NEW YORK — On the red carpet of the premiere of "Hacksaw Ridge" at the Sheen Center on Wednesday, Academy Award-winning actor and director Mel Gibson talked about Christian World World II hero Desmond Doss, and the amazing example he set by sticking to his convictions and turning the other cheek.
"Hacksaw Ridge" is based on the extraordinary true story of Doss, played by Andrew Garfield ("The Amazing Spider Man"), who served in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle in the Pacific and miraculously saved 75 men without firing a shot.
Doss served as a Private First Class in the U.S. Army but refused to kill or carry a weapon into combat because of his personal beliefs as a Seventh-day Adventist. Consequently, he thought it was fitting to become a medic during the war. more >>
Experts are noting that as the homeschooling movement continues to rapidly grow, it is becoming more diverse ethnically, politically, and even religiously.
In November the Department of Education released a report noting that between 1999 and 2012 the number of homeschooled students doubled, from approximately 850,000 to approximately 1.8 million.
"The percentage of students ages 5–17 with a grade equivalent of kindergarten through grade 12 who are homeschooled — the homeschooling rate — has increased over time. The homeschooling rate increased from 1.7 percent in 1999 to 3.4 percent in 2012," stated the report. more >>
Indiana Governor and Republican vice presidential hopeful Mike Pence is telling thousands of churches that they should vote for Donald Trump next week to "free up the voices of faith."
Next Tuesday Americans will go to the polls to determine their next president, likely to be either Republican Donald Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton.
In a video that will be aired by thousands of congregations across the country this weekend, Pence will pitch to churchgoers that a President Trump will benefit them. more >>
Evangelical Christians plan to inundate the United Nations' Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization with Bibles in response to the passing of an Arab-sponsored resolution last month that opponents claim denies Jewish and Christian ties to the Temple Mount and Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City.
After UNESCO's executive board approved the Palestinian-drafted resolution to condemn Israel for its "mishandling" of holy sites in Old Jerusalem in mid-October, it angered Jews and Christians, who claimed that the resolution is "ignorant" and attempts to bolster a revisionist history that erases Jewish and Christian bonds to the Temple Mount.
Twenty-four UNESCO members voted in favor of the resolution, 26 abstained, and six voted against the proposal that was put forth by the Palestinians, along with Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar and Sudan. The resolution also condemns Israel on several issues related to Jerusalem and its holy sites, according to i24News. more >>
Democrats have increased their support for removing all or most limitations on abortion, according to a recent report by the Pew Research Center.
While the party has long held a pro-choice platform, survey data show that Democrats have shifted farther leftward on the abortion debate in recent years.
According to Pew, the percentage of Democrats who believe that abortion should be legal in all or most cases has increased from 66 percent in 2007 to 79 percent in 2016. more >>
Theologian and Desiring God founder John Piper is saying this week that a Christian is free to not vote; Followers of Jesus, he asserts, must first show their allegiance to another world.
In a message delivered at Bethel College and Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota Wednesday, Pastor Piper addressed the moral reasoning behind the question that has bedeviled many believers in an election season many characterize as a "lesser of two evils" decision.
"[God's] children are free! Free from human institutions. As citizens of heaven, we are not bound in every situation to participate in the processes of human government. We are not bound! This is not our homeland! We vote — if we vote — because the Lord of our homeland commissions us to vote, and he does not absolutize this act above all other considerations of Christian witness!" Piper said. more >>