WASHINGTON – Faith-based communities are a critical part of overseas aid and development, government officials declared at an event praising those efforts.
At the opening event for the multiday U.S.–Africa Leaders Summit, leaders in the government and faith-based organizations spoke about the efforts to aid development in the African continent.
The Friday morning opening breakfast event was hosted by Rajiv Shah, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development. more >>
A congregation in Alabama has recently hosted a "Spa Day" for the homeless men in their neighborhood.
Government Street Baptist Church of Mobile held a luncheon for the men that included special treatment such as haircuts and showers last Saturday. The Inaugural Spa Day was organized by the Men's Ministry at Government Street Baptist and garnered local media attention.
"We want to let them know that we love them and that God loves them, and our city is a city that wants to care for people like this," said Government Street Baptist Senior Pastor Charles Brown. more >>
The Obama administration is devising a plan that will allow religious nonprofits that object to paying for contraceptives and abortifacients in their healthcare plans and also object to filling out a form that allows a third-party to cover these products and services, to opt out.
White House officials said Tuesday that "they're still developing the alternative and couldn't provide any details about what it would entail," according to The Associated Press. "The administration said the new alternative won't involve shifting the costs to employees."
This announcement comes just weeks after the United States Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 vote that Wheaton College in Illinois is not required to cover emergency contraceptives it believes can lead to the early termination of a pregnancy. The vote gives the college temporary relief from the HHS' birth control mandate (while its case is pending), which it said violates the institution's religious beliefs. more >>
A teenage missionary from Edmond, Oklahoma, said to be struggling with pornography and homosexuality, is now facing life in prison after he allegedly raped underage girls and forced young boys to perform oral sex on him at a Kenyan orphanage while other children watched. His lawyer charges, however, that he was the victim of "psychological voodoo."
In a press release Monday the FBI revealed that the teenager, Matthew Lane Durham, 19, was arrested last Thursday and appeared before a United States Magistrate Judge on Friday. He is being held without bond and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 1.
Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina will send off thousands of volunteers to help communities in different cities throughout the United States and Canada next week in an effort to outwardly demonstrate God's love through large-scale servitude.
Led by senior pastor Steven Furtick and wife, Holly, LOVE Week is expected to be the biggest event the church has seen since kicking off the initiative five years ago.
"I'm grateful to lead and be a part of a church where we don't stop at just hearing God's word, we get out there and do something about it," said Holly in a blog post. "We believe you're never more like Jesus than when you're serving, so later this month we will give our time and talents to spend 9 days serving with 107 organizations in over 900 events." more >>
When a child first comes out to their parents as either being gay or having same-sex attraction, their initial responses are usually the wrong ones, says Chris Doyle, a psychotherapist who specializes in SSA.
Although the child has probably already told their closest friends and trusted family members about their thoughts and feelings, the parents are often the last ones to know. And in their panicked state, parents sometimes look for someone to blame or even think about how they might change their child.
"What I've discovered is that the first inclination that parents have when their child comes out is typically the exact opposite of what they need to do," Doyle told The Christian Post. more >>