A trip to the hospital that was supposed to end in a joyous celebration of life for a Christian Wisconsin family turned into a bittersweet event mixed with death Friday when the family's faithful patriarch was killed in a freak accident involving a deer shortly before the birth of his son.
Michael Rogan, 46, his wife, Niki, and their seven children were en route to a hospital in Wausau, Wisconsin, last Friday, when the vehicle in front of them hit a deer and sent it flying into the Rogans' windshield. Michael, who was driving, was severely injured while Niki managed to steer the van into a ditch, preventing further tragedy.
The entire family was rushed to the hospital, where Niki delivered a healthy baby boy named Blaise. Unfortunately, however, Michael did not survive his injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital. more >>
Just months into their marriage, Christian reality star Jessa Duggar Seewald of TLC's "19 Kids and Counting," and her husband Ben Seewald have announced that they are expecting a child together and the baby is due on their first anniversary.
"We are so excited. The due date is November first, our wedding anniversary. We are looking forward to being parents," Jessa confirmed to People magazine. "I am feeling pretty good. The morning sickness was different every day. It's getting better, but I'm still hanging on to the heartburn. And I don't have any super-serious food cravings."
The couple married last November but refrained from their first kiss in front of the audience, choosing instead to share their first kiss in private. Jessa's parents, Jim Bob and Michelle, gave the audience a kiss for show after the nuptials. The young couple later openly shared a kiss to appease their family and friends. more >>
Actor John Travolta staunchly defended the Church of Scientology and urged the public not to believe the claims made in a new HBO documentary, "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief" which features both him and fellow actor Tom Cruise.
The documentary alleges the religion broke up the marriage between Cruise and Nicole Kidman and keeps Travolta under its thumb.
In an interview on "Good Morning America" Monday however, Travolta who is one of the most well-known members of the Church of Scientology said critics could do well to learn more about his religion before making comments. more >>
Teaching children responsibility is a primary task for parents. The question of whether or not an allowance should be paid for completing chores requires parents to consider training in two areas simultaneously: responsibility for work and responsibility for money. I don't think that there's necessarily one right answer to the question of whether completion of chores should be tied to monetary reward or not, but I can tell you how we handled the issue and why.
We decided not to tie allowance to chores. We set clear expectations for what the kids were responsible for (unloading the dishwasher, doing their laundry, etc) and then we held them to the list. If a chore was not completed in a timely or thorough manner, we gave another deadline along with an additional chore. The longer noncompliance occurred, the more unsavory the additional chores became. It was a pretty effective strategy that almost never went beyond about two rounds. Let's just say no one wanted to clean the baseboards. Ever. (I just asked my youngest what his least favorite chore was, and he fired off "baseboards" before I even finished the question.)
Allowance was something we just gave. It was given in an amount appropriate to their age, increasing as they got older, and going away once they were old enough to earn money by working outside our home (babysitting, lawn-mowing). Allowance, and any other savings, was used at their discretion to purchase wants. We committed to cover their needs. If a child needed a new pair of shoes, I would spend enough to cover the need – store brand sneaks. The child could contribute the difference in price if they wanted a nicer pair. We saw allowance as an opportunity for them to learn self-control and the difference between needs and wants. But we didn't treat it as compensation. more >>
Sunday night's "A.D. The Bible Continues" introduced the character of the Holy Spirit during the celebration of Pentecost, but that was just the beginning of a new chapter for Jesus' disciples.
As the disciples gathered together on the eve of Pentecost, Peter's daughter joined them. Wise beyond her years, she asked a simple question when Peter began questioning what he should do to encourage the Holy Spirit's arrival.
"What would He do?" Maya, the teen, asks. more >>
Pastor Andy Stanley has declared that local congregations should be the "safest place on the planet for students to talk about anything, including same-sex attraction."
At a two-day event centered on cultivating good church leadership held in Southern California, the founder of North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia, spoke Friday about the things he hoped will change about the modern church.
"We just need to decide from now on in our churches when a Middle School kid comes out to his small group leader or a high school young lady comes out to her parents," said Stanley. "We just need to decide, regardless of what you think about this topic — no more students are going to feel like they have to leave the local church because they're same-sex attracted or because they're gay. That ends with us." more >>