In a candid "I Am Second" video, Shawn Johnson, the 2008 Olympic balance beam gold medalist, pours her heart out, sharing her fear of failure and disappointment with success and how those experiences led her to Jesus, who gave her freedom.
"I remember being given the silver medal on the podium, the person who did it gave me a hug and told me, 'I'm sorry,'" Johnson says in the video, recalling the 2008 Beijing Olympic games. "I was being given a silver medal at the Olympic games and being told I'm sorry was kind of like a validation in my heart that I had failed."
She continues, "If I failed at being a gymnast then I failed at being a human being." more >>
Evangelical preacher the Rev. Franklin Graham has said it was "just a matter of time" after news broke that a man who identifies as a woman was caught videotaping an 18-year-old girl undressing in a Target stall in Idaho.
"I told you so, it was just a matter of time. Target is putting their customers at risk — and their shareholders. I wouldn't be surprised if people started dumping their stock, and they should," Graham said in a Facebook post on Thursday.
He linked to a story reported by East Idaho News in which the transgendered woman, Sean Smith, was charged with with one felony count of video voyeurism. Smith reportedly held an iPhone over the top of the barrier of an adjacent fitting room at a Target stall, while the teenager was trying out a bathing suit. more >>
The Church of England has apologized after a report was published exposing the physical and sexual abuse of hundreds of girls over a 20-year period at a church-run children's home.
"The findings of the independent review into Kendall House describe the harrowing regime experienced by numerous girls and young teenagers who were placed into the care of this Church of England home," said Bishop Paul Butler, lead bishop on safeguarding for the Church of England, on Wednesday. "The appalling standards of care and treatment should never have been allowed and on behalf of the national church I apologise unreservedly to all the former residents whose lives were and continue to be affected by their damaging experiences at Kendall House."
Maryam Naghash Zargaran, an Iranian Christian woman who is being imprisoned for her faith, is on a hunger strike after judicial authorities forced her back into jail and refused her an extended leave permit for medical treatment.
Mohabat News reported that Zargaran's family has confirmed news of her indefinite hunger strike, revealing that she seeks an "immediate and unconditional release."
Zargaran has been held inside Evin Prison's Women's Ward since July 15, 2013, punished for her Christian faith and for helping Saeed Abedini, an American pastor who was held hostage for three and-a-half years in prison in Iran before finally being released in January. more >>
Suicide was the leading cause of death among 10 to 17-year-old children in Utah again last year and experts believe children who regularly attend religious services or eat meals with their family are at lower risk of committing the act.
"Last year we were over 600 (suicides)," Dr. Todd Grey, chief medical examiner for Utah told Fox 13 about suicides in the state. "We're certainly on track for being over 600 this year. So that means every day, on average, we're going to see at least one to possibly two suicides."
In less than a decade, according to The Associated Press, suicide rates among Utah's youth has tripled. A state report released this month shows Utah's youth suicides was 8.5 per 100,000 people in 2014, the most recent data available. In 2007, the rate was just 3.0 per 100,000. more >>
The sister and sister-in-law of a Pakistani Christian man who is now in hiding after being accused of blasphemy have been arrested and tortured by police officers in hopes they would turn over their brother.
According to reports, blasphemy charges were formally brought against Christian tailor Nadeem James, who lives in the Father Colony of Sarai Alamgir in Pakistan's Punjab province, on Sunday after he had a falling out with one of his Muslim childhood friends.
According to the London-based British Pakistani Christian Association, James had a dispute with his friend Yasir Bashir on July 4 and it is believed that the argument was over the fact that James married a Muslim woman who has since converted to Christianity. more >>