After Brelyn Bowman announced that a doctor had signed off on a purity certificate that proved she was a virgin before her recent wedding to gospel singer Tim Bowman Jr., the act has been met with mixed reviews.
Both Brelyn and her husband, Tim, decided to wait until they were married to have sex, and the bride took things one step further when she announced on Instagram that she presented a purity certificate to her father before moving forward with the next chapter of her life.
"I was able to present a certificate of purity to [my father] signed by my doctor that my hymen was still intact. Also the covenant he gave me when I was 13," she wrote on Instagram. "When you honor God, your life will automatically honor others! I love you daddy." more >>
The Michigan Lightning semi-pro football team on Monday publicly grieved for one of their founding fathers and team captain Deante Smith, 25, who was shot dead inside a Detroit church after a confrontation with his estranged pastor who is alleged to have gotten his wife pregnant.
In a statement posted to the team's Facebook page Monday, Michigan Lightning officials remember Smith as an optimistic spirit and a "champion."
"It is with an extremely heavy heart that we, as The Michigan Lightning family, announce the passing of one of our own, Deante Smith. A brother and teammate to so many of us, he left us way too soon. His infectious smile and the courage in which he approached life, on and off the field, are attributes that will stick with all of us," began the statement. more >>
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Asking for accommodations for religious freedom on marriage is not enough and is likely to fail, says Southern Evangelical Seminary professor Frank Turek.
At the Southern Evangelical Seminary's annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics, Turek hosted a panel discussion on marriage titled "What Do We Do Now?" in which he asserted that Christians and supporters of traditional marriage have to make broader arguments about its benefits to society and family.
"We can't let it all just be about religious liberty, because if we don't make the arguments that we are arguing for the good of all society and just say, 'give us our religious freedom,' they are going to say, 'just give you religious freedom to be bigots? No thank you," Turek declared. more >>
Three days before Christmas in 2014, Deante Smith, 25, a player with the semi-pro football team Michigan Lightning, openly praised God in a Facebook video because he felt the "fire" of God's Spirit and called the church a place where men "don't cheat on our women."
"I'm just trying to get higher so I'm steady climbing up on God because the more I get of him the harder it is for you to pull me down. That's the true wisdom behind it," said Smith in the video.
"That's why you got a majority of the people say if you scared, go to church. But no, the truth is if you ain't scared come to the church because that's where the real men at. That's why we don't cheat on our women. That's why we raise our kids. That's why we correct our sons. We ain't teaching them to shoot, gangbang and do stuff that had us crying," he said. more >>
I've been saying that 2015 is the year of pushback, and this might be the most significant act of pushing back so far: A group of legal scholars, most of them university professors, have declared that the Supreme Court's redefinition of marriage this past June 26th is not "the law of the land," and they are calling on all office holders, together with all presidential candidates, to join them in rejecting the Court's decision. Make no mistake about it: This is really big news.more >>
Six Republican presidential candidates addressed 7,000 evangelical voters Sunday at a Texas megachurch.
The church's pastor criticized GOP frontrunner Donald Trump's statement that 9/11 occurred under the watch of former President George W. Bush, calling it "ridiculous."
The North Texas Presidential Forum at the Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano featured Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Sen. Rick Santorum and former business CEO Carly Fiorina. more >>