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 >>
The Law Society of British Columbia in Canada says it will appeal a Supreme Court decision which overturned its move to refuse accreditation to Trinity Western University's proposed law school due to its stance on same-sex marriage.
A Supreme Court judge last month annulled a referendum held by the law society, in which members voted for not recognizing the proposed law school of Trinity Western in Vancouver, which requires that students sign a Christian covenant that states sexual relations are to be confined within the bounds of a marriage between a man and a woman.
The referendum was held in October 2014, after the law society's board, known as the Benchers, decided to recognize Trinity Western's proposed law school. However, the board later allowed the referendum to hear the voice of the society's members. more >>
The tenured Wheaton College professor who is currently suspended for asserting that Christians and Muslims worship the same God published on Wednesday the theological statement she submitted to the institution last month explaining the basis of her argument.
After political science professor Larycia Hawkins was placed on administrative leave in December for asserting that "we worship the same god" in a Facebook post explaining that she was wearing a hijab through the Advent to show solidarity with Muslims, the school claimed her comments violated its statement of faith and asked Hawkins to submit a theological statement about her "same god" argument before she could be reinstated.
On Dec. 17, 2015, Hawkins submitted the requested statement to Wheaton Provost Stanton Jones. Despite submitting the four-page statement, administrators felt that "further theological clarification" was necessary before the two sides could move forward with the reconciliation process. more >>
The liberal-leaning Evangelical organization Sojourners is applauding InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for issuing "strong stand in support" of the Black Lives Matter movement by allowing a social activist to promote the movement during her keynote address at the Urbana 15 student missions conference last week.
After Michelle Higgins, the director of the Christian activist coalition Faith for Justice, gave a 30-minute keynote address to over 16,000 attendees at the Urbana conference in St. Louis that attempted to dispel misconceptions about the Black Lives Matter movement and slammed the pro-life movement, InterVarsity issued a statement explaining why the organization felt the need to address Black Lives Matter at its conference.
"We chose to address #BlackLivesMatter at Urbana 15, InterVarsity's Student Missions Conference, because it is a language and experience of many college students," the statement reads. "Many Black InterVarsity staff and students report that they are physically and emotionally at risk in their communities and on campus. About one-half of those at Urbana 15 are people of color, including more than 1,200 Black participants. InterVarsity chose to participate in this conversation because we believe that Christians have something distinctive to contribute in order to advance the gospel." more >>
Before Wheaton College suspended professor Larycia Hawkins after saying Christians and Muslims "worship the same God," Hawkins wrote a statement to Provost Stanton Jones reaffirming her commitment to the school's statement of faith.
On Monday, Jones delivered a recommendation to begin termination proceedings for Hawkins to Wheaton President Philip Ryken. The recommendation was due, according to a press release, to Hawkins' refusal to dialogue further about the issue after her reaffirmation letter.