LifeWay Christian Resource will relaunch their "True Love Waits" program later this month in honor of its 20th anniversary along with a revamped curriculum for its international campaign designed to challenge young adults to make a commitment to sexual abstinence until marriage.
The new initiative was undertaken by Clayton King, an evangelist and founder of Crossroads Worldwide, who rewrote the entire program with the goal to introduce a modern focus on the same message that has been encouraged onto millions of youth for the last two decades. King hopes to inspire them to steer away from society's idea of sexuality while encouraging them to defy the stereotype of over-sexualized teenagers by living for God instead of their own temporary pleasures.
"The True Love Project seeks to communicate God's design for relationships to a new generation of students and young adults who may be struggling or confused about love, dating and sex," said King, to The Christian Post. "In a culture that has largely abandoned a traditional view of marriage, our hope is to communicate truth in a clear and winsome way, encouraging young men and women to follow God's plan for their relationships." more >>
Disney's new musical, "Frozen," may have done well at the box office, but it failed to convince all Christian reviewers. While some hailed the film as a masterpiece of sacrificial love, others attacked it as a lower quality cartoon.
"Frozen is not only a funny, entertaining movie with incredible animation – its highly redemptive, moral premise shows that true love is sacrifice," declared the Christian film review site, Movieguide. But in an email statement to The Christian Post, Alex Wainer, associate professor of communication and media studies at Palm Beach Atlantic University, wrote, "Of the two Disney animated fairy tales with past-tense single verb titles, this is no Tangled."
In the film, Elsa and Anna are sisters, princesses in the Norwegian kingdom of Arendelle. Elsa, the oldest, also has a double-edged gift – the ability to freeze anything and shoot ice out of her hands. But Elsa can't control it, and nearly gets Anna killed. Forever withdrawn, the older sister flees from all company to protect those she loves. more >>
A new survey by the Pew Research Center shows that young Jews do not consider religion as a key component of what it means to be Jewish. This trend, connected to a wider secularism among the youth, provides an opportunity for preaching the Gospel, according to some Messianic Jewish scholars.
Russ Resnik, executive director of the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations (UMJC), called the decreasing emphasis on religion among Jewish Millennials "both a real problem and an opportunity," in an interview with The Christian Post on Tuesday. Resnik explained "it's a problem that our country is becoming increasingly secular," but he insisted that, as a result, "a lot of people are growing up without a lot of religious boundaries that historically kept Jews from thinking about Jesus as the Messiah."
According to the Pew study, 73 percent of Jews between 18 and 29 said a person can be Jewish if they do not believe in God. Sixty-six percent of the same group said being Jewish is mainly a matter of ancestry or culture, as opposed to religion. Only 13 percent said religion was more important. Thirty-two percent of them identify as Jewish but have no religion. more >>
A federal lawsuit accusing a Kansas public school of violating a student's First Amendment rights was filed last month by the Alliance Defending Freedom organization after the student was prohibited from distributing fliers with biblical verses throughout the school.
According to ADF, a legal organization that advocates for Christian rights, a seventh grader at Robert E. Clark Middle School in Bonner Springs, Kan., posted the fliers to announce the school's upcoming "See You at the Pole" day, an event when students across the country gather around their school's flagpole before the beginning of classes to pray for the school, students, staff and the nation.
"Public schools should encourage, not shut down, the free exchange of ideas," said Matt Sharp, a legal counsel for ADF, in a statement. "The law on this is extremely clear: school policies cannot target religious speech for exclusion. The First Amendment protects freedom of speech for all students, regardless of their religious or political beliefs." more >>
Former National Basketball Association star Magic Johnson recently told Anderson Cooper that he is Christian but that he also supports his openly gay son.
In an interview on "Anderson Cooper 360" that aired Monday, Johnson talked about many issues including how being a Christian and having a gay son is "reality."
"I go to church, I'm a Christian, but the reality is, my son is gay. That is the reality. And I tell pastors that, I tell other pastors that," said Johnson. more >>
Seattle-based Mars Hill Church, led by Pastor Mark Driscoll, announced Monday that it will host both certificate and degree programs in Bible and Theology studies at the undergraduate and graduate level at the church's Bellevue location. Classes are scheduled to begin in the Fall of next year.
Corban University has agreed to terms to host a one-year certificate in Biblical Studies, and Western Seminary to host a Master of Arts and Master of Divinity program.
"I am enthusiastic and optimistic about Corban University's partnership with Mars Hill Church," said Sheldon C. Nord, president of Corban University. "It is consistent with our strong desire to be 'Christian thought leaders' – a leading voice on cultural, philosophical and academic issues, with a commitment to raise up future leaders who will champion the cause of Christ in their respective disciplines." more >>