Pastor Eric Mason of Epiphany Fellowship in Philadelphia, Pa., addressed Liberty University students Monday at Convocation and shared a message he said has been "burning in me to talk to this generation about," which he described as the need to "break free from strongholds."
Mason, author of Manhood Restored: How the Gospel Makes Men Whole, defined a "stronghold" as not only "a fortified place" or "bastion," but also "anything that is in opposition to what God wants."
"God wants our lives to be about bringing down and challenging anything that exalts itself over who Jesus Christ is," said Mason. The Philadelphia pastor referenced 2 Corinthians 10:3-6, explaining that "Paul is talking about the issue of the people of God having their thinking being governed by the Scriptures." more >>
Abortions performed in the United States have continued their trend of decline in 2010, according to a recently released report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For 2010, the CDC reported last Friday that 765,651 abortions were performed nationwide, representing a 3 percent decrease from 2009 statistics.
The numbers derived from data given to the CDC from 52 reporting areas, specifically the 50 states, the District of Columbia and New York City. Of the 52 reporting areas, 49 gave reports for 2010 and 46 were closely analyzed by Karen Pazol, et. al., of the CDC. more >>
A high school in Toledo, Ohio went into temporary lockdown mode on Monday morning after a student with a pellet gun was seen in a hallway on campus. The student has since surrendered and is in police custody.
The 14-year-old student reportedly isolated himself in a school hallway at Scott High School in Toledo on Monday morning before he was taken into custody around 10:45 a.m. The teen was not a live shooter but was in possession of a pellet gun, and he conversed with police negotiators before surrendering to authorities. Before taking him into custody, police reportedly shot the teen in the foot with a round of bean bags, although he was ultimately taken into custody uninjured.
The two classrooms near the hallway where the 14-year-old had barricaded himself were evacuated, and shortly before noon students were allowed to leave campus into their parents' custody after their guardians showed valid photo identification. more >>
A recently published study by Chinese researchers may provide definitive evidence for the pro-life claim that there is a link between abortion and breast cancer.
Published in the November edition of the international journal Cancer Causes & Control, the research was derived from a "meta-analysis" of 36 studies centered on 14 Chinese provinces.
Yubei Huang, et. al., sought to confirm if a link could be found between Induced Abortion (IA) and an increased likelihood of breast cancer. more >>
An Ohio lawyer is organizing an effort to erect a statue of Jesus near a local high school, after an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit threat led the school board to decide earlier this month to remove a picture of Christ inside the building.
The painting, which commemorated the life of a teacher who died at the school, hung in the school office and was not visible from the front counter, according to The Columbus Dispatch.
Entitled "The Lord Is My Shepherd," the picture had been displayed since 1971 before Allison Whaley, a senior, argued that it was unfair that the painting hung, even while the administration had recently taken down two student art projects, whose messages, "Gay Is Okay," and "Right to Life," they blamed as "disruptive." more >>
In 2008, under the leadership of Governor Bobby Jindal, Louisiana launched an educational scholarship program in New Orleans. The Louisiana Scholarship Program, similar to Alabama's new scholarship program created by the Accountability Act, is designed to provide low-income students zoned for underperforming schools with opportunities to attend qualified private schools within the State. In 2012, Governor Jindal prioritized expansion of the program that is now available to students anywhere in the State. Over 5,000 students took advantage of the program in its first year.
In August, the U.S. Department of Justice petitioned a federal court to block the distribution of scholarships in Louisiana school districts that are restricted by desegregation orders. Out of Louisiana's 69 school districts, 34 are still operating under desegregation orders put in place during the Civil Rights Era. These decades-old orders evolved from lawsuits over segregation in public schools and require that school districts meet a variety of racial quotas and proportions in student body and administration. The court orders have no definitive end and are monitored by both the federal judge originally assigned to the case and the U.S. Department of Justice. However, there is very little readily available information on the status of these orders and school districts seeking relief face an uphill battle in even knowing where to begin the daunting process of seeking release.
The Justice Department's August filing asked the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Louisiana to stop the State from awarding any school vouchers or scholarships to students attending school in districts operating under federal desegregation orders unless and until the State receives authorization from the Court. In essence, the U.S. Department of Justice chose to prioritize the stringent, and in some cases arbitrary, race-based requirements of a nearly 40-year-old court order over the immediate opportunity for a low-income child to have a chance to pursue a better education outside of his or her assigned failing school. The irony is that a State-based study on the racial effects of Louisiana's scholarship program concluded that the school choice program either improved or had no impact on racial ratios within the schools. more >>