I knew when I opened the acceptance letter from Houston Baptist University that I was being offered a chance to live my dream. I chose to apply to HBU because I am excited about my faith. I wanted to attend a school that would help me establish a strong foundation of faith as I prepare to go out into the world to serve. I wanted the faith-based training that would prepare me to stand up for my beliefs in a world that doesn't share them.
I also knew that every dream worth living comes with certain costs, like working hard and making sacrifices. But I had no idea that the greatest threat to my educational dream would come from the federal government. In 2011, when the government required HBU to pay for the morning-after pill and the week-after pill in its insurance coverage, my school was put to a choice: its faith or its mission.
Baptists believe that life begins at conception, so for the government to ask us to pay for anything that could end a pregnancy is asking us to violate our faith. HBU's mission is to "provide a learning experience that instills in students a passion for academic, spiritual, and professional excellence as a result of our central confession, 'Jesus Christ is Lord.'" The cost of not complying with the law is devastating fines that will fall directly on my education and cripple HBU's mission. more >>
WASHINGTON — Evangelical churches need to focus more on preaching biblical truth in order to prepare children to defend historic Christian teachings on social issues like same-sex marriage and abortion from the "distorted" theology being propagated by the Christian left, evangelical author Chelsen Vicari said Wednesday.
At a Family Research Council discussion on her new book, Distorted: How The New Christian Left is Twisting the Gospel and Damaging Faith, Vicari explained that as more mainline Protestant denominations are starting to affirm same-sex relationships and other issues that Christ has labeled as sinful, young Evangelicals are susceptible to caving in and embracing the liberal agenda that they encounter on college campuses and in youth groups, because they don't know enough about the Scripture to defend its guiding principles.
Vicari, who's the evangelical program director at the Institute on Religion and Democracy, shared her own story about how when she was going through her undergraduate studies, her strong conservative Christian convictions were tested and ostracized by left-leaning Christian groups on campus. She eventually folded her convictions to believe that it's acceptable for Christians to be accommodating toward sinful behavior, such as homosexuality. more >>
An expert on the history of American evangelical denominations is taking issue with the claim by some that Reconstructionism, a strict faction within conservative Christianity, is America's version of the Islamic State.
Christian Reconstructionism, which calls for the application of biblical law in society, has been compared in recent months to the Middle Eastern terrorist group that's best known in the United States as ISIS.
A Christian fellowship student group is no longer being recognized at California State University, Stanislaus because its requirement that student leaders be Christian is considered discriminatory and a violation of a statewide non-discrimination order.
The University System of California is no longer recognizing Cal State Stanislaus' chapter of the Christian student organization Chi Alpha, which under the name of Stanislaus Christian Fellowship has been a part of the campus for over 40 years.
The group was deactivated after the school discovered that the group's constitution required students to hold a Christian faith in order to be placed into leadership positions, which is in direct violation of a state university system executive order of non-discrimination. more >>
A court has ruled in favor of a private Christian school in California that required employees to have a pastor for a reference.
Judge Henry J. Walsh of the Superior Court of California in Ventura County issued a ruling Monday in favor of Little Oaks Private School.
At issue was a suit brought by two former teachers who argued that they were wrongfully fired for failing to provide a letter from a pastor confirming their membership in a church. more >>
"Where did Common Core come from?" is a question I often hear from parents in every state I've visited as I travel the country speaking about the Islamic infiltration of America.
Because in 2014-2015 America, public school students via Common Core are:Public school sponsored trips to mosques via taxpayer expense, girls must wear head scarves (Colorado parents complain), Debating whether or not the Holocaust was "merely a political scheme created to influence public emotion and gain," (an eighth-grade assignment defended by the Rialto Unified School District, Los Angeles), Pledging allegiance to Allah (New York), Observing two "Muslim holy days," (New York City), Being taught Islamic vocabulary lessons (North Carolina), Being taught Islamic Culture (Tennessee), Being taught world history from Islamic perspective (Florida) that includes learning about the five pillars of Islam (Maryland father, a Marine Corps veteran, complains and is banned from school grounds), Told to proselytize by creating a pamphlet about Islam to "introduce Islam to 3rd graders" that introduces Allah to children as the same God of the Christians and Jews (Michigan), Reciting in class the Shahada, "There is No God but Allah," and the Muslim Call to Prayer (Massachusetts).
Parents in every state are outraged, protesting, and asking, "Why is Islam being taught in public schools?" and "How did this happen?" "Where is the ACLU?" "Where are the people 'protesting against' religion being taught in public schools?" more >>