In the United States, the holiday of Halloween invokes images of costumes, trick-or-treating, scary movies, creepy decorations, and similar festive décor.
However, it is also connected to darker ideas, such as various disturbing urban legends, paranormal mythology, and similar themes.
On a more worldly level, many have wondered if the last day of October, especially during the evening, is a time of immense criminal activity. more >>
After allegedly suffering abuse from House of Prayer pastor Arthur Allen in Atlanta, Ga., for more than 30 years until they defected a few years ago, two former members of the church gave God thanks when they heard he died in a house fire on Monday.
More than a decade ago, according to an 11Alive report, Allen, 81, was convicted of child abuse and spent two years in prison, from 2003 to 2005, for having children at his church flogged by adults with whips and belts in front of the congregation when they misbehaved.
"When it comes to abuse there's a time when God says 'enough is enough.' My heart goes out to those that are confused now because they were taught that as long as this person is here it is as if God is here," former church member Mathias Hardeman told 11Alive. more >>
A major anti-pornography organization, along with many others, is currently observing a week of awareness meant to educate the public about the dangers of pornography.
White Ribbon Against Pornography Week (WRAP), which began Sunday and will go through Nov. 3, is a nationwide event organized by Morality in Media and cosponsored by hundreds of groups.
"The White Ribbon Against Pornography is intended to educate the public about the extent of the pornography problem and about what can legally be done to fight back against the flood tide of obscenity," reads an entry on WRAP's website. more >>
Halloween is a holiday known for its haunted houses, costume parties, kids trick-or-treating, and various scary imagery on screens big and small. The final day of October is also a time associated with darker ideas, like the Occult, witchcraft, and other unexplained phenomenon.
Many of these images dominate movies and television programs during late October, showcasing to mainstream America spiritual notions known as the "paranormal." According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, when something is paranormal it is "very strange and not able to be explained by what scientists know about nature and the world." The term involves a fairly diverse group of activities and entities, including the Occult, psychics, spirits, and other supernatural phenomenon.
So, should Christians believe in paranormal activity? more >>
This adorable 10 month old baby gets VERY emotional when her mommy starts to sing to her. You won't believe how she reacts when she hears her mommy's singing voice. This is a MUST SEE video that has been going viral all over the internet!more >>
The American Academy of Pediatrics on Monday issue a revised policy statement advocating the use of condoms by teenagers pointing to the "unacceptably high" rates of STIs/HIV that currently exists among adolescents.
In an abstract of the Academy's revised policy statement on condom use published in the organization's journal Pediatrics, pediatricians noted that while positive markers such as a decline in teen pregnancies and sexual activity were evident, STI/HIV infections are too high.
"Rates of sexual activity, pregnancies, and births among adolescents have continued to decline during the past decade to historic lows. Despite these positive trends, many adolescents remain at risk for unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs)," noted the pediatricians in the abstract. more >>