Mass anti-refugee protests were broken up by riot police in Cologne, Germany, over the weekend, with protesters venting their anger at Chancellor Angela Merkel and the gang sex assaults that women suffered in the city over New Year's Eve.
Reuters reported that on Saturday 1,700 protesters from the far-right PEGIDA movement marched with signs such as "Rapefugees not welcome," and chanted slogans including "Merkel must go" and "this is the march of the national resistance."
Police who broke up the march claimed that many of the demonstrators were from the "hooligan scene," and were forced to use water canons on the crowd after bottles and fire crackers were thrown at officers. more >>
Michael Brown, a Messianic Jewish apologist and host of the talk radio show "The Line of Fire," responds to Franchesa Ramsey's recent video, "What Did Jesus REALLY Look Like?" for MTV Decoded, agreeing with some of the things she said while disagreeing with the rest.
Agreeing that race is an issue that is debated a lot in the United States, Brown, the president of FIRE School of Ministry, says in his show, "A lot of what she [Ramsey] had to say was true and was accurate."
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is facing sharp criticism because it promoted Black Lives Matter at its Urbana 15 student missions conference last week, but specifically excluded two student pro-life groups.
In an op-ed in the Christian Post, Students For Life President Kristan Hawkins and Rock for Life President Erik Whittington wrote: "While InterVarsity denied Students for Life and Rock for Life an exhibit table, they devoted an entire evening to the #BlackLivesMatter movement, a movement which has publicly called for the lynching and hanging of white people and the death of police. One of their Black Lives Matter speakers even took the time to publicly disparage the pro-life movement during her remarks."
In InterVarsity's defense, Vice-President Greg Jao said that the conference excluded Students for Life because the group is a "non-religious organization" and Urbana features only Christian groups. Of course, Black Lives Matter is also a non-religious organization. But, Jao said the Black Lives Matter speaker, Michelle Higgins, "met InterVarsity's requirements due to her involvement with a Presbyterian (PCA) church." more >>
Following its five-day student missions conference which drew 16,000 attendees, Urbana 15 released figures on New Year's Day summarizing major milestones reached by the organization and its participants — among those accomplishments, raising over $940,000.
Urbana announced the fundraising feat via Twitter, sharing the good news with more than 11,000 followers. "$940K+ Raised for our missions partners around the world," read the graphic posted to the social media site on Jan. 1.
The funds were raised "the old fashioned way," said InterVarsity Internet editor and media relations liaison Gordon Govier in an email shared with The Christian Post Wednesday. more >>
The liberal-leaning Evangelical organization Sojourners is applauding InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for issuing "strong stand in support" of the Black Lives Matter movement by allowing a social activist to promote the movement during her keynote address at the Urbana 15 student missions conference last week.
After Michelle Higgins, the director of the Christian activist coalition Faith for Justice, gave a 30-minute keynote address to over 16,000 attendees at the Urbana conference in St. Louis that attempted to dispel misconceptions about the Black Lives Matter movement and slammed the pro-life movement, InterVarsity issued a statement explaining why the organization felt the need to address Black Lives Matter at its conference.
"We chose to address #BlackLivesMatter at Urbana 15, InterVarsity's Student Missions Conference, because it is a language and experience of many college students," the statement reads. "Many Black InterVarsity staff and students report that they are physically and emotionally at risk in their communities and on campus. About one-half of those at Urbana 15 are people of color, including more than 1,200 Black participants. InterVarsity chose to participate in this conversation because we believe that Christians have something distinctive to contribute in order to advance the gospel." more >>
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA, seeking to further clarify whether pro-life groups would be allowed to participate in the Urbana triennial missions conference, asserted Wednesday that a pro-life group which met its criteria could be considered as an exhibitor.
"If a pro-life organization met the exhibitor criteria, we would be happy to talk to them about being an Urbana exhibitor," said InterVarsity vice president Greg Jao in an email shared with The Christian Post Wednesday.
Intervarsity was criticized by Students for Life President Kristan Hawkins and Rock for Life President Erik Whittington in a Christian Post op-ed for denying their exhibitor application while also featuring a Black Lives Matter speaker who demeaned pro-life activism. more >>