The presidents from three leading American faith-based universities convened Wednesday to discuss the role of faith-based colleges in an increasingly secular society and agreed that faith-based schools, more so than secular schools, stress the importance of living lives filled with morals, ethics and responsibility to others.
John Garvey of Catholic University of America and Richard Joel of the the New York-based and Jewish Yeshiva University participated in a Wednesday night discussion on the state of higher education and the calling of faith-based universities, which was moderated and hosted by Baylor University President and Chancellor Ken Starr at the National Press Club.
Although all the presidents agreed that that it is imperative for colleges to provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in a career, what is equally as important and often overlooked by state and secular schools in today's secular environment, is making sure that students are prepared to make tough moral and ethical choices when they are faced with many of life's tough dilemmas. more >>
Supporters of the Islamic State terrorist organization are distributing a recently modified version of a popular first-person shooter video game that allows gamers to role play as ISIS militants who are on a mission to murder westerners.
The Daily Mail reports that supporters associated with ISIS are distributing a modified version of the Czech-produced video game ARMA III, that allows users to pretend to be radical extremist characters based off of Islamic State militants.
Although the original ARMA III game takes place in the year 2030 and only allows users to take on the role of NATO forces fighting against coalition forces from Middle Eastern and Asian countries, the new ISIS modification allows players to control militants and specifically rewards players for killing not only westerners but Syrian regime soldiers and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, as well. more >>
With the recent measles outbreak in the United States, Americans are once again debating whether or not children should be vaccinated to stop the spread illness and disease. Below, in no particular order, are some things that you should know about the vaccine debate, including official positions of medical groups, surveys on vaccination opinion, and more.
1. Major medical groups support vaccinations for children
Major medical organizations in the United States support vaccinations in general and especially their use in protecting children from various diseases. more >>
This 12-year-old from Toronto, Madison Tevlin, is defying all odds. Madison was born with Down Syndrome, and most people who are born like this end to have voices that are "gruff and low-pitched." This prevents them from being able to sing. But, that didn't stop Madison from doing everything she could to be able to sing.
This young lady loves to sing and dance. She is currently taking voice lessons to strengthen her voice. It is amazing to see a young lady like her, do everything she can to be able to better her singing voice. Most people with Down Syndrome need to use twice as much energy when activating the muscles needed to sing. But, Madison doesn't seem to notice the extra effort she needs to put in. It's obvious that throughout this entire performance of "All Of Me" that she enjoys every minute of it.
Madison is given a beautiful talent from God, and she is using her light to shine on others for inspiration. Grab a box of tissues for this beautiful, tear-jerking performance. more >>
A multisite megachurch based in North Carolina has recently closed a deal on the purchase of a shopping center for approximately $10.2 million.
The Charlotte-based Elevation Church announced last week that they were buying the Matthews Plaza Shopping Center on East Independence Boulevard, located in the town of Matthews. A spokesperson with Elevation Church provided The Christian Post with a statement from Elevation Church CFO Chunks Corbett.
"We were excited to take advantage of an opportunity to purchase the plaza and secure our long-term presence in the Matthews community," said Corbett. more >>
In the summer of 2009, thousands of Iranians took to the streets to protest what was almost certainly a rigged presidential election. The protests were quickly dubbed the "Twitter Revolution," because protestors were able to use the well-known social network to communicate with one another and with the world. TIME magazine said of Twitter at the time:
"What began as a toy for online flirtation is suddenly being put to much more serious uses. After the  election in Iran, cries of protest from supporters of opposition candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi arose in all possible media, but the loudest cries were heard in a medium that didn't even exist the last time Iran had an election."
Eighteen months after the start of the Iranian uprising, millions of Egyptian protestors—many of who communicated with one another through Facebook and other social media platforms—flooded Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo to demand the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak. After 18 days of protests, Mubarak abdicated, Egypt's constitution was suspended and its parliament disbanded. more >>