WASHINGTON – In a speech stressing the importance of protecting America's religious liberties and other inalienable rights that so-called "radical" Democratic policies are trying to limit, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, reflected on his own family's path toward the Christian faith, which included his father abandoning him and his mother when he was three years old before returning to them after finding Jesus.
Before Rev. Rafael Cruz became an evangelical Texas pastor and one of the nation's most notable and quotable congressional parents, he and his wife, with their toddler son, lived in Canada and worked in the oil and energy business. At the time, Cruz said neither of his parents held a relationship with Christ and both had serious drinking problems.
While speaking Friday to the crowd at the Family Research Council's Values Voters Summit in Washington D.C., Cruz said that his father one day "decided he didn't want to be married anymore. He didn't want a three-year-old son. So, he got on a plane and left Calgary and went back to Texas in Houston." more >>
The highly anticipated Satanic "black mass" that was held Sunday night at an Oklahoma City civic center drew exponentially more protesters than actual attendees but the service continued as scheduled despite efforts from some protesters to disrupt the event.
As more than 80,000 people signed an online petition that condemned the Dakhma of Angra Mainyu Syndicate event, hundreds of people from many different walks of faith and different areas of the country crowded around the outside of the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall in protest of the event which was created by the group's co-founder Adam Daniels. The event itself only had 43 attendees despite selling 88 tickets for a price of $17.50 per ticket.
Although most of the protesters stayed within their limits and maintained a peaceful display of differing religious and christian views, police had to intervene on several occasions to protect the service from being interrupted, according to a spokesperson for the Oklahoma City Department of Parks and Recreations. more >>
After a Tennessee high school was forced to end its longstanding tradition of public prayer over the public address system prior to the school's sporting events, the school's cheerleaders might have started a new gameday tradition where they lead the crowd in a pregame prayer.
With the Oneida High School public address announcer no longer reciting the pregame prayer for the first time since 1930, the school's cheerleaders used the pregame moment of silence in the Indians' first home game of the season on Sept. 12 to recite the Lord's Prayer and coincidentally rallied the entire stadium in reciting the prayer.
For the last 80 years, Oneida High School had maintained the tradition of praying before the start of the school's sporting events in asking for safety of the players and everyone involved. Despite the efforts in the last few years by activists groups like Americans Civil Liberties Union and Freedom From Religion Foundation trying to get school districts to ban prayers from school-sanctioned events, Oneida High continued with the tradition of pre-game prayers over the loudspeaker because the majority of the Oneida community felt the tradition was important. more >>
Across the United States, students will soon go to their respective school campuses' flag poles and pray together for friends, family, their teachers and the nation.
Known as "See You at the Pole," the annual event will take place on Wednesday and is expected to have over 1 million participants.
Former "Teen Mom" star Farrah Abraham has chosen to homeschool her four-year-old daughter in order to protect her from the public and allow her to work more on her career.
"To me, it's pretty major that she started kindergarten in general," Abraham told Wetpaint Entertainment. "She's doing homeschooling, and I'm very proud of that. Being a mother and seeing her at this age - I remember this age, so it's very dear to me and very special. It's her year. I'm just supportive and a good parent. I think that's what makes a difference in where she's at and how excelled she is. It's pretty cool."
Daughter Sophia is tutored through a program at a local university; a tutor comes to Abraham's home to educate the young girl. That allows Sophia to have distinction between her mother and her teacher and frees up Abraham to focus on her career. She has been incredibly busy ever since leaving the "Teen Mom" franchise: starring in two adult films, promoting night clubs across the country, and now working on a trilogy of adult books. more >>
The president of the world's largest Scripture translation organization, Wycliffe Bible Translators USA, hopes that his new book, released earlier this month, will inspire more people to help finish the remaining translations of the Gospel, which he thinks will need the help of the next generation to complete the original goal of starting every translation by 2025.
Since 1999 when Wycliffe and its partner ministries adopted the goal of having the Bible translation process underway for every unreached language in the world by the year 2025 as a part of the Vision 2025 movement, they have strived to put an end to the world's "Bible poverty". With close to 7,000 different languages across the globe, Creson said that Wycliffe has about 1,870 languages remaining that have yet to begin the translation process.
Although 120 different language translations processes begin each year, Creson told The Christian Post that the current pace does not put Vision 2025 in position to become a reality unless there is Divine intervention. more >>