An organizer for the PC(USA)'s annual Montreat College Conference in North Carolina has claimed that the Bible verse John 3:16 has been "used for hate, intimidation and fear."
Montreat Director of Programs, the Rev. Katie Cashwell, told Presbyterian News Service in an interview last week that the theme for the four-day event, "Reclaim John 3:16," focused on her belief that the verse has been misused in the recent past.
"Our focus was to reclaim the well-known Bible verse in John 3:16 as a message of love and welcome," said Cashwell, according to the Presbyterian News Service. "Too often it's been used for hate, intimidation and fear." more >>
So you were probably one of the tens of millions of people who watched Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
In both the film and many of the trailers, the deformed helmet of Darth Vader is shown to be in the possession of the villainous First Order fellow Kylo Ren.
Now some of you probably thought to yourselves, "Gee whiz, how the heck did he get his hands on that helmet? Wasn't it destroyed in Episode VI: Return of the Jedi?" more >>
The Wheaton College provost who recommended the school begin its termination process for a tenured professor who asserted that Muslims and Christians "worship the same God," had previously called the professor's assertion "innocuous" just days before she was suspended.
After political science professor Larycia Hawkins issued a Dec. 10 Facebook post explaining that she was going to wear a hijab throughout the Advent to show solidarity with Muslims and stated that "we worship the same God," a media firestorm began and causing media relations issue for the private Illinois Evangelical institution.
Although Wheaton placed Hawkins, the school's first tenured black female professor, on administrative leave on Dec. 15 after Hawkins issued a follow-up post on Dec. 13 defending her "same god" argument, Provost Stanton Jones stated in an email to a Wheaton psychology professor that he felt Hawkins' comments were "innocuous." more >>
How many times have you heard someone say, "the more things change the more they stay the same?" Or, how about, "if we could only return to the good old days."
It seems to me that in spite of "change," things really don't. Change often is only old or older things that are simply recycled. And no one really wants to go back to the "good old days" because they actually weren't that good.
For decades of my Christian education experience, I have had to deal with these things: changes, old and older, and frankly I'm tired. I'm tired of talk, of inaction, and tired of weak leadership. Thankfully I haven't "thrown in the towel" or completely lost hope. more >>
Allegations of sexual misconduct have resurfaced against an Illinois-based minister known for being a prominent voice in the Christian homeschooling movement.
Ten women have filed a lawsuit against Bill Gothard, who formerly oversaw the Institute in Basic Life Principles Christian organization based in Oak Brook, Illinois. The institute is focused on Christian homeschooling and family values.
The lawsuit, filed against Gothard on Wednesday, is an amended version of a previous lawsuit filed against the Christian leader in October 2015.. more >>
WASHINGTON — Thousands of Romanian Pentecostal Evangelicals peacefully protested Norwegian embassies in five national capitals, including Washington D.C. on Friday, calling on the Norwegian government to free five children who were removed from their parents by child services last year after a teacher complained about the family's Christian faith.
The three sons and two daughters of Ruth and Marius Bodnariu were taken into custody by the Barnevernet (Norway's child services) on Nov. 16, 2015, after their daughter's teacher cited concern about the family's belief that "God punishes sin."
Despite not having been tried in a court of law, the children have been placed in three separate foster homes and the parents have been granted limited visitation rights. The family also claims that the agency has initiated the adoption process for the children on the grounds that they were physically abused. more >>