Earlier this week I wrote a short piece about the impact of mockery and stigma on kids' beliefs that contained the following observation about modern college life:
The idea of college as mounting a comprehensive intellectual challenge to conservatism, especially conservative Christianity, is largely outdated. The modern college isn't a terribly intellectual place, featuring dumbed-down courses, far more time spent partying than studying, and legions of stressed-out adjuncts and graduate students (rather than the classic liberal intellect seen in movies and television) doing most of the actual teaching. In other words, when it comes to the life of the mind, there's not much to most contemporary universities.
Just when we thought we saw the craziest of the crazy that the abortion movement had to offer this July in Austin, Texas, we got this: MOM BABY GOD, a new play created to fictionalize the work of Students for Life of America and some of our compatriots in the pro-life movement.
Last month, one of our Students for Life team members attended the play's premiere in New York City and filmed it undercover. While the footage is too vulgar to release to the general public, I can tell you that the plot of the play is pretty unoriginal. It takes place at a fictionalized Students for Life National Conference, where young pro-lifers appear tragically sex-deprived and brainwashed into their pro-life convictions.
MOM BABY GOD was created by abortion advocate Madeline Burrows, a Hampshire College graduate who developed the play out of her undergraduate thesis in theater and women's, gender, and sexuality studies. Research for the play took place via a year-long hiatus she spent going undercover as a pro-lifer and attending a number of pro-life events, including my organization's Students for Life of America National Conference, the largest pro-life conference in the nation. After attending these events, Burrows felt the need to respond to the pro-life movements "attack on women's reproductive rights" was more urgent than ever. more >>
The Rev. Billy Graham, born Nov. 7, 1918, celebrates his 95th birthday Thursday, and is marking the special day with a nationally televised program called "The Cross" and a gathering of about 800 people, including singer Michael W. Smith and businessman Donald Trump, at his Asheville, N.C., home.
Graham has said that his Gospel message airing Nov. 7 on Fox News, TBN, God TV and several other cable networks, may very well be his last one to the American public.
"I've recently prepared what may well be my last message to our nation. I have prayed a great deal about this," Graham has shared. more >>
On the wall in my office hangs a map of the Entebbe airport in Uganda. The rudimentary map has just a few notations, written in Hebrew. It's not a travel map or an outline of the vendors at the airport; it is a diagram of the facility used in what is recognized as one of the first modern anti-terrorism operations conducted by the Israelis at the Entebbe airport in 1976.
The successful raid resulted in the rescue of 102 hostages that were held for over a week when their plane was hijacked by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a part of the larger Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). Three of the Israeli hostages and one commando were killed in the operation. The one commando was a unit commander Yonatan Netanyahu, brother of the current Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.
The map was a gift from one of the force commanders of the Entebbe raid, given to me back in the late 1980's when I had the opportunity to work with a number of Israeli anti-terrorist experts. My interaction with the Israelis taught me a lot about how people live and deal with neighbors who not only refuse to recognize their right to exist as a nation, but in many cases want to eliminate them and their people. more >>
The Supreme Court has heard arguments this week about whether prayers at government meetings, for example, a town council, can include the name of Jesus.
The case is Galloway v. City of Greece (which is a suburb of Rochester, NY), and it will likely be decided in the summer (or possibly spring) of 2014. The case could potentially have strong ramifications for this nation, especially in light of our extensive Christian heritage.
Jesus told His followers to pray in His name. That's why people pray "in Jesus' name. Amen" Or, as is often heard in the Book of Common Prayer (from the Anglican Church, which was very influential in the founding of America), "through the merits of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen." George Washington was an avid reader of the Book of Common Prayer. more >>
The American Bible Society has pushed back at a group of Christian ministers that includes Redeemer Presbyterian Church Pastor Timothy Keller for suggesting in an open letter that the nearly-200-year-old organization had abruptly dismissed its new president and chief executive officer Doug Birdsall without a severance package.
Stating that the NYC-based nonprofit was "disappointed when Doug declined our offers of severance as well as other direct support," Pieter Dearolf, chairman of the ABS trustees board informed Birdsalls' friends that they not only value the the couple's "talents and commitment to kingdom service," but also "likewise underscore the importance of transition."
The ABS statement added, "We wanted to further support Doug and Jeanie in this way, however we respect their decision to decline. more >>