Reconciliation negotiations between Wheaton College and a professor who was suspended for asserting that Muslims and Christians worship the same God have reached an impasse as the school has reportedly attempted to strip her tenure for at least two years.
Political science professor Larycia Hawkins, who was placed on administrative leave last week after she stated "we worship the same God" in a Dec. 10 Facebook post calling for solidarity with Muslims, told The Chicago Tribune on Tuesday that talks between her and the school have stalled and it looks like the school is moving toward terminating her employment.
The 43-year-old Hawkins, who is the first and only tenured African-American professor at the Illinois Evangelical higher-education institution, explained that she cannot accept the college's reconciliation proposal. Although the proposal would have allowed her to return to the classroom next fall, it would also remove the professor's tenure status for at least two years. more >>
A Wheaton College professor who was suspended last week for asserting that Muslims and Christians worship the same God argued Monday that her claim has been affirmed by the church for centuries and also affirmed by other Evangelical scholars.
After Wheaton political science professor Larycia Hawkins posted on her Facebook Dec. 10 that she was going to wear a hijab throughout the Advent to show solidarity with Muslims, adding, "we worship the same God," the school placed the tenured professor on paid administrative leave on Dec. 15 as her comments appear to have violated the Evangelical institution's statement of faith.
Hawkins addressed her Facebook post in an interview with Chicago's public television WTTW on Monday in which she proclaimed that her post was in not a "theological treatise" and was really meant to be just a call for solidarity. more >>
While the true meaning of Christmas is increasingly being purged from the public square, a McDonald's in Tennessee has painted a nativity scene on the windows of the restaurant that feature the words "His name is Jesus" and "Rejoice."
A photo of the McDonald's in Spring Hill went viral last week after resident Amy Basel posted a picture on her Facebook page showing the windows' bright hand-painted nativity murals in honor of the birth of Christ.
To the left of the nativity scene features the words His name is Jesus in big white letters. To the right of the nativity scene is the word rejoice painted in huge yellow lettering. more >>
Two moderate Muslim women have decried non-Muslim females who are wearing hijabs in a show of solidarity, and argue that it only helps feed the strict interpretation of Islam that limits women's freedoms and requires them to hide their hair and faces.
After a Wheaton College professor announced earlier this month that she was going to wear a hijab throughout the Advent as a way of showing solidarity with Muslims, non-Muslim women across the country have joined the WISH (Women in Solidarity with Hijabis) movement and donned hijabs in public. Many have also posted pictures of themselves in hijabs to their various social media platforms.
As many women are wearing hijabs this holiday season with good intentions, two Muslim women who grew up in conservative Muslim families in Egypt and India wrote a Washington Post op-ed arguing that the solidarity hijab movement only hurts moderate Muslim women in their attempts to "reclaim" the religion from "the prongs of a strict interpretation" that impedes on the liberty of Muslim women. more >>
More than 1,800 people experienced a Missouri congregation's first drive-thru interactive Nativity last weekend that included several live animals and actors portraying Roman soldiers.
Drivers were handed a coin to later give to Roman soldiers as a tax to enter Bethlehem, going through a recreated biblical era town that included a bustling marketplace.
"At the gate, Roman soldiers requested their tax token to enter into the city. As the visitors drove to the city gate, they witnessed folks in biblical dress walking to and from the city. Booths [were set up] to feture a basket shop, bread shop, scarves and jewelry shop, and a carpenter's shop. All were manned by characters hawking and showing off their wares," said Bryan Ridenour, student pastor at North Nixa Baptist Church, who told The Christian Post that months back lead Pastor Jerry Francisco came up with the idea to host a drive-thru Nativity for the community. more >>
Sometimes people become jaded by the failures of church leaders, causing them to want to leave the local assembly for good. But is it possible to turn one's back on the Church without essentially doing the same to Christ?
That's the question posed in last Wednesday's episode of the Ask John Piper audio series, where the Evangelical pastor tackles tough theological and pastoral issues.
To the proposition of leaving the Church, but not Christ, Piper offers a simple answer: "If you do that, you are walking away from Jesus." more >>