A Halifax man trying to do a bit of good has been taken into the custody of a psychiatric hospital. Friends and family say that he is being held against his will and was just trying to brighten people's day in his own unique way.
Richard Wright was handing out money to strangers on the street, telling them to "thank God" for the gift if they needed it and to pass it along if they didn't. The Prince Edward Island Royal Canadian Mounted Police were called to take Wright into custody in order to perform a psychological evaluation or "wellness check" on the man. After talking with Wright, they determined that he needed "further assessment by a medical health person."
However, Wright's daughter, Chelsea, told Metro News that her father does not need psychological help and merely wanted to help people by brightening their day. She added that her father is being unfairly treated by authorities and should be released. Chelsea organized a Facebook page with the title "OpFreeRichardWright" in order to bring awareness to his cause. So far the page has over 4,000 members. more >>
Candace Cameron Bure received a huge round of applause from fans during her appearance on "Dancing With the Stars" after speaking about her Christian faith. The "DWTS" competitor has been very vocal about her faith and the impact it has on her dancing and life.
"I'm a Christian," Bure said before performing the rumba with partner Mark Ballas. "My life revolves around my relationship with Jesus Christ, so with the overall tone of the dance and the costumes, I'm not going to take a backseat. My voice will definitely be heard."
Dare 2 Share Ministries is bringing their touring youth conference to Washington, D.C. this week where thousands of teenagers are expected to converge for messages and breakout sessions based on the life of Daniel.
"Dare 2 Share conferences train and equip teenagers to make disciples who make disciples," Emma Schenkel, marketing associate of Dare 2 Share, told The Christian Post. "When students catch a passion for their unbelieving friends and are given the tools to help them share their faith, great things happen in the students, in the church and in the community."
Schenkel said organizers of "Reverse" expect 3,000 students to attend, and although this age group can be the most difficult to engage with the church, Dare 2 Share plans to keep them interested during the two-day event that begins this Friday with relevant content. more >>
"JOHN 3:16" reads the sign raised high by the rainbow-colored, afro wig-wearing man who uses televised sporting events to promote Jesus. Or, you've seen people carrying signs "REPENT" and handing out leaflets during major events that attract thousands of people, who typically are along for a good time – not a sales pitch, of any kind. Sometimes, you'll see well-meaning people standing on busy street corners holding signs about "KNOW JESUS, KNOW PEACE. NO JESUS. NO PEACE" and shouting, "Jesus loves you!"
Whenever I see people marketing Jesus like this, I just want to come up to ask them about their personal connection with their next door neighbors, or children, or spouses, other family and estranged relatives. Specifically, have they reached them in a meaningful way for Jesus? Are they living a life that attracts others to God, or repels them?
For every person who may have responded to these sign-holding, awkwardly-timed evangelists, there are thousands of others who immediately think Christians are weird. And, its human nature to draw the conclusion that if you were to become a Christian through one of these marketers, then you would think that you would also have to show up at events carrying signs. No thanks. more >>
A 9-year-old girl wanting to show her support for a friend has been suspended from her school in Grand Junction, Colo. The school states that she is breaking the official dress code, while her family and friends are fighting the suspension in order to keep their girl in school.
"It felt like the right thing to do," 9-year-old Kamryn Renfro told KUSA.
She decided to shave her head, with her parents' permission, in support of her friend, 11-year-old Delaney Clements, who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma. Kamryn did not want her friend to be the only one without hair at the school, and shaving her head was the one thing she could do to make sure Delaney fit in. more >>
Teenagers on their way to a school dance decided to walk on train tracks instead of the road, and Mateus Moore ended up saving his girlfriend's life by pushing her out of the way of an oncoming train. Moore is being hailed as a hero for his actions, and a community is mourning the loss of a life cut short.
Mickayla Friend and Moore had been dating for some time and decided to walk along the train tracks on their way to a dance. One witness says that the couple seemed to hear the engineer's warning horn at the same time and, upon seeing how close the train was, Moore made the decision to sacrifice himself for Friend.
"They would have both been underneath that train if he didn't push her out of the way at the last second," Sean Stark told KCRA. "He pushed her, and he went under [the train] and she hit the corner of the train," he added. more >>