A 14-year-old California boy, who just graduated from the eighth grade at East Bay Middle School and finds it exciting to learn new things, has scored a perfect 2400 on the SAT exam.
According to an ABC News report, Varun Jain, who took the SAT in June, barely reacted when his excited father, Vivek Jain, a physician, broke the news of his rare achievement at 5:30 a.m. after he saw his score online.
"I was so excited I told Varun, 'Did you know you got a perfect score?' He said 'wow' and then went back to sleep," Varun's dad told ABC. more >>
Pastor Rick Warren is scheduled to preach at Saddleback Church in Southern California next weekend, marking his return to the pulpit about three months after he lost his 27-year-old son.
He will give his sermon from the Lake Forest campus for all of the church's services beginning at 4.30 pm PT on Saturday, with online streaming available on the church's website.
Pastor Warren plans to start a series of sermons titled, "How to Get Through What You're Going Through," according to a spokesperson. more >>
Mark Labberton, president of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif., announced this week that the evangelical seminary's willingness to allow OneTable, an LGBTQ student-led organization, to hold monthly meetings and sponsor campus events does not conflict with the institution's policies and Christian moral beliefs and teachings.
In a statement shared with The Christian Post, Labberton said the administration welcomes "the opportunity to engage over vigorous issues of debate within the church and within culture," and understands that their decision to allow an LGBT student organization on campus leaves the seminary "vulnerable to critique from a broad spectrum."
OneTable, the LGBTQ student organization that was founded in 2012 by Chelsea McInturff and Samantha Curley, hosts monthly table fellowship meals and sponsors campus events, including film screenings, speakers and panels, and provides "safe spaces for students and faculty to engage in healthy and constructive conversations together," according to the OneTable website. more >>
The California Supreme Court on Monday turned down a request by Prop. 8 proponents to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
"Although we would have preferred for the California Supreme Court to issue a stay so that the state's marriage amendment would be respected sooner rather than later, the proponents of Proposition 8 will continue to urge the court to uphold the rule of law," said Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Austin R. Nimocks. "We remain hopeful that the court will recognize that Prop. 8 remains the law of the land in California and that county clerks must continue to enforce it."
Prop. 8 is a 2008 California voter-approved amendment that defined marriage as between a man and a woman. more >>
Attorneys representing the official proponents of Proposition 8, a California voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, asked the state's Supreme Court Friday to order county clerks to enforce the state's marriage amendment, essentially asking to stop the state's same-sex weddings.
Alliance Defending Freedom says that the U.S. Supreme Court's June 26 decision in Hollingsworth v. Perry did not rule on Proposition 8's constitutionality, and the district court's 2010 injunction does not apply statewide.
"Our current lawsuit asks the California State Supreme Court to affirm and enforce the rule of law – declaring that in light of the Supreme Court's decision not to address the validity of Prop 8, that constitutional amendment remains the voter-approved law of the land," ADF stated shortly after announcing its petition to California's high court. more >>
The Chinese students aboard the Asiana Airlines jet that crashed in San Francisco on Saturday were headed to a summer camp hosted by a church and Christian school in Southern California, but the school is now making it clear that no church-related events were planned for the students.
West Valley Christian Church and School made the clarification after it was reported that the parents of some of the students, who live in Communist China, were upset because they were not aware that the camp was to be held at a Christian church.
"Since [the] accident occurred on Saturday, the press arrived on campus on Sunday – the only day of the week where we gather together to worship God," said Derek Swales, administrator of the school, in an email to The Christian Post. "It certainly gave the appearance that they would be attending and participating in our church. But that is not the case." more >>