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Stay Childish, Vacation Bible School

Lillian Daniel | Posted 08.15.2016 | Religion
Lillian Daniel

At our church, we have that wonderful summertime tradition of Vacation Bible School. I know the kids love it, but I think the adults volunteers love it the most.

The Dawn of a New School Year: Four Questions to Ask and to Live Into

Wayne Meisel | Posted 09.01.2016 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

All across the country students have begun something new, the start a school year. There will be all kinds of new events, orientations held, surveys administered. In the midst of all that, just remember, sometimes the questions you ask are more powerful than the answers you give.

The Soul of the Christian University

J. Randall O'Brien | Posted 04.28.2015 | Religion
J. Randall O'Brien

Our life is ordered by The Way of Jesus Christ. His teachings, such as the Sermon on the Mount, which features a radical call to enemy-love, forgiveness and purity of heart, his sayings, parables, and example become normative.

Sunday Unschooling

Will Braun | Posted 05.06.2014 | Religion
Will Braun

I realized later in life that many of the most creative, wise and spiritually grounded people I knew had little formal education.

America's Forgotten Heritage of Christian Higher Education

Len Munsil | Posted 09.16.2013 | College
Len Munsil

Our nation has an amazing Christian heritage, and Christian higher education is a significant and vital element of that tradition.

The Dangers Of Christian 'Marriage Worship'

Christian Piatt | Posted 07.25.2013 | Religion
Christian Piatt

We preach that marriage fixes everything, from sexual infidelity to general moral decline in our culture. But it hasn't, and the way we teach about it, it won't.

Vocation Meets Graduation: 7 Questions for College Seniors

Rev. Adam J. Copeland | Posted 07.06.2013 | Religion
Rev. Adam J. Copeland

I'm glad the vast majority of my students will be employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation -- that is very important. But mere work or grad school misses the point. We've failed in educating our students well if they seek simply a job.

Brittney Griner, Confetti Angels And Baylor's Soul

Mark Osler | Posted 06.19.2013 | Religion
Mark Osler

This week, Baylor basketball star Brittney Griner made her first public statements about her sexuality, and at least one headline read that this announcement is "no big deal." In the sports world, that has been true. But it is a big deal at Baylor, which, citing its Christian identity, continues to bar gay men and lesbians from employment.

Missionary Prepares Kenyan Kids For Harvard

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 06.11.2013 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

They didn't arrive in the service of any divine calling, but the truth of their surroundings spoke to their troubled hearts. A short-term, 12-month mission assignment as dorm parents for a Kenyan boarding school turned this ordinary man into the most unlikely internationally recognized hero.

Changing Theological Education: Reforming From The Bottom Up

Wayne Meisel | Posted 06.03.2013 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

I have spent the past several years visiting seminaries and divinity schools around the country in an effort to better understand them and find ways to strengthen them. What I have discovered is a contrast of great challenges and powerful hope.

How Important Is A Religious Leader's Education?

Win Bassett | Posted 05.12.2013 | Religion
Win Bassett

When it comes to religious or spiritual guidance, followers may not put as much credence behind didactic degrees.

Throw A Purim Party For Lent!

Jack Levison | Posted 04.22.2013 | Religion
Jack Levison

I make sure my students end just about every week of term by celebrating a Jewish holiday. We're mostly Protestants, so we're not so good at it; but we have fun, and we learn about Jewish history -- our shared history -- by laughing, eating, dancing and praying, sometimes in botched Hebrew.

Why My Evangelical College Shouldn't Do Away With The Philosophy Department

Jesse James DeConto | Posted 03.25.2013 | Religion
Jesse James DeConto

If you want your students to know Jesus, you might start by looking for things that Jesus said he cared about, like learning to love your neighbor. Because that's what happened in philosophy classes when I was at Cedarville.

'Virtual' Public Schools Draw Interest Of Religious Families

Religion News Service | Omar Sacirbey | Posted 01.10.2013 | Religion

By Omar Sacirbey Religion News Service (RNS) Worried about exposure to foul language, immodest dress, peer pressure and other inappropriate behavi...

Enough Is Enough: In Memory Of Giles Joslyn

Jennifer Harvey | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion
Jennifer Harvey

If we are to save the lives of our youth, we must constantly, publicly, relentlessly challenge "Christian" teachings and the rituals that exclude so many.

Free Massachusetts Campus Given To Christian Foundation

Religion News Service | G. Jeffrey MacDonald | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

By G. Jeffrey MacDonald Religion News Service (RNS) Christian institutions hoping to win a free campus in western Massachusetts might soon face co...

'Twilight' And Evangelical Christianity's Eternal Girlhood

Linda Kay Klein | Posted 01.15.2013 | Religion
Linda Kay Klein

De-sexualizing religious girling goes deep. Real deep. Girls are told that if they become the wrong kind of woman not only will their eternal life be threatened, but the eternal lives of men and boys who trip over them on their path to God will be at risk.

Why I Haven't Dropped Out Of Seminary

Todd Clayton | Posted 01.13.2013 | Religion
Todd Clayton

A month in to my program, after preliminarily discerning that I don't want to work in a church, I started a love affair with my Google search bar: "What can you do with an M.Div. if you don't want to be a pastor?"

Christian College Professor: 'Am I A Traitor To The LGBT Cause?'

John Shore | Posted 09.29.2012 | Religion
John Shore

"I'm serious about being a Christian and have grown to fully support LGBT folks in the church. I'm also a professor at a Christian College that requires each annual contract renewal to include reaffirmation of a denominational statement declaring same sex relationships morally illegitimate."

Evangelical Universities, Gay Students And Faculty Freedom

Ron Davis | Posted 06.13.2012 | Religion
Ron Davis

The logic of intolerance need only rest on two propositions: "The truth is of infinite value" and "I have the truth." This toxic combination has often led the well-intentioned into acts of oppression.

Sorry, Santorum: I Am Christian College-Educated And Liberal

Jonathan D. Fitzgerald | Posted 05.05.2012 | Religion
Jonathan D. Fitzgerald

While at Gordon -- while faithfully attending the required Bible classes and chapel services -- something strange happened. My politics veered far left.

Education Nation or Education Corporation?

Cliff Schecter | Posted 12.21.2011 | Education
Cliff Schecter

Although some people really want to improve the system for our children, there are also those who see our schools as a way to bring about their vision of a 21st century America -- which sometimes looks a lot like 1984.

Gay At Baylor: A Christian Challenge

Mark Osler | Posted 10.29.2011 | Religion
Mark Osler

To remain an engaged and relevant institution, Baylor must change. Its message to gays and lesbians can't be: If you are gay, there is no love for you. Christ promises more.

The Triumph Of The American Madrasahs

Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney | Posted 10.02.2011 | Education
Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney

How has the rise of faith-based private schools affected the American ethos? One result has been the gradual takeover of governmental and judicial institutions by religiously indoctrinated and motivated politicians and workers.

Biblical Memorization And Carrying The 'Flag Of Shame'

Cornelia Seigneur | Posted 08.07.2011 | Religion
Cornelia Seigneur

I feel it is important to be able to ask questions when we see someone in our churches do something we disagree with. But it is also important to be able to forgive.