The Protestant State church in Western Germany, the second largest denomination in the country with more than 700 parishes, has overwhelmingly voted to allow same-sex marriage and register them as official unions.
Rheinische Evangelische Kirche, which claims to represent 2.6 million members, said in a press release posted on its website that the denomination has voted "with a very large majority" to recognize the "equality of homosexual and heterosexual couples."
Devon Franklin and Meagan Good are giving people a crash course on tapping into God's plan for relationships and marriage.
The celebrity couple has joined Empower U, an Essence magazine e-course that educates people on a multitude of topics that includes love, finances and health ahead of their upcoming book, The Wait: A Powerful Practice for Finding the Love of Your Life and the Life You Love. Franklin and Good will serve as instructors for the free online course called "The Wait 101: Discover the Love of Your Life," which will teach lessons from their upcoming book.
According to a description for the lesson, the couple will help people "master delayed gratification for a life you love. If you want to tap into God's masterful plan for your life and relationship, this course is for you. Get ready to learn the life-changing message that waiting — rather than rushing — can be the key for finding the person you're meant to be with." more >>
Celine Dion, arguably one of the best recording artists of our time, is receiving a flood of support from her supporters and celebrity colleagues after the deaths of both her husband and brother.
"René Angélil, 73, passed away this morning at his home in Las Vegas after a long and courageous battle against cancer," a representative of Dion's family said. "The family requests that their privacy be respected at the moment."
Dion's husband died on Jan. 14 after battling throat cancer and just days later, on Jan. 16, Dion's website announced that her brother, Daniel, 59, also died after losing his battle to brain, tongue and throat cancer. more >>
Leading evangelist Franklin Graham praised the Anglican Communion's decision last Thursday to suspend the entire U.S. Episcopal Church over its embrace of same-sex marriage, calling it a "major scolding they deserve."
In a Facebook post issued Sunday morning, Graham, the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the humanitarian aid group Samaritan's Purse, argued that the three-year suspension and sanctions put in place by the Archbishops of the Worldwide Anglican Communion last Thursday during their meeting in Canterbury, England, should help the Episcopal Church realize that they have moved in a direction "contrary to the Bible."
"The Episcopal Church in the U.S. has just received a major scolding. The worldwide Anglican Communion voted to suspend the entire U.S. Episcopal Church this week because it has embraced same-sex marriage, allowing the election of homosexual priests and allowing same-sex marriages to be performed," Graham wrote. "They deserve to be called out for this — it is wrong and is against what Almighty God clearly teaches in His Word." more >>
The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church has declared that the denomination will not cease its support for gay marriage despite its three-year suspension by the Anglican Communion last week.
"They heard from me directly that that's not something that we're considering," Bishop Michael Curry told The Associated Press on Friday, talking about the sanctions imposed on the denomination after its leaders refused support the biblical definition of marriage. "They basically understand we made our decision, and this is who we are, and we're committed to being a house of prayer for all."
At the same time, however, Curry said he wants to continue working toward Anglican unity despite the different points of view on the divisive issue. more >>
After being publicly ousted and delivered from infidelity to his gospel singing wife, Tina Campbell, musician Teddy Campbell is taking on the call of ministry by leading Bible study.
Teddy's Los Angeles-based Bible study is called The Front Line and seeks to bring men 18 and older together for knowledge, revelation, wisdom and power.
"There is a lot of things I did not know about the Bible. But when I started reading to find out how to be a man, God showed me who He really was and who He intended for me to be," Teddy wrote about the Bible study he leads. "It changed my life and it continues to do so. This Bible study will be informative and empowering, I promise! And it'll just be a cool place to come hang out!" more >>