"Little People, Big World" star Jacob Roloff has come under fire for comments made about Christians, the Christian tradition, and his own disbelief.
"The only thing I did to 'practice my faith' was be in a Christian family, go to a Christian school (no other option), and call myself a Christian because I was never shown anything else," Roloff said through his ask.fm account. "I'm saying I've never practiced being a Christian. I can't remember ever praying, I did just enough to get by in a Christian school without being looked down upon. I'm not saying I'm atheist, that's you guys. I'm just not a Christian."
It's a radical difference from the beliefs of his older brother Jeremy, who married last week, and his own parents. Jacob was criticized for slamming the beliefs of his new sister-in-law, Audrey, who is a fervent Christian and posted several comments about her faith and feelings toward God and Jesus Christ. She also thanked God for bringing her and Jeremy together. Jacob, however, posted comments disparaging her faith in God. more >>
A conference aimed at increasing awareness about the ex-gay community showcased the diversity of the movement in the United States, says one of its organizers.
Conservative groups including Voice of the Voiceless, the Family Research Council, and the Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays held the second annual Ex-Gay Awareness Conference in Washington, D.C. Oct. 3-4.
Christopher Doyle, president and co-founder of Voice of the Voiceless, told The Christian Post that the event "was a great success." more >>
Anna Duggar, wife of eldest Duggar son Josh, and her sister Priscilla Walker have released a video about courting, marriage, and general relationship advice, citing their religious beliefs above all else.
Anna spoke about how her sister waited to court her husband David because she was busy serving the Lord. The two discussed the importance of prayer before, during, and after the courtship and in marriage. David even asked Josh for Priscilla's father's phone number to ask if they could court; David chose to court Priscilla because of her servant-like spirit.
"Wait for God's best and pray for your future spouse, that he would have a vision for God and a desire to serve the Lord. It was special—when David asked me to breakfast that first morning of our courtship—he bought me 25 roses. Someone counseled me and told me that a wedding day would come and go but to focus on all those other times. That shouldn't be the passion—don't wait for someone to sweep you off of your feet. It's been the best three years of my life," Priscilla exclaimed. more >>
An American being held by ISIS wrote a letter to his family while in captivity; his family has now released portions of that letter, revealing his feelings about being held and having his life threatened.
"I am obviously pretty scared to die but the hardest part is not knowing, wondering, hoping and wondering if I should even hope at all," Abdul-Rahman Kassig, formerly known as Peter Kassig, wrote to his family in June. Peter was in Lebanon when he decided to convert to Islam and take the name of Abdul-Rahman. He was passionate about his new faith, his parents told the New York Times.
"After converting, he took Islam's practices seriously, praying the five daily prayers and taking on the name Abdul-Rahman. We see this as part of our son's long spiritual journey." more >>
The folks in the drama department at Cape Fear Community College are just fine with staging productions about rape and incest. But when it comes to staging a show with Christian themes – well, that's a problem.
So says Alliance Defending Freedom, a religious advocacy group that claims the school's drama instructor ordered a student to "dumb down" the religious nature of an upcoming production because it might offend and anger people.
ADF attorney Travis Barham wrote a letter to the college alleging that drama instructor Jack Landry told Justin Graves he "could not support the overtly Christian show" because the Wilmington, N.C., college is a publicly-funded institution. more >>
The epidemic that has devastated Western Africa has now arrived in the United States. In recent weeks, several infected healthcare workers have been flown back to the United States for successful treatment. However, a greater threat looms from ordinary citizens knowingly or unknowingly bringing the disease to our country.
This week it was uncovered that Thomas Duncan of Liberia flew to Dallas, Texas on United Airlines. He started his travels in Africa, stopped in Brussels, Belgium before arriving in the United States. While he did not show symptoms of the disease on the flight, he became sick in Dallas and is currently in critical condition.
Purportedly, Duncan traveled to Dallas to see family members, but his former boss in Monrovia, Liberia said that Duncan knew he had the virus and traveled to the United States to seek treatment. While Duncan's family denies the accusation, there is no denying he came in contact with a pregnant woman in Monrovia on the verge of dying of Ebola. more >>