NEW YORK — In Seven Women, author Eric Metaxas offers up little-known details about the inspiring lives of seven women, including Susanna Wesley, mother of vastly influential Christian ministers John and Charles Wesley; Joan of Arc, the teen martyr who changed the course of a war with claims of being guided by "voices;" and Rosa Parks, whose decision to say "no" led to her becoming the "Mother of the Civil Rights Movement."
Wesley, known as the "Mother of Methodism," was a dedicated homeschooler who created her own textbooks. She "was manifestly methodical in raising her children," Metaxas writes. Wesley's methodical approach to child-rearing included setting strict schedules on everything from eating and dressing to sleeping. She also taught her 10 children (nine others died in infancy) early on to fear God, seek His blessings and to treat others with kindness.
The foundation Wesley laid for her children proved especially pivotal in the lives of her sons, John and Charles, the former of which founded the 80-million-strong Methodist denomination while the latter is credited with writing nearly 9,000 hymns (the Christmas favorite "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" is one of them). John and his politically-minded Methodist movement were instrumental in pressuring the British government to abolish slavery and child labor and to enact penal reform. The religious movement also led to the "establishment of countless private societies and organizations dedicated to caring for the poor and suffering." more >>
A Roman Catholic archbishop based in New Jersey has stated that those involved in marriages not recognized by the Church cannot receive the sacrament of Communion.
The Most Reverend John J. Myers, head of the Archdiocese of Newark, released a statement earlier this week saying that "Catholics must be in a marriage recognized as valid by the Church to receive Holy Communion or the other sacraments."
"Non-Catholics and any Catholic who publicly rejects Church teaching or discipline, either by public statements or by joining or supporting organizations which do so, are not to receive the Sacraments," stated Myers. more >>
A church in Ohio decided to cap off a monthly focus on "Random Acts of Kindness" by performing such to a pizza delivery driver.
Sycamore Creek Church in Pickerington surprised a pizza delivery driver by giving the woman a $1,000 tip, capturing the moment on a video uploaded to YouTube in October.
Pastor Steve Markle gathered $1,046 (to be exact), for the grateful Domino's employee, who was brought to tears by the gift. more >>
A major hotel chain has announced that they will be phasing out on-demand pornographic films from their available in-room entertainment.
Hyatt Hotel Corp. released a statement on Wednesday noting that "in-room programming choices are just one part of the guest experience Hyatt is constantly evaluating."
After losing his wife, Lynn, and his left leg in a brutal motorcycle crash in June, Pastor Bryan Koch of Glad Tidings Church in Spring Township, Pennsylvania, will return to the pulpit Sunday for the first time in 19 weeks since the accident, and he is trusting God to keep him going.
"It's been a challenging road, but God is bringing me through it," Koch, a former catcher and first baseman for the Chicago White Sox, told WFMZ.
It took a reported 17 surgeries for Koch to recover from two crushed hips, a broken pelvis and other injuries he suffered during the June 7 crash where his left leg had to be amputated because it was pinned beneath an SUV. more >>
Conservative activists delivered a petition to Capitol Hill with over 130,000 signatories in defense of a U.S. soldier recently discharged for beating an Afghan police commander who allegedly raped a child.
Sgt. Charles Martland was discharged by the U.S. Army upon admitting that he had physically assaulted the police commander, who reportedly admitted to repeatedly raping an Afghan boy.
Family Research Council Executive Vice President Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin (ret.) met with Senator John McCain on Friday afternoon regarding the matter. more >>