Yale University announced for its 315th commencement that it will now offer gender-neutral bathrooms in 23 of its buildings, with the aim to be more inclusive.
"Yale aims to be a leader on this front," said Tamar Gendler, dean of Yale's Faculty of Arts and Sciences, according to The Associated Press on Sunday. "Part of what is important about the all-gender bathroom project and about putting it at the top of our commencement site, is this is about public signaling."
What is more, Yale professors have now been tasked with using "preferred pronouns" when addressing students, and transgender students will be allowed to change their names on their school identification cards and web portal at no extra change. more >>
Life.Church founder and Senior Pastor Craig Groeschel advises church leaders against expanding to multiple sites too quickly.
Speaking at the Catalyst One Day conference earlier this week, Groeschel expounded on such risks by explaining that even Life.Church has had a couple failed satellite campuses.
If walls could talk, the building housing Pastor Jamal Bryant's Empowerment Temple megachurch at 4217-4221 Primrose Avenue in Northwest Baltimore would perhaps be screaming "scandal."
Before the scandal-scarred Bryant made the fated Primrose Avenue address in Baltimore the home of his church in the early 2000s, he was preceded by church leaders whose spiritual walk was just as spotty.
Controversial author and former megachurch Pastor Rob Bell says he rarely uses the term "Christian," claiming that Jesus would oppose it.
In an interview with Uproxx published last week, the former Mars Hill Bible Church pastor explained that he does not like to use the term "Christian" to describe himself.
"I don't actually use the word 'Christian' much, because I think Jesus would be mortified that a religion with very strong codes of in-and-out had started in his name," said Bell said in the interview. more >>
Being a true disciple of Christ means learning from God and putting His Word into action, the Rev. Billy Graham says.
Graham, a 97-year-old Baptist minister who founded the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, explains in a My Answers Q&A that to be a disciple of Christ means to be someone who "believes in Jesus and seeks to follow Him in his or her daily life."
While in the Bible disciples actually knew Jesus in person, today a disciple is considered to be anyone who has committed themselves to Jesus. more >>
The world nowadays has been described as a "global village" thanks to technological advances that have knit first-world urban dwellers to third-world villagers through mobile phones and the internet. Finishing the Great Commission and bringing the Gospel to unreached people groups through Bible translations in their heart language is occurring more rapidly than ever in history.
Bob Creson, president and CEO of Wycliffe Bible Translators USA, wrote in a 2014 article in Christian Post that a unqiue software program called ParaText has radically increased the speed of Bible translation and that "someone who is alive in the world today will translate the last Bible for the last unreached people."
"We're at a pivotal point in history where this generation could see the end of a centuries-old effort to make the Bible available in every language that needs it. This is the fastest pace of Bible translation the church has ever seen, and technological advancements have played a critical role in getting us here. We praise God that today there are nearly 2,200 Bible translation projects underway in some of the most remote places on earth, representing 1.9 billion people being reached with the gospel in a language they can clearly understand." more >>