Bob Jones University (BJU) abruptly terminated its year-and-a-half relationship with a sex abuse ombudsman group last month.
Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment (GRACE) had partnered with the university since January 2013. Led by Boz Tchividjian, Billy Graham's grandson, the organization was charged with providing oversight and accountability to BJU in its efforts to "identify any cases in which we need to exercise authentic repentance and demonstrate biblical love to those we have always desired to serve to the best of our ability for the Lord's sake."
BJU's actions followed students' claims of sexual abuse in 2011. That year, a CNN IReport article stated that the university had reported "nine cases of forcible sex offenses." It also quoted television channel WSPA as claiming that the university's number was "significantly higher than any other institution in the area," pointing to Clemson University, which had three cases, by comparison. BJU, a private Christian college out of Greenville, S.C., has 2,500 students, while the nearby state school has 20,000. more >>
Religious liberty advocates have applauded the recent remarks of President Barack Obama regarding the plight of Christians overseas.
At the 62nd annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., President Obama spoke about religious intolerance abroad and mentioned figures such as imprisoned Iranian-American pastor Saeed Abedini.
"We pray for Pastor Saeed Abedini. He's been held in Iran for more than 18 months, sentenced to eight years in prison on charges relating to his Christian beliefs," said Obama. more >>
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) argued for libertarianism, saying it is compatible with Christianity and will help Republicans win elections and attract minorities, at the gala for The American Principles Project, a socially conservative group founded by Robert P. George.
"There are some issues that can move the party forward, and some of those issues I would call libertarian issues," Paul declared. He admitted that "to some that's a bad word, but to others I think it's a word that may expand the party."
Paul argued that these issues do not have to come at the expense of social issues, such as life and marriage. "Libertarian and liberty doesn't mean libertine," he argued. The Senator referred to Don Devine's book America's Way Back, explaining that liberty and tradition go hand in hand. more >>
A major crafts retail chain run by a devout Christian family has released a video online putting forth their argument against being compelled to adhere to the Department of Health and Human Services' "preventive services" mandate.
Hobby Lobby Inc., a crafts chain run by the Green family of Oklahoma, posted the video on YouTube on their "Hobby Lobby Case" account last Thursday.
Titled "Hobby Lobby: A Family Business," the four and a half minute video presents an overview of the company as well as interviews from Green family members about their lawsuit against the HHS. more >>
You can't do that!
Ever heard those words? I am sure Josiah did when the whole topic of idols in the land came up. What made him think he could rid the land of idols when so many Kings, even good ones like Hezekiah and Asa, could not do it. But in the tradition and spirit of David, Josiah decides the Word comes first over the world and that his leaders will be the ones to heed the Words of God and honor the heart of God. He resolves that idolatry will end under his watch and that this spiritual disease infecting his lands, polluting their worship, and introducing sin will be no more.
His steps are noticeably familiar and worth noting because this a major move of God among his people to create spiritual health in the community of faith. Time to watch some game film and highlight what went right in order for God's leader to overcome all the odds. more >>
Actor-turned-evangelist Leon Isaac Kennedy of Kennedy Healing Love Ministries is suing Ebony magazine for publishing a "sensationalized lie" that he leaked a sex tape of his first wife, actress and model Jayne Kennedy Overton, during their 1981 divorce.
According to a Court House News Service report, Kennedy filed the lawsuit against the publisher of Ebony, Johnson Publishing Co. and John Does 1-1 in Cook County Court in Illinois. Kennedy, who is represented by Brian Saucier with Deutsch, Levy & Engel, claims in the complaint that Ebony's "lie" has result in canceled ministry dates and a 40 percent drop in invitations for him to minister at churches and conferences that cost him at least $35,000 in lost revenue.
The 19-page lawsuit explains that before Kennedy became an evangelist, he granted the magazine access to him and his first wife's life during an amicable divorce in 1981. Last February, however, the publication revisited their story in a sensational issue alleging, although it doesn't name Kennedy, that he leaked a sex tape of his ex-wife. more >>