A second-grader's Bible was confiscated by a teacher at an elementary school in Texas during a designated "read-to-myself" time, parents of the child claim.
Parents of the second-grade girl attending Hamilton Elementary School in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District allege that the incident occurred two weeks ago. Their daughter brought her book of choice, the Bible, to school for a "read-to-myself" time, when students have the opportunity to read a book of their choice to themselves.
The student's second grade teacher reportedly told the young girl that she could not bring the Bible to school, going so far as to confiscate the Bible from the student. The teacher then reportedly told the second grader she could not bring the Bible back to school, flagging it as "inappropriate reading material." The parents of the young girl, who are choosing to remain anonymous to avoid retribution, contacted the Liberty Institute and the local media to share their concern. more >>
My dear friend Michelle Cox has written a novel that every parent in America needs to read. It's called, Just 18 Summers. She reminds us that we have just 18 summers before our children leave home. Just 18 Summers.
"I hope parents will realize how quickly those summers will fly by," she told me. "Take it from a mama whose sons are all grown now, someday you'd give a million dollars to walk down the hall one more time and tuck your children into bed, to kneel down and pray with them, to hear their footsteps and the sound of their laughter filling the house."
In addition to being a delightful author, Michelle is a fabulous Southern cook. She shares her weekly recipes on my website – and has written several amazing cookbooks! more >>
Like many others, I have been paying close attention to the lively debate that the recent parade of faith-friendly movies has ignited among Christians. It has been particularly interesting to me because I know personally, and respect in equal measure, many of the persons who have been widely quoted on both sides of the impassioned arguments. I offer the following thoughts in hopes of adding constructively to what has already been said.
As I see it, there are several serious questions behind the current public discussion, namely:
When it comes to what we Christians consider the underpinnings of Truth – that is, God and the Bible – is it really the case that there is no such thing as bad publicity? Is supporting even approximations of the Truth ultimately fruitful because they at least get people talking and thinking about it? more >>
Recently, I interviewed Jim DeMint for my radio show to discuss his new book, Falling In Love With America Again. Some remarks he made on the show, especially about slavery, have been burning up the blogosphere. Many of the articles imply or state that Mr. DeMint, former US Senator (R-SC) and now head of The Heritage Foundation, doesn't know his US history.
In the interview, I asked DeMint about the founding fathers, the Civil War, and slavery. He said: "Well the reason that the slaves were eventually freed was the Constitution, it was like the conscience of the American people. Unfortunately there were some court decisions like Dred Scott and others that defined some people as property, but the Constitution kept calling us back to 'all men are created equal and we have inalienable rights' in the minds of God."
Of course, it is the Declaration of Independence that he was quoting there. But, as he well knows, the Constitution was predicated on the Declaration. The text of the Constitution states that it was signed in the 12th year of the Declaration (as well as the 1787th "Year of our Lord"). more >>
The soul, the only aspect of a human being the Bible says is eternal, is like a car, according to megachurch pastor and award-winning author John Ortberg. "If you want to care for your car, you kind of have to know what the parts do, what the carburetor does, what the fan belt does — somebody's gotta know that if they want to care for it."
And the car — that is, the soul — has nine needs that must be met in order to function at optimal efficiency, or in this case, to experience God's shalom, Ortberg suggests in his new book Soul Keeping: Caring for the Most Important Part of You.
"The soul is a little like the king on a chessboard," he explains in Soul Keeping. "The king is the most limited of chess pieces; it can only move one square at a time. But if you lose the king, game over. Your soul is vulnerable because it is needy. If you meet those needs with the wrong things, game over. Or at least game not going well." more >>
WASHINGTON—College students with fathers who were involved in their lives were 98 percent more likely to graduate than students with uninvolved fathers. This was one of the findings presented Wednesday by W. Bradford Wilcox at an American Enterprise Institute presentation, "Graduation day: How dads' involvement impacts higher education success."
Wilcox is an AEI visiting scholar and associate professor of sociology at the University of Virginia, where he directs the National Marriage Project. His data came from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, which first interviewed a nationally representative sample of adolescents in 1994-'95, and has interviewed the same group three additional times, most recently in 2008.
The study had several questions that Wilcox used to measure paternal involvement. Respondents were asked how involved their fathers were in their sports activities, helping with homework and talking about personal problems, for instance. more >>