By Kelly Wise Valdes

Chip Gaines Tells Fans to Respect Buzzfeed Reporter

Despite Buzzfeed’s recent article criticizing them for allegedly being anti-gay, Chip and Joanna Gaines are refusing to retaliate and have instead asked their fans to respect the author of the article.

Kate Aurthur of Buzzfeed launched a controversy with her article on the HGTV’s Fixer Upper stars in which she stated that the couple attends a church whose pastor condemns homosexuality.

Aurthur wrote, “Fixer Upper has fans of all stripes: Christians, feminists and LGBT viewers have all found something to love in the Gaineses. So in the absence of a response from them or their representatives, it’s worth looking at the severe, unmoving position (their church) takes on same-sex marriage.”

The Fixer Upper couple has made no secret of their Christian faith but their show focuses on home improvement ideas, not politics or religion.

The Gainses apparently have enough perspective on the controversy to know that retaliating is not a wise response. Instead, Chip Gaines has requested that followers respect the author of the Buzzfeed article. For more information, visit

Southern Baptist Convention To Kick Off 2017 With Month-Long Prayer Focus

The month-long prayer focus “In All Things Pray” will kick off the New Year across the Southern Baptist Convention. The focus of the prayer is for individual families, communities, churches, the United States and the World, according to

The resources and links on this page are made available with the hope that it will help spur a movement of God as Christians pray together.

The website offers a prayer format that includes Scripture reading, worship; receiving and voicing prayer requests and closing with guided and conversational prayer. For more information visit

Sean Hannity to Produce Faith-Based Film Featuring Actor Kevin Sorbo

Conservative radio host Sean Hannity is working on producing a Christian film with Hercules and God’s Not Dead actor Kevin Sorbo. Hannity has teamed up with Sorbo, for a Christian film that will be called Let There Be Light.

In the three-million dollar budget movie, Sorbo plays a famous atheist whose beliefs are challenged. Sorbo’s wife, Sam, as well as their two sons, will also star in the film. Sorbo says that it is tough to be a Christian in Hollywood and to work on Christian movies.

“Hollywood can be a very superficial place but then again, so is the world,” he said. “I choose not to focus on whatever negatives that might arise from my taking a stand for what I believe in, because our beliefs are what make us human. I couldn’t be the actor I am without knowing what I stand for.”

The movie is set to release in November 2017.

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Kelly Wise Valdes
Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.