Best-selling author Nicholas Sparks announced Tuesday that he and wife Cathy are separating after over 25 years of marriage.
"The Lucky One" author shared the sad news in a statement, explaining that the decision was not made with ease.
"Cathy and I have separated," Sparks said, according to People magazine. "This is, of course, not a decision we've made lightly. We remain close friends with deep respect for each other and love for our children." more >>
As we enter this new year, I offer some prayerful reflections on trends that we could see developing in the months ahead, not as a prophet but as an observer seeking to follow in the footsteps of the ancient sons of Issachar, who "understood the meaning of the times to know what Israel ought to do" (1 Chron 12:32; my translation of the Hebrew).
While it is possible that I am simply projecting what I am seeing in my own work and ministry, I am hopeful that these represent larger trends in the nation in general and the believing Church in particular. Time, of course, will tell.
1) The gay revolution will continue to overplay its hand. As those who were once bullied now bully others, this will produce an increasing backlash, as seen with the "Houston Five" last year. And as gay activists win more and more battles in the courts and the society, that will actually work against them, as their goals will continue to become more and more extreme. (I address this at length in a book scheduled for publication later this year.) more >>
Abigail "Abby" Huntsman, daughter of 2012 Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, is eyeing a career in politics.
The 28-year-old University of Pennsylvania graduate is a political commentator and co-host on MSNBC's "The Cycle." On the show Huntsman, a Republican, often shares conservative viewpoints but she's far more liberal when it comes to issues surrounding same sex marriage and immigration.
She recently commented that she's thinking about following in her father's footsteps by pursuing a career in politics and revealed that should this occur, it will be back in her home state of Utah. more >>
Kelly Rowland is focused on her mother being a guardian angel instead of merely passing away into death.
Doris Rowland Garrison, 66, mother of Rowland, the 33-year-old singer formerly of Destiny's Child, died last month. The tragic news came just weeks after Rowland gave birth to her first child, Titan Jewell Weatherspoon.
However, the singer decided to reflect on her 2014 by focusing on her blessings instead of pitfalls. more >>
Marvin Sapp recently revealed some of the mistakes he made and struggles he has been through while shifting his focus to a new season in his life.
Sapp, a 47-year-old pastor and gospel singer, took to his Facebook page before his church's annual consecration that involves staying off of social media. Before giving up his Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, Sapp decided to reveal some challenges that he faced in 2014.
While the singer said he is grateful to have made it through struggles, he did not shy away from admitting some of his mistakes and issues that have taken place over the past year. more >>
Singer Tina Campbell and her husband Teddy managed to mend their marital issues in 2014, and now the gospel star and drummer are sharing some of their joint goals for 2015.
The couple has a joint Instagram account where they recently wrote a note about some things they hope to achieve in 2015.
"Note to self: For 2015 love more purely, give the understanding you'd like to get, be more patient with others, consider others, be less insensitive, compliment others more, let stuff go, pray for people even when there's no crisis, practice listening instead of being heard, read the Bible and talk to Jesus more than anyone else," the Instagram note reads. "Be quiet and listen to the Holy Spirit more than anyone else. Be disciplined! Stop making excuses! Be better..on purpose!" more >>