Oklahoma Wesleyan University announced this week that the institution is dropping out of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities because of the council's inaction against two member schools that announced earlier this summer that they'll hire staff who are in a gay marriage.
In a statement released Monday, the university announced that it will no longer affiliate with the CCCU, which consists of over 120 member schools focused on delivering Christ-centered education, because of the council's "confusion" on how to handle the decisions made by Eastern Mennonite University and Goshen College to allow for the hiring of professors who are married to partners of the same-sex.
"CCCU's ambivalence in deciding the status of two member institutions that have advised CCCU they will permit same-sex couples to be employed as faculty members indicates to us that it is time for our university to move in a different direction," the president of the 900-student university, Everett Piper, said in a statement. more >>
A county clerk in Kentucky has been found guilty of contempt and sent to jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples due to her own religious objections.
Kim Davis, the clerk at Rowan County who garnered national attention for refusing to issue the marriage licenses, was found in contempt of court Thursday by U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning.
A Hastings, Minnesota, woman who gave birth to conjoined twin girls last week but is now grieving the loss of one which died during an operation to separate the sisters, is also giving thanks to God through her heartbreak. Amber McCullough, a 31-year-old U.S. Army Reserves captain and attorney, gave birth to Hannah and Olivia via Cesarean section at just 32 weeks into her pregnancy at Children's Hospital Colorado.
"I believe in the Word and I believe in the power of prayer. Prayer, the power in the Word, and the amazing talent of the medical professionals here is a recipe for life in Hannah's case," she wrote on her GoFundMe page. "I believe all those things have taken us this far which is a very long ways already with all things considered."
The surviving twin, Hannah, is in "critical but stable" condition in the neonatal intensive-care unit as medical teams provide care for her cognition, jaundice, pulmonary hypertension and premature lungs that hinder her breathing. She even lost all of her blood volume during the surgery, which stopped her heart, but she eventually pulled through. more >>
Even after a Monday rejection from the U.S. Supreme Court, a county clerk in Kentucky will still not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, calling the matter "a Heaven or Hell decision."
Kim Davis, the Rowan County clerk who refuses to grant licenses to gay couples over her religious objections, was denied an appeal in her legal action by the U.S. Supreme Court.
When same-sex couple David Ermold and David Moore went to Davis' office Tuesday for a marriage license, Davis turned them away. (Video of the confrontation was posted at The New York Times.) When Davis is asked what authority she has to deny the couple a marriage license, she replied, "under God's authority." more >>
It's important for us, as Christians, to show God's love in all that we do. As you watch this video you'll see how God works in mysterious, yet impactful ways. One person's love for Christ leads to another person's love for Christ, just like a chain reaction.
It might seem like others around us don't notice that we are Christian, but they do. After watching this video you'll realize how just one person can influence others to follow in Jesus' footsteps. If you have led someone to Christ, then you are aware of how powerful His Word is. Some people start to follow Christ by getting an invite to church, hearing about His greatness, or even participating in a Bible study. There are many different ways that God starts to work in people's lives, and then they pass that on to the next person. This is VERY powerful!
If you have ever led someone to Christ, feel free to SHARE your story in the comments. more >>
A historical researcher has observed that the planets Saturn, Uranus, Jupiter, Earth and Venus aligned in an orrery model to form what can be seen as a man on a crucifix on the day associated by some with Jesus Christ's crucifixion, namely April 3, 33 A.D.
"More than a few studies have pinpointed that date based on the Bible, calendars, astronomical conditions, even geology," researcher and University of Wisconsin-Madison history major Miguel Antonio Fiol said in a statement.
An illustration released to the public shows the positioning of the planets on the date close to 2,000 years ago, noting that Saturn's rings at the top of the figure could be seen as representing a "halo" or the crown of thrones placed on Jesus' head. Uranus and Jupiter form the stretched hands, while Earth and Venus form the feet. more >>