Shante had a lot of things going for her as she finished middle school. She was bright, attractive and talented. Her parents, Glenn and Sheri, had worked hard to ensure she could have a better life than they had had growing up. But both were uneasy with the public high school that Shante was zoned for in Prince George's County. Although it's the highest income majority-black county in the United States, it had a high school dropout rate more than 10 points higher than neighboring Montgomery County.
Glenn and Sheri both understood that high school would make or break Shante's future. These strategic years are when good kids could go bad. They had seen it happen too often to children of friends and relatives: a studious, ambitious kid fell in with the wrong crowd and caved in to peer pressure with bad decisions. Shante had a bright future, but like other kids in her neighborhood, her margin for error was slim.
A turning point came when her family attended the Riverdale Baptist High School graduation ceremony for the college-bound daughter of some family friends. As they listened to the commencement speeches, they learned that 100 percent of the senior class had graduated on time, 98 percent were headed to four-year colleges and the other 2 percent to military service. They looked at the students receiving their diplomas: neatly dressed, respectful, and enthusiastic about their futures. more >>
The Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service vowed in a Senate hearing this week that the federal agency will not strip Christian colleges and universities of their tax-exempt statuses should those institutions refuse to update school policies to be more accommodating toward gay marriages.
Following the Supreme Court decision in June that nationally legalized same-sex marriages, fears have dramatically risen that Christian colleges and institutions could be stripped of their tax-exempt statuses if they don't compromise their biblical beliefs on the subject of same-sex marriage.
But IRS Commissioner, John Koskinen, told Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, in a Judiciary Oversight Subcommittee hearing on Wednesday that he will commit to making sure that the IRS does not punish religious schools for not adopting policies to accommodate gay marriage — such as allowing married same-sex couples to live in married student housing — as long as he is in charge of the IRS. more >>
A judge has ruled that a Ten Commandments monument located on the grounds of a Pennsylvania high school can remain.
In a decision rendered earlier this week, U.S. District Judge Terrence F. McVerry ruled in favor of New Kensington-Arnold School District against the arguments of an atheist group.
"Plaintiffs … have failed to establish that they were forced to come into 'direct, regular, and unwelcome contact with the' Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of Valley High School," wrote Judge McVerry. more >>
One of the best compensations a college professor receives is the summer holiday. No lectures to prepare, no papers or tests to grade, and no faculty committee meetings to endure. It's a time to do those things you would like to do, but simply do not have time for during the school year. It's a time to dig deeper into your field of research, to read for pleasure and to visit with friends and family. Check, check and check on all three this summer.
In June I had the great privilege to attend Acton University, a week-long feast of academic lectures from leading scholars on liberty and freedom, especially religious and economic freedom. For my summer reading I had selected an eight inch stack of books which grew a couple inches higher with books from Acton University. I enjoyed time in July with our very large extended family at our annual reunion at a Covenant Church family camp in New Hampshire. There were aunts and uncles and cousins and grandchildren at every turn.
Among the delightful conversations I had with my many relatives that week is one not-so-delightful conversation with a relative concerning their adult child, let's call her Jane, now thirty-something. Jane, like some other young adults in modern America is finding it hard "to launch", that is, to settle into a responsible adulthood. Despite completing a bachelor's degree at college, Jane had not yet worked in a full-time "career" job in her ten years or so of adulthood. She went from one temporary job to another. She lives once again at home with mom and dad, and works three days a week in a dead-end job that requires no special skill. But the conversation turned even more disturbing when my relative related how Jane had discovered the many government "benefits" (handouts) available to her. From Obamacare subsidies to food stamps and beyond, Jane is now a government dependent, and without a lick of remorse. In fact, she even scolded her parents for not making her aware of the government programs, so that she could have been receiving "benefits" earlier. more >>
In 2004, in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Chicago Theological Seminary, an openly homosexual faculty member brought a special address titled, "'Do Not Be Conformed to This World': Queer Reading and the Task of the Preacher."
Earlier this month, this same seminary handed out specially packaged condoms bearing the school's name and the caption: "Take Two (For the second coming!)" (The seminary was participating in an annual celebration called The Wild Goose Festival.)
This is what happens when a seminary (or denomination; the school is part of the liberal United Church of Christ) departs from the Word and embraces the spirit of the age. more >>
Due to an objection with an Affordable Care Act mandate that requires health insurance plans to offer base birth control, Wheaton College has announced that it will no longer offer health insurance to its students to avoid conflicting with the institution's Christian convictions.
The decision, announced to its students on July 10, effectively strips about a quarter of the suburban Chicago non-denominational liberal arts school's undergraduate and graduate students of their health care plans, which is about 700-plus individuals.
As one of the most contested aspects of Obamacare has been the requirement for health insurance plans to provide birth control and emergency contraceptives, a number of Christian organizations have cried foul, claiming that the law violates their religious beliefs. more >>