A wave of concern is now rippling through the Christian science community after it was revealed that Jim Stump, a respected evangelical philosophy of science professor at the Christian Bethel College in Indiana, chose to resign last month because he doesn't agree with the school's new corporate position that "the first man, Adam, was created by an immediate act of God and not by a process of evolution."
The Board of Trustees of Bethel College, which is affiliated with the Missionary Church, recently approved a new policy on human origins after years of discussion between the college and the denomination which insists that the church's view on Adam "should be advocated as the official, meritorious, and theologically responsible position of the College, without disparagement."
"Though a very small part of a college's curriculum, the topic of origins has become a prominent theological conversation and an important pedagogical point of clarification for evangelical Christian institutions of higher education, including Bethel College," said the college in their statement on origins. more >>
"If we expect kids to be losers they will be losers; if we expect them to be winners they will be winners. They rise, or fall, to the level of the expectations of those around them, especially their parents and their teachers."
Those are the words of legendary East Los Angeles math teacher Jaime Escalante. Garfield High School, where Escalante taught, was 95 percent Latino and 80 percent poor. When he arrived from his native Bolivia in 1974, he found that many of his students were still using their fingers to add.
Yet during Escalante's tenure, hundreds of these students not only mastered algebra and geometry, but calculus. They were able to take and pass the Advanced Placement Calculus test and most went on to become successful college students in California's excellent state universities. Now, five years since Escalante's death, some encouraging numbers suggest that Latino education may still be improving in the United States as a whole. more >>
The Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College and LifeWay Research began a one-year partnership Wednesday to further perfect efforts to evangelize at home and abroad.
Part of this partnership will involve the appointment of Ed Stetzer, head of LifeWay Research, to the position of senior fellow at the Billy Graham Center.
Laurie Fortunak Nichols, spokeswoman for the Billy Graham Center, told The Christian Post that the two entities have "a similar mission to see Christ's Church better equipped to engage in Gospel witness." more >>
Julie Rodgers, a counselor in the Chaplain's Office at Wheaton College, announced Monday that she supports same-sex relationships and resigned her position at the college. Rodgers, who identified as a gay, celibate Christian, said she no longer sees celibacy as a viable option for most self-identified gays.
In a blog post, Rodgers wrote, "When young people have angsted at me about the gay debate, I've just told them to follow Jesus—to seek to honor Him with their sexuality and love others well." For some, this means embracing celibacy, Rodgers said; but for most, it means pursuing marriage to someone of the same sex. "We're made for long-term, committed relationships that bind us to one another and cost us something . . . Some might find that in friendship, which is wonderful. But most will find it in a spouse because that's the context we have for making such serious commitments and staying true to them once life happens."
I affirm an orthodox Christian sexual ethic and wrote an article for WORLD expressing concerns when Wheaton hired Rodgers. So, one might expect me to disagree with her. Actually, I think Rodgers is right – just not in the way she thinks. more >>
Graduate students at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, America's largest private, nonprofit university and the world's largest Christian university, borrowed more than $351 million to fund their studies in the 2013-2014 academic year to place the institution on a list of 20 schools responsible for a fifth of all graduate school debt.
A new study from the Center for American Progress highlighted by The Washington Post, showed that Liberty University was ranked seventh on the list of 20 schools to which the government disbursed $6.5 billion in loans on behalf of graduate students even though these schools only educate 12 percent of the nation's graduate students.
Liberty University was ranked behind Walden University where students borrowed the most at just over $756 million and Nova Southeastern University where graduate students borrowed more than half a billion dollars. more >>
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback and prominent Christian athlete Tim Tebow spoke to a crowd of more than 2,000 Christians Saturday at God's Purpose for America, an event to encourage individuals to stand up for Judeo-Christian values. Tebow urged the gathering of believers at Middle Tennessee State University to help others by standing up and acting for God in their lives.
"What's amazing when you get up and do something is what God does in your life," Tebow told the crowd, according to The Daily News Journal. "We just have to get up and do something."
Tebow referred to himself as a "Christian who happens to be an athlete," and said that his faith always comes first in his life. more >>