Students pursuing a ministry degree at an evangelical seminary in Texas are now required to complete sexual abuse awareness training as part of their education.
Dallas Theological Seminary announced earlier this month that it's partnering with the group MinistrySafe to provide training for ministry degree students.
Reportedly the first seminary in the nation to do so, the requirement takes effect during the fall semester, which began on Monday, and can be met via an internship offered by MinistrySafe. more >>
The shooting death of NBA star Dwayne Wade's cousin has grabbed the attention of Chicago's South Side. Although the tragedy has ripped a mother from the lives of her four children, Wade's aunt is thankful to God for the brief life of her slain daughter.
Diann Aldridge wept as she clutched a photo of her daughter, Nykea Aldridge, 32, and payed tribute to her memory.
"Her life is gone and she can't come back. This is my baby girl. Just a life that's gone too soon." she said. "Too soon, too soon, she was taken away from us. But by the glory of God we have her children, her four children." more >>
Lawrence "Larry" DeLong, a former Navy chaplain and pastor of one of the largest churches in Green Valley, Arizona, who could never recall a time in his youth when he "didn't feel God's presence all around me," was found dead by family members last Friday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
DeLong, 60, who led congregations in several states before becoming the senior pastor at Valley Presbyterian Church in 2009, was found dead in his car in the parking lot of Quail Creek-Veterans Municipal Park in Sahuarita, according to Green Valley News. He leaves behind his wife, Valerie, and two teenage children, Sadie and Seth.
"Pastor Diane, Pastor Paul and the Session of Valley Presbyterian Church are deeply saddened to share the news of Pastor Larry's untimely and tragic death yesterday evening. Please hold Valerie, Sadie, and Seth in prayer," Valley Presbyterian Church noted in delivering the painful news to members of their congregation on Facebook Saturday. more >>
The American Family Association called Target's nationwide 10 percent discount on everything in its stores a "desperate" promotion as the retail giant faces a continued boycott over its bathroom policies amid declining sales.
"Desperate! Target is discounting everything to win shoppers back amid #BoycottTarget. Don't be fooled, their dangerous policy still allows men into the same facilities as little girls. Help keep the boycott going strong," AFA wrote in a Facebook message, referring to its petition, signed by over 1.4 million people, that pledges to boycott Target until the company reverses its policies that allows individuals who are born male to use women's facilities, and vice versa.
Business Insider noted that the #TargetRunDay discount on Sunday came in the midst of financial troubles, with the chain store giant reporting its first quarterly traffic decline in more than two years last week. more >>
A Maryland school official who recently stirred controversy for saying that transgender students should be allowed to bunk on school-related trips with the gender group of their choice, told The Christian Post that the students "get it" when it comes to transgender acceptance.
Bob Mosier, chief communications officer for Anne Arundel County Public Schools, told CP on Friday that the district has long respected the rights of students regardless of their race, religion, sex, cultural background, or gender identity, among other labels.
The Family Research Council, a pro-life and pro-traditional marriage conservative group, is speaking out against a North Carolina school district's transgender guidelines, which would bar teachers from calling their students "boys and girls."
"These transgender guidelines, which will go into effect this month, range from absurd to downright outrageous. Not only are teachers not allowed to call their students 'boys and girls,' but boys who identify as girls would be permitted to participate on overnight all-girl field trips," the organization said in a Facebook post on Thursday.
The FRC pointed to a Fox News report which said that teachers in Charlotte, North Carolina have been advised to "stop calling the children 'boys and girls,' according to a training presentation on transgender issues." more >>