I stood before them and broke the rules.
I asked overly self-conscious Orange County, California men and women to stand in the middle of a church service if they had never heard the words "I love you" or "I am proud of you" from their father.
A good ten seconds passed before one brave man stood and then several more women and men joined him. The keyboard player began to play some comforting chords which infused this moment of freedom and healing with a gentle and safe spirit. Like a breaker rolling onto the Laguna Beach shoreline, it came from the back to the front. A wave of people began to rise up out of their seats. Some were weeping, some were holding their spouse's hand, and others stood alone. more >>
Tyler Perry is a first-time father after welcoming his son, Aman Tyler Perry, on Sunday, with girlfriend Gelila Bekele.
"The greatest gift I'm being given right now is the opportunity to give the little boy in me everything I ever had, so that's what I'm excited about," Perry told Extra in September. "This beautiful human being that God has allowed to come into my life for me to get to know, because they come with their own personalities … to shepherd and usher him."
Perry, an icon who has often spoken about the importance of faith and God in his life, drew more attention when he announced that he was expecting a child with his girlfriend. But he has been ecstatic about having a son and having the opportunity to participate in his child's life. And Perry, who had a troubled upbringing, only wants the best for his son. more >>
Roma Downey and husband Mark Burnett are proud to release another family-friendly film for the Feb. 2015. "Little Boy" tells the story of a child who has faith often stronger than that of an adult.
The film features an all-star cast including Ali Landry, David Henrie, Tom Wilkinson, Jakob Salvati, Michael Rapaport, Kevin James, Eduardo Verastegui and Emily Watson. The team works together to tell the story of a 7-year-old boy who is smaller than most but whose father is determined that his size not limit him in any way. However, as the film is set in the 40s, the boy's father is sent to serve in the armed forces.
Because of his father's intense faith, "little boy," as he is known, believes he has the ability to bring his father safely home from war. Whether he succeeds will not be spoiled by the just-released trailer, but the storyline, with the all-star cast and central message of having faith against all odds, is sure to entertain audiences. more >>
The Mayor of Montgomery, Alabama, responded to a request for the city to include a black Santa Claus in its annual Christmas parade by saying he is open to the idea.
Mayor Todd Strange, who has been in office since 2009, addressed a recent complaint about the parade that was made during a council meeting on Tuesday.
Each year, Montgomery's Christmas parade draws in large crowds who gather to enjoy the fun festivities. Traditionally, a white Santa rides on the last float, however, one local resident called on the city to replace white Santa with a black one in a bid to promote cultural diversity. more >>
Phil Vischer is one of the co-creators of the immensely successful "VeggieTales" films and now, a new series on Netflix.
The series, which released on Nov. 26, has been receiving a great deal of interest and enthusiasm from fans, and Vischer spoke with The Christian Post about the updated show which focuses on bringing the vegetables, including icons Bob and Larry, together in a new, Netflix-exclusive release.
Each episode has a unique storyline, song, and the characters have all received makeovers. So far, Vischer and his teammates have recorded over 50 episodes for the over 30 million Netflix subscribers, which he hopes will expand the audience and introduce children to the creation that garnered critical acclaim. more >>
A Christian couple has decided to cancel the traditional Christmas practice of exchanging gifts for their children in order to teach them the joy of giving to others.
Lisa Henderson, a popular family blogger, came under fire for her most recent post, "Why My Husband and I Cancelled Christmas!" which details how she and her husband John came to the decision to do so. Instead of focusing on the materialistic aspect of the Christmas season, Lisa and John wanted to show their children how to prioritize others' needs.
"John and I feel like we are fighting a very hard uphill battle with our kids when it comes to entitlement. Our kids have been acting so ungrateful lately. They expect so much even when their behavior is extremely disrespectful. We gave them good warning, either it was time for their behavior to change or there would be consequences. We patiently worked with them for several months and guess what, very little changed. One day after a particularly bad display of entitlement, John said, 'we should just cancel Christmas.' And, so that's what we did." more >>