Texas' highest court will decide whether or not a devout Christian couple can homeschool their children without proving to officials that they are teaching education basics.
The McIntyre family sought injunctive relief from the state supreme court over the El Paso Independent School District's demands that they release their homeschooling curriculum.
Charles Baruch, attorney for the petitioners, argued Monday before the court that the McIntyres were not obligated to detail their curriculum as the Texas Education Agency had already loosened such regulations over private and home schools. more >>
A Christian prison minister in the U.K. has said he was forced to quit his job after authorities warned him not to quote verses from the Bible they deemed to be "homophobic."
Cambridge News reported on Monday that although the Rev. Barry Trayhorn, an ordained Pentecostal minister, was not fired from his job, he decided to resign due to the "unfair and aggressive" disciplinary process.
Trayhorn said he was barred from participating in future chapel services after authorities received a complaint following a service back in May, in which he quoted verses from 1 Corinthians, Chapter 6. more >>
The General Synod of the Church of Norway, the largest Christian denomination in the Scandinavian country, has voted in favor of accepting same-sex marriage, and will be offering the service to gay couples in the future.
Church of Norway chairman Sturla Stålsett said that the Synod's decision is "historical," The Nordic Page reported.
The decision still allows individual priests and other church staff to decide whether they want to participate in ceremonies for gay people, however. more >>
The Rev. Billy Graham has issued a written warning to America's churches: "Prepare for persecution."
The renowned preacher and founder of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association penned a commentary that was posted on his website last week and is slated to appear in the November edition of Decision magazine.
In the magazine, Graham notes that the American church has been largely unfamiliar with persecution, writing that this "immunity to persecution that Christians in our country have experienced in the past two or three centuries is unusual." more >>
Three California churches have filed a complaint against the state over a recently implemented health insurance provision mandating the coverage of elective abortions.
Foothill Church of Glendora, Calvary Chapel in Chino, and Shepherd of the Hills Church in Porter Ranch filed the complaint last Friday in U.S. District Court. The suit, filed against the director of the California Department of Managed Health Care, seeks injunctive relief from the abortion mandate.
"Plaintiffs believe, as a matter of religious conviction, that it would be sinful and immoral for them intentionally to pay for, participate in, facilitate, or otherwise support abortion, which they believe destroys innocent human life," reads the complaint. more >>
WASHINGTON — Christian ethicist Russell Moore has said that congregations too afraid of being political to speak out against acts of immorality, like abortion, are similar to churches in the 1800s that remained silent on the issue of slavery.
As the featured speaker at the Institute on Religion and Democracy's fifth annual Diane Knippers memorial lecture, Moore, the president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, criticized mainstream Christian congregations that have relaxed their teachings on key issues of sexual morality and other social issues in order to blend in with the "ambient culture" and appeal to today's society.
Moore explained that religious conservatives need to "preserve" the biblical truth for future generations. Although secular society likes to claim that Christian conservatives are on the "wrong side of history," Moore told the audience that Christian conservatives should not be afraid to have their biblical convictions conflict with mainstream society and that they should really embrace the distinctive Christian message. more >>