Dr. James Dobson and his son, Ryan, have collaborated on a new video series titled "Building a Family Legacy" that is being simulcast in churches across the U.S. through Oct. 5.
The series combines Dr. Dobson's classic Focus on the Family videos with four new films by him and Ryan. It also includes the new film, "Your Legacy," and is designed to equip parents and grandparents to "build a lasting legacy of faith in their families," notes the press release.
"It's harder now to raise kids than it's ever been because the culture is at war with families," Dr. Dobson said. "I feel 'Building a Family Legacy' contains the most important message of my career. There is nothing more important than parents passing on a generational legacy of faith and values to their children." more >>
Somali-American Mohamed Osman Mohamud was sentenced this week to 30 years in prison for the attempted bombing of a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in Oregon.
Mohamud, 19, reportedly reached out to an Islamic terrorist organization in Pakistan in order to do something for "his people." However, the teen actually spoke with an undercover FBI agent posing as an Al-Qaida operative in 2010, who earned his trust and told him there were five ways he could help the organization. Mohamud chose to become "operational," meaning that he would do something to actively promote Al-Qaida.
He specifically came up with the idea to bomb the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony, even going so far as to provide maps of the area to the undercover FBI agents and taking part in a practice run. He seemed gleeful about the possibility of doing real damage to ordinary citizens, telling the agents that "that's, what I want for these people," according to government paperwork. more >>
When we think of rumors or lying, we often think of the difficulties of immature drama. We think of the deception and misrepresentation, and the hurt and pain that flows from faulty sources. It seems like the likely candidates are childish teenagers or daytime soap operas.
However, rumors and lies aren't limited to baby-momma-drama television shows. In fact, there are many sources and means by which people believe wrongly. Through media, pop-culture, peer-pressure, the lack of educated choices, and the imitation of immoral role models, people often land far from the truth.
In what seems like more than ever before, young people are believing lies about romantic relationships and marriage. As Christians, we believe that God created romantic relationships as a gift to be enjoyed in marriage, but the world has exchanged the truth and replaced it with lies. The result is that love is exchanged for lust, where honorable practices are replaced with dishonorable passions (cf. Romans 1:24-27). And whenever a lie is believed as a truth, consequences will follow. more >>
A member of Warren Jeffs' polygamous sect in Idaho was sentenced to 90 days in jail after admitting to abusing young boys in his home.
Nathan C. Jessop, 49, was given the sentence after pleading guilty to three counts of misdemeanor injury to a child. His sentence, which included 360 additional days of prison time, was suspended. Jessop reportedly was in charge of a home in Idaho where Mormon parents would send their children on "repentance missions." He admitted to physically disciplining nine boys and locking at least one of them in a furnace room for two days.
"What we are talking about is just an individual and what our basic assumptions are about how we treat kids and how we protect their health and safety, and I think that's really what the case was all about," Prosecutor Stephen Herzog told azcentral. more >>
NEW YORK — Chad Veach, formerly on staff at Judah Smith's The City Church in Seattle, Washington, has a suggestion or two for ministry leaders who might be more committed to their methods than they are to exploring new ways of sharing the Gospel's relevancy with today's youth.
Veach, who announced earlier this month that he and wife Julia would be moving back to Los Angeles to plant ZOE (pronounced zo-aye) Church, has a heart for youth ministry and has even been called an "expert" in that particular area of outreach due to a vibrant youth and young adult ministry he oversaw at a previous church. Veach is also a regular speaker at churches and conferences across the nation, which positions him as particularly knowledgeable about how Christians do church in various contexts.
When asked in a recent "CP Newsroom" discussion on what trends he has noticed in Christianity during his travels in the U.S. that he finds encouraging, Veach celebrated how "church has gotten better" and how God seems to be at work everywhere. more >>
At least 41 children and 48 people in total were killed by two heavy suicide bomb blasts near a school in Homs, Syria, several sources have reported.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which is monitoring the mounting number of casualties from the three-year-old Syrian civil war, said that the explosions occurred in the Ekrima neighborhood in Homs. It added that the death toll of 48 people is likely to go up, as there are also a number of seriously injured people.
Official Syrian sources said that a car bomb and a suicide bomber caused the explosions as the children were coming out of school. Fides News Agency said that the children were targeted because many of them belong to the same religious community as the family of President Bashar al-Assad. It added that the attack was one of the heaviest losses of life in terms of children since the beginning of the Syrian conflict. more >>