Michael Agapito’s recent book review at ChristianityToday.com vividly illustrates one of the challenges Christians face when trying to apply their faith to issues of injustice. After praising much about Thaddeus Williams’ new book Confronting Injustice Without Compromising Truth, in particular his commitment to not diminish or dismiss Biblical mandates for Christians to work toward justice and to rightly prioritize social justice efforts in light of the salvation message, Agapito offers a lukewarm review. His concern, even after admitting Williams’ book explicitly states otherwise, is that“some will use it as an excuse to remain overtly comfortable with the status quo.”
In other words, even raising (and much less) answering questions (as Williams’ book brilliantly does) about the way social justice is defined and pursued today is to be guilty of enabling the detractors, even if you clearly and repeatedly state otherwise (as Williams’ book brilliantly does). This kind of critique of those who want to be sure their efforts align with Scripture is unhelpful and far too common…
‘We Have to Stop Pretending Public Schools Aren’t Bad’
There’ve been plenty of issues over the last year and a half where Democrats have had to “bring Joe Biden along.” Whether it was the Hyde amendment, socialized medicine, or religious tests, the Democrat had to move several clicks to the Left to meet the party’s radical new standard. That was never the case with the LGBT agenda. In fact, you could make the argument that when it comes to things like transgenderism, it’s Biden doing the pulling. And his first day behind the Resolute Desk proved it.
Today’s BreakPoint: There’s No Such Thing as “Safe Sex” For Kids
In 1984,only 14 percent of Americans wore seat belts. Anyone else remember bouncing unrestrained around the back of the family station wagon like I did? Three years later, after seat belt laws were enacted in 30 states, that percentage tripled to 42 percent. Last year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,more than 90 percent of Americans faithfully buckled up while on the roads…
A new poll revealed that a disturbing percentage of college students are in favor of using violence to stop a campus speech. Thesurvey, by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, Real Clear Education, and College Pulse polled 20,000 students from 55 different colleges, found that nearly one-fifth of college students believe it is acceptable to use violent means to shut down speech that they may agree with or deem offensive…
At each of our respective ministries, we’ve been receiving constant reports about parents strained and stressed over providing the best educational experience for their children. In God’s providence, disruption is presenting opportunities to deepen every student’s connection to a vibrant and Christ-centered education. This new normal is a reset for millions of parents.
To help you as a pastor meet the needs of your families in your congregation and answer this call, we’re cooperating withBJU Press – the largest producer of Biblical Worldview K-12 Christian textbooks, Dr. George Barna, our friends at Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) and others to provide 3, 1-hour, virtual sessions to help you as a pastor understand how BJU Press can help you to immediately provide Christian instruction in your church location and can connect families to the best help for homeschool or hybrid (home and school) or church location experiences.
George Barna, perhaps the most respected and best known Christian public opinion researcher in America, will kick off this 3 day, 3 hour conference with both the need of the culture and the current opportunity of pastors to meet our needs in the context of an exclusive snapshot of this educational moment in our national life.
We’re making this event FREE of charge to you and a member of your leadership team so please mark your calendar!
Thank you for allowing us to serve you and your church families in this way.
This is a brilliant cooperative idea, and the churches and ministries participating are to be commended. I just wonder however if they can open their doors why the schools can’t? – Mike
Today’s BreakPoint: Public School … In a Church?
JOHN STONESTREET WITH MARIA BAER
Most public schools across the country are either attempting to hold school remotely or, in some hybrid form, brings kids back in the classroom in a limited way, keeping the numbers low. And that’s just for now. The plan has already changed in many districts and will likely change again before all is said and done. The only sure thing, when it comes to this school year is that it is not going to be a normal one.
For a group of churches and ministries in Ohio, this is an opportunity to, in the words of the prophet Jeremiah, seek the welfare of the city. A few months ago, public school districts in Columbus asked local churches to provide additional space for students who have working parents, and whose school would not be opening for in-person instruction. Looking for places where students could access tech devices and the internet, be under adult supervision, where food could be provided, churches in Columbus opened their doors…
… Finally, every church should start a school.Family Research Council scholar Joseph Backholm argues that the education and formation of Christian children has been outsourced for so many decades that it should surprise no one when Christian children abandon their faith and family values. If neighbors can start education pods, churches can and must start small Christian schools to meet the most important need for families: saving the souls of their children…
There is no better time to make a change than right now, when public education is in chaos.
What’s that popping sound? Could it be a million figurative light bulbs clicking on above public-school parents’ heads?
The vast majority of American families send their children to public schools. Only 11 percent of children attend private schools, and fewer than 5 percentare homeschooled. And as one school board after another gives the no go signal for the coming school year, families are being thrown into crisis. And yet, the great American entrepreneurial spirit is awakening as parents are forced to rethink education for their children. And that is to the benefit of children and the nation…
Today’s BreakPoint: Supreme Court Says States Cannot Discriminate Against Religious Schools
A Victory—at Last—for Religious Freedom
JOHN STONESTREET WITH ROBERTO RIVERA
The past two weeks of Supreme Court rulings have not been encouraging. After the disastrous ruling in Bostockarbitrarily expanded civil rights protections to include sexual orientation and gender identity, the Court, in June Medical, all but handcuffed meaningful state efforts to restrict abortion.
Finally, yesterday, good news. The Supreme Court, by a 5-4 vote, held its ground on discrimination against religious education. In Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, the Court ruled that a state tax credit which “[discriminates] against religious schools and the families whose children attend or hope to attend them” violates the First Amendment’s Free Exercise Clause…