick had planned on a home delivery with family and a birthing pool, that's not how things happened. Instead, Jill required medical assistance to deliver Israel, who weighed 9 pounds, 10 ounces. The happy parents can be seen in family photos, cooing over their new son who is happy and healthy.
"Our sweet new grandson, Israel David Dillard is here," the Duggars posted on their website. "We love him so much already and we love his name!" more >>
The American dream, that anyone can get ahead if they work hard enough, is increasingly out of reach for the children of poor families, Robert Putnam wrote in his new book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis. In an interview with The Christian Post, Putnam shared that these children, about one-third of all kids in the United States, are distrustful of everyone due to their isolation from family, churches and their community.
"Love hurts, trust kills," one of the kids who he interviewed for the book posted on Facebook, Putnam said in a Friday phone interview. "If you think what it means to grow up in an environment where you think you can't trust anybody, that's a devastating kind of environment to grow up in."
Putnam is the Peter and Isabel Malkin professor of Public Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and is also the author of American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us (2010) with Notre Dame professor David Campbell, and the bestselling Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community (2000). more >>
Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard welcomed their first child, a son, on Monday, April 20 and gave him a very Christian name.
After nine months and 11 days, baby Israel David Dillard made his arrival on Monday night at 11:49 p.m. Both mom and baby are doing well, according to the family, and Israel weighed in at a very healthy 9 pounds, 10 ounces.
"I can't even describe right now the anticipation I am feeling, as I am about to get to meet my firstborn son for the first time face to face," Derick wrote in a blog post last week. "So many people have already testified that nothing can quite describe that moment and that I'll just have to experience it for myself. When I look around, I can see new life everywhere. The trees are budding, which means summer is near. My wife, Jill, is beginning to have contractions which means that the birth of our son is near." more >>
Potential GOP 2016 presidential hopeful and conservative darling Ben Carson urged black Americans on the weekend to return to tested faith values that served their community well during America's dark era of slavery and Jim Crow and not allow hip-hop that "dismisses Jesus Christ" to "destroy things for us."
The retired neurosurgeon, who's also a devout Christian and staunch education advocate, explained in an interview on WBLS, an urban adult contemporary FM radio station in New York City, that modern culture has turned black Americans away from the faith culture once promoted by their forebears.
"We need to reestablish faith in our communities and the values and principles that got us through slavery, that got us through Jim Crow, and segregation, and all kinds of horrible things that were heaped upon us," said Carson, according to The Business Insider. more >>
While appearing on CBS' "Face The Nation" Sunday, potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum weighed in on the highly-debated Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act and asserted that "tolerance is a two-way street" by making a comparison to a gay business forced to serve the controversial Westboro Baptist Church.
After Indiana passed and signed into law the first version of its RFRA act, media and corporate backlash pushed on lawmakers to go and "fix" the law so that it provides public accommodation protections based on sexual orientation.
Although many conservatives hailed the initial law as a win for religious freedom, because it provided courts with a balancing test for when government actions infringe upon someone's religious beliefs, an amendment was added to the legislation last week effectively eliminated such religious protections. more >>
The wife of a man seriously injured in a motorcycle accident has spoken out about God's healing power and her battle to prevent doctors from pulling the plug on her husband.
Danielle and Matt Davis of Savannah, Georgia, had been married just seven months when Matt crashed his motorcycle; doctors did not give Danielle and Matt's families much hope and nine days later asked if she wanted to turn off his life support.
"They said if it was them, they'd pull the plug," Danielle told WTOC News. "That's what they'd want their family to do. I knew that God could get us through that. I didn't think it was too big for God." more >>