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A photo of Candace Cameron Bure and husband Valeri Bure is receiving backlash from some who are calling it inappropriate. But the Christian celebrity isn’t standing for it.

Candace Cameron Bure and husband Valeri Bure met at a hockey game in 1994. Two years later, on June 22, 1996, they became husband and wife. 

With more than 20 years of marriage under their belt, the flame is still very much alive for these love birds.

And that was very apparent in a playful photo Candace shared in her Instagram stories. However, the Christian celebrity caught heat from some who felt the image was inappropriate.

But Candace isn’t backing down and even reshared the photo along with a rebuttal to all the controversy!

In the post, Candace Cameron Bure shared two photos of her and husband Valeri Bure captured “sweet and spicy”. And in the second “spicy” photo, Valeri has his arm around Candace, with his hand resting directly on his wife’s chest.

Candace Cameron Bure and husband

Some folks commenting blasted her for a public display of affection (PDA) they considered too racy for a Christian celebrity.

Candace Cameron Bure is known for being outspoken. She’s not afraid to speak out about her faith. And she’s also not afraid to face controversy. So, rather than back down or remove the image, Candace fired back.

“Sorry if it offended you… I’m actually not sorry,” she laughed in a follow-up video shared to her Instagram stories. “I’m glad that we have fun together after so many years.”

Candace pointed out that most of her followers loved the photo. But for those who found it offensive, she insisted it reflected a “good and healthy marriage” of 24 years.

“It makes me laugh because it’s my husband,” she responded in a follow-up video shared to her Instagram stories. “He can touch me any time he wants and I hope he does.”

It’s not surprising that some might consider the PDA shown by Candace Cameron Bure and her husband to be too much. But at the end of the day, it’s not really for us to judge.

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(RNS) — An Idaho church plans to reopen in person despite its pastor being hospitalized for COVID-19.

On Monday (Sept. 14), Candlelight Christian Fellowship in Coeur d’Alene posted a notice on the church website with an update on the condition of its pastor, Paul Van Noy, and his wife, Brenda. Both have been recovering from COVID-19.

As of Monday, Pastor Van Noy had spent 11 days in the ICU and was still on oxygen. His wife was recovering at home.

“I am watching in prayer that there are no new cases and we can all be back together — worshipping together as called — very soon,” Van Noy wrote in the update. "Please pray for health and strength for all. We are called to such a time as this — to represent the Lord!”

According to the Candlelight website, the congregation plans to hold two in-person services this coming Sunday. The church had been closed for two weeks and was deep cleaned in preparation for reopening. In addition to their pastor and his wife, five staff members were infected, a church leader told the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane. 

“We didn’t want, obviously, to be spreading the virus,” Eric Reade, a church leader, told the Spokesman-Review.

About 60 people from several churches gathered in a parking lot outside Kootenai Health last weekend to sing and pray for Van Noy's recovery. The parking lot was visible from intensive care, according to the Coeur d’Alene Press.

We’re praying for a miracle,” Kari Schueler, one of the organizers, told the Press.

Van Noy has been critical of COVID-19 restrictions on churches in the past. In a July Facebook post, he claimed masks are not effective in preventing the spread of the disease and that he would not require churchgoers to wear them.

While he said the virus is real, Van Noy argued the threat had been overhyped.  

“It is true that Covid-19 cases are in escalation here in our community and that the virus is real,” he wrote on Facebook. “However, the panic to ‘stop the world’ or mandate public compliance with less than free exercise is causing untold problems and pushback that will not be helpful.”

Brenda Van Noy did admit in a Facebook post that she had failed to take the coronavirus seriously, according to the Spokesman-Review. “I’m humbled," she wrote in early September.

“Pray for healing. Love each other. Pray for those who have lost loved ones because of this EVIL virus!”

This Sunday, the church plans to host radio preacher and Bible prophecy expert J.B. Hixson as guest preacher. On September 27, pro-Trump activist Charlie Kirk, president of Turning Point USA, and Rev. Rob McCoy, of Godspeak Calvary Chapel near Los Angeles, will be guest speakers. McCoy’s congregation has been holding indoor services since May, despite California COVID-19 restrictions.

Earlier this year, a California judge issued a restraining order, barring McCoy's church from meeting.

The church is one of a number of congregations suing the state of California, claiming restrictions on indoor worship are unconstitutional. McCoy told Religion News Service earlier this summer that church services should be considered essential.

“People needed this,” McCoy told RNS in August. “What they did was not an affront. They wanted the community to know that Christ is critical and essential and they wanted to testify that no matter what it would cost them, even if they were going to be berated and maligned."


Article originally published by Religion News Service. Used with permission.

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A 21-year-old Texas pastor says his preaching license will not be renewed after he publicly endorsed Joe Biden for President on his social media account.

According to Relevant Magazine, David Bumgardner, a student at Southwestern Seminary’s Scarborough College, says the pastor at the church he has interned with told him that his license will not be renewed.

Bumgardner received the license in July after serving a year-long internship at Faith Memorial Baptist Church in Archer City.

Also in July, Bumgardner posted on Facebook that he would be voting for Biden.

“I am voting for Joe Biden to get the most egotistical, hypocritical, divisive, deranged, and dangerous man to ever hold presidential office out of the Oval,” he wrote. “I am voting for Joe Biden because he will bring back decency to the White House.”

Bumgardner said he was Republican but said he believed President Donald Trump is a “threat to the flourishing of my neighbors … to national security … (and) to national unity.”

“I am a conservative, Bible-believing, orthodox, evangelical Baptist that believes the best way to serve my neighbors and steward my vote is by helping Joe Biden get to the White House,” he wrote on Twitter.

After the post gained views and comments, Avery Sprey, pastor at Faith Memorial Baptist Church, reportedly told Bumgardner that his license to preach would not be renewed.

Sprey said the license was like a “learner’s permit” and includes a clause about a potential expiration.

“I couldn’t care less about his political views,” Sprey told the Baptist Standard. “My concern is that his social media posts cause discord among brothers and do not promote gospel unity.”

Bumgardner responded by saying that the post would not have been an issue had he endorsed Trump, but he also added in a blog post that he respected Sprey and the Faith Memorial Baptist Church.

“I do not have any feelings of ill will toward my friend, Rev. Avery Sprey, or the Faith Memorial Baptist Church,” he wrote. “I humbly ask that any anger my supporters have toward the church and my dear friend, Avery, would be redirected into prophetic and holy indignation that translates into meaningful action. Please do not harass, slander, or abuse these precious people for whom Christ died.”

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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and She blogs at The Migraine Runner.