Suicide was the leading cause of death among 10 to 17-year-old children in Utah again last year and experts believe children who regularly attend religious services or eat meals with their family are at lower risk of committing the act.
"Last year we were over 600 (suicides)," Dr. Todd Grey, chief medical examiner for Utah told Fox 13 about suicides in the state. "We're certainly on track for being over 600 this year. So that means every day, on average, we're going to see at least one to possibly two suicides."
In less than a decade, according to The Associated Press, suicide rates among Utah's youth has tripled. A state report released this month shows Utah's youth suicides was 8.5 per 100,000 people in 2014, the most recent data available. In 2007, the rate was just 3.0 per 100,000. more >>
God, in "His amazing, epic design" includes humanity in Jesus' story, says author and Passion City Church Pastor Louie Giglio.
Speaking at Fresh Life Church in Montana on Saturday, Giglio centered his message on Luke 23, which describes the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
Giglio devoted much attention to verse 32, which speaks of the two men crucified alongside Jesus: "Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with Him to be executed." more >>
God gives guidelines for living out of love for humanity, says famed evangelist and best-selling author the Rev. Billy Graham.
In a recent advice column, Graham was asked why God gave mankind rules like the Ten Commandments if He already knew people were going to disobey.
"Why did God give us a bunch of rules (like the Ten Commandments) that we're supposed to obey, when He knew we wouldn't keep them? Wouldn't it have been better for Him to just let us make up our own rules for living?" queried the person. more >>
An "exemplary" Christian teacher from the U.K., who was fired by officials at the school where she worked for more than a decade after she refused to divorce her pedophile husband, has won compensation for wrongful dismissal.
According to the Independent, Sarah Pendleton said her Christian beliefs prevented her from leaving her husband after he was found guilty of downloading indecent images of children and voyeurism.
Her husband, Matthew Pendleton, whom she married in March 2002, is the former Headmaster of Kirkstead Junior School. He was given a 10-month prison sentence in July 2013 for secretly filming young boys getting changed for swimming lessons. He only served five months. more >>
First of all thank you. Thank you for your investment in current and soon-to-be youth leaders. Your investment in these young and spiritually potent lives could result in the radical transformation of the next generation.
I can't help but think back to my days at Colorado Christian University under my youth ministry professor, RJ Koerper. He had one foot firmly in God's Word and one foot firmly rooted in youth culture. As a result he was able to help us build a youth ministry philosophy that was both rooted and relevant. To this day he still speaks into our material at Dare 2 Share and continues to pour into me.
Professors like RJ are a gift from God to the youth ministry community. They help to create the very DNA that will drive youth ministry for years to come. more >>