The reason why five Romanian Pentecostal children were seized from their parents in November by Norwegian child services is because authorities used the fact that parents disciplined their children with spankings to charge them with child abuse, an activist close to the situation says.
Lawyer Peter Costea, the president of the Alliance for Romania's Families who has been in frequent communication with the family and its lawyers and has access to court records, told The Christian Post on Monday that court documents indicate that the five children of Ruth and Marius Bodnariu were taken from their parents' custody on Nov. 16, 2015, because the children told investigators that their parents spanked them as a disciplinary measure.
Costea explained that on Nov. 16, the Bodnariu's two daughters got into a fight on the bus while on the way to school and the oldest daughter was then questioned by the school's principal how they were being treated by the parents at home. more >>
Just 21 days after the death of his mother, Verlene Smith, Senior Pastor E. Dewey Smith Jr. at The House of Hope Atlanta (Greater Travelers Rest) in Decatur, Georgia, is in mourning again, this time for his sister, Edwanna Smith Stephens, who died last Friday.
"My brother passed 1/29/07. My mother left me 1/2/16. And my sister 1/22/16. I'm hurting bad, yet thankful," Smith noted in a Facebook post the day after his sister died.
On Sunday, in brief remarks to his congregation, he thanked them for supporting him through his dark time and revealed that his siblings had requested that he deliver their eulogies should he outlive them. more >>
Multi-Dove award-winning recording artist and songwriter Meredith Andrews says she hit a rough patch in her life during the past couple of years but now she's back with a song of triumph. She spoke with The Christian Post about her upcoming album, Deeper, and the personal struggles that inspired the new record.
The 11-song album is set to release on Feb. 19, along with a 14-song deluxe edition that will release on the same day.
"It's been two years since I released new music and I'm not the same person I was three years ago," Andrews said. "I've walked through a lot. I've had two more children, now I have three, so that's really life altering. And my husband and I have walked through a really hard season in our marriage." more >>
Award-winning Christian singer Matthew West combats abortion with a new song meant to be a gentle encouragement to help save unborn babies.
In a chilling song released by West called, "Untold," he sings from the perspective of an unborn child. The song was inspired by a benefit concert in which he performed for a Crisis Pregnancy Center.
Since then, West has created a movement with his song and video, meant to serve as catalysts for others to be a voice for the voiceless. more >>
The highly acclaimed Erwin brothers film, "Woodlawn," is now available on Blu-Ray and DVD, and lead actor Caleb Castille says it's a must-see because the movie shows that faith and sports can bridge the racial divide.
"Woodlawn" is based on a true story of one of the first African-American star football player, Tony Nathan, and the spiritual awakening during the 1973-1974 season at Woodlawn High School in Birmingham, Alabama, amid forced racial integration of public high schools.
Castille made his film debut as the lead role of Tony Nathan alongside actors Jon Voight, Sean Astin, Sherri Shepherd, and DeVon Franklin. more >>
WASHINGTON — Thousands of devoted pro-lifers braved through the threat of Winter Storm Jonas and marched down to the United States Supreme Court Building Friday to demand an end to abortion by participating in the 2016 March for Life on the 43rd anniversary of the court's decision in Roe v. Wade.
The march, which was preceded by a rally featuring a number of prominent pro-life speakers including Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, began in front of the Washington Monument right as the snow began to fall. But, the early arrival of the winter storm could not deter the participants from continuing their 2-mile trek down Constitution Avenue.
"The world may think that we are a little bit crazy to be here on a day like today but those of us standing here know that there is no sacrifice too great to fight the human rights abuse of abortion," March for Life President Jeanne Mancini told participants before the march. more >>