Oklahoma Wesleyan University announced this week that the institution is dropping out of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities because of the council's inaction against two member schools that announced earlier this summer that they'll hire staff who are in a gay marriage.
In a statement released Monday, the university announced that it will no longer affiliate with the CCCU, which consists of over 120 member schools focused on delivering Christ-centered education, because of the council's "confusion" on how to handle the decisions made by Eastern Mennonite University and Goshen College to allow for the hiring of professors who are married to partners of the same-sex.
"CCCU's ambivalence in deciding the status of two member institutions that have advised CCCU they will permit same-sex couples to be employed as faculty members indicates to us that it is time for our university to move in a different direction," the president of the 900-student university, Everett Piper, said in a statement. more >>
Christianity is said to be on the decline in the United States, according to a Pew Research survey, and 2 billion people around the world still haven't heard the name of Jesus Christ, according to David Platt, president of the International Mission Board, an entity of the Southern Baptist Convention.
At a time when more people are said to be turning away from faith, one group of believers has developed a new, innovative way of spreading the Gospel to ultimately propel people closer to God, and it seems to be working.
Socality has been described by its founder as a "new form of evangelism" and a movement that is "committed to creating spaces of belonging online and turning these into real life transactions." To put it simply, Socality connects believers and non-believers alike, mostly via social networking sites like Twitter and Instagram, for the purpose of bringing them closer to faith. more >>
A chair fit for the pope and made by a group of day laborers has been unveiled at New York City's Madison Square Garden, where Francis is scheduled to lead about 20,000 people in mass later this month.
The brown wooden chair with white backing was unveiled Wednesday by a beaming Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York.
The simple chair was constructed by day laborers affiliated with Don Bosco Workers and Obreros Unidos de Yonkers, reportedly under the direction of Brother Salvatore Sammarco, of the Salesians of Don Bosco based in Florida. more >>
Former Christian reality television star and former social conservative activist Josh Duggar has reportedly not attended mandatory church services that are included in the rehabilitation program that he's believed to be enrolled in after it came to light that he cheated on his wife and allegedly twice paid to have sex with a porn star.
After the oldest son on the now-canceled reality show "19 Kids and Counting" admitted that he cheated on his wife, Anna, and developed an addiction to pornography, the Duggar family announced last Wednesday on their family website that Josh Duggar checked himself into a long-term Christian treatment center.
Following the family's announcement, speculation has arisen that the 27-year-old has checked into the Reformers Unanimous healing program in Rockford, Illinois, after ET Online revealed that a plane registered to Duggar's brother took off near the family home in Arkansas and landed in Rockford last Monday night. more >>
Tasha Cobbs' sophomore album has done more than land at the top of Billboard's gospel and Christian album charts this week, it has also become the most-streamed gospel album of the year thus far.
Cobbs, the 34-year-old Grammy award-winning gospel singer, released her sophomore album One Place Live on Aug. 21, which debuted at No. 28 on the Billboard Top-200 music charts. Two years after her debut album Grace, Cobbs' fans helped propel her latest project to dominate Billboard gospel charts in the first week of its debut.
"Tasha's fans have been waiting feverishly for the release of One Place Live. The purity and power of Tasha's performance have made the wait worthwhile." "Ken Pennell, president of Motown Gospel, said in a statement shared with The Christian Post. more >>
Lawyers from Americans United for Separation of Church and State are warning public officials in New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. that extensive preparation at taxpayers' expense for Pope Francis' visit later this month is a violation of the U.S. Constitution. Quoting an appeals court ruling, such aid is the type of "specific evil" the First Amendment "was designed to prevent," the group said.
The organization, which advocates for a strict separation view of the religious freedom clauses of the First Amendment, sent a letter to the mayors of the respective cities and the heads of the Secret Service, National Park Service and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority on Monday "to provide guidance on the constitutional limitations on governmental support of and involvement with the papal visit."
"Specifically, government bodies must not provide any aid to a Pope's religious activities that goes beyond the provision of services — such as police, safety, and security — that are regularly given for comparable public events of a similar size," states the letter, which was signed by the group's legal director Alex Luchenitser and legal fellow John McGinnis. more >>