A new court ruling has determined that churches can no longer rent public school facilities. Churches in New York City can be evicted from the schools. Despite the good they do in the community, they could be out in the cold.
Writing for Facts & Trends, Bob Smietana observes, "The 2-1 ruling from the Second Circuit Court is the latest twist in a long-running legal battle between the Bronx Household of Faith and the Board of Education of the City of New York."
Indeed, this is not new. This is the latest decision in an on-going battle that the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) has been fighting for years. In fact, I can remember interviewing Rev. Bob Hall, the church's founding pastor, as far back as the 1990s on this case for a religious freedom TV special, hosted by the late Dr. D. James Kennedy. more >>
"Duck Dynasty" star Lisa Robertson revealed that childhood molestation led her to have a 14-month-long affair during her marriage to husband Alan. The two were eventually able to work through their pain and hurt and are now happily married.
"As a little girl, I had an extended family member who had major drug and alcohol problems," Lisa writes in The Women of Duck Commander. "Unfortunately, that person lived with my grandparents, so I had to see him often. Because I spent so much time at my grandparents' house, I was easy prey for him. My earliest memory of being molested was at the age of seven when he started to do things to me, things that made me feel bad and dirty."
Unfortunately, Lisa felt unable to tell anyone about her pain and suffering. The abuse lasted for seven years and caused her an unimaginable amount of grief and trauma. more >>
"Duck Dynasty" star Miss Kay has chosen to go public about one of the most painful times in her life – the time she was accused by husband Phil Robertson of having an affair. Those accusations led Kay to seriously consider suicide, but by the grace of God, she overcame those thoughts and she and Phil have since rebuilt their marriage.
"I hit rock bottom," Kay writes in the new book, The Women of Duck Commander. "I have never felt as totally hopeless as I did that night. I simply could not see any way out of a terrible situation or the boys and me. I finally accepted the fact that I could not fix our lives and had no one to help."
Kay had been dealing with Phil's heavy drinking for some time and was able to tolerate it most of the time, but his accusation of infidelity deeply hurt his wife. In an act of desperation, she locked herself in the bathroom and looked for a way out. more >>
My heart breaks for your family, your congregation and for everyone reeling from the revelations of this past week. I physically ache, as I remember being in such a horribly shameful and painful place many years ago.
Many will offer you guidance, and much of it will be better than any benefit you glean from my words. But if I may, here are insights I have gained after years of hindsight. more >>
National Sibling Day arrives each year on April 10, bringing brothers and sisters across the U.S. closer together. Here is a compilation of 10 photos of celebrities with their siblings to celebrate.
1. Miley Cyrus and her half-sister, Brandi
2. Kate Hudson, step-brother Wyatt Russell more >>
This week two sex scandals - one involving a national political figure and one a prominent pastor - are making national headlines. Sadly, it's not the first time nor will it be the last we will see these types of stories surface. But as a Christian and a journalist, I am asking myself how I should view and report them.
As I write this column, Rep. Vance McAllister (R-La.) and pastor Bob Coy of Florida both have stories on the main page of The Christian Post and other national media sites highlighting their sins and moral failures. McAllister, a married congressman, for a leaked video of him kissing a staff member at a Christmas party and Coy has resigned because of past "moral failures" that appears to be a sexual affair.
In the interest of full disclosure, I understand exactly how these two men feel. more >>