Republican presidential hopeful Senator Marco Rubio formed a religious freedom advisory board including several prominent Evangelical leaders and academic experts.
Board members have not necessarily endorsed Rubio's bid to become the Republican presidential nominee, but serve in and advisory capacity and are free to advise other candidates.
According to WORLD News Group, the board includes Saddleback Church leader Rick Warren, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference President Samuel Rodriguez, theologian Wayne Grudem, and Baylor University History Professor Thomas S. Kidd. more >>
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is facing sharp criticism because it promoted Black Lives Matter at its Urbana 15 student missions conference last week, but specifically excluded two student pro-life groups.
In an op-ed in the Christian Post, Students For Life President Kristan Hawkins and Rock for Life President Erik Whittington wrote: "While InterVarsity denied Students for Life and Rock for Life an exhibit table, they devoted an entire evening to the #BlackLivesMatter movement, a movement which has publicly called for the lynching and hanging of white people and the death of police. One of their Black Lives Matter speakers even took the time to publicly disparage the pro-life movement during her remarks."
In InterVarsity's defense, Vice-President Greg Jao said that the conference excluded Students for Life because the group is a "non-religious organization" and Urbana features only Christian groups. Of course, Black Lives Matter is also a non-religious organization. But, Jao said the Black Lives Matter speaker, Michelle Higgins, "met InterVarsity's requirements due to her involvement with a Presbyterian (PCA) church." more >>
The tenured Wheaton College professor who is currently suspended for asserting that Christians and Muslims worship the same God published on Wednesday the theological statement she submitted to the institution last month explaining the basis of her argument.
After political science professor Larycia Hawkins was placed on administrative leave in December for asserting that "we worship the same god" in a Facebook post explaining that she was wearing a hijab through the Advent to show solidarity with Muslims, the school claimed her comments violated its statement of faith and asked Hawkins to submit a theological statement about her "same god" argument before she could be reinstated.
On Dec. 17, 2015, Hawkins submitted the requested statement to Wheaton Provost Stanton Jones. Despite submitting the four-page statement, administrators felt that "further theological clarification" was necessary before the two sides could move forward with the reconciliation process. more >>
The production company behind the film "God's Not Dead" and the upcoming sequel have denounced a recent act of vandalism against an atheist billboard in which an unknown person spray-painted to the movie title on the sign.
Last weekend, an American Atheists billboard in Colorado Springs, Colorado, was defaced with a spray-painted message reading "God's Not Dead."
Following its five-day student missions conference which drew 16,000 attendees, Urbana 15 released figures on New Year's Day summarizing major milestones reached by the organization and its participants — among those accomplishments, raising over $940,000.
Urbana announced the fundraising feat via Twitter, sharing the good news with more than 11,000 followers. "$940K+ Raised for our missions partners around the world," read the graphic posted to the social media site on Jan. 1.
The funds were raised "the old fashioned way," said InterVarsity Internet editor and media relations liaison Gordon Govier in an email shared with The Christian Post Wednesday. more >>
The liberal-leaning Evangelical organization Sojourners is applauding InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for issuing "strong stand in support" of the Black Lives Matter movement by allowing a social activist to promote the movement during her keynote address at the Urbana 15 student missions conference last week.
After Michelle Higgins, the director of the Christian activist coalition Faith for Justice, gave a 30-minute keynote address to over 16,000 attendees at the Urbana conference in St. Louis that attempted to dispel misconceptions about the Black Lives Matter movement and slammed the pro-life movement, InterVarsity issued a statement explaining why the organization felt the need to address Black Lives Matter at its conference.
"We chose to address #BlackLivesMatter at Urbana 15, InterVarsity's Student Missions Conference, because it is a language and experience of many college students," the statement reads. "Many Black InterVarsity staff and students report that they are physically and emotionally at risk in their communities and on campus. About one-half of those at Urbana 15 are people of color, including more than 1,200 Black participants. InterVarsity chose to participate in this conversation because we believe that Christians have something distinctive to contribute in order to advance the gospel." more >>