Did you know that anyone can call themselves an evangelical? Sure. The description is up for grabs so long as you pair your evangelical label with sweet-sounding descriptors and fluffy mission statements. At least, that's the emerging trend.
Floating into the inboxes of prominent evangelical leaders is an invitation to join what's being called The Compassionate Evangelicalism Network (TCEN), a developing new project of the organization Faith in Public Life. While the project sounds well intentioned, pastors and evangelical leaders should use caution before joining a network subsidized by pro-abortion activists.
Here's an example of what Faith in Public Life (FPL) considers a compassionate evangelical: "[E]vangelical leaders who would be willing to speak up in support of the issue of Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination legislation" and "take a stand on a wide array of justice issues." more >>
A leggy 17-year-old girl from Virginia says she was kicked out of the Richmond Homeschool Prom because several fathers complained that her dress triggered "impure thoughts." Others who attended the event held in a church gym, however, are calling her a liar.
In a guest post on her sister's blog Clare Ettinger explained that one of the female organizers of the event took issue with her dress even after she had checked to make sure that it met the "fingertip length" dress code, which is a requirement for attending the prom. Even after that, she said, the same woman pulled her aside during the prom and advised her that her provocative dancing in her dress could incite "impure thoughts" among the young men in the room.
"She took me into a corner in the hallway, with another woman (who I'm assuming was a parent/chaperone), and told me that some of the dads who were chaperoning had complained that my dancing was too provocative and that I was going to cause the young men at the prom to think impure thoughts," wrote Ettinger. more >>
Bill Gothard, an influential conservative Christian leader in the homeschooling movement, has released a statement denying allegations that he sexually harassed women and teen girls. He insists in the statement that his behavior toward those whom he favored, such as holding hands or touching the feet or hair of young ladies, was never carried out "immorally or with sexual intent."
In his statement publicized via his Twitter account Thursday night, Gothard addressed ways in which he believes he failed in his leadership of the Institute in Basic Life Principles, which he quit last month more than 50 years after founding the nonprofit organization.
"For many years I have been building the Institute but losing my first love for the Lord," Gothard, 79, writes in the statement, which appears in full at the end of this report. more >>
Michael Farris, the chairman and cofounder of the Home School Legal Defense Association, has criticized the biblical patriarchy beliefs of his former HSLDA colleague and Vision Forum founder, Doug Phillips, and said he regrets not speaking out against him sooner.
Michael Farris, an attorney who also founded Patrick Henry College, has expressed remorse for not making it clear sooner that he did not condone Phillips' views.
"There was no way that I could have known that Doug was involved in sexual misconduct, but I knew that he was involved in unscriptural views about women in his teaching," Farris wrote on his Facebook page Tuesday, referring to Phillips' admission last year that he had cheated on his wife. more >>
Are Christian homeschoolers more tolerant than their public and privately schooled peers?
A recent study from Albert Cheng, a distinguished doctoral fellow at the University of Arkansas, suggests that learning at home might increase a Christian's propensity to extend civil rights to those with whom they personally disagree.
In a study released in March, Cheng sampled 304 students out of the approximately 4,000 undergraduates at Biola University, a private Christian college in La Mirada, Calif. more >>
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) declared that the Republican Party is fundamentally united and the apparent chasms are actually only slight disagreements about tactics. He and two conservative Senators hailed the new ideas in the GOP as a positive platform for the future.
"I don't see this great divide in our party, what I see is a vibrant debate," Ryan declared at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday. He argued that the disagreements between Tea Party supporters, "the establishment," libertarians, and social conservatives, are "disagreements not over policies or principles, but over tactics."
"I'm Irish, that's my idea of a family reunion!" the Congressman quipped. Ryan discussed these internal struggles as creative tension, strengthening the conservative movement. more >>