Young adults are currently experiencing a revival of interest in apologetics in order to defend their faith, especially since society questions the biblical narrative on hot button issues now more than ever, says Dan Kimball, leader of the teaching and mission ministries at California's Vintage Faith Church.
Kimball, whose congregation is largely comprised of college-aged students, urges churches to instill biblical doctrine and theology in the current generation because going to church is not enough, they also need to know what Christians believe and why.
"Because people don't know the Bible's story, different stories have emerged, sometimes portraying Christians as hateful, Jesus as just one more teacher among the world's religions, and the God of the Bible as a jealous, violent deity … to counter these caricatures of Christianity, we must be proactive, using apologetics to teach what the Bible really does and does not say …," writes Kimball, in a recent Church Leaders article. more >>
There were plenty of tears to go around at a Boy Scouts of America summer camp in San Diego, California, Monday after a 12-year-old Las Vegas boy reportedly fatally shot himself in a tent as his father served as chaperone for his troop.
Police told The Chicago Tribune that the heartbreaking incident is being investigated as a suicide and noted that a gun was removed from the scene. It is unclear at this time where the gun came from.
The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal by a group suing California for its recently passed state ban on sexual orientation change therapy for youth struggling with same-sex attraction.
America's highest court decided Monday to not review an appeal by a non-profit legal group, letting stand a lower court decision upholding the California law, known as Senate Bill 1172.
Yesterday the Supreme Court ruled in favor of religious liberty and fundamental first amendment rights.
The Supreme Court was asked to determine whether or not the Obama administration had once again overstepped its authority per the limits imposed on it through the bipartisan Religious Freedom and Restoration Act (RFRA)-and in a landmark decision the justices ruled that the Administration had. The Obama mandate would punish people of faith and would force them to provide coverage for items that went against their religious beliefs. The decision considered the mandate to be an undue burden on specific employers' free exercise rights, as safeguarded under the United States Constitution.
All Americans, including family business owners, must be free to live and work according to their beliefs without fear of government punishment or mandates. Thankfully, the Supreme Court through its ruling in the Hobby Lobby case recognized that these fundamental rights should be protected and upheld. more >>
The city of New York recently agreed to fund full day, pre-kindergarten programs for religious schools in the city in an attempt to make more space for preschool attendance by Fall 2014. Multiple religious schools in the area have questioned the full-day funding, as it prohibits religious teaching from being taught during school hours.
The new policy, approved by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, extends the previous half-day prekindergarten programs at religious schools into a full day program funded by the government.
Previously, religious schools offered a half-day of secular prekindergarten funded by the government, contributing religious teaching to the latter part of the school day that they paid for using their own school funds. more >>
Well-known Christian motivational speaker Justin Lookadoo who sparked controversy last year with his message that "dateable girls know how to shut up," was arrested in Evansville, Indiana, this week for public intoxication.
According to a WFIE report, Lookadoo, 44, was arrested after authorities found him in his car on the side of I-164. They said he told them he pulled over to take a nap but their investigation of his car revealed something different.
Deputies reportedly found vomit inside Lookadoo's car and said he reeked of alcohol. He also failed a sobriety test recording a BAC of .07. more >>