Christian author Shaunti Feldhahn writes about 12 habits that most couples embrace that make their marriages happy and successful in her new book, The Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages. Contrary to popular belief, Feldhahn discovered that highly happy couples put into practice seemingly negative habits like going to bed angry and not looking to their marriage for happiness, among others.
After interviewing and surveying 1,000 couples to uncover the most important habits, Feldhahn found that these "secrets" are shared among individuals regardless of age or racial background or any other factors. Furthermore, she found that half of marriages in America are not prone to fail but the truth lies closer to 30 percent and even less within the church.
"The key is that no matter what the state of your marriage, small changes in awareness and action truly can change everything," writes Feldhahn. "These habits can yield gold for those who apply them." more >>
A Michigan church recently began offering worship services geared toward bringing more men into the congregation and helping with the everyday issues they may face.
"If men make the unselfish decision to fulfill their obligation to their wives and children, many problems like the fatherless epidemic simply go away," Mikie Bartee, who is Connection Church's pastor of development and leads Man Church, told The Christian Post. "We believe many of the problems facing America today are solvable problems … It's not a religious problem or a socioeconomic problem, it's a man problem."
Connection Church of Canton held its first "Man Church" service last Thursday. Bartee told CP that the opening service was "awesome," with nearly 90 men in attendance. more >>
Comedian Sarah Silverman recently invoked Jesus in a profanity-laced, pro-abortion skit to rally support for a national pride day for women and some critics have dismissed it as offensive and blasphemous.
The event billed, "From V to Shining V," is scheduled for Sept. 28 and is being organized by a group called Lady Parts Justice. The group is aiming to set up rallies in all 50 state capital cities and Silverman is expected to lead one in Concord, N.H.
A video of the skit, which was posted to YouTube on Tuesday, shows NCIS actor Michael Weatherly appearing as Jesus Christ to Silverman and declares to her that he is "really bummed by all these people who use my name for intolerance and oppression." more >>
A group of same-sex couples in Florida have filed a lawsuit against the state's marriage amendment, which was passed by voters back in 2008.
Six couples filed suit Tuesday, with the legal aid of the Equality Florida Institute, arguing that the Florida Marriage Protection Amendment is unconstitutional.
Restrictions on abortion access in France may loosen should the nation's legislature pass a recently introduced bill.
The French parliament began a debate Monday evening over a bill that if enacted will remove the requirement that a woman seeking an abortion must prove she is in serious distress.
Some things cannot be taught when it comes to taking on the role of a pastor's wife, says Christine Hoover, a Virginia church planter's wife. Nevertheless, she admits it would have been nice to know what she knows now since serving alongside her husband at the outset of their more than 10 years of ministry together.
"No one prepares you for the first time someone asks you a question you don't have a clue how to answer, the first time someone shares a deeply shocking experience they've had and you must respond, the first time someone criticizes your husband, or the first time you are treated differently because you're the pastor's wife. You step in blindly and find your way," writes Hoover in her blog.
The wife of Kyle Hoover, pastor of Charlottesville Community Church, now embraces the lessons she has learned along the way. However, when she was two years into her marriage and months into ministry with Kyle, she broke down after realizing ministry life was going to be difficult. more >>