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Katy Perry’s pastor parents are evidently pretty ecstatic about their daughter’s upcoming divorce, apparently saying that the divorce is a gift from God: Katy’s mom at a church service near Cleveland:  I’m sure that Katy’s trending on the Internet was to get you here to church tonight. Katy’s dad:  “What has taken place in my daughter’s life has opened many opportunities to go in and be with guarded and gated people… God has given us a platform to go in and meet people — and they like us because we are cool. We are not threatening.’ More from the DailyMail: Katy was brought up as a devout Christian in Santa Barbara, California. She listened only to gospel music and was banned from watching TV. Keith also choked back tears when talking about his daughter’s different lifestyle, reported The Sun. ‘I love my daughter and I will always love her. Stop being judgmental and critical. Do not close the doors to your loved ones, especially your children. ‘Just because they do not like what you do or what you are, they are still praying that you stay in the race. They are counting on you. ‘I believe in God, for every one of my children.’ However they are sure to attract criticism after Keith made ‘joke’ remarks many would consider anti-Semitic. He said: ‘You know how to make the Jew jealous? Have some money, honey. ‘You go to LA and they own all the Rolex and diamond places. Walk down a part of LA where we live and it is so rich it smells. ‘You ever smell rich? They are all Jews, hallelujah. Amen.’ The service comes as it was claimed the 14-month marriage ended because Russell continuously mocked his in-laws’ beliefs at family events. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2082965/Katy-Perrys-divorce-gift-God-minister-parents-tell-congregation.html#ixzz1ixyR3kQr Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2082965/Katy-Perrys-divorce-gift-God-minister-parents-tell-congregation.html#ixzz1ixxk1ojx
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It’s been a tough few days for Bishop Eddie Long. Last Friday, Long’s wife filed for divorce:
“It is my sincere hope that this matter can be resolved expeditiously, harmoniously, and fairly,” she said in the statement. “I ask that you respect my privacy and that of my family, as my attorneys and I have agreed that we will not try this case in the media, and I do not intend to make any further statements concerning this matter.”  SOURCE
That was Friday morning.  Friday afternoon, she had a change of heart and issued another statement:
“Upon prayerful reflection, I have reconsidered and plan to withdraw my petition for divorce from my husband, Bishop Eddie L. Long. I love my husband. I believe in him and admire his strength and courage.”  SOURCE
But… evidently that was not true.  As of this morning’s news reports, the divorce is back on. In fact, Bishop Long says he is now taking some time off from church: “I’m going to take a little time off to work with my family… I do want you to know that this is, for me and my family, especially with me, one of the most difficult times and things I’ve had to face, and only because my strength, other than God, is in Miss Vanessa.  And I want you to rest assured that I love her and she loves me. … In all the things that I’ve ever had to deal with and being pastor, my rock has been to be able to come home to a virtuous woman who always had peace in my house… We’re going (to) work it out,” he said.”  SOURCE   Pretty sad.  I’m praying for Bishop Long and his wife. Things like this are horrible when they are played out in private.  Horrendous when they are played out in public. Obviously, the public statements portray a relationship that is in dire straights.  And a very confused couple. My understanding is that Long’s church has already shrunk considerably since the sexual allegations against him in the past months.  This will not help. How do you respond when you hear things like this?  Should you care?  Should you respond?
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A recent survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers found that Facebook is cited in one in five divorces in the United States. Also, more than 80 percent of divorce lawyers reported a rising number of people are using social media to engage in extramarital affairs. “We’re coming across it more and more,” said licensed clinical psychologist Steven Kimmons, Ph.D., of Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill. “One spouse connects online with someone they knew from high school. The person is emotionally available and they start communicating through Facebook. Within a short amount of time, the sharing of personal stories can lead to a deepened sense of intimacy, which in turn can point the couple in the direction of physical contact.” via Science Blog. OK… most of you are involved neck-deep in ministry.  Are you seeing this trend?  20% of divorces having a tie to Facebook?  True or made up?
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