A free Bible app for children developed by YouVersion is set for launch on Thanksgiving day, complete with illustrations and interactive experiences, which promises to bring the "love for God's word" to young ones.
"What if your kids could walk through the garden with Adam and Eve, or journey through Bethlehem the night Jesus was born," a promotional video for the app states. "Through an animated adventure, your kids will explore the big stories of the Bible, earn rewards for special challenges, open the Bible again and again, and begin a lifetime of love for God's word."
The animated storybook app is made for smartphones and tablets, and features colorful illustrations with touch-activated animations, games and activities to help children remember what they learn, and a kid-friendly navigation, the official website explains. more >>
Pastors in a county in the heart of South Carolina are expressing their opposition to a local government proposal that would remove the zoning buffers between bars and houses of worship.
Richland County Council is presently considering a move to drop the buffer system, which would allow bars to be built and to operate right next to churches. At a Council meeting held Tuesday evening, churches from multiple neighborhoods protested the possible removal of a 500-foot buffer between bars and churches in the Richland area.
The Reverend John W. Culp, pastor at Virginia Wingard United Methodist Church in Columbia, told The Christian Post that "our ground is sacred too." "A bar shouldn't be near a church that has a nursery or a preschool. I have an AA that meets in my church. Why should I want a reformed alcoholic coming out and there he is facing a bar?" said Culp. "I have a Montessori School that meets in the basement of my church, I got an AA that meets in my church and they were trying to say that church only meet at 11:00 on Sunday which is ridiculous." more >>
A popular European trend to wear surgically implanted jewelry on the eyeball hit New York City for the first time a few weeks ago when a 25-year-old woman had a platinum heart surgically implanted on her eyeball.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology, however, has voiced concern about the safety of the practice and is urging people to avoid the procedure, which has not been approved by the FDA.
"The American Academy of Ophthalmology has not identified sufficient evidence to support the safety or therapeutic value of this procedure," said the organization in a statement included in a recent ABC report on the practice. more >>
Last week, BBYO, a Jewish teen organization, organized prescreenings of the new film "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," but with a twist – they teamed up with local food banks and asked for food donations. Across the country, Jewish teens participating in this effort donated over 17,000 pounds of food.
"Many American and Canadian youth saw hunger as a foreign issue," Natalie Spring, director of campaigns and leadership initiatives at BBYO, told The Christian Post in an interview on Tuesday. Showing that hunger is a problem here in America as well, Spring cited the Food Research and Action Center, which found that 49 million Americans faced hunger in 2012 – 16 million of them children.
"Our biggest message to our teens is that this is not a Jewish issue," Spring stated. "This is an American issue and an important issue for all people." The BBYO spokeswoman said she hopes the teens involved will energize their schools and families to address the issue of hunger. more >>
A Tennessee father protesting what he thinks is an illogical and unsafe rule requiring parents to wait inside their cars in traffic stretching more than a mile onto a busy highway to pick up their kids from the South Cumberland Elementary School was arrested two weeks ago by a local sheriff for breaking that rule when he walked into the school to pick up his children.
A viral YouTube video of the Nov. 14 incident posted by HoweMotorsports on Nov. 16, explains what caused the incident between the father, identified in reports as Jim Howe, and arresting officer Avery Aytes.
According to the rules, students at the school can only be released to parents in cars or sent home on the school bus. They are not allowed to walk home with their parents. Before he was arrested, however, Howe had signed a special form at the school giving his children, aged 8 to 14, permission to walk home with him. more >>
For most Americans, the first Thanksgiving brings to mind images of pilgrims and Indians, a fierce winter, and hopeful British settlers coming to America to found a "New England."
Today, across the country, schools and communities reenact events featuring black-clad Europeans with funny hats, generic Native Americans with feathers, and food items like turkey and pumpkin pie.
Yet the first Thanksgiving may have taken place years earlier in a much warmer climate with a completely different cast of characters. more >>