Over 400 Mayans have reportedly decided to become Christians after screenings of the "Jesus" film. The outreach was held in Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula in three villages on three nights.
Erick Schenkel, executive director of The Jesus Film Project, which alongside their partners, The Message for Mayans, also played the films "The Story of Jesus for Children" and "Magdalena," shared in a blog post that the showings, presented in the Mayan language, attracted between 250 and 500 residents each night during a recent trip.
"We were especially touched on the third night by two tiny, wrinkled, old Mayan ladies sitting on chairs in the very front row just behind the children. They both leaned forward, captivated from the first moment by this film, shown on the big screen and featuring actors speaking their own language. When Jesus was arrested, the two ladies leaned forward, their eyes glued to the screen, hands covering their mouths," Schenkel wrote. more >>
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Participants at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference see a political movement with "ascendency" and "energy."
Jim Lakely, communications director for The Heartland Institute, told The Christian that he felt the conservative movement was "in the ascendency."
"The presidency of Barack Obama has shown the country what liberalism is, the kind of stuff that conservatives have been warning about for a long time," Lakely commented. "I think conservatives are coming together more now than they ever have in the past thanks to what we all are trying to oppose, the public policy changes. So getting away from government-controlled liberalism and getting back to free markets." more >>
Months after allegations emerged that conservative and influential Christian Bill Gothard had been taking advantage of young women working with his nonprofit for decades, news emerges that the ordained minister has resigned as president of the homeschooling and family values organization he founded more than 50 years ago.
A letter sent to supporters via email by the Advanced Training Institute, the offspring of Gothard's Institute in Basic Life Principles, reveals that he has not only resigned from IBLP, but also from its board of directors and "affiliated entities."
The emailed letter, made public March 6 by Homeschoolers Anonymous, states that Gothard referenced a "desire to follow Matthew 5:23-24 and listen to those who have 'ought [any grievance] against' him." Gothard reportedly plans to "give his full attention to this objective." more >>
A donor and his wife have won a First Amendment dispute against Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., and will be allowed to reference "God" in their donor plaque.
Purdue University received criticism from the local community after telling donors Dr. Michael McCracken and his wife that they could not mention "God" on a dedication plaque because the school, as a public institution receiving state and federal funds, would be violating the U.S. Constitution's Establishment clause. The plaque was dedicated to McCracken as a result of his generous donation in 2012 of $12,500, and the plaque was to grace a conference room at the newly-renovated Herrick Laboratories on campus.
When the university initially denied mentioning God on the plaque, it instead suggested the plaque only include the names of McCracken's parents. McCracken stuck to his values, and with the help of the Liberty Institute and a personal lawyer, the donor was able to successfully convince the university to install the plaque with the original wording. His legal representatives even mentioned last week that their client was prepared to go to court over the issue if it could not be resolved. more >>
A Southern California mother has agreed to remove the roadside cross memorializing her dead son after receiving pressure from an atheist organization.
Ann Marie Devaney placed a white Christian cross near an on-ramp to Highway 15 inLake Elsinore, Calif., after her 19-year-old son Anthony was struck and killed by a car while crossing the street there in May 2012. After two years, Devaney has agreed to remove the cross after the American Humanist Association pressured the city of Lake Elsinore, reportedly on behalf of an atheist resident who argues the cross' presence on government-owned highway is unconstitutional.
As NBC Los Angeles reports, Devaney showed up to the site of the cross Thursday to pay her last respects to her son before removing the small memorial. The mother of the teen who struck Devaney's son with his car also showed up to grieve and express that she too did not think the cross should be removed. more >>
USA Today recently published the results of a national survey among 18 to 31-year-olds regarding cohabitation. A whopping 76 percent of young Americans said living together before marriage is fine. The stark reality is that 65 percent of "altar – bound" singles--many of who identify as "Christians"-- now live together before marriage, a euphemism for lifestyle fornication.
Recently the Pope made reference to cohabitation in a statement that is leaving some confused. Pope Francis stated, "matrimony is between a man and a woman but that moves to "regulate diverse situations of cohabitation [are] driven by the need to regulate aspects among persons, as for instance to assure medical care." Multitudes are uncertain regarding the extent of what he was suggesting or saying in this statement.
Add to the conversation on people "living together" are people making statements like the following: " Look, times have changed. We have to face certain realities of living in the 21st-century. We're older… more mature… been divorced… not ready financially… providing parents to a child… benefiting from tax incentives...have peace that God understands our unique situation...after all, look how many celebrities and even 'Christians' are doing it." more >>