A former youth director from Amplify church in Plum, Pennsylvania is facing multiple charges associated with the rape of a 16-year-old girl he was charged with discipling.
The former leader, 31-year-old Daniel Jack reportedly met the teenage girl at the church where the two spent time together at church functions and fundraising events according to an Action News 4 report.
Jack was fired from his job at Amplify in April shortly after the allegations surfaced. The church is currently cooperating with authorities and believe the 16-year-old was his only victim according to a spokesman for Amplify. more >>
This little boy went through the Make-A-Wish foundation in hopes of one day having his dreams come true. He always wanted to become his favorite superhero, Batman. On this very special day, with the help of thousands, he was able to fulfill his dream and is known as Batkid.
Make-A-Wish helps grant wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions. Unfortunately, children with these circumstances have their childhood robbed from them, so the wishes give their young years back tenfold. In this case, they help this young boy fulfill his wish of becoming his favorite superhero by turning the city into Gotham. Not really sure what the outcome of people would be, and how it would turn out, but they stuck to it.
Instantly, his story spread across the internet like wildfire after being placed on social media. It triggered a huge community to come out and support the boy. This little dream turned into something no one ever expected to happen. Warner Bros. Pictures heard about this and decided to create a documentary based on Batkid, Miles Scott. more >>
Perhaps he should have gotten her the Happy Meal. A man who recently proposed to his girlfriend of two years at the McDonald's restaurant where they first met with a ring stuck in the bun of a Crispy Chicken Deluxe meal did not get the laugh he was expecting when she painfully turned down his proposal as a "joke."
The proposal, which was recorded and posted to YouTube by the rejected man under the username Joseph Ann on June 2, has already gone viral with more than half a million views as of Friday afternoon.
"I met my girlfriend 2 years ago in LA. I've never been good at planning in advance which is why we wound up ending our first date at this exact McDonalds. She joked for months about how 10 years down the road I would probably propose to her in a chicken nugget box so I thought she would love when I surprised her this way. She didn't love it like the way I thought she would. We agreed to wait longer until it's time to get engaged," the man wrote in the description of the video on YouTube. more >>
A federal court has ruled that a Washington state public school district acted unconstitutionally when it suspended a student after he preached and handed out religious reading materials to classmates on school grounds during free time.
Michael Leal, a senior at Cascade High School in the Seattle suburb of Everett, was suspended three times last fall for continuing to provide students with pre-printed Christian pamphlets, which is a violation of the school's policy that does not allow students to distribute materials that they had not written themselves.
Leal, with the help of the Pacific Justice Institute, sued the school and stated that the school violated his free speech rights. more >>
14-year-old Breanna Mendoza has been bullied her whole life because of a birth defect. It has caused a deformation in her face. But after being pushed around too many times, she finally stood up and fired back at those bringing her down. Her response is extremely positive!
It's very hard to go through life when everywhere you go bullies make fun of you. Sadly for Breanna, it has happened to her all her life. She suffers from Goldenhar Syndrome, which has caused her face to become deformed. It's something she has no control over and it is very cruel for others to make fun of her for it. Breanna decided to stand up to her bullies and share her story on social media. The response she gets back in return has been extremely positive. She finally feels like people accept her.
We all have the need to be liked or accepted in some form with those around us. It's not a good feeling to be rejected for a reason such as Breanna's -- especially at an age when we should be forming close relationships with others. It can cause emotional scarring and negative effects in our lives. Thankfully, these people reached out to her and made her feel like she was accepted. She even receives a special surprise at the end! more >>
The youth leader overseeing more than half a million students for one of the world's largest Christian denominations thinks older generations should question themselves over the movement of millennials away from organized religion. Young people, he believes, are often more turned off by how Christians present Jesus than they are turned off by Jesus himself.
The nonpartisan Pew Research Center reports that millennials (those 18-34) are the generation least likely to identify with a particular religion, while San Diego State University researchers have suggested that the decline in religiosity could be attributed to a self-centered, or individualistic mentality.
"Honestly, I think what we need to do is ask ourselves how did the millennial generation become the generation that they are," Heath Adamson told The Christian Post in a recent phone interview. "Let's look at parents, let's look at pop culture, let's look at media and let's ask ourselves. Who's responsible for feeding the millennial generation what they're living off of? Well, we are." more >>