January 2012

Graduation Prayer Under Attack

The ACLU calls the separation of the ceremony a “sham” and suggests that holding the private graduation is still unconstitutional.

A Nebraska school system is under attack from the ACLU over its graduation ceremony. In Columbus, students and parents are planning a private graduation ceremony for graduates. It’s their hope to include prayer at this graduation ceremony as they have continuously done for many years. While this tradition has been in place for quite some time, the ACLU has only recently become involved in the matter.

Lakeview High School first caught the attention of the ACLU around a decade ago when the organization contacted the school concerning their graduation prayer. School officials did not want to cave in and omit the prayers so they began holding private graduations instead. They are organized completely by parent volunteers and held at an off-campus location.

Preparing for the Dove Awards

Annual event to be held in Atlanta, Georgia

The Dove awards recognize Christian artists for their achievements during the previous year. The 2012 awards are scheduled for April in Atlanta, Georgia and will be the 43rd annual event. These honors recognize the song of the year, male and female vocalist of the year, and album of the year among other things.

Artists are recognized in a variety of categories ranging from modern to traditional. For example, there are best album and song nominations in rap/hip hop, pop, rock, and contemporary music. Those who like more traditional Christian songs are also in luck because there are Southern gospel, bluegrass, traditional, and country designations as well.

A Higher Authority

Supreme Court Ruling Recognizes Rights of Christians

Can religious organizations discriminate in their hiring practices by refusing to employ those whose spiritual beliefs differ? The Supreme Court of the United States recently ruled on this matter in Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In this unanimous decision, the nation’s highest court ruled that religious organizations have the right to select workers whose beliefs are in line with their fundamental values.

Chief Justice Roberts delivered the opinion which stated in part that “The interest of society in the enforcement of employment discrimination statutes is undoubtedly important. But so, too, is the interest of religious groups in choosing who will preach their beliefs, teach their faith and carry out their mission.” The decision applies to priests and ministers as well as teachers in Christian schools who give instruction in religious matters at least part of the time.

An Outta Space Crew

One Winterjam band is set to release their next CD in just a few days. The album titled “Outta Space Love: Bigger Love Edition” is Group 1 Crew’s latest effort.  This album contains 18 songs, eight of which are previous hits remixed especially for this production. “Live it Up” and “Walking on the Stars” are two songs that have been redone and added to this record. In addition, Chris August joins the band for the single “He Said.”

The band is scheduled to tour much of the early part of the year. They are looking for fans to help them at some of their upcoming shows. Those who volunteer to work at the merchandise table are allowed free admission to the show as well as an opportunity to meet Group 1 Crew in person. If you’re interested, you can sign up on the band’s website: http://www.group1crew.com/content/love-group-1-crew-help-us-our-shows. Those who are selected will receive confirmation and further instructions via email. Since volunteers may have to man the tables during the concert, fans that are helping with merchandise may not be able to view all of the performances.

Learning Apologetics

Are you concerned about the teaching of macro-evolution as a scientific fact rather than a theory? Have you ever wanted to know more about how science supports the Creation theory? If so, Apologetics 100 is a good place to start. This website has a wealth of information supported by scientific research to help believers make an informed argument for their beliefs and counter false teachings by evolutionists.

ACLJ-Standing up for your Religious Liberties

Based in Washington, D.C., the American Center for Law and Justice aims to protect religious liberties and preserve the United States Constitution. The center also maintains offices throughout the world to include Israel, Russia, and Pakistan. Some of the issues the American Center for Law and Justice are concerned with include the preservation of traditional marriage, rights of students to form bible clubs, and guaranteeing free speech for those who are protesting abortion.

The ACLJ is headed by chief counsel Jay Sekulow. He studied law at Mercer University and has been involved in litigating tax cases on behalf of the Internal Revenue Service. He is currently a member of the trustee board of the Supreme Court Historical Society and also has a radio talk show.

Christian Artistis heating up for WinterJam 2012

Winter Jam is one of the largest Christian music concerts held annually. Tickets for this event are only 10 dollars and available at the door. Newsong is the host and some of the artists featured include Group 1 Crew, We as Human, Skillet, Sanctus Real, Peter Furler, Kari Jobe, Dara Maclean, For King and Country and Building 429. Nick Hall is a featured speaker and magician Brock Hill will also perform. Here are some of the dates and cities so you can attend this spectacular concert and be blessed by the variety of music there: