The Churches of Christ-associated Pepperdine University in California has quietly given up its longtime federal Title IX religious exemption that allowed the school to maintain its biblical convictions on marriage and gender identity, it has recently been discovered.
Over the last few years, many Christian schools have requested and been granted religious exemptions to the Obama administration's interpretation that the Title IX law of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Those exemptions allow colleges to enforce campus policies that prohibit their students from engaging in things like homosexual relationships and sexual relations outside the context of marriage. more >>
A California lawmaker is asking the state legislature to recognize August as "Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month" but some pastors and national security analysts are criticizing the move, saying it promotes a false narrative.
Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) who introduced House Resolution 59 on Monday, said in a statement posted Friday on the Council on American Islamic Relations' Facebook page that he was "proud to celebrate the first ever Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month by honoring generations of Muslim Americans for their many social, cultural, and economic contributions to California."
"The rhetoric surrounding this election makes the presentation of this resolution more important for me," Quirk said, adding that "it is appropriate to acknowledge and promote awareness of the myriad invaluable contributions of Muslim Americans in California and across the country, and extend to them the respect and camaraderie every American deserves." more >>
Author and men's ministry expert, Kenny Luck, is confident that his radio program, the "Every Man Show," launching at the Salem Broadcast Network's 99.5 KKLA in Los Angeles on Monday, will become a catalyst for changed lives, something that is much needed in America's cities today, he said.
"Spiritually and relationally healthy men are in high demand but low supply in our country — especially in our metro-urban cities," Luck said. "Every parent wants their son to become one and their daughters to marry one, and that desire includes me for my grown children. But there is a drought. The launch of this outreach in Los Angeles and Orange Counties could not be timed better."
He explains, "The goal of the show is that every man in our city know some man who is a committed follower of Christ and is on a journey that obviously reflects such a commitment." more >>
After Kevin Durant's free agency ended with him signing with the Golden State Warriors, the forward's Pastor, Carl Lentz, is sharing his thoughts about that decision.
Lentz, the senior pastor of Hillsong New York City and fervent NBA fan, has helped Durant on his spiritual journey for years and is supportive of the athlete's decision to start with a new team next season.
When one Twitter follower of Lentz asked about his "thoughts on KD to GSW," the preacher responded: "Amazing. Happy for him,"he tweetedbefore expressing his excitement about the changes in the NBA2K video game. "Most excited about GS in NBA2k.. @KDTrey5 SEND SHOES NOW." more >>
Two years after overcoming depression, singer Brandy Norwood says she now feels a sense of security knowing that she's in God's hands.
The veteran singer who's known by the mononym Brandy, shared a passage from the book 365 Science of Mind: A Year of Daily Wisdom by Ernest Holmes about finding security in God. In the passage titled, "I Am Secure in the Everlasting Arms of God," Holmes focuses on Deuteronomy 33:27 while speaking about finding peace in God.
"The everlasting arms suggest Divine protection, complete certainty, and the assurance that all is well with the soul. And how could it be otherwise, since the spirit of humankind is God," states the passage shared on Brandy's Facebook page that is liked by over 4 million people. more >>
Miles McPherson, senior pastor of the Rock Church and Academy in San Diego, California, responded to the shooting in his city that killed one police officer and wounded another, saying there is a need for the community to stand together and not allow hatred and violence to "divide our city."
"As the son of a police officer myself, I cannot describe the feeling I felt when I awoke to today's news," McPherson, the founder of Do Something World, said in a statement Friday.
The victim of Thursday night's shooting was identified as Jonathan "JD" DeGuzman, 43, a 16-year department veteran and father of two, according to CNN, which also reported that the other officer, identified as Wade Irwin, 32, a nine-year veteran, was in serious condition but is expected to survive. more >>