Officials at Wheaton College have recommended the school begin termination proceedings of tenured professor Larycia Hawkins, who was suspended last month for asserting that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.
After the political science professor took to Facebook on Dec. 10, 2015, to announce that she was going to wear a hijab throughout the Advent to show solidarity with Muslims and wrote that "we worship the same God," the Illinois Evangelical higher-education institution placed her on administrative leave for what the school believed was a violation of its statement of faith.
Wheaton reviewed Hawkins' Facebook post and her follow-up post days later that reaffirmed her "same-god" belief and asked her to submit a reconciliatory theological statement, which she did. more >>
Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of imprisoned American pastor Saeed, is beginning a three-week fast at the start of the New Year, and shared how the price of becoming a Christian as a child was being rejected and persecuted by her own family.
"Tomorrow I will be starting a three week fast. The focus of the fast is to spend more time in the presence of the Lord and to draw closer to the heart of God. I will be sharing scripture and what the Lord lays on my heart for each day," Abedini posted on Facebook on Monday, and gave suggestions about how other people can join her in the fast as well.
She also reflected on her decision to become a Christian early in life, stating that it had come at a great cost. more >>
The Reverend Franklin Graham is beginning a tour Tuesday slated to stop in all 50 states to prayerfully encourage Christians to vote for candidates who support "biblical principles."
Known as the "Decision America Tour," its first scheduled stop will be Tuesday at noon at the state Capitol building in Des Moines, Iowa. Since last year, Graham has been promoting the Decision America Tour as a way to bring American believers together to vote and live out their faith.
"Many Christians in America today want to follow Jesus at a distance. They want to give themselves a little room — they want to watch which way the wind will blow before they are publicly seen too close to the Lord," said Graham in a Facebook post from Sunday. more >>
Editor's Note: A previous headline wrote that Higgins was criticized for "promoting abortion." Higgins was criticized for her critique of pro-life activism but she was not promoting abortion. We apologize for the mistake.
Also, Intervarsity released a statement on Thursday explaining its inclusion of Black Lives Matter speakers and with a response from interim President Jim Lundgren, saying, "Scripture is clear about the sanctity of life. That is why I'm both pro-life and committed to the dignity of my Black brothers and sisters." You can read the full statement here.
Urbana 15 and Black Lives Matter activist Michelle Higgins are under fire from Students For Life of America for seemingly rejecting the pro-life group's exhibition request and for proclaiming disparaging remarks from the stage about the pro-life movement, respectively, earlier this week at the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship-sponsored student mission conference. more >>
Social activist Michelle Higgins used the Urbana student missions platform to tackle key issues of the Black Lives Matter movement, calling out the Evangelical Church in the process.
In her 30-minute address, Higgins, the director of Christian activist coalition Faith for Justice, dispelled misconceptions about Black Lives Matter and got to the core of the objectives of the movement.
"We do not want all people of color to go 'scott-free' from wrongdoing," she said. "I don't want to see people of color never arrested for anything. 'Oh, Black Lives Matter' means black folks can kill everybody and steal stuff and we're going to all go home and say, 'Well, let 'em — because of slavery.' That's not what we want. That's not what I want. What do we want? Justice. And what is justice? Justice means my baby boy, my baby girl will not be tried, condemed, sentenced and executed on the street. That is justice." more >>
You may have heard of the term "Holy Rollers" to describe some people. Well, apparently one priest decided to take that phrase a little more literally.
A Catholic priest in the Philippines decided during mass to go down the aisles of his church on a hoverboard. Yes, a hoverboard.
Getting considerable applause and singing a contemporary Christian song, the priest handled the device surprisingly well given the well-documented falls and injuries others have had. more >>