The U.S. soccer player who scored the quickest American goal in World Cup history Monday recently credited the sport with boosting his relationship with God.
"My parents had started me in the sport to help me learn good people skills," forward Clint Dempsey told Sports Spectrum in May. "Little did I know that the sport I loved and the skills I learned would later play a role in my relationship with God."
The Texan who scored the U.S.'s first goal in its 2-1 win over Ghana and later suffered a brutal kick to the nose, grew up in a Catholic family. His family struggled financially at times and at one point Dempsey, 31, quit soccer club to give his sister, Jennifer, the opportunity to play professional tennis. more >>
For the past 15 years that Kenneth Berding has been teaching the New Testament, he admits that his students have always had little knowledge about the Bible. But today, he says, biblical illiteracy has reached a crisis point.
"All the research indicates that biblical literacy in America is at an all-time low," Berding, professor of New Testament at Biola's Talbot School of Theology, told The Christian Post. "My own experience teaching a class of new college freshman every year for the past 15 years suggests to me that although students 15 years ago knew little about the Bible upon entering my classes, today's students on average know even less about the Bible."
In an article, titled "The Crisis of Biblical Illiteracy and What We Can Do About It," for Biola University's magazine, Berding described the problem as a famine. And he's not being overly alarmist, he maintained. more >>
Randy Lewis, a former senior vice president of Walgreens, is the author of the highly inspirational book, No Greatness Without Goodness: How a Father's Love Changed a Company and Sparked a Movement. The book isn't only exceptional reading for business leaders who want their companies to become more efficient and profitable, but it also provides nuggets of wisdom and real life lessons for people who have the desire to build stronger and more meaningful relationships with those around them: friends, neighbors and coworkers.
Lewis and his wife, Kay, have three children. Their middle child, a son named Austin, has autism. During a speech in front of 5,000 Walgreens store managers at a conference in Las Vegas, he shared that "nearly 70 percent of individuals with disabilities and 95 percent of people with severe cognitive disabilities, like Austin, would never hold down a job."
This is not because people with disabilities cannot do the work, it's because many employers fail to realize that hiring people with disabilities will actually increase the overall performance among all of their employees. more >>
Results from a recent poll suggest that while nearly 50 percent of American Christians favorably view Hollywood, more than 40 percent believe that the major studios do not accurately represent their faith on screen.
According to respondents from a Christian News Service/Nicaea Movie poll conducted by American Insights, 49 percent of Christians view Hollywood positively, while 32 percent do not. The poll also revealed that Catholics are more likely to view Hollywood warmly, with 57 percent approving of it, compared to only 40 percent of Protestants.
Other findings show that one third of Christians (33 percent) believe that Hollywood fairly represents Christianity on screen, while 43 percent believe that their religion is unfairly portrayed. more >>
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a recent interview that the Bible still remains the biggest influence on her thinking, adding that she finds it to be "a source of wisdom, comfort and encouragement."
While promoting her new book Hard Choices, Clinton told this Sunday's New York Times Book Review that she attributes the Bible as the most influential book for shaping who she is today. "At the risk of appearing predictable, the Bible was and remains the biggest influence on my thinking. I was raised reading it, memorizing passages from it and being guided by it. I still find it a source of wisdom, comfort and encouragement."
Clinton, 66, added that she also has multiple books sitting on her bookshelf that are written by Republican authors, including John McCain's family memoir and autobiography Faith of My Fathers and George W. Bush's memoir Decision Points. more >>
A Christian ministry resource center recently achieved victory against the city of Plano, Texas, after being told it could no longer hold monthly Bible studies due to a city ordinance.
The Agape Resource and Assistance Center, Inc. previously received a cease-and-desist letter from the city of Plano indicating that it could no longer hold its monthly Bible studies at any of its several ministry homes because the large gathering violated the city ordinance that no more than eight people may seek shelter in one home.
The center's monthly Bible studies and counseling sessions were angled at providing community to women and children in need. Although the Agape Resource and Assistance Center does obey the city ordinance by not allowing more than eight people to live in any of their ministry homes, they were reportedly in violation for holding their three-hour, monthly Bible studies at the same residences. more >>