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 >>
In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court which legalized same-sex marriage throughout the country, one professor got married. His announcement was made in The New York Times for anyone to see. It so happened to be though that this professor, Dr. Patrick Hornbeck II, who is the chairman of the theology department and a professor at Fordham University, married another man.
Dr. Hornbeck and his husband (also named Patrick) got married at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in Manhattan. Same-sex marriage has already been legal in the state prior to the Court's decision, since 2011. The couple married on Saturday, June 27, however, one day after the ruling came, and the couple were able to have their ceremony in the church since the
Episcopal Church had recently voted to perform such ceremonies. more >>
Two Christian colleges located in states that had their same-sex marriage bans struck down by the United States Supreme Court's June 26 decision that nationally legalized same-sex marriage are offering employment benefits to legally recognized same-sex spouses of school employees.
The employment practices of Hope College, a small Reformed liberal arts school in Holland, Michigan, and the nondenominational Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, will both comply with their states' new legal definitions on marriage after the high court's ruling.
On Monday, Hope College President John Knapp sent an email to the Hope community explaining that while Hope will continue to offer benefits to spouses of employees recognized by the state, the Supreme Court's ruling has effectively changed the definition of marriages recognized by the state of Michigan to include same-sex couples. more >>
Two Baptist universities in Texas and a Pennsylvania-based seminary are taking their lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services' birth control mandate all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Houston Baptist University, East Texas Baptist University, and Westminster Theological Seminary filed an appeal on Wednesday with the Supreme Court seeking exemption from the HHS mandate.
"Petitioners are two religious colleges and a theological seminary that provide generous healthcare plans to their employees. Those plans include free access to fourteen different kinds of contraceptives," reads the petition for appeal. more >>