In testimony before a U.S. House subcommittee last week, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan appeared to suggest the administration may be backing off its support for the Common Core State Standards Initiative. In a statement to The Christian Post, however, an Education Department spokesperson reiterated Duncan's support for the Common Core.
"I'm just a big proponent of high standards. Whether they're common or not is secondary," Duncan testified Tuesday before a House appropriations subcommittee overseeing his department's budget request for next year, reported Michele McNeil, assistant editor and reporter for Education Week.
McNeil claimed the remarks meant that Duncan "continued to distance himself from the Common Core State Standards." The Daily Caller similarly reported on the remarks with the title, "Arne Duncan slowly backing away from Common Core." more >>
If Hollywood is right and this really is the Year of the Bible in movies, then it's not possible to talk about biblical films without highlighting the one movie that has impacted the world by changing the eternal destination of multiple millions.
The Jesus Film is considered by the Guinness Book of World Records to be the "Most Translated Film" in history. For over 35 years, billions – that's billions of people around the globe have seen the story of the most important, most controversial and most beloved person in history. The movie is currently available in more than 1,200 languages.
What makes the movie unique is that the dialogue is almost entirely from Scripture, with over 450 leaders and scholars reviewing the movie for biblical accuracy. To mark the 35th anniversary of The Jesus Film, the movie has been re-mastered in high definition with a new music score, each frame being re-touched and re-colored. more >>
A year ago, I transitioned from my staff position in a Nashville church to go full-time in serving the wider body of Christ. Writing regular news commentaries and hosting a weekly lecture series on the hot-button issues impacting our nation, my God-given assignment is to raise awareness and help awaken Christians to the "impending distress" (I Cor.7:26).
After four decades in ministry, God called me to say farewell to salary, pension and security guarantees. It's scary, but in light of our nation's rapidly decaying cultural landscape and what many perceive as church leaders succumbing to a "spiral of silence"-especially on issues of homosexuality, abortion and religious liberty-I don't believe I have the luxury of sitting on the sidelines anymore.
These words from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speak to me daily: "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." more >>
President Barack Obama and his feminist friends have been trotting out their tiresome slogan that women are paid only 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. Every reputable scholar who has commented has proved that this is a notorious falsehood that anyone should be embarrassed to use.
U.S. law calls for equal pay for equal work, but the feminist slogan is not based on equal work. Women work fewer hours per day, per week, per year. They spend fewer years as full-time workers outside the home, avoid jobs that require overtime, and choose jobs with flexibility to take time off for personal reasons. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, men are twice as likely as women to work more than 40 hours a week.
Women place a much higher value on pleasant working conditions: a clean, comfortable, air-conditioned office with congenial co-workers. Men, on the other hand, are more willing to endure unpleasant working conditions to earn higher pay, doing dirty, dangerous outside work. In 2012, men suffered 92 percent of work-related deaths. more >>
This is always one of the hardest weeks to understand for Christians. We are taken to the scene of the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, his pathway strewn with palm fronds. His arrival was greeted by happy worshipers singing "Hosanna to the Son of David. Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord."
We sing our own hymns of praise on Palm Sunday knowing all the while that this acclaim will not last. We have read in Scripture the events of the coming days. Spy Wednesday it was once called. The middle of the week is a time of betrayal. Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve whom Jesus Himself had chosen, will turn against his Lord. Judas will greet Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane with the kiss of death. We proceed through this Holy Week with foreknowledge of the bitter innocent sufferings to come. Jesus the unblemished lamb will be turned over to the High Priest and then to the Roman Governor. He will be tried and convicted of false charges.
He will be scourged and then made to carry His cross to Golgotha, the Place of the Skull. He will be numbered among the transgressors, though He was Himself without sin. When He is crucified and takes upon Himself the sins of the world, he feels abandoned. "Eloi, Eloi, Lama Sabachthani!" He cries out. "My God, My God, Why have You forsaken me?" Never before in His life has Jesus felt so separated, so cast apart from His own immortal being. But it must be. It is God's own plan to save the world, to save us from our sin. more >>
Astronomical events have been making headlines lately. On April 8, the orbits of Mars, Earth, and the sun fell into a straight line in a rare cosmic alignment called an opposition. Precisely one week later, we will see the first of four extremely unusual total lunar eclipses.
Is there any significance to these extraordinary celestial events? Could it be that God is using the sun, moon, and stars to communicate with us and to announce things to come? The answer is yes!
The Bible is clear that the sun, moon, and stars are connected to Israel and biblical prophecy. Throughout history God has used the science of astronomy (never astrology!) in connection with historical events to write prophetic messages in the heavens. more >>