Conservative groups are expressing concern for student rights following New York City Public Schools' recent LGBT Pride Celebration.
Earlier this week, NYC Public Schools held what has been described as their "first ever" LGBT pride celebration for students and their families.
"Hundreds of LGBT students, their parents and teachers came together Tuesday for the first LGBT pride celebration at the [Tweed] courthouse in Manhattan," reported Fox 5, noting that hundreds were in attendance. more >>
A Christian relief organization is launching an awareness week about the dangers of mosquitos, labeling the insect the "world's deadliest creature."
Operation Blessing International will host its first-ever "Mosquito Week" beginning on Sunday. The main purpose is to raise awareness about the dangerous illnesses mosquitos spread, especially in the developing world.
David Darg, vice president of international operations for Operation Blessing International, told The Christian Post that "Mosquito Week" was scheduled to intentionally overlap with the renowned "Shark Week" programming on the Discovery Channel. more >>
A Harvard journal is refusing to retract a 2014 article it published about an infamous scrap of papyrus suggesting Jesus had a wife even though the professor who authored it now admits the fragment is a forgery.
Harvard Divinity School professor Karen King told the Boston Globe last week that "it appears now that all the material [Ernest Fritz, owner of the fragment,] gave to me concerning the provenance of the papyrus ... were fabrications."
Less than 24 hours after an investigative report about Fritz's papyrus forgery was published in the July/August issue of The Atlantic, additional documents emerged showing a fake Greek manuscript Fritz had posted on his website and a blog in which his wife "talks of restoring a second century Christian gospel, a project that apparently left part of the manuscript in fragments," accordong to Live Science. more >>
The cross has the power to free you from bondage in life, Pastor Rick Warren says.
Warren, the senior pastor of Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, wrote in a recent blog post that the cross has the power to free us of negative feelings, including resentment, bitterness and mistrust.
"The cross has the power to free you from grudges and grief and resentment. There is no other way to let go of these emotions that are weighing you down than the cross. Jesus on the cross broke the power of sin and death and bondage in your life," Warren explains, adding that the cross has the power to free us from "the bondage to bitterness, that bondage to guilt, that bondage to resentment, that bondage to worry." more >>
When Pastor Chip Ingram asks people whether they would like to go to heaven now or in ten years, he receives some interesting responses.
"I'd think I'd rather go to Hawaii for a couple weeks before I go to heaven," he recounts hearing. Or another reply from a young single person who has remained abstinent until marriage is: "Man, I don't want to go to heaven before I have sex."
In The Real Heaven: What the Bible Actually Says, Ingram, senior pastor at Venture Christian Church in Los Gatos, California, contends that many Christians, including himself at one point, don't really have a clear understanding of heaven, resulting in many people wrongly thinking life on Earth is somehow better than what heaven has to offer. Ingram admits in the book that even as a pastor, he couldn't explain to his dying father what heaven will be like, which caused him to dive into the Scripture to get a better understanding of what to expect of eternal life for believers. more >>
Christians should practice forgiveness for those who have greatly wronged them just as God has forgiven them, the Rev. Billy Graham says.
When asked a question about family reconciliation after a father deserted his children when they were young but was reaching out to them 30 years later, Graham's advice was to forgive, because it will lead to healing.