Prominent English social critic and author Os Guinness preached at Pastor Rick Warren's Saddleback church in California on Sunday, explaining to the congregation the real meaning of the word "calling" and how it applies in the life of each Christian.
Meaning, purpose and identity are things that everybody needs and yet there is a great deal of confusion about what they mean, said Guinness, author of the Global Charter of Conscience, launched at the European Parliament in Brussels in June 2012.
There is confusion also in the United States, he suggested, calling it a "cut-flower civilization." Our ideas were rooted in the Scriptures, Jewish and Christian ideals, he said. "But in the last generation, they've cut them. So the flower still looks beautiful, but in many parts of the country, they are dying." more >>
Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, causing over $100 billion in property damage. The category 5 storm also took over 1,400 lives, making it one of the five deadliest in American history. New Orleans was hit particularly hard when approximately 80 percent of the city flooded after the levees failed to contain surging water levels. Among the countless buildings swept away or ruined were all but a handful of the city's public schools.
The unimaginable tragedy of Katrina presented a unique opportunity to those tasked with rebuilding its educational system. Prior to the storm, New Orleans' public schools were among the worst in the country. They comprised the second worst school district in the state of Louisiana, itself ranked 49th in the nation. Overwhelmingly poor and black, its students lagged far behind their wealthier peers in the rest of the state.
Following the storm, the state legislature voted to place 102 of the 117 New Orleans schools in the Recovery School District (RSD), which ultimately became a system of public charters. Instead of traditional public schools where students are assigned based on their street address, parents had a choice of where to enroll their children. The charters were publicly funded so they could not deny anyone admission. But they were also held accountable for the performance of their students. more >>
Can churches engage transhumanism, which may very well be the next big science vs. religion battle, positively or should they absolutely resist this movement, an academic institution in Alabama asked during a multi-day event focused on whether Christianity and Transhumanism could co-exist.
Samford University's Center for Science and Religion held the event, titled "Transhumanism and the Church," which took place from Sept. 24-26 and featured 27 presentations with approximately 120 attendees for the opening lecture alone.
Transhumanism is the theory that science and technology can be used to advance the evolution of human beings beyond current physical and mental limitations. more >>
Chris Harper Mercer, the reclusive 26-year-old identified as the gunman who went on a bloody shooting rampage at Umpqua Community College killing 10 and wounding seven others in Roseburg, Oregon, on Thursday targeted Christians, according to the father of one of his shooting victims.
Stacy Boylan, the father of Anastasia Boylan, 18, who was shot in the back by a bullet that traveled down her spine, recounted the chilling ordeal to her father before she went into surgery, CNN reported.
Mercer entered her classroom firing his weapon and before shooting the professor teaching the class he declared: "I've been waiting to do this for years." more >>
Award-winning journalist Wallace Henley and the great-grandson of Winston Churchill have teamed-up to write a book about the famed World War II leader that focuses on his spiritual life.
TitledGod & Churchill: How the Great Leader's Sense of Divine Destiny Changed His Troubled World and Offers Hope for Ours, the work argues that Churchill rose to prominence as part of a divine destiny.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Henley explained that the idea for the book came from a meeting he had with Jonathan Sandys, great-grandson of Churchill, in Texas. more >>