Brooks Hamby never wanted to be a rabble-rouser. He just wanted to thank Jesus in his high school graduation speech.
But the Brawley Union School District in Brawley, Calif., said the references to Jesus and prayer in Brooks' graduation speech were "inappropriate" and violated "prevailing legal standards."
School officials rejected three versions of the young man's graduation address, and one administrator went so far as to redact every religious reference with a black marker – as if it were some sort of top-secret government document. more >>
The president of Seattle Pacific University announced at this past weekend's graduation ceremony that an engineering scholarship would be named after Jon Meis, the 22-year-old student whose heroic actions helped end the fatal June 5 shooting at the Christian college campus.
Seattle Pacific University President Daniel Martin announced at Saturday's graduation ceremony that the new scholarship would be named after Meis due to the 22-year-old graduate's "quick thinking" and selfless behavior during the June 5 attack.
"In recognition and honor of Jon's quick thinking, selfless act and brave response, we are establishing the John Meis scholarship," Martin announced to the 2014 graduating class on Saturday. Meis, who was also graduating at Saturday's event, received two standing ovations from fellow classmates and faculty. The scholarship will go toward future engineering students at the university. more >>
After spending seven years trying to deny a promotion "rightfully due" to Christian professor Mike Adams because of his conservative views, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington was ordered by a federal judge last Tuesday to pay more than $700,000 in legal fees accrued by the professor in a protracted discrimination lawsuit with the institution.
"UNCW has spent seven years fighting a scorched earth legal battle to deny one professor a promotion that he is rightfully due and now that's going to cost the taxpayers $700,000," said Travis Barham, one of Adams' attorneys in a Star News Online report. "It's time for this [to] end."
Senior U.S. District Court Judge Malcolm J. Howard ruled in the civil lawsuit brought against the school by Adams that UNC had to pay $698,131.50 plus $12,495 in non-taxable costs related to the professor's legal defense. 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 >>
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's Rapid Response Ream held its annual chaplains conference in North Carolina, having a record attendance for the multiday event.
Held last week at The Cove in Ashville by the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team, the conference involved training chaplains in various fields of care.
Scott Holmquist, deputy director of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team, told The Christian Post about how the conference went. more >>
California's Brawley Union High School denied a Christian student's speech three times because he wanted to express his Christian faith, but the student decided to assert his freedom of expression by openly speaking about his belief at the graduation ceremony.
"In coming before you today, I presented three drafts of my speech, all of them denied on account of my desire to share with you my personal thoughts and inspiration to you: my Christian faith," Brook Hamby, who was his class's salutatorian, said, according to The Blaze.
"In life, you will be told, 'No,'" added Hamby, who has been a mock-trial star, s cross-country runner and U.S. Senate page. "In life you will be told to do things that you have no desire to do. In life, you will be asked to do things that violate your conscience and desire to do what is right." more >>