Country music star Reba McEntire credits God and her Christian faith for getting her through a two-year split from her husband and subsequent divorce she says she never wanted.
"I prayed every day [for God] to help me have the strength to move one foot in front of the other to continue on with what I'm supposed to be doing and why He put me on this Earth in the first place," McEntire told CMT's Cody Alan during an interview earlier this month.
"The divorce was not my idea," she explained. "I didn't want it in any shape, form or fashion. It was really hard to make the adjustment when someone's not happy. I just want everybody to be happy in their lives because our lives are too short to be miserable. I just thought it was the best thing to take my marbles and go play somewhere else, is what Daddy used to always say." more >>
Facing corporate and Hollywood pressure, Georgia's Republican Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed a religious liberty bill that would have prevented the state government from punishing faith-based organizations, churches and pastors over their opposition to same-sex marriage.
Georgia's "Pastor Protection Act," or H.B. 757, has become quite controversial since it was passed by both legislative houses in February with a number of opponents of the measure claiming it opens the door for discrimination of LGBT people.
After corporations like Disney and Marvel threatened to boycott the state of Georgia if the bill becomes law, the Human Rights Campaign sent a letter to Deal last week containing signatures from several prominent entertainment industry professionals — including actress Anne Hathaway and producer Seth MacFarlane — who also threatened to boycott filming or performing in the state if Deal were to sign the bill into law. more >>
British actor Jeremy Irons is receiving criticism on social media for saying that abortion harms a woman both psychologically and physically, and that the Church is right in calling it a sin.
"Take abortion … I believe women should be allowed to make the decision, but I also think the Church is right to say it's a sin," Irons, the "Die Hard With a Vengeance" star, told The Guardian.
"Because sin is actions that harm us," the 67-year-old actor, who plays Bruce Wayne's butler Alfred in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," explained. "Lying harms us. Abortion harms a woman — it's a tremendous mental attack, and physical, sometimes. But we seem to get that muddled. In a way, thank God the Catholic Church does say we won't allow it, because otherwise nobody's saying that it's a sin." more >>
Nick Cannon seems to be blaming the devil for people fueling a rumor that he made a song that speaks negatively about his ex-wife, singer Mariah Carey.
"The devil is busy," Cannon tweeted Wednesday. "We got to learn how to navigate through the sensationalism and lies. #DontBeDistracted."
The 35-year-old multi-talented entertainer's message comes after the release of the song "Oh Well" on Soundcloud. more >>
After news that Grammy-winning gospel singer Israel Houghton was now in a relationship with mainstream artist Adrienne Bailon, tabloid reports claimed that he was fired from his position as worship leader at Pastor Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church in Houston. The singer, however, took to social media to debunk those claims."I truly love @joelosteen & my gracious Lakewood family. Here is their official statement. I have not been fired. Treasure of my heart & of my soul. In my weakness You are merciful. Redeemer of my past & present wrongs. Holder of my future days to come...," Houghton posted on Facebook along with a link to Lakewood's official statement concerning him. Related Worship Leader Israel Houghton Confirms New Girlfriend Adrienne BailonActor Michael Jai White Speaks Out on Infidelity After Israel Houghton ConfessionIsrael Houghton Repents, Gets Transparent About Divorce and Sins Houghton served as lead worship leader at the Houston-based megachurch for many years and has since become a leading name in Christian music. Although he will not be leading at the church during this time, the megachurch says he was not fired."We can confirm that Israel is on indefinite leave, but it is important to clarify that we still consider Israel to be a part of the Lakewood family and that his employment has not been terminated," Lakewood Church said Thursday in a statement.
Just weeks after publicly announcing his official divorce after 20 years of marriage, Houghton was forced to publicly confirm his new relationship with singer and TV host Bailon because the two were photographed vacationing together in Tulum, Mexico.
According to photos published by TMZ and HipHollywood, the 44-year-old, multi-Grammy Award winner was seen with Bailon as she flaunted her curvy beach body. See photos HERE. Just hours after the allegations and onslaught of online attacks, Houghton addressed the rumors. more >>
Steve Brown, founder of Key Life Network, which preaches the "ministry of Jesus is the radical grace of God," said this week Tullian Tchividjian, former Coral Ridge pastor and grandson to evangelist Billy Graham, confessed his adultery to him and he gave him advice that wasn't followed.
"I hate what happened to Tullian's family, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Willow Creek Church, and others who have been hurt. If I knew how to fix it, I would. I've read the reports in the media about the situation and some of the comments about me. I'm quite uncomfortable in defending myself and even more uncomfortable talking with anybody about this situation. However, I do need to say something," Brown began in a post on his website.
The Christian Post previously reported that Tchividjian confessed to engaging in an adulterous affair with a married woman in 2014, which led to him being fired recently from Willow Creek Church in Winter Springs, Florida. more >>