Alec Hill, president of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, an influential Christian youth organization, has announced that he'll be stepping down from his position of 14 years after receiving the diagnosis that he has myelodysplasia, a form of bone marrow cancer.
Becoming president in 2001, Hill's tenure as head of InterVarsity saw considerable growth in the Madison, Wisconsin-based organization, which had a 10 percent increase in membership and a 23 percent increase in overall involvement.
Gordon Govier, a spokesman for InterVarsity, told The Christian Post that "Alec had planned on announcing his departure from the post in November and a presidential search task force has already been formed." more >>
Wendy Raquel Robinson is well known for portraying strong women on television shows like the hard-hitting fictional character Latasha "Tasha" Mack on the BET series "The Game," but now that the series is ending the actress is combining her faith and gifts to solidify her legacy.
Robinson, 47, has spent nine seasons on "The Game" and six seasons on the television series "The Steve Harvey Show." While she has provided laughs and entertainment to countless viewers, Robinson's behind the scenes work with her nonprofit school, the Amazing Grace Conservatory, has helped mold young minds.
The nonprofit school recently created a contemporary "Sister Act Too" production, where young people between the ages of 8 and 18 performed original songs, dances and spoken word. more >>
A 17-year-old Texas teenager who suddenly collapsed while in P.E. class has claimed to have seen Jesus after going 20 minutes without a heartbeat. Zack Clements described Christ as having "long ruffled hair and kind of a thick beard," while his family said that they are convinced what happened to him was a "miracle."
"When I was out those 20 minutes, I saw a man who had long ruffled hair and kind of a thick beard, and it didn't take me long to realize that that was Jesus," Clements said, according to CBS Dallas-Fort Worth.
"I went up to him and he put his hand on my shoulder and he told me everything would be alright and not to worry." more >>
Two high schools in North Dakota have reversed course and will now allow for pro-life student groups to form at their facilities.
Fargo North High School and Davies High School, both of the Fargo Public School District No. 1, will now formally recognize two Students for Life Club chapters.
In a statement posted Wednesday on the Students for Life's website, Fargo North sophomore Brigid O'Keefe, a student who had attempted to set up an SFL chapter, said she was grateful for the school's decision. more >>
A generation of young people graduating with debt they can't repay because the jobs they studied for just don't exist has become a national crisis too severe to ignore. Few can afford to waste time and money. Today, seven in 10 graduating seniors at public and private colleges have student loans. Taking steps to make sure they have jobs before the loans come due is a process that should begin before enrolling for college.
The first step in making sure that students invest their time, money and intellect in the right course of study – one that has the hope of employment and personal satisfaction – begins with spending more deliberate time in selecting the right major.
Consider this recent report: "About 80 percent of students in the United States end up changing their major at least once, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. On average, college students change their major at least three times over the course of their college career." This kind of change often delays graduation and causes some to lag behind their peers who have had more time to engage in a career. It is also expensive for those paying the tuition, buying textbooks, and covering the cost of labs and additional fees. more >>
Atheist author and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins has admitted that although in general he doesn't "despise individuals" and only their views, Young-Earth Creationists pass his "limits" on the issue. He also argued that humans are really African apes, and are descendants from ancestors that can be called "monkeys."
"I said I'd never despise individuals, just their views. But there are limits, and YE Creationists who refuse to look at evidence pass mine," Dawkins wrote on Thursday on Twitter.
The God Delusion author has spoken out many times against Creationism, or a literal interpretation of the Genesis story in the Bible. Young Earth Creationists, in particular, believe the Earth is not billions, but only several thousands of years old. more >>